Blackheads are the precursor to pimples or acne. They are caused by sebum trapped between layers of skin, as well as dirt and pollution that gets clogged along with the sebum. The main culprit, however, is excess sebum which may be produced due to hormonal changes during puberty etc. Do not be under the misconception that lack of hygiene leads to blackheads. Sebum can also be produced due to other reasons such as anxiety, stress, improper diet, lack of exercise and so on. Some skin care products can also adversely react with delicate skin and irritate it causing a preemptive defensive production of sebum. Excessive smoking and not getting enough sleep are some other reasons that could trigger blackheads. Blackheads mainly appear on the nose, cheeks and chin. They are fairly harmless but they look ugly and sometimes also morph into pimples. Following 9 easy ways to remove blackheads are mostly natural and the best part is: they do not cost too much. Moreover these remedies may be readily available in your bathroom or kitchen so you don’t have to go out and buy anything. So, let us check out the easy ways to remove those pesky pimple-causing blackheads.
1. Use a toothpaste scrub
This is a very well known remedy to easily get rid of blackheads on the nose, cheeks and around the chin. Squeeze a little bit of any white toothpaste onto a spoon or in a very small bowl. Add a pinch of salt and mix it well. Apply this mixture on your nose and other areas of your face. Leave it for a few minutes, then gently rub it away and wash off with lukewarm water. Use a soft towel to pat your skin dry.
2. Sugar scrub
Take a teaspoon of white or brown sugar and add a few drops of milk to it. Use this as a scrub to get rid of blackheads. This remedy is also great to moisturize dry skin while working on pesky blackheads. Wash off the skin with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel. Instead of milk, you can also use some olive oil. This is one of the best known easy ways to remove blackheads.
3. Sip green tea and use the tea leaves as a mask
Fish out the brewed tea leaves off the bottom of the cup and once you are done drinking it, use the cool tea leaves to scrub the area having blackheads. Rinse and pat dry with a soft towel.
4. Clay mask
Get any organic clay mask (or one that has additional ingredients to moisturize your skin) and apply it all over your face and neck or just in the area where there are blackheads. Wait for the mask to dry. When you feel your skin has tightened considerably, rinse gently with lukewarm water. Always pat your skin dry with a soft towel. This is a tried and tested age-old remedy that can effectively get rid of blackheads quickly.
5. Try steam inhalation
Steam inhalation is also a great remedy for removing blackheads. Heat up some water in a steamer. Place it at a convenient height so you can safely stand above it. Take your face close enough to feel the steam while avoiding a steam burn. Now cover your head with a thick towel or a sheet. Inhale the steam for 10 minutes. Then gently squeeze the area with blackheads. You can now use any of the remedies to remove blackhead described in this guide, as steam softens the skin and loosens the dried and hardened sebum to enable you to remove the blackheads and whiteheads quickly and easily.
6. Use the skin of citrus fruits
If you like eating citrus fruits, preserve the peel and dry it. Use the powdered dry peels to scrub the blackheads off of your skin.
7. Use tomato juice
Rub one half of a tomato all over the area of blackheads. Wait for the juice to dry a little bit. Then rinse gently with lukewarm water and gently pat your skin dry with a soft cotton towel.
8. Use homemade ‘blackhead remover strips’
Separate the white and yellow of one egg. Apply egg white on the cleansed portion of your face where you see blackheads. Wait for the mask to dry. You could now peel it off or wash it with a mild cleanser. Alternatively you could use this remedy to make a ‘homemade blackhead remover strip’. Just stick some toilet paper to the wet egg white on your skin and apply another thin layer of egg white on top. Wait for the layers to dry thoroughly then peel them off gently. You will see the pesky blackheads stuck to the strip. Wash your face with lukewarm water and as usual, pat dry your skin gently. You can also use a ‘homemade glue’ to get rid of blackheads. Boil one tablespoon of all-purpose flour in half a cup of water. Once it becomes thick and glutinous, take off the flame and let cool. Now, apply this glue like a mask and peel off when dry.
9. Use oatmeal scrub
Simply boil a cup of oats and use it to scrub your skin off blackheads. You can add honey or lemon juice or even milk or sugar as per your choice for additional benefit and moisturizing the skin.
Apart from the above-mentioned easy ways to remove blackheads, you can also use over the counter medicated lotions, strips, scrubs and cleansers to remove blackheads. However, these remedies are expensive. We hope these easy ways to remove blackheads help you out!