Everyone is aware of these nasty little buggers, but do you know what exactly blackheads are? Let us educate you a bit before we get onto the treatment part. Due to pollution and dust, our pores get clogged with oil and dead skin cells, the result is blackheads.
Blackheads are more commonly spotted on the nose and the chin since these pores tend to be more oily and larger than the others on your face. So, how to get rid of these blackheads? You can blow up your money by getting a facial or you can invest in practical solutions easy and keep blackheads at bay. Take a look:1. Go For A Face Wash With Salicylic Acid
Use a face wash with salicylic acid and eliminate a physical exfoliator. Since salicylic acid is a chemical exfoliator, it doesn't scrub away dead skin cells but dissolves them. So, switch to a facial cleanser that hydrates your skin and gets rid of blackheads.
Go for: Ustraa face wash
Price: Rs. 250
If you've seen videos of men and women trying black peel-off masks and wondered if it actually works, we have the answer for you. Yes, it does. Activated charcoal has properties that pull out all impurities like dirt, oil and toxin from your skin. It's an active ingredient in men's grooming products and the ultimate key to flawless male beauty. Bonus: pulling off a mask from the skin is oddly satisfying, according to the internet at least.
Go for: Beardo Activated Charcoal Peel-Off Mask
Price: Rs. 350
If you don't wish to spend money on products, there are treatments that can be done from the comfort of your home. If you thought baking soda was just for baking cakes, you're mistaken. Baking soda has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties which get rid of dead cells and maintains the skin's pH while absorbing excess oil and unclogs the pores.
Take 1 tablespoon of baking soda and mix it with 1 tablespoon of water and apply on your face or on the affected area. The key is to gently massage your face for 2-3 minutes and wash it off. Repeat it 2-3 times in a week and get a glowing, smooth and clear skin. There may be some redness so apply aloe-vera gel where the skin gets irritated.4. Facial Serums To The Rescue
They say prevention is better than cure. Excess oil and dirt in facial pores is the prime cause of blackheads. Use a facial serum that helps reinforce the skin's natural resistance against daily aggressions. The product also contains SPF 20 to protect the skin against sun damage.
Go for: L'Oreal Paris Men Expert White Activ Oil Control Fluid
Price: Rs. 499
Pore strips are an instant and effective way to get rid of blackheads. The usual drill is to wet your nose or chin and slap on a pore-strip shiny side first, let it sit for 10 minutes and rip it off like a band-aid. Pore-strips pull out all the blackheads and gunk leave the skin feeling smooth and fresh. If you have sensitive skin, consult your dermatologist before using pore-strips.
Go for: The Faceshop Jeju Volcanic Lava Aloe Nose Strips
Price: Rs. 300
If you're a fan of natural cleansers, you don't always need to spend on brands that promote organic skincare. An oatmeal and sugar face scrub is mild because of the saponin content which reduces itching and regulates inflammation. Oats are gritty in nature and make an excellent exfoliator for sensitive skin which can't tolerate manufactured scrubs that are coarse.
To make this homemade scrub, take 2 tablespoons of oatmeal, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and mix it. Apply the mixture to the affected area and gently massage it for 3-5 minutes. Rinse it off after 10-15 minutes. Repeat the process 2-3 times a week and your skin should be blackhead free!
Adapt these instant and practical solutions and bid adieu to blackheads!