If your skin is usually trouble-free and you only have to deal with breakouts on rare occasions, you can probably treat your blackheads and whiteheads with items you have at home instead of buying products from a store.
Keeping your skin clean and free of oil is the best way to prevent acne from occurring.
- A daily skin cleaning regimen is the most important step in preventing breakouts. Find out more about the Best Way to Clean Your Skin for keeping skin clear and healthy.
- Avoid oil-based makeup products since these can block pores and contribute to buildup of oil in the follicles.
- Select water-based makeup labeled, non-comedogenic, is a better options.
In addition to those simple rules, the following at home remedies offer a few safe and effective ways to keep the skin clear and help prevent breakouts:
- Steam – this is the best way to prevent blackheads and whiteheads from forming. Steaming also helps eradicate existing blackheads and whiteheads. Hold your face over a steaming bowl of water with a towel over your head for a few minutes. The steam will open your pores, allowing you to extract blackheads easier and let whiteheads absorb topical solutions.
DID YOU KNOW…
The ancient Romans used steam therapy to purify their skin followed by body scrubs and massages.
- Toothpaste – Toothpaste as an acne spot treatment has always been debated. Let’s just say that toothpaste does not cure blemishes, but it does help dry them out. That’s because toothpaste contains certain ingredients like baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, menthol, essential oils, and triclosan that can help dry out your pimple overnight, reducing it in size. So if you find yourself with a sudden blemish and have no acne treatment on hand, simply dab a little toothpaste on the blemish (not the entire face) after cleansing at night and your blemish should be less visible in the morning. Because toothpaste does dry out skin, it is not a recommended treatment for blemishes since it will lead to skin irritation, peeling and redness. Some toothpastes containing sodium lauryl sulfate can irritate the skin.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – This is a powerhouse when it comes to acting as an acne remedy. It kills the bacteria that may have caused the breakout in the first place. Apple cider vinegar also restores pH balance to the skin which makes it harder for the bacteria to thrive. Finally, vinegar, like lemon juice, will help dry up excess oil. That said, do not overdo this treatment since doing so will cause the oil glands to produce more oil, triggering another outbreak. Simply mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 3 parts water and apply to the skin with a cotton ball. You can try this treatment twice a day after cleansing – if the skin appears to be drying out, dial it down and apply the treatment once a day.
- Tea Tree Oil – Tea tree oil is another natural powerhouse that can help battle both blackheads and whiteheads. Tea tree oil cuts through the extra sebum (oil) and dead skin cells, and unblocks the pores. Its antibacterial properties also kill acne causing bacteria, and prevent further outbreaks. Apply it directly to your acne two or three times daily.
- Baking Soda – Also known as sodium bicarbonate, this fabulous ingredient is a mild antiseptic that has the ability to fight off fungus and bacteria and dry up excess oil, all while gently exfoliating the skin.
- For a facial mask, mix equal parts baking soda to water to form a thick paste. Massage the paste on, using slow circular motions for a 2 minutes. Leave the mask on for around 15-20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water, pat dry, and moisturize.
- For a gentle, yet effective cleanser, add a teaspoon of lemon juice to 1/4 cup of warm water and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Use a clean washcloth or sponge to gently wash the face – rinse with warm water. The baking soda enhances the citric acid of the lemon juice to help clean and close the pores.
- Lavender Oil – Each time you wash your face, dab blemishes with lavender oil, which is an astringent. Leave it on for your skin to absorb. Lavender oil is an effective acne treatment but it can be irritating to the skin – so use it with care.
- Honey – Honey is good for oily skin and helps keep the skin moist. Warm some honey to a comfortable temperature and spread it in an even layer over your skin. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then wash it off.
- Add a little cinnamon for its rich antioxidant and antimicrobial properties making it an effective ingredient in many acne treatments. Just blend 2 tablespoons of honey with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to create a mask that helps combat blemishes, redness, and irritation caused by acne. Apply the mask to your face (or spot treat) and leave on for 10-15 minutes.
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