Removing blackheads or comedones by touching, squeezing, poking or popping them is a great temptation! However, it is really what you should not do, because when touching the beans they could become inflamed or infected, a risk that increases due to the natural fat that exists in our hands and worst of all: there can be permanent scars! To understand why you should not touch blackheads to remove them and know the natural way to remove them, read this article.
What are Blackheads?
This is the most common skin disorder. It consists of obstructions of the hair follicles and sebaceous or obstructions in the pores of the skin. These blockages are due to an interaction between hormones, natural skin fat, bacteria and dead cells.
Basically, this happens because the sebaceous glands located in the dermis, inner layer of the skin, are attached to the hair follicles. The sebaceous glands secrete a natural fat that is responsible for carrying dead skin cells through the pores.
When for hormonal or other reasons the glands secrete more sebum than usual the hair follicles are blocked, and there is a proliferation of a bacterium called Propionibacterium acnes that is normally found in the said follicle. The bacterium interacts with dry sebum and makes it a skin irritant.
Clogged pores can remain open or close. When they remain open, the top layer darkens due to the contact of oxygen with excess sebum and the dreaded black spot forms. The good news is that blackheads are the most basic acne lesions since they are not infected.
The causes are diverse since although we associate acne with puberty as this Nemours Foundation primer explains, this problem can occur in other stages of life, for example during menstruation or pregnancy. If a person has a tendency to suffer from acne, some medications such as corticosteroids and anabolics can make it worse. Cosmetics clog the pores of the skin contributing to worsening acne. Too tight clothing and perspiration can cause acne. High glycemic diets and dairy products could contribute to the onset of acne.
Creams to Eliminate Blackheads
Try the homemade creams that we offer to eliminate acne and do not reappear
If you are a person prone to acne we recommend you take preventive measures to avoid the appearance of nasty blackheads and other manifestations of the disease, such as pimples or white spots, red grains and the most serious are cysts and abscesses.
The two main ways of preventing blackheads are skin care and feeding.
Regarding skin care, we recommend using natural and organic herbal soaps, avoiding those that may contain irritating chemicals, and also expose the skin to the sun and natural air outside the hours considered to have the highest ultraviolet radiation.
As for food, it has been observed that acne occurs more frequently in people with other problems such as overweight, irritability or stress. We have already mentioned the benefits of healthy eating but are some foods that are especially harmful if you have acne as they increase insulin levels and hormone production: industrialized foods, rich in salt, fats or sugars, fried foods, sweetened cereals, sausages, sausages, and others of these categories.
In contrast, to eliminate blackheads you should increase the consumption of fresh fruits, nuts, legumes, vegetables and foods rich in omega 3, since this acid has anti-inflammatory properties, such as seeds and avocado.
It is also recommended to increase the intake of foods rich in beta-carotenes, which will help the healing of the skin and decrease inflammation. We will recognize these foods by their orange color: carrots, pumpkin, mango, and peach. Betacarotenes are also found in green leafy vegetables such as spinach and spinach and in the nettle (add the tender leaves to the salad). Another very good nutrient to combat acne is vitamin C, antioxidant power, and benefits to the immune system: citrus fruits are an abundant source of vitamin C, which is also found in kiwis, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries.
Blackhead Removal with Natural Medicine
- Green Tea: Green tea is a really effective homemade face mask to combat blackheads.
- Horsetail: recognised for its rich silicon, antiseptic and regenerative properties of collagen, also help us eliminate blackheads.
- Rosemary: It has tannin, therefore astringent and antiseptic properties. Prepare rosemary water by infusing 3 to 4 tablespoons of dried rosemary in half a litre of water. Let stand in the covered container for 15 minutes. Leave to cool, strain and apply with a gauze or cotton on the affected skin.Other plants with protective powers of the skin: chamomile, marigold, yarrow.
- Oatmeal Mask: To remove blackheads prepare a pasta with 5 tablespoons of oatmeal, a spoonful of honey and two egg whites. Apply to the skin for 30 minutes.
- White Clay Mask: Clay for cosmetic treatments can be purchased at pharmacies. The property of clay is that it attracts to the surface the harmful elements like fats, dead cells, and dirt, and when removing the mask drags all that dirt off your skin. Prepare the mask with 1 tablespoon and a half of white clay and lemon juice, oil and a few drops of Mallow infusion, until diluted and thickened. Apply for 5 minutes and remove with plenty of water. You can apply this mask between 1 and 3 times a week. When removing the mask, apply marigold oil to soften and nourish the skin.