Pimples, comedones or blackheads are difficult to eliminate at home hygienically and effectively. When found in large quantities on the face, they are embarrassing and even unsightly. But we have natural and home remedies that can help improve their appearance and eventually eliminate them.
Blackheads are a kind of “plugs” caused by an accumulation of excess oil and sebum in the glands of the skin. They usually appear mostly on the nose, forehead, and chin.
Our diet, our age, hormonal imbalances, poor hygiene, among other factors, influence the production of sebum.
As the accumulated grease oxidizes, it darkens and gives the spots their characteristic black color. Although blackheads can be flushed out quickly by squeezing them, they are not permanently removed this way.
So what to do to get rid of it? Here are five natural ways to get rid of pimples:
The baking soda that everyone has at home is at least as effective against pimples as some expensive brand name drugstore products.
Prepare a paste with the baking soda; To do this, mix one teaspoon of baking soda with two teaspoons of distilled or boiled water. Apply the paste to the affected area of the skin, massage in with gentle circular movements, without rubbing too much and rinse off first with lukewarm, then cold water.
This process not only removes dead or damaged skin cells, but also loosens dirt and excess oils that cause blackheads.
2. Lemon juice
Lemon juice has traditionally been used for a number of skin conditions, including acne, acne scars, and blackheads. There are two effective ways to use lemon juice to remove blackheads:
- Mix four drops of lemon juice with a tablespoon of sugar (for the peeling effect) and massage the affected areas. This will help remove blackheads and also improve the overall appearance of your skin.
- Mix lemon with natural organic yoghurt, honey and salt and apply it on the affected areas as a mask, which should remain on the skin for 30 minutes. It is then carefully removed. With this method, they are gradually eliminated and their reappearance is prevented. In addition, the skin receives hydration and nutrients at the same time. Do not leave the lemon on the skin for more than 30 minutes.
It is important to know that lemon is photosensitive so it can cause stains on the skin. You need to apply it at night and rinse very well so that there are no remains.
3. Salt water
Although salt water is reminiscent of nasal irrigations for a cold, or gargles for a sore throat, it works against blackheads and acne pimples.
Salt water eliminates blackheads by protecting the skin from excess sebum. If salt water is used daily, you will be able to observe how the number of blackheads decreases if you perform this measurement permanently and constantly.
Honey not only moisturizes and tightens the skin, but also effectively removes blackheads when used as a face mask.
To make a face mask, honey is mixed with cinnamon powder to form a paste. This paste is applied to the skin and left in place for a few minutes, then washed off with lukewarm water. Your skin will be cleaner and healthier.
5. Raw egg
A raw egg can help remove blackheads. To use this method, beat one or two egg whites with a teaspoon of honey and apply the mixture to the affected areas. Let the egg mixture sit for 30 minutes.
Raw egg provides the skin with valuable nutrients and, in fact, it is an effective home remedy for many skin problems as it acts as a rejuvenator.
After any of these treatments, it is important to bring the skin back to its eudermis (balance) with a tonic or diluted apple cider vinegar at the rate of one tablespoon to three or more water. Then apply a cream suitable for your skin type to restore hydration and moisture.
Remember that your skin can only be healthy if it is well nourished from within. Therefore, make sure to follow a balanced diet, made up of fresh ingredients and rich in nutrients. Avoid saturated fats, ultra-processed foods, etc.
Daily skin hygiene is also important to avoid the accumulation of sebum in the pores. Don’t use conventional soap, look for facial cleansers with a pH that’s right for your face.
Keep in mind that poor gut health can manifest as skin blemishes. Consider doing a deep bowel cleanse, especially if outside measures don’t help after a few weeks.