Blackhead Treatments: 10 Simple Home Remedies for Clearer Skin
6. Tightening Toner
Lemon juice is an effective astringent that can also serve to tighten pores. With this treatment, keep in mind that lemon juice can lighten skin temporarily and also make you more sensitive to the sun. In the cases of sensitive skin, the lemon juice in the following recipe can be diluted with water.
- 1 lemon
- Cotton balls
- A small bottle
Squeeze lemon juice into a small bottle. Rinse and dry face, then dampen a cotton ball in lemon juice and apply to the affected areas at bedtime, 3-4 times a week. In the morning, rinse your face with warm water and apply your usual moisturizer. Leftover lemon juice can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
7. Cinnamon & Honey Strips
An alternative to the milk in the previous mask, cinnamon is believed to provide additional benefits of increasing circulation to the skin. This increased blood flow will give your skin a smooth and healthy glow.
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon powder
- 1 tablespoon organic raw honey
- Clean strips of cotton
Mix the honey and the cinnamon together into a paste. Apply a thin layer of the mixture over blackheads press clean cotton strips onto the area. Let dry 3-5 minutes then peel off strips, rinse, and moisturize
8. Clay Mask
Common bentonite clay can be an incredibly effective treatment to draw out excess oils and impurities in the skin. A mask of bentonite draws out blackheads and also provides minerals to the skin. There is also evidence to suggest the following mask recipe, which can be made with either water or apple cider vinegar (ACV), can improve circulation and overall health of the skin.
- 1 tablespoon bentonite clay
- Water or ACV
Simply mix in enough water or ACV to form a thick, but spreadable paste. Wash hands then apply a thin layer of paste with your fingertips. Let dry 10-25 minutes depending on personal preference, then rinse with warm water and apply your usual moisturizer.
9. Incredible Egg Mask
Egg whites are rich in nutrients for your skin and can make an easy and effective mask to remove and prevent blackheads. This treatment can be slightly less-drying than a few other home remedies, in my experience.
- 1 egg
- Facial tissue or toilet paper (optional)
- A small bowl
Before starting, rinse and pat your face dry. Separate the egg white into a small bowl and again, with clean hands, spread a thin layer of egg white over your skin. Once it is dry, simply spread another layer of egg white over your skin and repeat 3-5 times. As an alternative, you can apply strips of facial tissue to the egg white covered skin and recoat with egg and tissue up to 3 times.
When dry, either peel away the tissue or just gently wash your face and apply your usual moisturizer.
10. Homemade Pore Strips
Here’s a new use for your milk and honey, both of which are healthy to your skin! Lactic acid in milk is believed to keep skin soft and supple while honey is a natural antibacterial. When mixed together, these two can make a sticky but effective blackhead mask.
- 1 tablespoon of organic raw honey
- 1 teaspoon of milk
- Clean strips of cotton
Mix honey and milk in a small bowl and heat 5-10 seconds in the microwave. Mix thoroughly and allow to cool to a comfortable temperature. Apply a thin layer of the mixture over blackheads then gently pat a strip of cotton onto the area. Let dry 20 minutes, then remove strips, rinse skin with cool water and apply your usual moisturizer.
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