Like a lot of women, you may be dealing with blackheads. But what exactly are blackheads?
Blackheads are just pimples that don’t have skin over them. That’s all they are. Because there’s no skin, and they’re exposed to the air, the top layer of gunk in your pores oxidizes and turns that dark black color.
Pretty gross, huh? Well, the good news is, all you have to do is clean out your pores, and the blackheads are gone. There’s no need to squish and squeeze.
Here are a few ways to do it:
1. Make Exfoliation and Microdermabrasion a Part of Your Weekly Ritual
There are so many things you can use to exfoliate and remove blackheads with. Most of them are in your kitchen cabinets!
You could use: Baking soda and water, lemon juice and sugar, or salt and yogurt.
How you do it: Simply combine your “scrubby” ingredient with your liquid/wet ingredient until you have a thin paste. Starting with a clean face, rinse it once with water, and then begin to apply your exfoliator in light, circular motions.
Concentrate on the blackheads, but remember to use a very light touch. Too rough, and you could damage your skin.
Do this for 3-5 minutes. Rinse well. Enjoy your clean face.
2. Pat-Down with Raw Honey
Your honey should be very, very sticky if you want this to be as effective as possible. This why raw honey works best in this case.
Simply pour a small amount of honey on your fingers and start rapidly patting the areas on your face where you want to remove blackheads. The honey will stick to the stuff in your pores, and pull it out as you remove your fingers. It will also offer gentle antibacterial and antioxidant support, so any small remnants that may be left in your pores won’t oxidize (and turn black) quite as quickly.
Continue doing this for 3 or so minutes, and then just rinse your face with water.
3. Use a Cosmetic Clay Mask to Soak Up the Oils
How to make a blackhead-busting mask with clay: You can also add goodies like rosewater or a drop or two of essential oils to your clay, but this is not necessary for removing blackheads.
So the basics are: Combine 1 Tbsp clay with 1 Tbsp pure water) and stir until you have a paste without lumps in it. Spread over your whole clean face, or just the areas where you have blackheads. Allow this to dry for 15-20 minutes.
Take a warm, wet washcloth and press it to the mask for a few seconds, and then slowly and gently wipe off.
However you choose to remove blackheads, try to make it as natural, and non-abrasive as possible. Your skin is a precious commodity and it should be treated with love. :)