Blackhead develops when skin debris, sebum and bacteria block a widened hair follicle. It is the first stage of acne that may develop into a pimple. Blackheads are common in people with oily skin. The melanin present in the skin debris turn dark when exposed to air, hence, the debris blocking the opening of hair follicles turn black. Blackheads not only spoil your complexion they are also annoying. Cleaning the pores is the most popular treatment for blackhead. A number of easy remedies are available for removing blackheads naturally.

Natural Remedies For Blackheads

Oatmeal Scrub

An effective way to get rid of the annoying blackheads is to rub the blackheads gently with an oatmeal scrub. The mild abrasive property of oatmeal helps to remove the blackheads and unclog the hair follicles. It also helps in exfoliation. By removing the old skin it helps in preventing skin debris from clogging the hair follicles. You can apply cooked oatmeal after it has cooled to the affected area and gently massage the area for a few seconds. Leave on the mask for about 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse with water. For additional benefit, consider blending cooked oatmeal with juice of any citrus fruit, a natural moisturizing agent such as olive oil, yogurt or honey and few drops of plant essential oil of your choice for soothing the skin.

Honey Mask

Honey is a natural antibiotic agent that helps in destroying the acne-causing bacteria. Moreover, it contains glycolic acid that helps in exfoliation. Applying warm honey to the blackheads helps in loosening the skin debris trapped in the hair follicles. You can leave honey overnight on the affected area or, for a quick fix, soak the blackheads in warm honey for about 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse with water. For best result, apply the honey mask daily.

Egg White Peel Off Mask

You can get rid of blackheads naturally with the help of egg white mask. For this face mask you will need the white of an egg. Beat the egg white till frothy and with a paint brush, spread the egg white on your face, especially on the affected areas. Now place a piece of tissue on the troubled area and paint it with egg white so that it sticks to your skin. Wait for about 20 to 30 minutes for the egg white layer to dry up completely and after the tissue feels completely dry, gently peel the tissue. Rinse the face with water. This natural peel off mask apart from removing the blackheads helps to tighten the skin.

Cinnamon, Honey And Lime Mask

To get rid of blackheads fast, you can try this face mask made with cinnamon powder, honey and lime juice. Cinnamon and honey are natural antibiotics and lime juice is a natural astringent that helps to tighten the hair follicles. Apply the mask all over your face. While applying, gently scrub the troubled areas with your finger tips in circular motions. Leave on the mask for about 15 to 20 minutes and then, with a wash cloth, wipe off the mask. For best results apply this face mask daily to remove the blackheads fast.

Salt And Milk Scrub

Scrubbing the affected areas with a natural scrub made by blending salt and milk helps in dislodging the blackheads. The abrasive effect of salt helps in exfoliation. Salt is also a natural antiseptic that kills the acne causing bacteria. Lactic acid in milk, by breaking down the dead skin debris, facilitates exfoliation. Hence, regular use of the salt and milk scrub helps in removing the blackheads fast. To make this scrub, combine two teaspoons of salt with 1 1/2 teaspoon of milk.

Steam Facial

Steam facial helps to open up the pores and soften the blackheads, which can then be easily removed by squeezing or scrubbing with salt scrub. Clean your face with a gentle cleanser and pat it dry. Next pour boiling water in a bowl and hold a folded towel around the bowl to direct the vapor to your skin. Steam your face for about 5 minutes. Now use salt scrub or any other face mask to unclog the hair follicles.

Mint Toothpaste

For a quick fix, apply a small amount of mint toothpaste on the blackheads and leave it on for a few minutes until the toothpaste dries up. Now in gentle circular motion, rub the toothpaste. This helps to remove the blackheads. Toothpaste absorbs oil and makes the skin dry. It should be used occasionally to dislodge blackheads.

Baking Soda Scrub

The abrasive effect of baking soda paste helps in dislodging the blackheads easily. To ease blackhead removal, take a steam facial before using the scrub. Make the baking soda paste by combining two tablespoons of baking soda with two tablespoons of water. Apply the paste on the trouble spots with gentle circular motions of the finger tips. Scrub for about 2 to 3 minutes. Then rinse with water.

Clay Mask

To make this blackhead busting face pack, you will need cosmetic clay that is best suited for oily skin such as Indian fuller earth or bentonite clay. Blend a tablespoon of clay with equal amount of water and spread the paste all over your face and allow it to dry. Gently press a moist washcloth against the face and wipe off the clay. For additional benefit, you can add lemon or any other citrus fruit juice, apple cider vinegar or rose water to the clay mask.

Turmeric Face Pack

Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory spice. The antibacterial property of turmeric helps to destroy the acne causing bacteria. In the traditional medicine systems of Asia, this spice is used for treating various skin problems including acne, blackheads and pimples. You can make a blackhead busting face mask by combining turmeric powder or fresh turmeric paste with milk and sandalwood paste. Spread the paste all over the face. Leave it on for about 10 to 20 minutes and then with a damp washcloth gently scrub the face in circular motion. Then rinse with water. When used daily, apart from removing blackheads, the face pack will help in preventing acne breakouts and will make your skin glow.