Try These 7 Natural Homemade Scrubs to Eliminate Blackheads
To eliminate blackheads, there are several commercial scrubs made with substances suitable for the cleansing and care of different skin types. The great advantage is that their microparticles don’t cause harm to the epidermis.
Of course, it’s also possible to opt for homemade scrubs prepared with ingredients such as oatmeal, chickpea flour and honey. Are you interested in knowing some of them? Read on!
What are blackheads?
Blackheads (or open comedones) are a cosmetic problem that appears as a consequence of the obstruction of skin pores. This obstruction is caused by cell oxidation.
Sebum and melanin production, especially on the nose and chin, block open pores. This prevents the drainage of the sebaceous gland, which becomes dirty and acquires the typical black color.
One of the most common causes of its appearance is the use of inadequate cleansing and facial care products. Also, the use of makeup for prolonged periods of time can cause blackheads to appear on the face. However, factors such as hormonal changes and diet must also be taken into account.
Given that not all people have the same skin type, it’s important to keep in mind that, in order to get rid of blackheads, it’s best to see a dermatologist and follow his treatment guidelines. It’s not advisable to try home remedies without their approval, as you could suffer adverse reactions and make the problem worse.
Homemade scrubs to eliminate blackheads
It’s often said that a gentle exfoliation, from time to time, can help maintain a cleaner and healthier skin. Therefore, those who are prone to open comedones, apply homemade treatments, such as the ones we’re going to present below.
It’s important to clarify that exfoliation alone won’t achieve the desired results. This practice must be part of a complete skin care routine in order to get real benefits.
1. Sea salt
After facial cleansing, sea salt is a natural scrub that can be used –in small quantities and occasionally– to remove blackheads. Given its antiseptic properties, it may turn out to be even more effective.
According to popular wisdom, sea salt scrub is best suited for oily, combination or acne-prone skin. Conversely, people with a more sensitive skin type or skin that is too dry or mature should avoid using it.
Sugar is a slightly gentler option than sea salt, and according to popular belief, it can be used on all skin types. Therefore, if we have a very delicate complexion, we recommend combining a little sugar with a vegetable-type oil (coconut, almond, olive, etc.).
- Thanks to the sugar, it’ll be easy to remove the layer of dead cells, while thanks to the oil, the skin will be deeply nourished and moisturized, but without making it look oily.
- Therefore, by using the mix of scrub and oil, we can clean blackheads while deeply nourishing the skin.
3. Coffee grounds
According to popular wisdom, people with oily skin can use coffee grounds mixed with cream (or vegetable oil, whichever they prefer) to use as a homemade scrub.
4. Chickpea flour
Another commonly used product that can be used to remove blackheads is chickpea flour, which has a texture similar to oatmeal. According to popular wisdom, its particles are said to be less rough than those of sugar, which is why it’s regarded as suitable for combination skin.
Oatmeal is the best scrub to eliminate blackheads when your skin is sensitive and delicate.
- Thanks to its mucilage content, this cereal creates a protective and hydrating coating over the skin that protects it from any outside agent.
- In addition, oatmeal isn’t too abrasive, so you avoid irritation and redness.
- In order to use it as a scrub, you have to grind it and mix it with water. We’ll obtain a cream, which, beside cleaning the skin, can also be used as a mask for 15 minutes.
These last two natural scrubs –tomato and pineapple– work due to their enzyme content rather than due to their gritty texture. The enzymes cause a quick and effective cleansing of the skin. This is an option for people who hardly have any blackheads on their skin.
According to popular wisdom, tomatoes are the gentlest choice of enzyme scrub. We only need to rub a slice of tomato on our face and wait for a few minutes for it to dry. Afterwards, wash with plenty of water.
According to popular beliefs, pineapple works in a similar way to tomatoes. Once we place it on the skin, we should not exceed 5 minutes with this scrub on our face. The result will be a very clean, smooth skin with fewer blackheads.
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- Use products free of oils and fats (oil-free) or those prescribed by your dermatologist.
- Even if it’s not been proven that diet has a direct influence on the formation of blackheads, it’s considered that it may have some bearing. Therefore, it’s recommended to follow a healthy diet.
- Diets rich in sugar, fats and dairy products are not advisable.
- Try to go to a beauty salon for a profound cleansing at least once a month.
- Avoid cleansing at home, but if you do it, try to follow the recommendations of professionals.
Use homemade scrubs with care
It’s important to be careful when preparing and applying homemade exfoliating scrubs. For example, in the case of using sugar and salt, it’s best to use very little of these ingredients, as their particles can cause micro-injuries to the skin, dry out the skin excessively or worsen the acne.