Blackheads are no alien to any damsel around the world. Nor, are they a girl’s bosom buddy. Instead they are every girl’s arch- nemesis. Those hideous looking creepy spots , that you wouldn’t  even dare to wish on your foe’s skin, when starts to become visible on your pretty face, had you not wished that it be a nightmare and hope to wake up  as fresh and beautiful as you were the night before.

But wake up girl, let’s face it, they are real and stubborn son of a bitch too. No matter how hard you try but they just won’t go away. But let’s cut the panicking and get to the damned thing.

To make sure that those blackheads are effaced properly from your face and that they never come back again, we shall go into the depths of its terminology to learn what blackheads really are and why they settle on your face like an intruder on a foreign land.

A blackhead is less commonly known as a “Comedo” which is a clogged hair follicle (pore) in the skin. The keratin or skin debris when combined with oil blocks the follicle. A comedo can be open (blackhead) or closed by skin (whitehead).

Now the most apt question here would be why? What causes blackheads? Well, the primary cause is the pa common thing among teenagers. Other auxiliary causes are:

  • Intense use of makeup and skin products hydrates our skin and conjointly with the oil glands in our skin adds up to excess pore clogging especially around the nose, causing blackheads to form.
  • Declining levels of estrogen in women around late 20s, which means more testosterone and less estrogen, ergo oily skin which causes blackheads.
  • Sweat is also among the reasons. Sweat can clog up the pores which causes blackheads.
  • Certain medications can increase your chances of developing blackheads.

Au, contraire to a popularly held belief, blackheads do not pop up your nose because you haven’t cleaned your face properly.

Now to target the bull’s eye we need to be sure of what is most effective in getting rid of these comedos.

Well, you could always use some creams and lotions but believe it or not, home remedies are the best solution to a plethora of skin problems including blackheads.

How to get rid of blackheads fast

  1. Lemon juice scrub: mix honey, yoghurt, salt and lime juice in a bowl and scrub it in the affected areas. Apply everyday for up to 10-12 days.
  2. Milk and honey: the antibacterial properties of honey and the lactic acid of the milk keep your skin soft and supple.
    1. Pour milk over honey and mix
    2. Heat this for about 5-10 minutes
    3. Apply a thin layer of paste over your blackheads
    4. Peel the strip after it dries
    5. Rinse with cold water and apply a moisturizer
  3. Water and baking soda: make a thick paste of water and baking soda and massage the paste on your skin.  Let it stay for 10-15 min and then rinse it off. Apply moisturizer after washing.
  4. Yogurt and oatmeal:
    1. Take out the juice from 4 tomatoes and mix with 3 tb.spoons of plain yogurt and 2 tb spoons of oatmeal in a bowl
    2. Add 1 tb spoon of honey and a little olive oil and some lime juice.
    3. Mix to create a paste and apply on your face.
    4. Wash it off after 10 min
  5. Cinnamon and honey strips: cinnamon improves the circulation leaving you with a glowing, healthy and blackhead free skin.
    1. Mix the cinnamon and honey together and apply a thin layer on your blackheads.
    2. Press some cotton over it.
    3. Remove the layer after 5 min and rinse your face.
  6. Lemon and salt mixture: lemon is a rich source of citric acid and a natural astringent, which helps cleansing your skin and make you look brighter, nay fight off germs in your skin too. Salt is an excellent exfoliator which removes excessive dead cells, dirt and grime from the skin.
    1. Mix 1 tb spoon of sea salt and water with half a tb spoon of lemon juice and apply on your face
    2. Gently massage the area on circular strokes for about 2-4 min
    3. Wash it off with lukewarm water
    4. And again with cold water to make sure that the opened pores get closed again.

Follow these remedies religiously and deport the trespassers in no time, if you know what I mean!