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We all hate blackheads.

The term "blackhead" refers to those black solid particles that appear in the pores of the skin, most often in the face especially the nose.

The cause for blackheads may vary, but most commonly it can be attributed to the dirt and oil that gets trapped into the duct of the sebaceous gland.

Blackheads are difficult to treat and prevention is key to having clear skin free from blackheads. Even though you can try some home remedies for blackheads, it is better to have a dedicated skin care  regime to prevent blackheads and other problems in the first place.

Daily Skin Care Regimen

Key to preventing blackheads!


Wash your face at least twice per day with an oil and alcohol-free face wash. Follow-up by using a toner to get rid of stray dirt, oil, or soap.

If you have a lot of blackheads that you are looking to get rid of, use a cleanser and toner that contain salicylic acid.

When using cleansers that contain salicylic acid, make sure they are not overly drying because over drying your skin can result in skin irritations and further breakouts.

Exfoliate


You should exfoliate at least 3 times per week in order to get rid of existing blackheads and prevent future blackheads. Exfoliators will scrub away dead skin cells, excess oil, dirt, and other pore clogging materials.

Apply the exfoliator in a circular motions to the areas where you have blackheads--typical blackhead sites are the nose, forehead and chin.

The benefits of regular exfoliation include: unclogged pores, prevention of further breakouts, diminished blemishes and pigmentation spots, and a smoother skin surface.

Moisturize


You should also use a moisturizer daily. Protective moisturizers assist your skin in maintaining its suppleness and moisture. It may sound counter-intuitive, but if your skin is naturally moist and supple, it won't produce excess oil leading to clogged pores and blackheads.

Steam

Open pores to remove blackheads


Steaming is very effective way to loosen all of the oil, dirt, and gunk that is clogging your pores. Steaming the face helps control blemishes, cleanse the face, open the pores, and soften the content of the blackheads.

In order to steam your face, boil a pan of water and then remove the pan from the stove. Stand directly over the steam and drape a small towel over your head to keep the steam from escaping.

After steaming you can try extracting blackheads and debris from your pores. Simply wrap a tissue around each index finger and apply gentle pressure to either side of the blackhead you want to purge (as you would to "pop" a pimple).

The gentle pressure should squeeze blackhead out. If the blackhead cannot be extracted with gentle pressure, do not increase the pressure as too much pressure can cause scarring and more blackheads.

Home Remedies For Blackheads


According to the book "Home Remedies Rx: 5 Things You Must Know About Home Remedies" written by Briana A. White, following are some home remedies for blackheads you can try:

  • Apply a paste made of ground radish seeds and water on the skin with blackheads
  • Mix glycerin soap, fuller's earth (a type of clay) and almond powder in 2:1:4 ratios with boiled water to make a paste and then apply this paste on the blackheads. 
  • Apply paste of roasted and powdered pomegranate skin with fresh lime juice over the blackheads.
  • Scrub your face with green tea to loose the blackheads.
  • Mash drumsticks pods and leaves and then mix it with fresh lime juice. After that, apply on the skin areas with blackheads

Warning!

Never violently squeeze blackheads, you could end up with painful boils!

Never use your fingernails to squeeze blackheads; there is dirt, oil, and other germs under your fingernails that can lead to infection!

Never pick at blackheads or pimples, you will infect the area around the blemish and end up with a nasty scar, dark spot, or red spot which won't go away!

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