Blackheads ….what an attractive subject for a blog. However, it is something I’m often asked about so here goes with some information you might find helpful if you have them and want to get rid of them.
What are blackheads?
They are quite simply dead skin and sebum that get stuck in your pores. Sebum is the natural oil that we produce to help protect our skin, and we need it, it’s really important, so we need to treat it with respect. We normally get blackheads around the nose but they can appear anywhere on the face, neck and back. They are more likely to be a problem during hormonal times (when a teenager or when pre-menstrual).
How to reduce blackheads
It’s important to keep your face clean and to gently exfoliate. You should always exfoliate using a muslin cloth, and not a scrub with bits in it. Not only are bitty scrubs very bad and damaging to the top surface of your skin, but many of them are made with plastic beads which are an absolute disaster for the environment. They end up in our eco-system, the fish we eat and the water we drink. You can read more about that here: www.independent.co.uk/news/science/facial-scrubs-release-94500-toxic-microbeads-in-each-wash-research-finds-a7155181.html)
Overscrubbing or cleaning your skin could lead to more blackheads (and spots in general), because if you remove too much of your skin’s natural oil/sebum, it will just make more and you will get in a horrible vicious cycle of too dry skin and too oily skin all at once. No one wants that!
ALWAYS take your make-up of at night – even if you’ve had a really heavy or late night, it’s so important! It takes about 2 mins to wash your face and stick some moisturiser on. If you go to sleep with your make-up on, there’s nothing I can do to help you, it’s REALLY disgusting! Think of all the dirt you’ll be spreading all over your pillow each night ….. uggghhhh.
So if you are using a really good natural cleanser that keeps your skin naturally soft and sebum balanced, we should already be a good way on with reducing blackheads. My new Papaya Cleanser contains many ingredients, namely papaya seed oil, which actually helps to break down any dead skin on the surface of the skin and stop pores becoming clogged.
But if you still need a little help to shift some then you could try either of these two fabulous natural remedies.
There are not enough good things I can say about honey, it’s so completely and utterly awesome. Just wash your face in a gentle cleanser (preferably one that I make 🙂 ) get yourself some good quality raw honey and spread a thin layer over your nose or wherever the black heads are. Leave for around ten minutes then wash off with warm water and moisturise. You can do this every day until you see an improvement. This should help to draw out the impurities in the skin and get rid of the blackheads.
Grab yourself a lovely organic lemon, wash your face at night, squeeze a few drops of lemon onto a cotton wool ball, wipe over the affected area, sleep, wash off in the morning. This will help to shrink down your pores so that they don’t fill back up again with yuk. Don’t do this before going out in the sun as lemon and sunlight can be damaging to the skin.
Last thing to say here is try not to squeeze and pick at spots and blackheads, yes, it’s the kind of thing your mum says, but all you will do is make a mess of your skin and possibly push any blemishes further in.
So that’s all you need to know about getting rid of blackheads. Feel free to comment below if you have any other great natural remedies. Thanks for reading!