Beauty How To Get Rid Of Blackheads: Proven Tips And Tricks By Alizah Posted on July 29, 2016 6 min read 1 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr You know what the similarity between blackheads and bed bugs? (We know it sounds eew). Every time you try to get away with one, you find dozens more to annoy you. But you cannot just let these black spots occupy a region in your face. You must do something to get rid of blackheads from the face. But how? We’ll tell you. Just keep reading. What Are Blackheads And What Cause Them: The first step in treating the blackheads is understanding them first. Blackheads are a mix of dead skin cells and sebum sitting pretty in the skin pores. Contrary to what most of the people believe, blackheads do not darken because of dirt. These dead skin and sebum trapped in the pores are oxidized, making it turn black. Causes: Here is a list of factors responsible for blackheads. Irritation of hair follicles due to the dead skin cells. Oily skin. The excess sebum club together with the dead skin cells, blocking the hair follicles. Buildup of propionic bacterium Steroid medications like androgens, corticosteroids, and birth control pills can lead to rapid skin cell turnover. Certain cosmetics and cleansers. Related: 10 Simple Tips And Tricks To Make The Hair Grow Faster How To Get Rid Of Blackheads: Since blackheads aren’t caused because of dirt, scrubbing your face with all your might isn’t going to help. This can make the matter worse by drying out the skin and causing more oil build-up. You need to opt for a gentle and permanent solution, which, surprise, surprise, you can get right at your home. Below are a few home remedies to get rid of blackheads. Bentonite Clay Mask: Mineral rich bentonite clay has been used for centuries to treat a plethora of skin related problems. The molecules of this clay charge electronically when you bring it contact with your wet skin (yes, we know it sounds weird, but it’s true), thereby clearing off all the impurities and sebum locked in the skin. You Will Need: 1 tablespoon of bentonite clay Water or apple cider vinegar How To: Form a smooth paste using bentonite clay and water or apple cider vinegar. Apply the paste evenly on your face and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes or until it dries completely. Rinse it off with lukewarm water, followed by moisturizer. 2. Lemon And Salt Toner: The acid nature of lemon will dissolve the blackheads of your face, giving you a clearer and younger looking skin. You Will Need: Lemon Water A pinch of salt How To: Mix juice of one lemon with some water and add a pinch of salt to it. Apply the mixture on the face and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash it off with warm water and let it air dry. 3. Lather Up Salicylic Acid: Salicylic acid is an excellent option to get rid of blackheads. Found in over-the-counter products, this acid gently dissolves the blackheads away. You Will Need: Soap or Cream infused with salicylic acid How To: Apply the salicylic cream on your skin every night before going to bed or wash your face with salicylic acid-infused soap twice a day. You will notice a significant reduction in the blackheads in about a week’s time. 4. Baking Soda Face Mask: The tiny granules of baking soda work extremely hard to remove anything that’s clogged in the pores of the skin. You Will Need: 1 teaspoon of baking soda Water How To: Mix baking soda and water to form a thick, yet spreadable paste. Massage your skin in a circular motion with the paste and leave it for 10 minutes. Rinse the face thoroughly with cold water and pat dry. Note: Do not overdo it as the baking powder has a high pH level. You May Also Like To Read: Top 10 Quick And Simple Home Remedies To Get Fair Skin Egg White Mask: Egg whites do not just remove the existing blackheads, but also tighten the pores, thereby reducing the possibilities of blackheads in near future. You Will Need: 1 egg A small bowl A towel Tissue paper How To: Separate the egg from the yolk and leave it aside. Wash your face with water and apply the egg white on the face. Place a tissue paper on the face white the egg white is still wet and press your face gently. Leave it to dry. Now apply another layer of egg white over the first layer of tissue. Follow this by placing a tissue paper on the white. Dab it gently. Now let this layer also dry and then put a third layer of egg white and tissue. When the mask dries completely, peel off the tissue. Wash your face with water to remove the residue and pat dry. 6. Honey Toner: The antibacterial and antiseptic properties of honey can go a long way in healing skin infections, wounds, and even blackheads to a great extent. The stickiness of the honey binds the blackheads, thereby removing them. You Will Need: Honey Hot water (optional) How To: Either warm some honey in a pan or put a small jar of honey in hot water. You need to be very careful with it, as scalding honey can burn the skin badly. Apply warm honey on the blackheads and leave it to dry for 10 minutes. Wash it off with a damp cloth. 7. Oatmeal Face Pack: A face pack made of tomato juice, honey and oatmeal is excellent for keeping the skin free of blackheads. You Will Need: One teaspoon of honey Juice of four tomatoes 1 tablespoon of oatmeal How To: Mix honey and tomato juice with sufficient oatmeal to make a paste. Massage your skin with the paste and leave it for ten minutes. Wash it off with water and pat dry. Note- you can substitute honey and tomato juice with yogurt. Sugar Scrub: More than anything else, you need a good exfoliation, followed by moisturizing for clearing the blackheads. Sugar scrub will slough away the dead skin cells, helping you get rid of blackheads, whiteheads, and acne. You Will Need: 1 cup brown sugar 4 tablespoons of jojoba oil An airtight jar How To: Mix 4 tablespoons of oil in one cup of brown sugar and stir well, until combined. Store in a cool and dark place. Wet the face and massage your skin with the sugar scrub in circular motions. Wash it off with cold water and pat dry. 9. Cinnamon And Lemon Mask: The antibacterial properties of lemon are well acclaimed throughout the world. Cinnamon, on the other hand, tightens the pores and delays aging. You Will Need: 1 to 2 tablespoons of cinnamon powder 1 to 2 tablespoons of lemon juice How To: Make a thick paste, using cinnamon powder and honey. Apply this mixture only on the blackhead area. Leave it for 20 minutes and then wash it off. 10. Coconut Oil: Coconut oil contains Lauric acid, which has been tested to be an antimicrobial agent. This can help dissolve the blackheads. Besides, it will also nourish the skin, thereby eliminating the dead skin cells. You Will Need: A few drops of virgin coconut oil How To: Apply some drop of coconut oil on your face and give it a good massage. Leave it on to let it absorb into the skin. We are not trying to scare you, but if you get these remedies wrong, it could make the matter worse. So do not get frantic and be calm and composed while trying out these methods. Read: How To Get Rid Of Back Acne? Tips And Home Remedies Prevention Of Blackheads: To prevent blackheads: Avoid clothes that do not allow the skin to breathe. Avoid places that have high humidity and can lead to heavy sweating. Do you have any tips to get rid of blackheads? Which of these remedies worked for you? Let us know in the comment section below!