Blackheads is a problem that everyone wants to keep at bay. Although they look like tiny black spots on the skin, but if squeezed, one finds that is a much deeper problem. They are usually not visible, but when one sees their nose up close in front of a mirror, one can see them. So what causes blackheads and how does one remove them? Blackheads, commonly called comedones, are small yellow or black bumps that form when the skin pores are clogged. Human skin has a lot of hair pores and many of them are empty. Substances like dirt, oil or even dead skin cells cover these pores hence blocking them. Once blocked, the oil released by the skin is not able to escape from the blocked pores and they accumulate there, forming blackheads. Why the nose? The nose is oilier than the rest of the face as it has a high concentration of oil glands. The face creams that people use to hydrate the skin on the face, just adds up to the excess oil-clogging pores on the nose. This is the main reason why most of the blackheads form on the nose.
Blackheads are generally more common in people having oily skin, but other factors like stress, cosmetics, alcohol and caffeine also cause blackheads. Although blackheads can happen to people of any age, it is mostly an issue during adolescent and teenage years.
There are thousands of products, ointments, remedies and much more that are available to do away with blackheads. But what really works? It is different for everyone. It depends upon the type of skin or the reason behind your blackheads that what will work on them. Here are some best way to remove blackheads from nose
Tomatoes have natural antiseptic properties that dry up blackheads. They de-clog your skin pores and remove the blackheads. Mash tomatoes with the peel and then apply to nose and affected areas. It is recommended to leave it overnight as that will dry out the blackheads completely and they will fall off naturally in the morning.
Bentonite clay is a substance that is used to treat a lot of skin problems. It draws out oil and other impurities locked in the pores. Mix it with water or rose water and form a paste. Apply the paste to affected area. When the paste dries, you may feel as if your skin is stretched, but it is expected and does not harm your skin in any way. Once dried, rinse it off with water.
Turmeric works for minor blazes and hence can be used to keep blackheads at bay. Mix it with mint juice and form a paste. You can also mix it with milk and red sandalwood. Apply the paste to the affected area and leave it to dry for about 5-10 minutes. Rinse it off with water.
Egg white mask
Mix the egg whites with honey and beat it. Apply the mixture to affected area. Leave it for about 30 minutes and then rinse off with water.
The balancing quality present in honey is good for oily skin as well as blackheads. Honey hydrates and tightens the skin pores, giving one a clear complexion without blackheads. Apply pure honey to the affected areas and allow it to settle 10 minutes. Rinse it off with water.
Mix a teaspoon of cinnamon with lemon juice. Turmeric powder can also be added to the mixture. Apply it over the face and keep it for 10 minutes and then wash with water. Cinnamon can also be combined with honey to form a paste. This paste would be left overnight and wash it gently in the morning. It is recommended to follow this for 10 days for best results.
Although baking soda is good for blackheads, extra baking soda can dry out the skin as it has a lot of salt in it. The small and fine granules of baking soda exfoliate the skin and unclog the pores. Mix with water to form a thick paste. Massage this paste onto the skin in circular motions and then wash it off well with water.
Exfoliating is an effective cure for blackheads. The reason is that it sloughs away the dead skin cells. It also revives circulation which results in a healthy glow on the skin. Mix 4 tablespoons of oil in 1 cup of sugar until everything forms a good mixture. Stir well before use. Take the paste and massage it over wet face in circular motion. Rinse with water. Do not repeat this everyday as it may dry out the skin.
Apple cider vinegar
Make your own toner by mixing apple cider vinegar and mint leaves. While the vinegar breaks down the blackhead, the mint causes a cooling sensation on the skin, especially when the area around the blackhead is swollen or irritated. Making this mixture is a long process. Combine vinegar and mint and store in a cool, dark place for 1 week. After that, strain it and add 1 cup of water and store in refrigerator for 6 days. Apply the mixture to wet skin with cotton balls and leave overnight. Rinse it off with water in the morning.
It may seem impossible, but toothpaste also helps cleaning the blackheads. Just apply a thin layer of toothpaste on the affected area and let it stay for 25 minutes before gently washing the face with warm water.
Oatmeal and yogurt
A mixture of yogurt and oatmeal is also very good for the skin. Mix 2 tablespoons of oatmeal with 3 tablespoons of yogurt, 1 tablespoon of lime juice and olive oil to it and mix till forms a paste. Apply the mixture and let it be for 10-15 minutes and then wash with cold water.
Mix 1 tsp of dry green leaves with a little water to make a paste. Scrub with the paste over the infected area for two to three minutes. Rinse off with water.
Cornmeal helps in cleaning out the dirt hindering in the pores of the skin. Mix cornmeal with any usual facial cleanser. Prior to applying this paste, use the steam to open up the stoma on the skin. Now apply the blend and smoothly rub it to remove the blackheads. After some minutes, wash with cold water.
There are also some ways to clean the skin. Cleaning the skin helps in removing the dirt and oil, which in turn does not clog the pores and thus blackheads are not formed. Steam is a great way to clean the skin. Although taking steam does not open pores, it cleans out the dead skin cells that block the pores. Always remember, that after steaming, do not wash your face with water. Always gently pat it dry.
Believe it or not, but sweating can also help in removing blackheads. Although sweat pores and oil pores are different, but enough sweat is worked up, the liquid naturally flows over and softens or flushes anything that is clogging the pore. It is absolutely vital to wash your face before and after this. Any substance on the skin before the sweat can push into the pores and sweat that remains on the face dries up and clogs the pores. On one hand sweat can clean the pores but on the other hand, they can also be the reason of clogging them. Make sure you do it right.
Although there are so many ways to cure blackheads, prevention is the best cure. Some small measures can keep those nasty blackheads at bay.
Don’t wash the face with harsh cleaners as they make the skin overreact and produce more oil which in turn produces more blackheads.
Stop using soap to wash face. Soaps have a lot of chemicals which harms your skin and produces more blackheads.
Wear as little makeup as possible
Wash your face as many times as you can. Washing the face clears dirt and oil from the face and thus does not allow them to accumulate on the skin.
Although these remedies have helped a lot of people, it is not always sure that they will work. Sometimes, blackheads can be a serious problem and some of these tips can worsen the condition rather than improving it. If you feel that a certain method is not working, it is recommended to stop. For severe cases, one should refer to a dermatologist.