Blackheads and whiteheads are skin problems that are common amongst every grownup. They appear like small dots of black or white color and you can actually feel them pricking out on your face with your fingers. They appear particularly on the stretched areas of the facial skin, like the nose, chin and forehead. Blackheads or whiteheads are usually not painful but they can give rise to painful pimples in no time. Moreover, they actually look dirty on your face and can give a wrong impression in your peer group. In today’s highly competitive professional world, it is really necessary for every man to be presentable and cleanliness is the first step to that. Having a lot of white or blackheads on your face is sure to hamper your image even in your professional life. So, getting rid of them is important.
What causes blackheads and whiteheads?
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Before we get into the details of how to get rid of these blackheads and whiteheads quickly, first let us go through a brief idea on how these blackheads and whiteheads are formed. Open pores on the skin are the starting point of the black and whiteheads. When there are open pores on your skin, dirt from the environment coupled with dead skin cells enter the pores. Within the pore, the dirt is again added with the oil produced by the skin. In case, the opening of the pore is closed after the dirt has entered, it gives rise to whiteheads. On the other hand, when the pores are still open after the dirt has entered the pores, it is oxidized by the air and takes the black color forming blackheads.
One of the best ways to get rid of the problem of blackheads and whiteheads is to ensure that they do not appear in the first place and that is not actually very difficult. So, before we move to how to get rid of the blackheads that you might already have, here is how you can prevent them from occurring at the first place.
Maintain the right hygiene
Maintaining best hygiene for your skin is one of the most effective and simplest ways to prevent blackheads or whiteheads. Washing your face properly every day, ensuring that your face is free from excess oil or open pores, not touching your face with dirty hands, ensuring that you do not have dandruffs, all these can be highly effective in preventing the formation of black and whiteheads. Changing your face towel regularly, ensuring that your pillow towel is clean are some of the other self-hygiene related habits that can save you from black and whiteheads.
Getting rid of blackheads and whiteheads quickly
To get rid of the blackheads and whiteheads you really need not to visit the parlor for expensive skin treatments. If you are ready to take a bit care for your skin, you can easily get rid of them at home. Here are some home treatments that can be most effective to remove the blackheads and whiteheads.
Toothpaste and salt scrub for getting rid of black and whiteheads quickly
If you have stubborn blackheads on your nose or on your chin, a simple pack made from toothpaste and common salt can be your savior. You will need gel based toothpaste, for this job and not the white peppermint ones. Take one spoon of the gel toothpaste in a clean glass bowl and then 1 spoon of common salt to the same. Mix the two well and apply liberally onto the blackhead or whitehead affected area of the skin.
Scrub the area with the mixture lightly for 3-4 minutes and then leave it on for another 3-4 minutes. Apply some water to the pack and wash off properly, scrubbing with your hands. Once you are done, your black and whiteheads will be gone. The skin of the area will be still red which will go away naturally in another 10-15 minutes. Follow with a light moisturizer.
Egg white and tissue paper for removing black and whiteheads fast
The white of an egg can be used effectively for getting rid of black and whiteheads. The egg white is gentle on the skin and will clear the black and whiteheads without harming your skin in anyway. Take an egg, separate the white and beat it for 3-4 minutes. Now apply it onto the black or whitehead affected area of the skin and let it get dry for 20 seconds, before tearing a small section of a tissue paper and sticking it on the egg white pack.
Let the whole thing dry for another 5 minutes or till you start to feel the stretch on your skin. Simply peel off the tissue paper from your skin and the egg white pack will come off with it along with the black and white heads. Once you are done, wash the area with enough water and follow with a light moisturizer.
Use baking soda to remove black and whiteheads overnight
Baking soda can be used effectively for clearing off the irritating black and whiteheads from the skin, but you have to make sure that your skin is not sensitive and you should not apply it on a wide area of your face. Take 2 spoons of baking soda and add some water to it to form a slightly runny pack. Now apply this pack onto the affected area of your skin and rub with your fingertips in a slow circular motion for 3-4 minutes. Let the pack set for another 5 minutes and then wash off with excess water. Follow with a light moisturizer.
Tomato juice for getting rid of black and whiteheads quickly
If you have sensitive skin and you need a light yet effective treatment to clear off the black and whiteheads from your face, the best way is to use tomato juice for the purpose. Tomato juice has skin clarifying properties and it can be helpful to clear off the black and whiteheads effectively. Take a ripe tomato, smash it and squeeze out the juice.
Apply the tomato juice onto the affected areas of the skin and rub lightly in a circular motion. Apply another layer of the same and let it get completely dry. Once dry, wet your hands and rub the area in slow circular motion and finally wash off with plenty of water. You need to repeat the treatment 2-3 times on subsequent days to see the black and whiteheads drying up and falling off.
Use turmeric and sandalwood for getting rid of blackheads and whiteheads
Turmeric and sandalwood both are known for their natural antibacterial and skin nourishing properties. You can use a pack of these two to get rid of the blackheads and whiteheads as well. Take 2 inch of fresh turmeric root, smash it to a paste and mix it with 1/2 spoon of freshly prepared sandalwoodpaste. Apply the pack onto the affected area of the skin in a thick layer and let it get 70% dry. Now rub the skin with the pack, and the pack will start coming off along with the blackheads and whiteheads. Finally wash off with water. Repeat the treatment 3-4 times a week for the best results.
Steaming and scrubbing for getting rid of black and whiteheads really quick
Steaming your skin and then scrubbing it properly can be an effective way to get rid of the blackheads as well as whiteheads quickly. Steaming opens up the pores and makes it easier to scrub out the debris from the pores.
For steaming, boil 2 liters of water in a wide mouth pan and remove it from the flame. Now place your face over the pan so that the steam coming out of it comes directly on your face. Cover your head along with the pan with a thick towel and adjust the right distance of your face form the pan to ensure that the steam coming out is comfortable for your skin. You need to take the steam for 4-5 minutes at least.
After taking the steam, directly apply a scrubber onto the affected area of the skin. While there are several scrubs in the market but for best results you can easily prepare a scrub of your own by following any of the ways mentioned next. Scrub the affected area of the skin at least for 3-4 minutes in a slow circular motion and then wash off with water. Follow with a light moisturizer.
Get rid of blackheads and whiteheads with milk and red lentil scrub
A scrub made from raw milk and red lentil can be highly effective to remove the blackheads and whiteheads from the skin quickly. To prepare this pack, soak 2 spoons of washed red lentil in 1/2 cup of raw milk overnight. In the morning smash the whole thing in a mixer grinder for 30 seconds and make sure that the paste does not become too smooth. Apply this paste onto the affected area of the skin and scrub for 3-4 minutes in slow circular motion. Let it set for another 2 minutes and then wash off scrubbing the area with the pack. Repeat 2-3 times in a week for best results.
Oatmeal and honey scrub for getting rid of black and whiteheads
Oatmeal and honey can not only make a great breakfast, they can also make your blackheads and whiteheads disappear quickly. Mix 2 spoons of uncooked oatmeal with 2 spoons of honey and a few drops of lemon juice. Add a few drops of milk or water to the mixture to make a sticky pack. Apply the pack to the affected area of the skin, let it set for 30 seconds and then scrub for 4-5 minutes in slow circular motion. Wash off with water. Repeat the treatment 2-3 times in a week for best and quick results.
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