They’re a real nightmare because they’re usually extremely hard to get rid of. It’s like they’re “stuck” on your nose (mainly) and that they’ll never leave. They’re not only on women’s faces; men get them too, of course. Preventing or getting rid of black heads isn’t easy. If you want to see the last of them you have to be patient and make sure you don’t get outbreaks in certain areas.
What are black heads?
These famous and ugly little spots that pop up in the least suspected spot like your nose, your chin, your cheeks or around your lips are dead cells “mixed” with sebum. This gets darkened by the oxidation that occurs when it comes into contact with the surface.
They’re from the skin’s excessive production of oil, most frequently during the summer and not always related to acne (although people think they are).
Black heads aren’t the stuff of teenagers alone. If your skin type produces too much sebum and you don’t clean it correctly, they can raise their ugly heads. Getting rid of them them takes time and dedication but especially patience.
One of the most important things is to mantain a cleaning schedule throughout the day and at night. If you sweat too much, don’t take off your makeup before you go to bed or you don’t wash your face with enough water when you come in from outside, it’s more probable that you might see black heads.
Depending on the kind of skin that you have you might have to wash your face more or less often. Don’t forget to moisture your face! Remember that once you’ve gotten rid of the black heads, you need to keep up this routine so that they don’t come back. Try to keep your pores clean and “closed”. To do so you have to wash your face with cold water every day.
From time to time, you can apply homemade face creams made with known natural exfoliants such as oats, yogurt and sugar.
How can you get rid of black heads?
There are several ways to remove black head from your face and look good. Here we’ve included some of the most effective and popular tricks to fight this problem:
- Buy glue (one kids use at school, a non-toxic one). Spray your face with warm water or dab it with a warm wet towel. Then apply the glue on the areas where you have black heads. Let it completely dry. When it’s hard, peal it off. If you flip it over, you’ll see the black heads.
- The second alternative is to take them out one by one when you’re in the bathroom washing your face. Warm your face with the shower water so that the pores widen. If you slowly and carefully press on them, they’ll come out by themselves if they’re not too deep. You can use tweezers to finish pulling them out once you start to see them. That way you’ll avoid leaving any marks on your skin.
- You’ll need a toothbrush that you’re not going to use any more and some toothpaste. Spread the toothpaste on the toothbrush as if you were going to brush your teeth. Wet the toothbrush and your face with warm water. Every day before you go to bed, gently brush the area with the black heads. Then sterilize the toothbrush with boiling water even if you only use it to clean your black heads. Then wash your face and apply a moisturizer.
- Prepare a lotion with equal parts lime juice, almond oil and glycerin. Apply this lotion to your face every night and leave it on for 15 minutes. Then rinse your face with warm water. This will help get rid of your black heads and will also help get rid of spots on your face.
- Beat an egg yolk and apply it to your whole face but especially where black heads concentrate. Put to sheets of toilet paper or a paper napkin on your face and wait for it to completely dry and harden, an hour approximately. Gently peel it off. Rinse your face with warm water. Pat dry.
- Rinse your face with warm or hot water to open up the pores. Then dab the edge of a towel in olive or almond oil. Add toothpaste. Gently but firmly apply to your nose or other troublesome areas. Rub in circles. If you need to you can add more of the mixture. Wait five minutes and then rinse with warm water.
- Heat up a towel over a heater or in boiling water. Check to make sure you don’t burn yourself and then place on your face for ten minutes, until it cools. Wash your face with hot water and neutral soap. Rinse with cold water to close up the pores and apply a non-oily moisturizer. Then apply rubbing alcohol and massage in for five minutes. Then rinse again.
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