Blackheads can be caused due to various reasons. Main cause of blackheads can be the exposure of your skin to dirt and dust. Other causes can be using excessive oil based cosmetics, poor cleansing, having oily skin, stress, hormones, some types of medication etc. Now let’s talk about some home remedies for blackheads which means you can remove the blackheads by your self at home.
To get rid of blackheads make sure you are drinking plenty of water everyday. If you do not have the habit of carrying water with you, make a start. Water is the best natural cleanser for your skin. Next, know what your skin type is and use products that are the most suitable.
Those with oily skin must always use products that are oil-free, as the root cause of blackheads is excess oil. Cleansing, toning and moisturizing are the three steps that you need to follow on a daily basis, come rain or shine. When it comes to face packs, a number of ingredients are already sitting in your kitchen cabinet, like yogurt, black pepper, honey and olive oil.
When you mix a teaspoon of black pepper with thick yogurt and apply the paste on blackheads for 5-7 minutes, you will see amazing results for sure. Yogurt mixed with oatmeal is also a fantastic way to get rid of blackheads. Add some lemon juice and olive oil to the yogurt-oatmeal paste for even better results. Cucumber is another good home remedy. Peel, blend, and then apply the paste on your face for a half hour.
The cooling effects of cucumber will work wonders on your skin and make the blackheads go away. Sandalwood powder too is good for treating blackheads. If you have some at home, mix with a little rose water, make a paste, and then apply on the blackheads. Lemon juice and natural honey are equally effective home remedies.
- Blackhead Prevention
- Fact and Myth about Blackhead
- WHAT IS A BLACKHEAD?
- Pimples VS Blackheads : Same things or not ?
- Simply Method to get rid of Blackheads that you Should Try
The best way in which blackheads can be stopped from ever coming back is to prevent them. There are a number of ways in which blackheads can be prevented, the most important factor in preventing them is to cleanse your face. Here are some of the best ways to prevent blackheads from occurring;
You should avoid using products, such as make-up and moisturizers, that are;
These all increase the chances of pores being blocked and therefore blackheads occurring.
A gentle and water-soluble acne cleanser should be used. Acne cleansers are generally used to remove accumulated oil, make-up, sweat, and dirt on the surface of your skin. In doing so, these products generally make it easier for topical acne treatments to be absorbed. The best acne cleanser to remove blackheads are either;
- Salicylic acid cleansers
- or Benzoyl peroxide cleansers
I would HIGHLY recommend you do not use bar soap. There are certain ingredients within a bar of soap that help to remain in its bar form, but these ingredients can also be very bad for clogging up your pores. As well as clogging pores, they also cause the skin on your face to flake and peel.
Exfoliate your skin weekly, this will remove;
- Dead skin cells
By exfoliating your skin, it allows your pores to breathe and natural oils are able to pass through them freely and also built up bacteria within pores can be broken down and extracted.
One of the main causes of blackheads is excess oils that can clog the pores, this is especially common in Oily skin. The best way to get rid of excess oils is by using a clay mask.
Preferable one that does not contain;
These will just further irritate the skin.
Visit your local GP or dermatologist, many people believe that blackheads are just a cosmetic problem, but they are infact a medical problem, and your doctor will NOT laugh at you if you ask them about blackheads. They will most likely prescribe you;
Retinoids, these are a form of vitamin A supplements
These help to keep oil flowing within the pores.
Fact and Myth about Blackhead
Myth: Having blackheads means you’re dirty and don’t wash!
Fact: Blackheads are not caused by dirt! Blackheads get their black colour from the excess skin pigment in the pores which then becomes oxidised.
Myth: Washing your face a lot will help get rid of blackheads
Fact: Blackheads ARE NOT CAUSED BY POOR HYGIENE! Despite popular belief, blackheads are not caused by dirt; don’t believe television commercials when they tell you that “pores can get blocked by impurities”. Washing your face too much will actually do the opposite of what you intended, by irritating skin and cause them to become clogged up.
Myth: Blackheads are contagious!
Fact: There is no way you can catch blackheads off someone, it is not contagious at all!
Myth: Having sex or masturbation will cause acne.
Fact: Old wives tale, it was to discourage the young from participating in these activities, not a bit of truth in them, you’ll be happy to hear!
Myth: Blackheads are linked to diet.
Fact: Many extensive and highly-funded research programmes have looked into this myth, and the same conclusion has come from them all; blackheads are not related to diet.
- French fries
None of these can be linked to causing blackheads, but still excess amounts of these foods will make you have a bad diet, so best to cut back on them anyway.
