How to Get Rid of Blackheads with Home Remedies
Blackheads occur when hair follicles open to the skin's surface and become clogged with dead skin cells, oil secretions and, in some cases, bacteria. The color of blackheads is not caused by dirt or bacteria that's easily washed away, but by the fact that these clogged follicles reflect light irregularly. Numerous prescription and over-the-counter medications exist for treating acne and blackheads, but natural help is also available. In her book "The Herbal Home Spa," Greta Breedlove recommends a parsley facial mask coupled with an herbal facial steam to get rid of blackheads and prevent them from recurring.
Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil over medium-high heat. While the water is boiling, place the fresh parsley in a blender or juicer and secure the lid in place. Turn on high speed until the herbs are completely liquefied and set aside.
Place a large bowl on a flat surface where you can comfortably sit with your face about 6 inches above it. Place the dried herbs in the bowl and pour the boiling water over them. In her book "Healing Herbal Teas," Brigitte Mars recommends using elder flower or rosemary.
Cover the bowl and allow the mixture to steep for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, apply the parsley juice and any pulp that remains to the blackhead-prone areas of your face, avoiding the eyes and sensitive area around them.
Remove the cover from the bowl, drape a large towel over your head and shoulders, then lean over the bowl so the towel catches the steam. Remain in place for as long as possible, at least 5 to 10 minutes, or until the water has cooled.
Remove the towel and rinse your face in cool water to remove the parsley juice. Repeat this treatment several times per week as necessary to prevent and treat blackheads.
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