Home Remedy to Remove Blackheads From the Face
The black, pin-dot like appearance of a blackhead can make your skin appear unclean or dampen your spirits when you look in the mirror. Removing blackheads does not require prescription medications or specialized tools. It does, however, require a sensitive touch as blackhead removal if not done correctly can result in skin scarring.
A blackhead results when the matter inside a clogged pore becomes exposed to the air, according to Dr. Peter E. Pochi, professor of dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine in The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies. When a blackhead forms, the area of the pore is widened, making the blackhead more noticeable.
Home remedies to remove blackheads tend to fall into two categories: topical applications or manual removal, according to DERMA Doctor and AcneTalks.com. Topical applications are considered the more gentle of the two and aim to slowly reduce the contents of the blackhead. Manual removal is the faster of the two, but does require some trauma to the skin. It is possible to combine the two by applying topical remedies before and after manual removal.
If you choose to manually remove the blackhead, there are some steps to take to reduce your risk of skin scarring. Dr. Audrey Kunin, a dermatologist and consultant for DERMA Doctor recommends the following at-home method for blackhead removal. Wash your hands thoroughly and apply a hot towel to your face. Leave it on for five minutes. Mix a tsp. of baking soda with a pint of distilled water. Dip a cotton ball into this mixture and lay it over the blackhead. Leave on for 10 minutes. Wrap your fingers in cotton pads, then press down gently on either side of the blackhead. If it does not easily come out, refrain from picking the blemish further.
Home remedies to remove a blackhead require applying treatments that encourage exfoliation in the pore. Because the plug of a blackhead is hardened, exfoliating the area can help to loosen its contents. Topical treatments include the herb fenugreek. AcneTalks.com advises that you crush this herb and mix it with water to make a paste. Apply the paste in a circular motion to your face and then leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Other topical applications include tea tree oil, lemon peel and non-gel toothpaste.
Prevent further blackheads from forming by washing your face twice daily in order to remove dirt and oils from your skin, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. You can also weekly apply a treatment mask made of rose water and oatmeal powder to any blackhead-prone areas, according to AcneTalks.com. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and then wash with cold water to close the pores. Blending a cucumber with water to make a paste and then applying it to the skin for 30 minutes also can help reduce the recurrence of blackheads, according to Ultimate-Cosmetics.
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