they’re stubborn. almost as stubborn as my cat repeatedly trying to drink out of my water glass as i repeatedly tell him no.
but what are blackheads?
- they’re essentially a plugged up hair follicle full of sebum, that’s darkened by oxidation. they’re open to the air. if they were closed, they’d be whiteheads. ta-dah!
so if the OCM isn’t totally clearing up our clogged pores, what natural alternatives do we have?
first, what causes blackheads?
- not removing makeup
- not eating a proper diet (like a PBD)
- being stressed
- consuming alcohol, caffeine, or smoking
- hormonal shifts
so how do we get rid of them? (* indicates the method is more like pore strips than a scrub)
- oatmeal & milk – grind up 1 to 2 teaspoons of dry oatmeal in a blender till it’s powdery. mix with a small amount of milk (enough to make a paste). apply to affected areas and rub gently for a minute. let sit for a few minutes. rinse with cool water.
- baking soda & milk – mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with enough milk to make a runny paste. apply to affected areas and rub very gently for 30 seconds. don’t let it sit on your skin. rinse with cool water.
- honey & lemon -cut a lemon in half and drizzle a small amount of raw honey on the open half of the lemon. rub directly onto the affected areas. let it sit a few minutes. rinse with cool water.
- honey & salt – mix 1/2 tablespoon of raw honey and 1 teaspoon fine salt. gently rub the scrub on the affected areas. let sit for a few minutes. rinse with cool water.
- orange peels and milk – finely shred/grind up 1 to 2 teaspoons of orange peels. mix with a few drops of milk (enough to make a “paste”), and rub onto affected area. let sit for 10 minutes and rinse with cool water.
- turmeric and milk or coconut oil – mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with just enough unrefined coconut oil or milk to make a thick paste. rub onto affected area for 30 seconds to 1 minute. let sit for 5 to 10 minutes and rinse with cool water.
- witch hazel – using a cottonball, wipe the affected areas of your face with plain witch hazel. it’ll help clean up the extra dirt and lessen the blackheads.
- cinnamon & honey – mix 1 teaspoon raw honey with 1 teaspoon cinnamon. apply the paste to the affected areas and rub gently for 1 minute. let sit for a few minutes. rinse well with cool water.
- * egg white – gently whip an egg white in a bowl. use an old makeup brush/cotton ball/clean fingers to apply the egg white to the problem areas. while the egg white is wet on your face, stick a layer of toilet paper on top. let it dry and gently peel it off. (this method left my skin extremely irritated. i’ve seen a lot of people rave about it though.)
- * gelatin & milk – mix 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin and 1 1/2 tablespoons milk in a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave for 10-15 seconds. stir the mix, and carefully apply it to the areas of your face with blackheads. you can use an old makeup brush, makeup sponge, cotton ball, etc. let it dry and sit for about 15 minutes. carefully peel it off. bam!
and to help prevent blackheads, try following these tips:
- keep your face clean and remove your makeup before you go to sleep
- exfoliate your face at least weekly
- avoid soap! we’ve talked about the skin’s acid mantle, and how great the OCM is
- avoid touching your face
- eat a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fruits/veggies/good fats
lastly, be patient! for some, it can take up to a few weeks to completely eliminate blackheads.
which natural blackhead removal method/s work best for you? any we need to add??