So what exactly are Black Heads and why do we get them? Black heads are caused by open, clogged, pores reacting to oxygen. If you look in the mirror notice on your face you have little pores all over, hopefully they are clear from any build up but you may notice some of them appear darker than others…those are blackheads. If not cleansed properly or unclogged that build up can cause unwanted blemishes. Here are some natural ways to ensure your skin stays black head free and radiant as ever!
Use a Natural Toner-
Using a natural toner without alcohol drastically “shrinks” your pores without drying your face out. Anytime you use a mask or rinse your face with warm water you are opening up your pores, if you don’t close them up you are inviting all the dirt and toxins you just got rid of back onto your face. Toner acts as a seal, closing up your pores to ensure your face stays cleaner, longer.
Bentonite clay is a mineral rich healing substance that has been used for centuries to treat a number of ailments, chiefly skin related. Because of its molecules “electrical charge” when wet, it does an amazing job of drawing out oils or other impurities locked in your pores. When you apply the mask your skin gets to drink in all the minerals, while the clay simultaneously draws out the blackhead. It also helps with circulation, which helps with overall skin tone and health. You can mix the clay with water or apple cider vinegar, maybe sticking to the former if you have dry or sensitive skin. Experiment! This mask will make you feel like your face is tightening as it dries. Whether or not you let it dry entirely is up to your preference-I tend to let it dry most of the way and then just moisturize afterwards, but other people find that dries their skin out and irritates them.
Egg whites form an easy mask that can be used to temporarily to tighten pores, thus reducing chances of future blackheads, and will also remove current blackheads. Egg whites are also rich in nutrients for your skin, and are a little less drying than some other home remedies for blackheads.
Goats Milk & Honey
Goats Milk and honey both have properties that are good for skin. Honey has antibacterial properties, and the lactic acid in milk is said to help keep skin soft and supple.
While face masks work wonders, they can only be used several times a week to avoid drying your skin out. If you want to do something daily to prevent your blackheads, a gentle rinsing with water 1-2 times a day is the way to go along with a natural cleanser. This keeps things that can make your pores appear larger-such as excess sebum and dead skin-flushed away and your pores clear. Be sure to use a light moisturizer when you are done to prevent your skin from trying to produce excess sebum to accommodate for dryness.
Although sweat glands and hair follicle pores aren’t the same thing, sweating can still help minimize blackheads. When you work up enough of a sweat, the liquid naturally flows over and softens/flushes anything clogging your pores. It is absolutely vital, however, that you wash your face immediately before and immediately afterwards, otherwise the affect can be detrimental. If you leave on make up or anything before this the sweat can carry it into your pores, and if you don’t wash afterwards not only is all that stuff still in there but now there’s dried sweat blocking up your pores as well. So on one hand sweat can cleanse pores, on the other; it could also clog them. Be sure to do it right from the start!
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