Blackheads and whiteheads are commonly known as comedowns and are eruptions on the skin that happen when sebum and dead cells block the pores. The whiteheads are closed and inside the skin whereas blackheads are exposed to the air and turn black in color and hence the name. Oily skin, hormones, food habits or the environment, these can all lead to comedones. They look ugly and though there are chemical products available that can treat them, a host of home remedies can be used to treat these blackheads and whiteheads.
The Home Remedies Are:
This is an easy and effective way to treat comedones. Take a pot of water and heat it well and remove from fire. Put your face over it and feel the steam vapors on the face. 5 -10 minutes of steaming will soften the pores and loosen the blackheads and whiteheads. You can then gently squeeze them out or apply a pack of oatmeal or rice to help the comedones in easily coming out. Care should be taken not to apply too much pressure or use the nails to squeeze them as it will only spread the infection more.
Soak some rice in milk and leave it for 4-5 hours. Now use this paste as a scrub to massage the face gently using more pressure on the affected areas. Follow this for 5-10 minutes and then wash the face. Repeat this 2-3 times for effectively loosening and removing the comedones.
Make a scrub using oatmeal and yogurt and rub it on the face. Wash off after 10 minutes. Or make a scrub using 1 tsp honey, oatmeal, and 4 tomatoes. Apply this on the affected area and leave for 20 minutes. Kaolin clay can also be added to this paste. Oatmeal is a great home remedy for removing these blackheads and whiteheads and also reduces spots and blemishes.
This can make a great scrub when combined with honey or granulated sugar. Mix them together and scrub the face with this thick paste. Not only are the comedones removed, but the skin too appears clearer and smoother.
The astringent properties of lemon help in drying out the sebum in the pores. Mix honey, lemon juice and brown sugar to make a thick paste. Apply this on the affected areas and scrub gently to remove the dirt in the clogged pores. Rinse after 10 minutes and pat dry.
Mix coriander leaves with some turmeric and to make a thick paste. Apply this on the comedones and leave to dry. Wash off after a while. This may have to be repeated 2-3 times to remove the comedones completely.
Make a thick paste of baking powder with water and apply it on the blackheads and whiteheads. Wash after 20 minutes. This remedy is more effective when applied after facial steaming as it removes the comedones more easily.
Honey is a great remedy for all skin woes. For comedones, we can apply directly on the affected parts or make a scrub by mixing it with sugar. The sugar paste should be scrubbed on the affected parts to loosen the clogged pores and then they can be pressed out gently without touching them with the nails.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apply apple cider vinegar on the face after a facial steam. Leave it to dry. Then rinse off and moisturise. The comedones dry with 2-3 applications.
Soap And Salt Mix
Take 1/2 tbsp salt in a tbsp of liquid soap solution. Apply this paste onto the blackheads and whiteheads and leave for drying. Wash off well. Repeat if required.
Garlic And Orange Peels
Dry 3-4 cloves of garlic and half an orange peel in the sun. Then blend in the mixer and add some lemon juice to make a paste. Scrub the affected parts with this paste and wash after a while.