Blackheads, essentially open-air pimples, can appear on any part of your body and be especially frustrating to deal with. If you are looking to remove your blackheads, try some of these successful treatments to clean your skin and stop the formation of the pesky dark spots. With some easy adjustments to your skincare regimen, you can have the clear skin you've always wanted (and deserve).
Only pick or pop your blackheads after thorough hand washing.
It's possible to pop blackheads without scarring, as long as you do it cleanly and carefully. When done correctly, this popping method is a fast, effective way to clear up your pores.
Popping a Blackhead Safely Shower first. A warm shower will open up your pores and make it easier to pop the blackheads. You can also do a 10-15 minute steam treatment to get the same effect. Wash your hands thoroughly. Use soap and water and wash for 20 seconds. Popping a blackhead with dirty fingers will only add more bacteria to your pores. Dab an astringent onto your skin. You can buy an inexpensive bottle of astringent at a pharmacy or beauty store. Wet the blackhead area with just a small amount of it. Squeeze the blackhead with a cotton ball to pop it. Squeeze gently on either side of the blackhead to extract the dirt from your pore. Wash your skin with water and astringent. Splash your face with cool water, then dab a small amount of astringent on once more. Wash your hands afterward.
Use honey and cinnamon.
Honey is a natural antibiotic and works to pull out dirt from your open pores. Mix a tablespoon of honey with ½ a teaspoon of cinnamon and use your fingers to dab it onto your dry skin. Rub it in a circular motion for three minutes and then wash it off with warm water. Make sure to wash your hands before you start applying the mask.
Try an egg-white mask. Egg whites help to tighten pores and pull out any clogged dirt, giving you smooth, clear skin. A simple egg white mask is a great way to remove blackheads and help your skin feel fresh and clean.
Create a clay mask. There are many different kinds of cosmetic clay available to purchase in a powdered form, each with the specialized property of drying out oily pores and removing unwanted residue. Mix a tablespoon of powdered clay with enough apple cider vinegar to make a paste, and spread it over your face. Leave it for 10-15 minutes until it is dry to the touch, and then rinse off with warm water.
Cleanse with oatmeal and yogurt.
The lactic acid in yogurt and the calming qualities of oatmeal mix to create an effective blackhead-blocking formula. Use this simple mask once a week to keep your skin clear and fresh.
Cleansing with an Oatmeal and Yogurt Mask Mix together: 3 tbsp (1.6 oz) of plain yogurt 2 tbsp (11.25 g) of whole oats 3-4 drops of lemon juice 3-4 drops of olive oil Dab the mixture onto your face. Mix up your paste fully and make sure to fully cover any areas that are prone to blackheads or oil. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water.