Acne and blackheads are one of the greatest enemies of women – they are considered to be some horrible obstacles to beauty. They just have to be done away with. However, the creams and lotions available on the market are either too expensive or not effective. Going back to naturals is the way to go!
What is an acne and what are blackheads?
An acne occurs when pores found on the surface of the skin are blocked by too much oil produced by skin glands. As a result of the excess oil, dirt, bacteria and cells accummulate. This blockage is called a plug. If the top of the plug is white, it is known as a whitehead. If it is black, it is called a blackhead.
An acne that goes deep into the skin can lead to hard and painful cysts – cystic acne.
It is mostly teenagers who develop acne on their skin because of the hormonal change at puberty causing more release of oil onto the skin, but otherwise, anyone can have acne, from babies to adults.
Apart from hormonal changes, other factors may account for an increase in acne, like menstruation, pregnancy, stress, and birth control pills. Hair products and other cosmetics may also cause acne to sprout. Weather conditions constitute yet another factor that can cause acne to build up: high humidity level and sweating, for instance, may trigger acne on the skin.
Natural products can be used to get rid of both.
1. Egg whites
Egg whites can be used as face mask. They unblock the pores and relieve the redness associated with acnes. It should be applied and left to the face for 15-20 minutes and then thoroughly washed.
Honey is known for its antimicrobial activity. The application of honey to the face works wonders to do away with the excess bacteria clogging the pores. Natural honey should be used to avoid problems associated with procesed honey. The honey mask should be left on the face for 15-20 minutes.
3. Baking Soda
Baking soda is made into a paste with water, and applied till it hardens. Then, it can be washed off.
4. Regular toothpaste
Toothpaste is effective in doing away with the spots left by acne.
6. Specially for blackheads
Apply lemon juice on the spots where stand the horrible blackheads. Lemon juice effectively removes the blackheads off the skin. However, for certain skin types, applying it directly onto the skin may prove to be abrasive to the skin. Before applying to large areas of the skin, try applying a bit on a small spot and see what it does. Otherwise, lemon juice removes the blackheads in no time.
7. Mix of tea tree oil, baking soda and coconut oil
To make the mix, use 2 -3 drops of tea tree oil, 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of melted (but cooled) coconut oil. A little bit of water should be added to this mixture until a think mask is produced. This should be used to scrub the face. The mask must be left for a period of 15-20 minutes, and then thoroughly washed with warm water, and watch how the blackheads disappear!
The baking soda gets deep into the skin pores and remove the bacteria that promote the built-up of blackheads, while the other two ingredients are bacteria-fighting substances.