If you’re anything like me, it never fails that when you have a big event, your blackheads make a special appearance. Who do these zits think they are, anyway?! Well, never fear, because I have all the tips and tricks you need to learn how to remove blackheads in 5 minutes (or less).
First things first, let’s understand a couple of things.
Why Do Blackheads Exist?
Blackheads are the most common skin disorder in the world. These little demons exist because our skin naturally accumulates oil, dirt, and dead skin cells on a daily basis. These unfortunate buggers clog up our pores and hair follicles.
This can lead to not only blackheads but whiteheads, acne, etc. Blackheads are so-named because of the dark look that come with them. They are the mildest form of acne because they are considered open comedones (which is an easy fix!) Whiteheads are closed comedones (where air can’t get in) and therefore harder to treat!
Is It in My Genes to Get Them?
Unfortunately, your blackheads could be related to your genetics.
But the good news is, they tend to decrease with age. Hooray for one perk of getting older!
Can My Diet Get Rid of Them?
While the good news is CHOCOLATE does NOT cause acne, certain foods can cause inflammation in your body. If you suspect a food group is causing your acne, try an elimination diet by cutting out 1 food group at a time and keeping a journal of your results!
Good Habits to Prevent Blackheads
Wash your face (morning, before bed, and after any workout).
Excessive washing can irritate your skin. Also, use non-comedogenic makeup. And take it off before working out and ESPECIALLY before bed!
5-Minute Blackhead Home Remedies
It’s time to spend less time fretting about those blackheads. You’ve got bigger fish to fry! So turn off Dr. Pimple Popper and read on to learn the easiest ways to remove blackheads in 5 minutes.
These DIY blackhead remedies are super easy to make and are sure to leave your skin cleaner and brighter. Something that I recently discovered is that you can refrigerate any leftover bits of the mixture to use again (hello life hack!)
How to Remove Blackheads in 5 Minutes With Lemone Juice
What you’ll need:
Lemon and salt make great exfoliates and have antibacterial properties to fight those blackheads! Make a paste with the juice from half a teaspoon of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of sea salt, and 1 teaspoon of water.
Apply to your face in circular motion and leave on for at least 5 minutes.
Rinse, pat dry and moisturize!
How to Remove Blackheads in 5 Minutes With Honey
What you’ll need
This little number will smell great and your skin will thank you! Brown sugar exfoliates your skin and has detoxifying prosperities while honey has been used for centuries as an antiseptic and antibacterial agent.
Mix 1 tablespoon of brown sugar with 1 teaspoon of honey (make sure you mix well)!
Apply to face in circular motions and leave on for at least 5 minutes. Rinse, pat dry, and don’t forget to moisturize!
How to Remove Blackheads in 5 Minutes With Oatmeal
What you’ll need
-1 tablespoon ground oatmeal
-1 teaspoon orange peel powder
-2 teaspoons yogurt
The oatmeal and orange powder will help exfoliate your skin while providing much-needed nutrients. Yogurt provides skin-loving probiotics, softens skin, and tightens large pores. Mix oatmeal, orange peel powder, and yogurt altogether, then apply to the face in a circular motion.
Leave on for 2-3 minutes, then rinse, pat dry, and moisturize!
Can You Remove Blackheads Permanently?
Unfortunately, there is no way to remove blackheads permanently (yet!) We live in an age where technology is bringing us many affordable beauty luxuries, but we’re not quite there yet with permanent blackhead removal.
However, Micro-needling and Low-Density Lasers can help increase cell turnover, reduce pore size, and overall can help skin stay healthy for longer periods of time.
Although expensive options, they could certainly pay off in the long term when you say bye-bye blemishes!
How to Remove Deep Blackheads?
One of the best ways to remove deep blackheads is to look for products with ingredients such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. When used in moderation, these agents can treat your deep blackheads effectively without over-drying your skin.
Over the counter retinoid can also do the trick. Pore strips for the nose are also a dermatologist favorite, as this is often where our deepest blackheads lie. And medicated body washes can help with those pesky blackheads that end up anywhere on your body such as your back, hands, legs, and chest.
How to Remove Blackheads With Vaseline?
One way to get rid of blackheads is to cover the area (like your nose) with a layer of Vaseline. Then, cover with some plastic (saran) wrap and leave on for 15 minutes (make sure you leave room to breathe for your nostrils)! Then, clean off.
How to Remove Blackheads With Aloe Vera?
Aloe Vera is great for controlling sebum.
Freshly extracted aloe vera gel works best for this! Apply a layer to the face, let it sit for 15-20 minutes, then wash off.
How To Remove Blackheads With Eggs?
Take an egg and whip it up in a bowl. Apply this to your face and let it stay on for 20 minutes.
You will feel the egg tighten your skin (in a good way)! Wash off after 20 minutes.
How to Remove Blackheads In 5 minutes With Baking Soda?
Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of water. Apply the paste to the face and leave it on for up to 2 minutes. Rinse and pat dry. You can also add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to this mix for extra clean properties.
How to Remove Blackheads With Tools?
This is something that morally, I cannot recommend. It takes proper training to extract anything from the skin without damage. Visit your skin care specialist if you want your blackheads manually extracted. There are many things in life you can DIY, but this should not be one of them.
Other Tips and Tricks
Harsh cleansers are soaps that should only be used as a last resort as they could cause over-drying and irritation. Here are some other options that you can try to improve your skin’s appearance.
Alternative Medicine Options
Discuss with your doctor the following options if nothing else has worked to treat your blackheads:
- tea tree oil
- green tea extract
- alpha hydroxyl acid
- azelaic acid (Azelex)
- brewer’s yeast
Don’t squeeze em! Your nails or fingers can make some serious damage! This could add very bad bacteria to your skin and create a dangerous infection.
It could also result in scarring.
Pimples are traumatizing enough; you don’t need a permanent reminder of the experience.
Wash your face in the morning and before you go to bed. Try to make the effort to do this every night.
It can be hard to do this when you’re exhausted at night or not a morning person but this is a MUST for clear skin.
Moisturize, exfoliate and tone your skin. Set up your skincare regime and stick to get glowing skin. Utilize a mask at 2-3 times a week. Following a daily skincare regime will ensure oil, sebum, etc. won’t block your pores and invade your face with the enemy.
Treat yourself. Enjoying a facial at least once a month could result in significant benefits for your skin. Your esthetician can also recommend good treatments for blackheads and other blemishes.
Get steamy! Yeah, you read that right. Boil a large pot of water over the stove. Holding a towel over your face to trap the steam, slowly lower your face toward the steam. Be careful not too get too close, you could scald yourself.
When done right, this method is an excellent way to open your pores before deep cleaning them. If you have access to a steam sauna at your local gym or spa, you can utilize the benefits of this amenity to open your pores before cleaning them out. You can also find some of my favorite facial steamers here.
Lastly, make sure you change your pillowcases often! And your sheets, for that matter! They can be a breeding ground for disturbingly high amounts of bacteria.
If it is more comfortable, buy more sets of pillowcases (if laundry can be a hassle, do so). Find whatever works for you to keep those blackheads at bay. Keep your bed clean, keep your face clean.
If you have blackheads that won’t come out after you’ve tried all of the tips in this article, be sure to visit your dermatologist. Leave the trickiness to the pros, so you don’t end up with scars or infections!
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