Blackheads are a form of acne that occurs when pores become clogged with oil, dead skin and other debris. Although typically small, blackheads can have a large impact on the way you feel about your skin. Picking, prodding and popping with your fingers is not the way to go when it comes to treating blackheads, as this can lead to scarring and infection. Instead, try some homemade solutions to banish blackheads to the beyond.
Place 2 tablespoons oats into a food processor and blend until the oats turn into a powder. Pour the powder into a bowl, add 1 tablespoon rose water, and stir with a spoon to create a paste. Use your fingertips to spread the paste onto the affected area of your face. Leave the paste on for 15 minutes, then rinse with cold water.
Mix 3 tablespoons water with 3 tablespoons baking soda in a bowl. Massage the solution gently into your face for two to three minutes, focusing on the areas that are prone to blackheads. Baking soda works as a natural exfoliant. Rinse your skin with cold water.
Mix 3 tablespoons warm water with 3 tablespoons Epsom salt in a bowl. Massage the mixture gently onto your face, avoiding the eye area. Rinse your face with cold water.
Mix 1/2 cup pumpkin pulp – use fresh or canned pumpkin -- with 1/2 tablespoon fat-free sour cream in a bowl. Apply the mixture to your face. Leave it on for 20 minutes, then rinse it off with cold water.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then remove it from the heat. Hold your face at least 12 inches above the pot, and drape a towel over your head to create a tent to trap the steam. Keep your head there for at least five minutes so that the steam opens the pores. After steaming, place the looped side of a stainless-steel blackhead extractor on top of the blackhead, and apply gentle pressure until the blackhead is extracted. Continue using the extractor until all of the blackheads are gone. Wipe the extractor with a rag after each extraction. If a blackhead does not come out with gentle pressure, it is not ready and you should stop trying.
Wash your face in the morning and at night with a mild cleanser to help fight blackheads. Additionally, wash your face after exercising or heavy sweating.
When washing your face, start off with warm to hot water to remove dirt and open the pores. Always do a final rinse of your face with cold water. This closes the pores to avoid further clogging, and it stimulates circulation and reduces inflammation.
If you have oily hair, wash it regularly. The oils from your hair can transfer to your face and cause blackheads.
Use makeup and skin-care products that are labeled “non-acnegenic” or “non-comedogenic.” These products are designed for acne-prone skin.
Sterilize your blackhead extractor with rubbing alcohol after using it.