Have you ever had those nasty blackheads? And have you ever tried some commercial products and they seemed to be inefficient in getting rid of those blackheads? Well, worry not because here’s a simple remedy for you! But before that, let us first discuss why blackheads grew in our body, and what must be done to get rid of it.
Basically, according to a health and medical study, blackhead is a common skin condition which is also a feature of an acne. And talking about acne, having it is a normal part of puberty. Having acne and blackheads are natural, and sometimes cannot be avoided.
Blackheads sprung out, because when a body undergoes the puberty stage, sebum production goes up. Increase in sebum production is because of the hormonal changes that occurs during the puberty stage. Now, this sebum blocks the hair follicles. And when the base of the hair hits the surface, as it become oxygenated, the color turns into black. While some proved that excess sebum production is because of puberty, it can also be caused by menstrual period, pregnancy and birth control pills – basically everything that causes hormonal changes. Other factors that can contribute to the growth of blackheads include usage of cosmetics or cleansers that blocks the pores, heavy sweating, and dietary factors, disease or medications that encourage rapid skin cell turnover. Scientifically speaking, that is how blackheads are formed. It is inevitable for people who are undergoing hormonal changes. Now, these blackheads normally appear on the nose, but can also form on the forehead and cheeks.
Because having blackheads is somewhat disturbing, many dermatologists opt to prescribe gels and creams which are all commercially made. Some includes products with Vitamin A and sometimes antibiotics. These products do pose a risk of adverse effects, especially in pregnancy, and should only be used as advised by a qualified healthcare practitioner. Aside from some medical risks, these treatments are also expensive. They do cost a lot because they require some commercial products. Now, for some people who cannot afford to pay this price, you can try some organic steps to get rid of your blackheads! There are a lot of practices, actually. But here is the most effective one, and you only need three basic ingredients – Lemon, warm water, and salt!
Follow these easy instructions:
- Combine 1 tablespoon of sea salt with ½ teaspoon of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of warm water in a small bowl.
- Using a washrag or towel, put it directly on the area with blackheads.
- Apply it in a circular motion to ensure it permeates the skin. Do this for 5 minutes.
- Allow the mixture to sit on your skin for another 5 minutes.
- Wash off the mixture on your face using cold water, and repeat these steps at least 3 times per week.
Bear in mind that this is no magic, but rather this is science at work! The salt when combined with water produces salty water which has the natural ability to kill bacteria because it reduces their chances of surviving longer on your skin. It is for this same reason that salt is used for food preservation–to kill bacteria and prevent spoilage. When you use it for your skin, you kill acne-causing bacteria in a much milder manner! Lemons on the other hand, as we all know is a very good alpha hydroxy-acid which tightens the skin and closes the pores. So these three are really the perfect ingredients to get rid of those nasty blackheads! However, if this treatment did not work for you, and if you observe that your condition got worse, it is still best to consult with a medical and a professional doctor.