Black-heads, the bane of clear, flawless skin, affect young and old, males and females alike. They can severely undermine the confidence of many and are almost never easy to get rid of. Contrary to popular belief, black-heads are not caused by dirt or muck trapped in the pores of your skin. Instead, black-heads appear when the oil that your skin secretes (sebum) gets collected in the pores of your skin. The oxidation of this oil turns them black.
Many tools are available for pulling/popping them out – black-head tapes, metal-based remover tips among many others. The cosmetic industry provides a wide range of skin masks and scrubs that target black-heads. However, not only are these expensive, they never are fully able to eradicate the problem. In fact, they often leave you with sore and aching red skin spots that are hard to ignore.
Thankfully, the cure to your black-heads may just be inside your kitchen. Given below is a list of easy and effective home remedies that do not have any side effects and leave you with clear and glowing skin without spending money!
- Cornmeal: A tablespoon of powdered cornmeal mixed with your regular face cleanser acts as an effective abrasive agent that removes dirt and black-heads from the pores of your skin. Make sure you expose your skin to some steam 5 minutes before applying this mixture, in order to open up the pores of your skin. Massage the mixture into your skin and rinse with cold water. This allows the pores to close.
- Baking Soda: This is also effective in dirt removal and works for black-heads too. Mix 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda in one cup of water. Apply this paste to the affected skin and wash with lukewarm water after 10 minutes for effective results.
- Lemon: Due to its acidic properties, lemon juice removes black-heads, as well as prevents their formation. Using a cotton ball, apply lemon juice on the affected areas of your skin. Rinse your face with lukewarm water afterward for clear skin.
- Blue Clay: You’ve heard praise about this ingredient from your beautician or in a spa/shampoo commercial. It is frequently used in many salon treatments and face masks as it leaves the skin with a beautiful glow by removing black-heads. A simple thick paste made with blue clay and water can be applied to the affected areas. Peel it off after it dries and you’ll see that the black-heads are nowhere to be seen.
Going to a salon for skin treatment is always an option. However, these tricks can provide you with the same results at a fraction of the cost. Hope these help!