Did you notice the freckles on your nose which affect the overall beauty of your face? They are not freckles but a matter of blackheads.
They are the ones that you notice either on your nose or cheeks or forehead. Blackheads are those pimples which appear on the surface of the skin.
Sometimes, these blackheads are clogged and then get closed, which are then called whiteheads.
These blackheads can be removed in a variety of ways – through DIY home remedies or by application of gels suggested by the dermatologist.
What causes blackheads?
As time is passing by, the pollution levels are also at an all-time high. The heat, dust, and not-to-forget the smoke. All of these are not only affecting us internally but our skin bears the brunt of it all. Hence, it is clear that atmospheric dust and oils are majorly responsible for blackhead breakouts.
Also, the frequency and intensity of blackheads depends on the type of food that you consume.
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5 Common Mistakes that People Make During Blackhead Removal
Many times, we don't realize the common mistakes that we make while eliminating blackheads. Lack of awareness also causes these mistakes.
Here are some of the common mistakes which people make while removing their blackheads that are damaging the skin. If you find your mistakes here, please immediately stop doing such things.
Don't pick them: All the dermatologists and skin specialists have emphasized a lot on not pulling the blackheads. You must have heard many times from your mom too, but have you stopped doing that?
Picking up blackheads with raw or sharp nails can cause scarring, infection, and makes your skin more unrefined. If you want to remove your blackheads, it is better to get them extracted through a specialist who will pop them through their tools.
Not prepping the skin before blackhead extraction: Before heading to removal, you must cleanse your skin with a cleanser so that the dust, dirt, and oil can be removed. The best time to extract blackheads is after a shower and applying a good moisturizer.
The moisturizer opens the pores and creates a seal which traps the heat.
Forcing the stubborn ones to come out: What do you usually do when the stubborn blackheads do not come out of the skin?
Are you forcing or piercing them? It will only damage your skin more.
Try popping them thrice and if it's not ready to come out, then leave it. Otherwise, you could ruin a capillary.
Over exfoliation: Overdoing anything is always wrong. It stands true for exfoliation too. Over exfoliation can damage the skin, leaving it red and irritated.
These exfoliators are used to remove dead skin, but frequent usage of the same can cause dryness.
Many people roughly scrub their face, which triggers more oil production. Keep the pressure gentle and let your skin enjoy the process. Exfoliate as per your dermatologist’s recommendation in case of using substances like salicylic acid and retinoids.
Lack of moisturization: To balance the level of blackheads in your skin, you need to ensure that you moisturize it enough. Sometimes, when you don't provide the necessary oil to the surface, then it causes the skin to produce balancing oil. This, in turn, leads to a breakout.
A dried skin always creates more blackheads as the skin starts producing the oil it requires.
DIY Remedies to Keep Blackheads Away
Following is a list of top seven ways to keep your face clean regularly:
Wash your face twice daily
Go for pore strips
Pore strips are used to remove a layer of skin which usually contains dirt and oil.
Always use a sunscreen
Sunscreens usually contain oils, and it is essential to buy only oil-free sunscreen so that it blends in perfectly with your skin without releasing any extra oil.
Exfoliate with scrubs
Scrubbing is a must-do skincare routine which you should take up so that you can remove the dead skin cells.
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Gentle your skin with a face mask
Without face masks, you are leaving your skin unrepaired and more vulnerable to UV rays. Always ensure to apply face masks so that the pores are not left open after exfoliation.
Add salicylic acid gel to your regime
Sometimes, keratin gets deposited on the face, which leads to the development of blackheads. Salicylic acid can remove this keratin.
Start using topical Retinoids
Retinoids are antioxidants which make the skin look younger and healthier
Home Remedies to Remove Blackheads
We truly believe that pure and organic food ingredients can bring a lot of changes in our skin.
Here are some top home remedies which are not only economical but also efficient in removing blackheads. Many times, you may find yourself in a situation where you don't have enough time to go to the salon to get a facial done.
That's when these DIYs with natural ingredients gets your job done without causing you any pain or leaving any harmful effects on the skin.
The combination of natural ingredients always serves more than one purpose of removing blackheads. It will either bring a glow to the skin or improve your skin tone or leave the skin soft and gentle than before.
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Top 7 Remedies to Remove Blackheads at Home
Multani Mitti and Mint leave
Multani mitti is a clay pack as discussed above, and it helps to control the blackheads. It has abundant mineral content which removes the sebum from the face. Mint leaves contain menthol and salicylic acid, both of which are great for removing blackheads.
It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which helps remove the extra sebum from the face.
Cinnamon Powder and Lemon Juice
Cinnamon powder is used to tighten the pores and enhance the blood circulation. Lemon juice, being rich in Vitamin C, has antibacterial properties. It fights against blackheads and whiteheads too.
Being rich in antioxidants, green tea helps in reducing the oil secretion on the face. It also helps in removing impurities and reducing the inflammation, which therefore cleans the blackheads on the face
Mint leaves and cloves
Mint leaves contain salicylic acid, which helps in removing blackheads. Cloves have both antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It also helps in skin whitening
Egg and Honey Mask
Egg white is known to remove the hair follicles which secrete sebum. It also helps in tightening the skin pores. Both these functions of egg white then remove blackheads from the skin. Honey not only adds softness to the skin but also keeps the skin hydrated.
You can start applying all these different types of face masks to check which is the most suitable for your skin.
Quick Tips to Avoid Blackheads
Here is an overview and a quick read for you to know what precautions to take and what to do while eliminating blackheads.