A blackhead is the public enemy no. 1 of your social life than it is of your face. Of course it is a sorry state of affairs when a minor acne could lead to psychological distress in teens or put a halt in your public life.
As a result, you get down to business and buy a range of products to get rid of them once and for all. But, in the haste to get rid of blackheads from your face you can be a victim to false information.
A lot of misinformation is floating in the airwaves when it comes to giving tips on personal care. “Blackheads are caused by dirt trapped in your noses” is the perfect example of half baked information masquerading as expert advice.
To get to the depth of the remedy and cure for Blackheads, you need to first understand some facts about Blackheads.
What are Blackheads?
Blackheads are a mild type of acne that you might have seen on your nose and cheeks in the form of tiny black colored bumps. Apart from your face they can be spotted on your back, neck, arm and shoulders.
It is one of the most common skin ailment in the world.
What causes Blackheads?
As you know your skin has small pores, these pores contain hair follicles and an oil producing sebaceous gland. Sebum (or oil) is produced by these glands which act as a natural conditioner for the skin.
However, due to some reasons when Sebum production increases, it mixes with the dead skin cells. They accumulate in the opening of the follicle and form plugs called comedones (the bumps) that clog the pores.
When the clogging is covered by a layer of skin it is called a whitehead. But when the bumps (comedones) are open to air, the melanin in the skin cells oxidize and turn black, giving rise to the name of blackhead.
What DOES NOT cause Blackheads
Owing to a lot of myths about the causes of Blackheads it is imperative that you weed out the misinformation. Here is what is considered to cause blackheads but DOES NOT-
Dirt- No, dirt does not cause blackheads or even poor hygiene. Excessively washing or scrubbing your face might worsen your blackheads situation.
Greasy food- Nuts, chocolates and greasy food(However, there have been some association with high Glycemic Index or GI and pro inflammatory food in some people) are not what causes blackheads.
Masturbation or sex- Oh please, the days of moral policing are over, when anything bad was linked to carnal pleasure. There is no scientific evidence to suggest that you will have blackheads because you have a sex life or you prefer to ride solo.
Factors contributing to Blackheads
There are a certain factors that contribute in forming blackheads-
- Cosmetic items or tight clothing that blocks the pores.
- High oil secretion due to hormonal changes in puberty, during menstrual cycle or due to consumption of birth control pills.
- Steroids like corticosteroids, lithium and androgen increase the oil secretion.
How to Remove Blackheads
You know exactly how annoying they can be, just to look at and a source of embarrassment in public. Since you cannot change the general perception about passing judgement on looks overnight, what you can do is remove the Blackheads.
- #1 – Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apply apple cider vinegar on your face daily.
- The acetic acid in the vinegar breaks down the oily build-up in your skin.
- Use it daily for a glowing skin or drink diluted 2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to cleanse your body.
- #2 -Egg Whites
- Break 3 eggs and separate the whites from the yolk.
- Now whisk the egg whites in a container.
- Apply these Egg whites on your face and cover it with paper towel.
- Let the towels dry, then peel them off one by one.
- #3 – Castor Oil
- Use a soft towel or facecloth and wet it with hot water.
- Dab your face with the towel to open your pores.
- Apply castor oil and let it sit for 20 minutes.
- Remove the oil with the towel and hot water.
- Now splash cool water on your face.
- #4 – Gelatin Mask
- Add 4 tablespoon Milk and 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatine.
- Mix it properly and heat it in a microwave for 15 seconds.
- Apply the mask on your face and wait for it to dry.
- Now Peel off the mask for a blackhead free look.
- #5 – Bentonite Clay Paste
- Take 1 tablespoon bentonite clay and add water or apple cider vinegar to make a thick paste.
- Apply a thin layer of paste on your face and let it sit for 20 minutes.
- Wash it off with lukewarm water and moisturize your face.
- #6 – Honey and Milk pore Strips
- Mix 1 table spoon of raw honey in 1 teaspoon milk.
- Heat the mixture for 10 seconds in microwave and let it cool a bit.
- Apply a thin layer of it on the blackheads and place a dry cotton strip on it.
- Wait for approx. 20 minutes and gently remove the strip.
- Now rinse and moisturize your face.
- #7 – Cinnamon and Honey Strips
- Mix 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder to 1 tablespoon raw organic honey. If the situation was different this could very well be a great topping to a dessert.
- When your paste is ready apply a thin layer of it on the blackheads.
- Pat a clean cotton strip over the paste and let it sit for 5 minutes.
- Remove the cotton strip, then wash and moisturize your face.
- Wash your face regularly, but not more than twice a day and use gentle cleanser.
- Avoid cosmetics that block your pores or any personal care product that contains oil.
- Use exfoliating scrubs and masks that remove dead skin. Remember, the harsher they are on skin, worse off will be your situation.
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