It doesn’t matter how well you take care of your skin or how expensive your facial care products are, blackheads are inevitable. What exactly causes blackheads? Blackheads form when there is a small blockage in the opening of a pore (aka skin follicle). Each follicle contains a gland that produces oil, also known as sebum, which keeps your skin soft. Unfortunately, dead skin cells and oil collect in the opening of the skin follicles, producing blackheads. While there is no sure-fire way to prevent them, we’ve got 5 all-natural, affordable ways to help you banish those pesky blackheads!
Pineapples contain an enzyme which works to eliminate dead skin cells while yoghurt helps maintain moisture and at the same time reduces inflammation because of its probiotic content. Adding brown sugar to this power-packed combination will give you the perfect treatment to get rid of blackheads and leave your skin silky smooth.
Mix 1 cup of chopped, fresh pineapple with 1/2 cup of plain yoghurt and 1 teaspoon of brown sugar. Blend all the ingredients until you get a smooth and consistent texture. Massage the mixture all over your face for one to two minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water.
This treatment can be done 2-3 times a week.
Raw honey is a great tool for moisturising your skin and to give your complexion a natural glow. It also opens up your pores to aid in the unclogging of blackheads. On the other hand, cinnamon is a wonderful herb that helps to de-clog your pores and improves blood circulation, cinnamon also contains antiseptic properties which kill bacteria trapped in your skin.
Combine 1 tablespoon of honey with 1/2 tablespoon of ground cinnamon to form a paste. Gently massage the mixture all over your face and leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.
We suggest you use this mask no more than twice a week.
If you’re prone to acne breakouts, this cleanser is for you! Baking soda is a common sight in most kitchen cabinets, but not many know that it is a powerful exfoliant that can remove the top layer of dead skin sitting on your face, leaving your skin blackhead-free.
Mix 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of water until a paste is formed (you can add more water if necessary). Gently massage the mixture into your skin, avoiding your eye area. Leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water. For some of you, you might see a little redness on your skin initially, but this usually fades within an hour. We suggest doing this cleanse at night before going to bed.
Use this mask once a week, any more than that might aggravate and dry out your skin.
Lemons are chock-full of vitamin-C, which gently exfoliates skin to allow the anti-microbial properties of raw honey to penetrate into your skin, eliminating blackheads. This recipe works great for those with normal to oily skin.
Grab half a lemon and smear the fleshy part of the fruit with raw honey, then gently massage the lemon flesh all over your face and wait one to two minutes before washing off with lukewarm water.
This mask can be done 3-4 times a week.
Green tea contains anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants that can help to rid your skin of excess oil to leave your face looking brighter. Simply steep 2 green-teabags into a cup of hot water and leave it to cool until lukewarm. Remove teabags from the water and dab on to your skin, wait 10 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.
You can use this cleansing mask daily if you wish.
Do you have any other all-natural blackhead busters? Share with us in the comments section below!