Myth: Tanning with get rid of acne
Fact: Sure, tanning with darken your skin and therefore acne will be become less noticeable, but that doesn’t mean its gone!
But spending too much time in the sun will cause your skin to become irritated and burnt, which can worsen the effects of acne and also, more importantly, it will increase your chance of getting skin cancer.
The nose is the one of the most common places for blackheads to appear on, this can be especially frustrating as the nose is such a prominent feature on the face. Although blackheads anywhere on the face can be annoying!
WHAT IS A BLACKHEAD?
If you take blackheads at face value, they are little black dots on the skin, they appear to be trapped dirt. However, a more scientific analysis suggests blackheads form when a pore in the skin becomes blocked by excess oil, dirt or sebum. Despite popular belief it is NOT dirt.
The trapped material then becomes oxidized and turns a black color and hence it gains the name of “Blackhead”.
HOW TO GET RID OF NOSE BLACKHEADS
Many people as soon as they see a blackhead will attempt to squeeze it out with their fingers, however most of the time this will just make it worse and could possibly lead to the blackhead becoming infected. To find out more about infected blackheads, Infected blackheads.
Furthermore, because of the shape of the nose, using this method to remove blackheads can be quite tricky. And although sometimes it may remove the blackhead, it is definitely not the best way to treat them, you could end up making it worse. For example, by squeezing and pinching around the pore, you could actually push the plug deeper into the pore or damage the pore itself.
SO, HOW DO I CURE MY NOSE BLACKHEADS THEN?
One of the best methods that i personally use are Clay Masks, they are so easy to apply and I’ve seen some great results. However, they do not work for everybody. I find these work particularly well with nose blackheads as they’re normally deep in the pores. Clay masks work by grabbing dirt/excess oil from the pore and when you wash it off, the blackheads come away too.
Pimples VS Blackheads : Same things or not ?
Are they pimples? Or, are they blackheads? Or, are they both pimples and blackheads? In other words, are pimples and blackheads one and the same? In order to answer these questions, there needs to be knowledge of what pimples and blackheads are. This article aims to supply some information.
WHAT ARE PIMPLES?
Another name for a pimple is zit, or spot. A pimple is a small skin lesion that can appear as a pustule or a papule. Skin lesions are inflammation of the skin. They are infected oil glands, due to the presence of bacteria in the glands. The glands fill up with pus, and become inflamed.
WHAT ARE BLACKHEADS?
Another name for a blackhead is an open comedo, and may appear as a yellow, brown, or blackish bump on the skin. It is a kind of acne, and is therefore caused by excess oil blocking the pores. The contents of these bumps consist of keratin and sebum, which becomes dark when it is mixed with air, hence the black appearance.
The answer to the last question in the first paragraph is, simply, ‘NO’. Pimples and blackheads are not one and the same, even though they are both a type of acne.
|The contents of pimples can be spilt, spreading infection to the surrounding tissue.||The contents of blackheads are usually hard and cannot be spilt.|
|Contain pus.||Contain no pus.|
|Found mainly on the face, back, and chest.||Found mainly on the forehead and nose.|
|A type of acne.||A type of acne.|
|When oil and dead skin cells, as well as bacteria, become trapped in a hair follicle, the follicle swells and later bursts. This causes the infection to spread to the tissues nearby, resulting in the redness and swelling that are characteristic of inflammation, which is a distinguishing feature of pimples.||When dirt, oil, and dead skin cells block the pores on the surface of the skin, little bumps appear. They do not become inflamed, but because their contents are oxidized, that is, mixed with air, the bumps appear as little black dots, which some persons mistake for dirt and treat harshly.|
CARE AND TREATMENT
Even though they have different properties, both pimples and blackheads can be removed from the skin without the use of acne treatments. Simple home remedies are thought to be very effective and fast acting. Dedication and disciplined care seem to do the trick. Certain instructions need to be followed. The suggestions are –
- The face should be cleansed two times per day, since pimples and blackheads are likely to appear more on dirty skin. A mild facial soap or suitable cleanser may be used to take off excess oil, makeup, debris, and bacteria from the skin.
- Witch hazel is recommended for the skin, as it can be naturally substituted for toner or even astringent. It is said to be able to dry up pimples and blackheads as it assists in the balancing of the oil levels of the skin. Daily use of witch hazel promotes clear skin.
- The skin should be steamed. A bowl should be filled with boiled water, the head covered with a towel, and the face held over the bowl. This would allow the steam to enter the pores, drawing the impurities from deep inside the skin, thereby promoting a clear complexion. If steaming of the skin is done one or two times per week, fewer pimples and blackheads would be experienced.
