One of the most common complaints I hear from clients is “How can I get rid of blackheads naturally?” Thousands of products on the market promise the world but deliver nothing, leaving you feeling disappointed time and time again. You may have the most diligent skincare routine in the world but still suffer from those pesky blackheads that just will not go away! Before we get started on how to prevent and treat blackheads naturally, let’s find out more about them.
What Are Blackheads?
Blackheads are small bumps that appear on your skin due to blocked or clogged hair follicles. These bumps are known as “blackheads” because the bump itself looks dark or black. Blackheads are a less serious type of acne that are most commonly noticed on areas of the skin that are oiliest. For most, that area is the “T-zone” (forehead, nose and chin), though they can also form on the cheeks, chest and back.
Essentially, a blackhead is a pore that has been blocked and prevented from secreting what it needs to including oil and dead skin cells. When this blockage occurs, the blockage gets pushed towards the skin’s surface until it comes into contact with air. When this happens, it oxidises and turns the bump black.
Despite what you may think, the black part of a blackhead is not a speck of dirt! The oxidisation process causes the sebum to darken and form a black or dark mark. The process of oxidisation also happens to a banana or apple. Think about when you leave a sliced apple on a plate exposed to air, over time it begins to turn the fruit brown. This process is called oxidisation and is exactly what happens to your skin when it forms a blackhead.
There are ways to naturally treat blackheads and clear your skin for good. If you are finding that blackheads are a constant skin concern for you, the best thing you can do is follow these simple skin care tips:
My Top Tips For Getting Rid Of Blackheads Forever:
1. Wash Your Pillow Cases Every Week
Remember to wash your pillowcases every week, no exceptions.
I know how much effort it takes you to wash your hair and sometimes the every second or third day wash can turn into once a week with the invention of dry shampoo. It is SO important that you wash your pillowcases every week to ensure you are not allowing your face to come into contact with any additional oils and impurities that may cause blockages and result in blackheads.
Make it part of your weekly cleaning ritual to strip your bedding and wash every week as dirty pillowcases can often be the cause of breakouts including blackheads.
2. Invest In A Facial Cleansing Brush
Exfoliating is the #1 thing you can do to treat and prevent blackheads and clogged pores. Facial cleansing brushes are a great way to deeply exfoliate your skin and draw out any impurities that are trapped underneath the surface.
A brush helps remove dead skin cells form your face quicker, and in turn prompt your skin to produce more collagen, and gradually, you get tighter skin. Plus, it will remove any oil or impurities that’s plugging pores and allows your moisturiser and serum to penetrate skin better.
Using a facial cleansing brush is a more affordable way to treat your skin to a facial. I’m a big fan of the Clarisonic brush which will help to remove dirt, oil, and makeup while gently exfoliating your skin.
Be sure to slowly introduce the facial cleansing brush into your skincare routine. Try using it once or twice a week at first and slowly build up your use. Normal skin types can use it every day, however more sensitive skin types should stick with once or twice a week.
TIP: If you suffer from severe acne, I would recommend that you opt for an organic muslin cloth instead as your skin will be too sensitive to use a facial cleansing brush for exfoliating.
3. Use Epsom Salts On The Affected Area
Another effective and natural way to treat blackheads is to use epsom salts.
- Mix one teaspoon of Epsom salt in a little hot water until the salt dissolves completely. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
- Use a cotton ball to apply to the mixture on the affected area. Allow the mixture to dry.
- Use a clean muslin cloth or wash cloth to gently wash it off.
This is a great tonic to use before applying a deep cleansing mask or before your facial steam bath (instructions below) as it allows blackheads to loosen before they are naturally extracted with these tips.
Note: You can also use epsom salts in a detox bath by adding 1 cup to your bath and enjoy for 20 minutes. Make sure you get your face wet too!
4. Use Deep Cleansing Pore Strips
Pore strips do help get rid of blackheads by extracting them out of the pore, but they work better after the plug has been loosened up.
- The first thing you need to do is to cleanse your face. This will remove any oil and dirt from your skin as well as help your pores open up.
- Pour 1L of boiling water from the kettle into a large stainless steel bowl. You can add one drop (no more than one!) of essential oil if you have any at home, otherwise the water on its own is just as effective. Hover your face over the bowl and place a towel over your head and bowl to trap the steam in. Note: Move your face a comfortable distance away from the bowl if you are too close and the steam is too hot.
- Take your pore strips and follow the instructions on the back. Usually you must use the pore strip on damp skin so it’s best to leave your skin damp after the facial steam bath.
5. DON’T Extract Or Squeeze Blackheads
Attempting to extract or squeeze blackheads is one of the WORST things you can do for your skin. Not only is it incredibly dangerous but you are risking PERMANENT scarring, infection and more breakouts!
Leave the extractions to your aesthetician or qualified dermatologist. According to the Huffington Post, attempting to squeeze blackheads on your own can lead to inflammation, infection, and even scarring.
The only thing worse than pesky blackheads is, permanent scarring.
Diet also plays a large role in banishing blackheads for good. Make sure you are enjoying a well-balanced, nutritionist approved clear skin diet to prevent and heal any existing blackheads and break outs.
There are foods that you should be avoiding and also eating in order to prevent and heal blackheads for good. Learn more about a clear skin diet here.
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