Tuesday, February 24, 2015

5 Simple & Easy Ways to Get Rid of Blackheads

Blackheads are a combination of excess oil and dead skin cells clogged in your pores. Once the oxygen hits this buildup, it oxidizes and transform a whitehead into a blackhead. Although persistent, they can be caused from hormonal changes (adolescents and possibly taking birth control), prescription drugs, irritated hair follicles, and of course when your skin produces too much oil.

Generally speaking, it may be best to eat well-balanced nutritious meals, sleep and exercise regularly so as to help balances your hormones. Of course, developing a good skin care routine that best suites you will ultimately get you the best results. NOTE: by all means follow your gut, get second and third and fourth opinions even, and consult your health care professional. 

With this in mind, here are four quick and easy ways to naturally get rid of blackheads.

Alkaline Citruses:

Whether using Apple Cider Vinegar or Lemon, both of these citruses have astringent properties, helping to tighten pores. Consequently, both items are often used as a natural toner and assist with restoring the body's pH balance with its alkaline effect. Both of which contain antibacterial and antiviral components.

Baking Soda:  

ONLY if your skin can handle it, mix baking soda with water until it forms a pasty texture and gently apply to skin, then rinse immediately after applying. Baking soda is one of those ingredients that doesn't work for everybody, so test it out on you leg or arm before rubbing it on your face. Remember to be gentle when using.

Clay Play
Clay is an excellent natural alternative that helps pull gunk out of your body. In fact, clay specifically attracts yucky toxins like a magnet all while helping to remineralize your body. Mix clay with lukewarm water, stir until it forms a batter-like texture and apply to skin. Avoid using metal with clay as it will react with the metal and reduce the clay's effectiveness. There are many clays out there, so for starters try red, green or Bentonite clay.

Cleansing Steam:
Epsom salt and hot water, start by allowing your head to hover over a pot or large bowl of hot water and epsom salt. Once the water's temps have reached a tolerable level for you (still hot, but without burning your skin), dip a clean wash cloth into the water, then wring it out and let it sit on your face for about a half a minute, then using the wash cloth, wipe the moisture/perspiration from the steam off of your face.

Hands Down:
Promise to stop picking at yourself, don't squeeze, pop or bust your blackheads. Instead, improve your skin care regimen. Repeat and/or adjust the above suggestions as needed.

- Avec Amour

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