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12 Natural Remedies to Remove Blackheads Forever! (#4 Works Great!)
Almost everyone in the world gets blackheads at one time or another. Those super annoying little black dots seem almost impossible to get rid of!
If you have tried everything but feel like you and your blackheads will be BFFs forever, then this article is for you. We have 12 of the best home remedies that are known to remove blackheads and keep them away forever!
Not everything works for everyone, so if one method does not work for you, try another one. Your beautiful skin is just waiting to come out from under those ugly little blackheads, so what are you waiting for?!
1. Mint and Apple Cider Vinegar Skin Toner
Apple cider vinegar will help to break down the sebum clogging your pores while the mint will help tighten up the area. Simply mix 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 3 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh mint leaves in a jar with 8 ounces of clean water. Shake together, and then put the bottle in a cool, dark place (such as a drawer or cupboard) for one week. Take it out once per day to shake, then put it back. After 1 week, rub this mixture over your face using a cotton ball. Allow this to sit on your face overnight before washing. Once you open the jar, store this in the refrigerator. This will keep for one week after you open it.
2. Baking Soda
One of the best ways to remove blackheads is to scrub them out. Baking soda is an ingredient that is used in microdermabrasion. When used regularly, it can really help to minimize blackheads and eventually remove them entirely. Mix up some baking soda with just enough water to make a paste. Gently use this paste to scrub your face, then rinse.
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3. Steam Them Out
Applying some steam to your face will soften the blackheads so that you can help them to come out on their own. Fill a large bowl with boiling water, and then drape a towel over your head and the bowl so that the steam goes to your face. Don’t burn yourself! When the water cools, rinse your face with warm water using a washcloth to help remove blackheads that have come to the surface. Do this three or more times each week until the blackheads are gone.
4. Play with Clay
Bentonite clay is a super, mineral-rich substance that has been used for centuries. This type of clay does an amazing job at pulling out impurities, as well as blackheads, while your skin drinks in the minerals. Apply a little water to the clay, the spread a thin layer over your face and let it dry. Rinse off with cool water.
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5. Honey and Milk Strips
Both milk and honey have terrific compounds that are super good for your skin. Honey has antibacterial compounds that will kill the pathogens that cause acne. Milk contains lactic acid, which is known to keep the skin soft and supple. Mixed together, these two ingredients should help to draw out blackheads, stop bacteria formation, and leave the skin soft.
Mix 1 tablespoon of raw, organic honey with 1 teaspoon of milk in a small cup. Heat this in your microwave for 10 seconds (depending on the strength of your microwave), then mix again to be sure this combination is smooth and well blended. When it has cooled to warm, but not hot, apply a thin layer over the area that has blackheads and then gently pat a strop of dry, clean cotton over the area (old T-shirts work well for this). Allow to dry completely, and then carefully peel off the cotton strip. Rinse with cool water.
6. Egg Mask
This is an old fashioned remedy that really works well. Egg whites form a simple mask that helps to remove current blackheads while temporarily tightening pores to help prevent future blackheads.
Place the egg white from one egg in a bowl. Rinse your face with water. Place a strip of tissue or toilet paper into the egg white, and then apply this strip to the affected area. Allow this to dry completely. Now, using your fingers, apply a second layer of egg white over the tissue. Allow this second layer to dry. You can apply a third layer if you wish. Be sure the egg white has dried completely or this will not work. Once this is completely dry, gently peel off the tissue and then wash to remove any remaining egg white.
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7. Daily Water Treatment
Although some of the methods above work great, they can only be used two or three times per week, otherwise they can dry out your skin or irritate it. If you want something you can do more frequently that will help to prevent blackheads, all you need to do is to rinse your face with clear, cool (not cold) water two or three times every single day. This keeps the dead skin cells from collecting and plugging up your pores as well as remove excess oil. Apply a moisturizer after each rinse.
8. Sweat Them Out
Sweating will help your skin to naturally remove blackheads. When you sweat enough, the liquid will flow over and soften the blackheads, eventually washing them out. In order for this to work, you need to wash your face just before and then again immediately after you finish. The last thing you want is for dirt or makeup to enter your pores! You also don’t want dried sweat to clog your pores.
You can work up a sweat anyway you wish, but for most people the easiest way is to use a sauna, steam room, or Jacuzzi. Wash your face before you begin. Then be sure that no matter which method you use that your face is dripping with sweat for at least several minutes. Then wash again and apply a moisturizer.
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9. Sugar Scrub
Sometimes, the only thing you really need to remove those ugly blackheads is a good exfoliating scrub. Dead skin cells and dirt can clog the pores that lead to blackheads. Exfoliating improves circulation and leaves you with a beautiful, healthy glow.
Mix one cup of sugar and 4 tablespoons of jojoba oil in an airtight glass jar. Stir well. You can add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice for a nice smell. Wet your face, and then scoop out a small handful of the sugar mixture and massage into your face. Don’t rub too hard! Rinse well, and then use a moisturizer. Use this scrub only twice per week to avoid irritating your skin.
10. Honey and Cinnamon
This might sound like a great start to a cinnamon roll recipe. This mixture actually makes a great combo for the removal of blackheads. Honey has antibacterial compounds that will fight bacteria and cinnamon improves circulation, which will increase the blood to your face, giving your skin a beautiful, natural glow.
Mix one part of raw, organic honey and one part cinnamon. Mix these two items well until you have a paste. Apply a thin layer of this mixture over your blackheads, and then press a strip of clean cotton over this. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, and then gently pull off the cotton. Rinse with cool water to remove any leftover honey.
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11. Lemon Toner
Blackheads are caused by clogged pores. Shrinking your pores, or helping them to close, will cut down on the number of blackheads. Lemon juice is a terrific astringent that will temporarily tighten the skin and close pores. If you have sensitive skin, dilute the lemon juice with a bit of water.
Squeeze the juice from one organic lemon into a small bowl or cup. Rinse your face and pat dry, then dip a cotton ball into the juice and rub it over the affected area. Allow this to dry overnight. Rinse with warm water and apply a moisturizer. Do this three to four times each week for best results.
12. Elmer’s Glue Mask
This sounds funny, but it does work! Using Elmer’s glue as a mask will pull off dead skin cells and blackheads at the same time. Simply put a bit of Elmer’s glue on your fingers and rub it over the affected area. Allow it to dry completely. Once dry, gently pull off the glue. Rinse with cool water to be sure all the glue is removed, and then apply a moisturizer. Do this twice per week for best results.