Blackheads are very common in young people but many of them do not know what they are. This is not a serious problem, for it leaves no permanent effect. However, taking regular care of the skin can prevent them.
Blackheads are caused by excess of sebaceous glands (the oil producing glands of the skin). The excess secretion of oil expands and thickens the pores of the skin. The oil collects in the pores and develops into a cyst or swelling. The pores are then blocked with hardened sebum or oil. Since the pores are open, the tip of the blocked grease is exposed to the air and oxidizes, turning black. Hence, blackheads are formed.
Blackheads can appear any part of the body such as on the back, chest and other areas that are rich in sebaceous glands. Never pick at them. Oily and combination skins are most susceptible to these. Oily skins attract dirt and grime from the environment and these collect in the pores with hardened oil. Blackheads cause the pores to be further enlarged and people with oily skins have a rough and coarse skin.
Blackheads do not only look unsightly, but they are the cause of acne. When a pore is fully blocked, the oil gland can get infected resulting into a pimple. Therefore, the control of blackheads is one way of preventing acne.
HOME REMEDIES for BLACKHEADS
Make a paste of oatmeal or almond and apply it on the face. Mix either oatmeal or almond powder with rose water to make a soft paste that spreads easily on the skin. Rub it on skin with fingertips especially on the affected areas. Leave to dry for about 15 minutes and then wash off with cold water.
Prepare a paste of fresh methi (fenugreek) leaves and apply it over the face every night for 10-15 minutes and washed with warm water. This is an effective home remedy for blackheads and will prevent acne, pimples, blackheads, and wrinkles.
A solution made of one and a half cups of hot water and half a tablespoon of boric powder is a very good home remedy for blackheads.
Extract juice of one lemon and mix with equal quantity of rose water. Apply this mixture on the face and keep it for about half an hour. Wash the face with fresh water. About 15 days application helps cure acne, pimples and reduces blemishes and scars.
Apply undiluted lemon juice, two to three times a day, on the affected areas.
Nettle Tea is another remedy, this tea has a herb that has some curing power and really helps work wonders on skin problems.
Take some Ground drumstick pods and leaves and mix with fresh limejuice, and apply on pimples. This is also good for blackheads and dark spots.
Warm a little honey and apply on the blackhead areas. Wash off after 10-15 minutes. Fresh mint juice is also very effective home remedy for skin troubles. Apply this on the face every night for the treatment of all kinds of skin diseases such as acne, pimples, insect stings, eczema, scabies, & other skin infections.
Prepare a mixture of 1 or 2mls each of the following: witch hazel, tea-tree and sweet fennel essential oils, adding essential oil of geranium for women and essential oil of rosewood for men. Mix with 300mls of water. Shake before use, as the oils will float on top of the water during storage. Apply over the face with cotton wool two or three times a day. The oils will clean and unclog giving antibiotic-like protection to the skin.
Use 2-3 tsp. dried basil leaves to 1 cup boiling water. Steep 10-20 minutes. Cool, and apply with cotton ball. This is also an effective home remedy for blackheads.
Make a paste of roasted & powdered pomegranate skin with fresh lime juice and apply over acne, boils, pimple, blackheads and whiteheads.
Apply grated potatoes as poultice to treat skin blemishes, wrinkles, boils, pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, etc.
Make a paste of ground radish seeds with water and apply on face to remove blackheads.
Prepare a mixture of corn flour with egg white and apply on face. Let it dry completely for 1/2 hour. Dip your hands in warm water and massage your face and wash off. This when repeated regularly gives you a smooth skin.
A mixture of 1 tsps groundnut oil with 1 tspn fresh limejuice is also useful to prevent formation of blackheads and pimples.
A mixture of fresh limejuice and a glass of boiled milk when applied to face wash prevents the formation of acne, pimples, blackheads, and cracked skin.
Large pores on face can be treated with paste of sandalwood powder with masoor dal.
For blackheads treatment prepare a mixture of equal parts of limejuice, almond oil and glycerin and apply to the face.
Beat an egg white until stiff. Add 1 tsp honey and then apply to the face with a cotton swab. Leave for 1/2 hour and then wash with warm water.
Sunshine or ultra-violet light helps in skin peeling, and so helps to clear blocked pores. So sunbathing or use of sun-beds in can be helpful.
Mix an egg white with aloe Vera gel and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Egg whites cause the pores to tighten and the aloe Vera has a soothing and anti-biotic effect on the skin. The lavender is very healing for the skin.
Make a paste of ground radish seeds with water and apply on face to remove blackheads. For blackheads treatment rub ice cubes on the face for 10-15 minutes. It will tighten the pores.
Apply cucumber juice on the face. Wash it off after 15 minutes. It will tighten the pores.
Apply a paste made of ground radish seeds and water on affected areas, the effect is magical. Mix glycerin soap, fuller's earth and almond powder in 2:1:4 ratio with boiled water to make a paste. Apply this paste on the blackheads.
Apply paste of fresh fenugreek leaves mixed with water on the face every night and wash off with warm water in the morning to prevent blackheads.
Apply paste of roasted and powdered pomegranate skin with fresh limejuice over blackheads. Wet cotton in warm water mixed with Epsom salt and iodine. Dab them on blackheads to loosen them.
Use green tea as a face scrub to loose blackheads. Mash drumsticks pods and leaves. Mix it with fresh limejuice and apply on the trouble spots. Combine ¼ cup of hot water with 1 tsp of Epsom salts and 4 drops of iodine. Mix well and let it cool until it is lukewarm.
Dip cotton ball in to the mixture and apply on the affected area. When the mixture dries, remove it gently with a washcloth.