Blackheads are form when oil and dead skin cells build up and clog the follicles and pores. This results to those dark specks in your nose area, cheeks and chin.

So what are the common causes of blackheads? Let’s find out.

  • Buildup of the propionibacterium acne bacteria on the skin
  • Overproduction of sebum
  • Product buildup from your makeup and creams that you put in your face
  • Certain drugs, like lithium, corticosteroids and androgens

Now you know what causes those blackheads. Let’s find out how you can prevent and banish this skin problem for good. Below are some natural remedies you can try.

1. Lemon Toner

Blackheads are caused by clogged and open pores reacting to oxygen, therefore one of the best remedy is to shrink your pores. Lemon juice can help you achieve just that. However, can make you sensitive to the sun and can lighten skin temporarily. For sensitive skin, dilute the lemon juice with water first.

Items:
– 1 lemon
– Cotton balls
– Bottle

Directions:
– Wash your face and dry.
– Put the lemon juice in a small bottle and then use just enough to soak a cotton ball. Apply this to the affected areas at least 3-4 times a week, at bedtime. Upon waking up, rinse your face with lukewarm water and put moisturizer.
– You can keep the rest of the juice in the refrigerator for up to a week. Always remember that the juice can sometimes sting.

2. Water Treatment

Another option to remove blackheads is by rinsing with water 1-2 times per day. This is to make your pores appear larger and to remove excess sebum and dead skin, to make the pores clear. After rinsing, you may use a light moisturizer to prevent your skin from producing excess sebum.

Ingredients:
– Water
– Towel
– Moisturizer

Directions:
– Wash your face with water at least twice a day. Dry using a towel and apply moisturizer after. It is recommended that you do this in the morning and evening.

3. Milk and Honey Pore Strips

Honey and milk contain properties that are good for skin. The lactic acid in milk, helps keep skin soft and smooth. While honey has antibacterial properties. When mixed together, they can act as an adhesive.

Items:
– Organic raw honey (1 tbsp)
– Milk (1 tsp)
– Cotton

Directions:
– Mix the milk and raw honey. Then heat for 5-10 seconds using a microwave, and then mix again to blend thoroughly.
– Upon cooling, apply a thin layer over blackheads and then gently but firmly pat a strip of dry, clean, cotton onto it. Let it dry for at least 20 minutes and carefully peel the strip away.
– Wash off with cold water and apply moisturizer.

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