Home Treatment for Blackheads
Blackheads are a form of acne, as are whiteheads and pimples. Blackheads are open pores that are plugged with sebum, natural skin oil. The sebum oxidizes when exposed to air, producing the dark color. Whiteheads are closed pores that are plugged with sebum, and pimples are infected pores. If you squeeze and pick at blackheads, you run the risk of infection and scars.
Extracting sebum plugs from pores is part of every facial; however, professional facials can be expensive and time-consuming. Developing an at-home treatment for blackheads is inexpensive, convenient and takes little time. If you regularly give yourself a simple facial, you can keep your pores clean and healthy and reduce the likelihood of infection and scars. The basic steps of a facial are cleansing, exfoliating, steaming, extracting, applying a mask, moisturizing and applying sunscreen.
Cleansing and Exfoliating
Use a mild cleanser such as Castile soap or a pure soap with glycerin and wash your face with your fingertips. Rinse thoroughly, then massage in a mild facial scrub such as a coarse grained sugar, which contains natural alpha-hydroxy acid to loosen dead skin cells and soften skin oil. The sugar crystals gently scrub off the surface of the blackheads. Again, rinse thoroughly.
Steaming and Extraction of Blackheads
Steaming softens your skin, opens your pores and softens sebum even further. Wring out a face cloth in very hot water and pat the face cloth into place over your face. Allow the hot face cloth to cool to room temperature. Repeat if you like. If you have more time, bring a pot of water to a boil, remove it from the heat and add a green tea bag. Hold your face over the steaming pot and cover your head with a towel to hold in the steam for five minutes. After steaming, use facial tissue to press gently on one side of each blackhead. The sebum plug should come out easily. Dab the area with hydrogen peroxide on a cotton ball.
Mask, Moisturizer and Sunscreen
Apply a mask of 2 tbsp. of milk and 1 tsp. of honey with enough oatmeal to make a thin paste. Spread the mask on your face and allow the mask to dry for 15 minutes. Rinse off thoroughly. While your face is still moist, apply a moisturizer to hold in moisture and keep your skin smooth. Finish by applying sunscreen to protect your skin against sun damage.
Use a gentle touch when applying cleanser, exfoliating products, masks and moisturizer to your skin. If blackhead plugs don't come out easily when you try to extract them, don't force them. After your home treatment, blackheads won't be visible even if they don't come out the first time you give yourself a facial. To save time, don't use a mask every time you give yourself a blackhead treatment. Once a week is often enough for the mask.
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