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Natural Ways to Fight Blackheads

Updated on January 27, 2012

We all have them. Those icky blackheads can ruin your day. Blackheads are basically pimples that lack the upper level of skin. As a result they oxidize and turn a darker shade. There are numerous store-bought products that promise to rid you of this issue, but I go for a more homemade route. This saves me money and time. I loathe feeling overwhelmed staring at a million products promising me results. In my experience I have never found a store-bought product that has truly worked from me. The biggest breakthrough I found was the stuff I make at home and a cream I got from the dermatologist.

1. Exfoliate weekly. I have a link to a good homemade scrub I use below.

2. Honey dream. I recommend the use of honey to fight those blackheads. Since the blackheads aren’t protected by a layer of skin, they are susceptible to being pulled. While this idea may be sticky it does the trick. You apply a small amount of honey to the tips of your fingers. You want to be making dabbing motions. You only do this on the areas where you have blackheads. As you dab your fingertips along you will be pulling the blackheads out with the motion. If you have a few stubborn blackheads don’t worry honey is amazing for the skin this will slow the blackhead forming process.

3. Make your own cosmetic clay based mask. You can form your own natural clay mask and add your own essential oils for your desired scent or you can skip adding scent. You just need to get the clay and use water or apple cider. I will list links to purchase cosmetic clay below. It is usually quite cheap $2.00-$10.00. Most local herb shops carry cosmetic clay too. To create the mask you need to combine 1 Tablespoon of your clay with 1 Tablespoon of the apple cider vinegar or water. Now stir until you see that you paste has no bumps. After cleansing your face spread this mask onto the areas you have blackheads. Wait for this mask to dry. A typical wait is 15-20 minutes. Once dry you can press a warm wet washcloth on the affected areas and take your time slowly and gently wiping the mask off.

4. Elmer’s Glue Method. Some people love this method. You simply wash your face, pat dry, and then apply Elmer’s glue to the affected area. Wait till it dries and then peel it off. You should be able to view your results on the dried glue.

How to Prevent Future Blackheads:

  • Avoid rough cleaners that contain a lot of alcohol. These cleaners are far too harsh on your skin.
  • Use natural recipes to wash your face twice a day.
  • Always remove your makeup before bed and moisturize.
  • Wash that pillowcase.
  • Use a natural astringent such as witch hazel or my favorite apple cider vinegar. You can do this between washing your face and moisturizing. This will tighten your pores.
  • Blot off the oil your accumulate during the day. DO NOT wipe roughly this will irritate your skin.
  • While it may be tempting do not squeeze your skin this will make you read and blotchy. Plus there is oil on your hands.

How do you handle your blackheads?

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    • Lady_E profile image

      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks. It's nice to have other ways of dealing with blackheads. I notice expensive beauty products don't do the job, so next time, I'll use some of your tips.

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      TeachableMoments 5 years ago from California

      Thanks for the useful suggestions. I never heard of using Elmer's glue or honey. I'll have to try it. Love the fact I have both things around the house. Great tips!

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      Chad Young 6 years ago from Corona, CA

      Elmers glue?! I have to try that. Makes sense and it's pretty inexpensive. Great hub!

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      Janice S 6 years ago

      So funny that you have the Elmer's glue tip in this hub - I literally just saw that tip on Ellen last week and had never heard it before. Bought a bottle of glue for my husband to try it this week. We'll see if it works ;)

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      Dawn A. Harden 6 years ago from CT-USA

      Blackheads leave such terrible marks. Thanks for the tips.