Bright eyes, fresh skin, lovely eyebrows and a nose speckled with blackheads. This might be your story. Read on and find out why all the remedies you have tried so far didn’t work and what would actually help get rid of blackheads. First of all, blackheads are not just the result of dirt clogging the skin pores. The pesky black bumps are formed when excess sebum (natural oil from the skin), combines with dirt or dead skin. When this clogged pore is exposed to oxygen, it oxidizes, giving the characteristic black colour.These could be caused by genetics, stress, and excessive use of makeup or use of low quality makeup. While these are most common on the nose, they can be found on other parts of the face, neck, back, arms, shoulders and rarely, on legs. The following remedies would help remove blackheads, but as with all things, some patience is required. Also, be a little more concerned about the skin before you slather on all that makeup.

Cinnamon and honey
The anti- bacterial properties in honey keep the bacteria at bay. The adhesive nature would pull out the blackheads from the pores. Cinnamon improves blood flow. Combined together this would get rid of blackheads and prevent further black heads from forming. Mix one teaspoon of organic cinnamon powder with half a tablespoon of honey to form a thick paste. Apply a thin layer of the paste on the affected area. Make sure the skin is cleansed beforehand. Then, press a clean strip of cotton over the paste. Leave it for five minutes, remove and rinse face with lukewarm water. Then apply a layer of olive oil to moisturize. Repeat twice a week.


Egg white
Egg whites are known for tightening the pores on temporary basis. This would also reduce any blackheads present and reduce the chances of new blackheads forming. The nutrients in egg whites nourish the skin. First, rinse face with lukewarm water and pat dry with a towel. Separate the yolk from an egg and apply a thin layer of egg white over the affected area. Then, take a tissue paper or a piece of toilet paper and place on wet egg white. Press this gently on to your face and leave on to dry. Then carefully apply a second layer of egg white on the tissue using your fingers. Again, place another tissue, pressing the skin gently. Let it dry. Apply another layer and let the mask dry. Note that this makes the face feel tight. After the mask is dry, carefully peel the tissue off. Gently wash the face. Pat dry and moisturize with a layer of olive oil. Repeat once a week.

cracked-eggLemon toner
Lemon acts as an astringent, which means that it makes your pores smaller. This will reduce the chances of clogging. This also helps lighten the skin, so you might as well kill two birds with one stone. If your skin stings, this is normal. However, dilute with water if you have sensitive skin or if the stinging sensation makes you feel uncomfortable. First, rinse your face and pat dry. Before going to bed, take one teaspoon of lemon juice and add quarter teaspoon of water to dilute it. Then, take a bit of solution just enough to wet a cotton ball and apply on affected areas. Next morning, rinse your face with lukewarm water and use a moisturizer of your choice. Repeat three days per week.


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