- Equal parts of baking soda and water can be mixed to form a paste. This paste should be applied to the pimples and blackheads, and allowed to remain for 20 minutes before rinsing it off. Baking soda effectively kills bacteria and absorbs excess oil, and this helps to rid the skin of pimples and blackheads.
- Lemon juice may be rubbed on the blackheads and pimples. Because lemon juice is naturally acid, it effectively absorbs the oil that causes blackheads and pimples. The skin is dried out only to the point of promoting an even complexion, which helps the skin look healthier and smoother.
- The skin should be exfoliated. This can be accomplished by creating a scrub with a mixture of equal parts of water and granulated sugar. The scrub should be applied to the skin, and circular motions employed in exfoliating the area. Since acne is partially caused by dead skin cells on the skin surface blocking pores, exfoliating the skin can remove, and may even prevent, blackheads and pimples. This activity can be employed twice or thrice weekly.
There is even an eight-step treatment for removing pimples and blackheads overnight. The instructions go like this –
- With clean hands, wash face with a gentle cleanser and warm water. Dry off with a clean towel, to avoid adding acne-causing bacteria to the face, which would only result in more pimples and blackheads.
- Apply a warm compress to the affected area, opening up the pores. This will make it easier for dirt and bacteria that are trapped under the skin to be removed.
- Using a Q-tip or cotton ball, apply a little raw apple cider vinegar to the pimples or blackheads. Apple cider vinegar effectively deals with any extra oil and bacteria on the skin.
- A clean cold compress may then be applied to tighten the pores and reduce swelling. This can be done several times.
- Before going to bed, prepare a mixture of baking soda and fresh lemon juice. A thick paste should result, and this should be put on the pimples and blackheads and left overnight, then rinsed off in the morning.
- Drink a lot of water. Eight glasses daily is the recommended amount.
- Use clean pillowcases, as dirty ones may be a source of bacteria reaching the face.
- Get a lot of sleep. Similar to water, the skin needs sleep in order to revitalize itself. At least seven hours are recommended.
Simply Method to get rid of Blackheads that you Should Try
Blackheads can be very annoying and frustrating, they are a real pain to get rid of, you can pinch them, squeeze them and attempt to distract them, but most of the time, that will just make them worse and they could even become infected blackheads.
To get rid of blackheads, we need to understand why they are there and how they form, this is the best description;
“A blackhead is formed by a plug of sebum or oil becoming trapped in a pore. The plug becomes hard and oxidises turning black, hence the name.”
So, now we know that blackheads are to do with pores becoming blocked, so now it is simple; stop the pore from being blocked OR unblock the pores.
Blackheads are most common in people with Oily skin and occur most frequently in the area called the T-Zone, which is very prone to oil, dirt and bacteria. When treating blackheads, nearly everyone makes the same mistake. They’re in the bathroom, glance across at the mirror and see a few blackheads, what is the first thing you do? Squeeze them. No harm done right? WRONG!
DO NOT SQUEEZE YOUR BLACKHEADS!
When you squeeze, you may remove some of the blackheads from the surface of your skin. What happens underneath the skin is another story. You could be causing the pore to become permanently damaged or more clogged. You can also cause scarring. Have you ever noticed people with really large pores on their nose? That’s what your face could look like if you squeeze.
In my opinion, the best way to get rid of blackheads is with a regular and effective treatment, there is no such thing as a quick fix with acne and blackheads, if you want to get rid of blackheads, you in it for the long run, but the results are worth it.
Have a look through our Blackhead Treatments list, pick out which type of treatment best suits you, research it and then try it out, you may not have 100% success with the first treatment you try, but keep going.
We all know what blackheads look like (the name is a huge giveaway) – a black dot on the skin. But do we know what causes them and what they’re really made of? The first step to getting rid of blackheads, is understanding them.
This site is dedicated to informing you about blackheads and treatments – new and old, of how to get rid of blackheads.
Blackheads can appear ANYWHERE on your body, but the most common places are;
They often form in groups or clusters clumped together.
Blackheads are notorious for being very stubborn and hard to get rid of, but that doesn’t mean it is impossible! This site has hundreds of well-researched and detailed treatments to get rid of and prevent blackheads, so what are you waiting for?
IF BLACKHEADS ARE LEFT UNTREATED THEY WILL PERMANENTLY STRETCH THE PORE.
Get rid of your blackheads FOREVER, the battle starts today.