Goodbye to black heads
With our previous blogs we have dealt with skin problems like acne and today we shall address something equally concerning – Black heads. Let us first clear basic myths about Black heads:
Myth – Dirt accumulation in open pores of the skin causes black heads.
Fact – Black heads are caused in open pores when the skin cells get oxidized with the oxygen in the air.
Myth – Scrubbing the skin can help remove black heads.
Fact – Obsessive scrubbing of the face may not necessarily help. In fact it can cause excessive dry skin and can also cause rashes and skin breakout.
There is no reason to stress out. We have some very easy,do it yourself techniques that can help you get rid of black heads quickly. To begin with, make sure you have clean skin. Use a skin friendly face wash. Have ample drinking water all through the day to keep your skin hydrated and supple.
Water and a face wash go a long way. Washing your face clean at least twice a day is a must. This ensures open pores don’t accumulate sebum and dead skin cells. Using a good moisturizer helps in nourishing the skin.
The first technique is using a clean tooth brush with soft bristles and used only for skin care. Keep it dipped in water for about 5 minutes to make it softer so that using it on your skin doesn’t hurt. Start by washing your face clean. Make a paste by mixing 1 tea spoon filtered water, 1 table spoon baking soda and some toothpaste. Mix and keep aside. Take a warm washed cloth and press it gently on the areas where you want to remove blackheads from, such as the nose, chin and cheeks, avoiding eyes at all times. This warm cloth will help open the pores. Gently apply the paste and with the toothbrush make small circular motions to scrub the area. Make sure you don’t over scrub, not more than twice.
Take a warm cloth and wipe off the mask. Do not use cold cloth or water at this moment since that can close the pores. With the same warm damp cloth you can try to pinch out the black and white heads that are still visible. Some can even be scraped and extracted gently by clean nails. Once you are sure that you have cleaned the area, replenish the skin by using a light weight moisturizer. Repeat this procedure whenever needed but not more than once a week.
Another easy technique is by using a mix of 1 tablespoon organic honey and 1 teaspoon milk heated in the microwave for about 8-10 seconds. Mix again and when it feels right temperature apply a thin layer on the area which need blackhead removal. Take a clean thin cotton strip and pat it on the mask. Wait for at least 15-20 seconds for it to dry and then gently peel off the strip. Clean with luke warm water and apply a good moisturizer.
You can also replace milk by cinnamon powder. Make a mask of honey and cinnamon powder. Apply on the affected area. Use a clean cotton strip and pat it over the mask. Let is rest for 3-5 minutes and then peel it off. Clean with lukewarm water and use a suitable moisturizer.
Blackheads develop in open pores and thus something effective like lemon juice helps a long way in keeping the pores narrow. For a sensitive skin it is recommended that you dilute the juice with water. Avoid direct contact with sun light too. Thus the best way to use lemon juice is by dipping a cotton ball and applying on the affected area 2-3 times a week before going to bed. Wash your face with lukewarm water in the morning.
Simply using steam on the face for 5-10 minutes helps open the pores. Use a clean cotton towel to extract the blackheads. Don’t forget the moisturizer to replenish the skin. Excessive heat is not recommended.Hence try the steam once a week.
Any of the above can be used at home. However if you feel you have extra sensitive skin or dry skin and of you are not sure what suits your skin type best, please don’t worry. Our expert team in any of the nearest Enrich Salon will be able to help you with the blackhead removal treatment.