Pimples and black heads are like a cancer to teens now days. Everyone is very much conscious with their appearance and having pimples or blackheads can affect it very much. Pimples are more common when compared to black heads and this is the reason why very few people are aware of what black heads are and many use the two terms interchangeably. Luckily a black head is not as evil as his elder brother-pimple and it is much easier to get rid of it when compared to the latter mainly because it is not infectious and not quite visible if not observed closely. If you are trying to get rid of pimple as well then this article may help you. Before we step on the remedies, let us first understand how it lands on our face and what its root cause is. Blackheads only occur in hair follicles with wide openings, unlike pimples which may occur just anywhere. A blackhead is a wax plug in a clogged follicle made up of dead skin cells, debris and bacteria. As the wax plug slowly gets pushed towards the skin’s surface, it comes in contact with the air which causes chemical reaction and gives a distinctive dark color to that area. This clogged follicle then gets the appearance of small black dot and is known as blackheads. Blackheads are usually seen in oily areas, particularly on and around the nose. After knowing the cause of a blackhead, half of the battle is done to banish it. For the other half, I have listed 5 most efficient practices below to remove that annoying piece of art on your face’s canvas.
#1: Exfoliation Once a Week.
Well I don’t feel like I need to explain this tip any further but for the sake of the article, do exfoliate your face once a week, not less, not more! Exfoliation helps to get rid of dead skin cells which is the root cause of this problem. More exfoliation will actually dry up the skin and will generate more dead skin cells making the condition worse. So always use it in moderation. Once-a-week is the way to go. You can either make your own scrub using stuffs available in your kitchen, like baking soda and water, lemon juice and sugar; or buy a cosmetic scrub from the market. I will suggest the later.
#2: Egg White Mask.
This is by far the most common and suggested home remedy for blackheads. I have always been a fan of eggs, be it in beauty or fitness. Start with splashing some lukewarm water on your face and apply a thin layer of egg whites on your face focusing more on and around the blackheads prone area. Let it dry and then apply few more layers all over and let the whole thing dry for about 15 minutes. Your face will feel tight and pull, which is a good sign. Then, scrub it off using a wet cloth. Try not to be too harsh to your skin. The egg white mask will take out the wax plug with it. It may not work on some like any other home remedy.
#3: Clay Play.
If the egg whites didn’t work for you, this will for sure. Cosmetic clays (bentonite, French green, rhassoul, and fuller’s earth) are a mineral rich substances used for centuries to treat skin ailments. They draw out oils and other impurities stuck in your pores with their electrical charge. They also help with circulation, which helps with overall skin tone and health. You can find them at local herb store near you or you can buy them online. Make a thick paste with water and cover your face with a thin layer. Let it sit for about 20 minutes (lesser if you have dry skin) and rinse off with lukewarm water.
#4: Pore Strips.
If you are really fed up with blackheads and want more promising solutions, then pore strips are what you are looking for. Pore strips are made up of some sort of adhesive which clings to wax plug and other dead skin cells and pull them out when you pull the strip off. You can buy them online at a reasonable price.
#5: An Ounce of Prevention.
Prevention is always better than cure. The methods illustrated above will help you get rid of existing blackheads but preventing them can save your work in future. Here are few things you can do to prevent them from popping up at the first place.
- Do not wash your face using facewash more than twice a day. Blackheads do not pop up due to dirt. Dead skin cells are the actual cause and washing your face more than twice will leave it dry eventually generating more dead skin cells.
- Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated.
- Wear makeup as little as possible.
With these tips, I hope you will find a way to get rid of black dots on your face. Do not overdo any of the above mentioned practices as anything in excess can do more harm than good, and in this case can make your skin dry and your condition worse.