Blackheads are small bumps that appear due to pores becoming clogged with oil and dead skin. They’re a mild type of acne that usually form on the face, often where they’re most noticeable, such as on or around the nose, but they can also appear on the back, chest, neck, arms, and shoulders, most commonly in teens and pre-menstrual women.
As blackheads can make it feel as if you’ve got a target right in the center of your face, banishing them as quickly as possible is a must, and these 12 all-natural remedies have been found to be the fastest and most effective for getting rid of them.
1. BAKING SODA
Baking soda isn’t just for baking, or keeping your refrigerator smelling fresh. The antiseptic quality of it makes it a wonderful product for your skin. It not only works as an exfoliant to scrub away dead skin cells, leaving the skin soft and smooth, it’s also an incredible contender against those pesky blackheads. And, as baking soda also helps to neutralize the skin’s pH, it encourages the skin to produce less oil, which means that after regular use, you may be able to say goodbye to those blackheads for good.
Cinnamon is an anti-bacterial spice that can be used to make an aromatic face mask that offers all sorts of benefits to the skin, including the removal of blackheads. It also helps to eliminate flaky skin as well as acne, and it can be used as a body scrub for a smoother, more glowing complexion.
Mix one part organic cinnamon with two parts honey to form a paste.
Apply a thin layer over blackheads.
Leave the paste on for at least 15 minutes.
Wash off with your favorite all-natural cleanser, and then follow up with a moisturizer.
Oatmeal is more than just a popular hot breakfast cereal. This nutrient-rich grain is safe and effective on a number of skin conditions, including blackheads and sensitive, irritated skin. It works as a gentle natural cleanser and exfoliant, loosening clogged pores that lead to blackheads. It also contains powerful antioxidants and some anti-inflammatory properties too. It soothes irritation, removes dead skin cells, and soaks up excess oil to help clarify the complexion.
To use oatmeal for eliminating blackheads:
Cook just enough oatmeal per package instructions in order to cover all of your blackheads, being sure to use distilled water that is free of contaminants.
Allow the oatmeal to cool to room temperature before applying to affected areas.
4. LEMON JUICE
Lemon juice contains alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) citric acid which works as a natural astringent to remove dead skin, making it perfect for unstopping clogged pores. Lemon juice is also rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant that stimulates collagen production to improve skin health and reduce scarring from acne.
To use lemon juice for a clearer, blackhead-free complexion:
First, wash your face with your favorite gentle, natural cleanser.
Squeeze about one teaspoon of juice from an organic lemon into a glass or ceramic bowl.
Dip a cotton ball into the lemon juice and dab it onto any blackheads that you have.
5. GREEN TEA
The vitamins and antioxidants in green tea help to break up excess oil and reduce inflammation in acne-prone skin, as well as to help protect it from future damage.
To use green team to clear blackheads:
Boil about one cup (8 ounces) of water and then remove from heat.
Steep two bags or a tea ball containing about two teaspoons of organic green tea for one hour.
Pour liquid into a glass or ceramic bowl and cool until lukewarm.
Dab liquid onto blackheads and allow it to dry for at least 10 minutes.
Rinse with cool water, pat dry and then moisturize with an all-natural moisturizer.
Honey is both antibacterial and antiseptic, properties that help remove blackheads by destroying germs or impurities that clog pores, making it another great choice for those with acne-related blackheads. Honey also acts as a natural antibiotic, helping to pull dirt from the pores of the skin to clear blackheads as well as tightening and hydrating the pores for a clearer complexion.
If you have an allergy or sensitivity to honey, use one of the other methods suggested instead, as even applying it topically can cause a reaction in some people.
Remove blackheads with honey by:
Heat about a tablespoon of pure raw honey in a small jar until it is warm to the touch (placing the jar of honey into a bowl of very hot water will do the trick).
Turmeric is one of the best medicinal spices there is, offering powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The popular cooking spice will stain skin if applied to treat blackheads, but by using Kasturi turmeric, a non-edible variety, you can avoid that as it is non-staining.
To use Kasturi turmeric for eliminating blackheads:
Mix a small amount of Kasturi turmeric with water or coconut oil to form a paste.
Dab the paste onto blemishes and let it soak in for 10 to 15 minutes.
Rinse with lukewarm water.
While organic Kasturi can be hard to find, most local Indian markets sell it, and you can also find it Amazon.com here. Use this treatment daily to get rid of and prevent future blackheads.