The first thing we see in the mirror when we wake up in the morning is our own reflection. Our face is an external indicator of how we feel internally physically, mentally and emotionally. All of us have had days when we have looked in the mirror and the sleep or lack of sleep can be traced across our face like a map detailing our recent events.
Our face is also the first thing that others notice about us. We scan the faces of others for emotional recognition, and bring up images of them as we remember their faces in our mind’s eyes. For both our own feeling of well-being and the imprints we create by which others remember us, we have a tendency to want to put our best face forward. Our faces speak for us without us ever even needing to open our delicate mouths.
What are Blackheads?
A source of major consternation for many adolescents and adults alike is the appearance of blackheads. As with all things we tackle in life it is important to know what we are up against. So, what exactly are blackheads and what causes them? Blackheads are tiny bumps that can develop on the skin due to a hair follicle being obstructed. They have been termed blackheads because they appear dark or almost back, and it looks almost as if the pores are full of dirt, but this is not the case.
What Causes Blackhead?
Blackheads are caused when an otherwise active hair follicle is blocked. Each hair follicle on our body contains a hair and a sebaceous gland in the skin. This sebaceous gland is responsible for secreting an oily or waxy component called sebum. Sebum is responsible for lubricating and waterproofing the skin and hair around it. These glands are most common on the face or the scalp but are found on the entire body with the exception of the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. The opening of the skin follicle is able to collects oils and dead skins cells. If skin grows over the bump produced by the oils and dead skin, it becomes a whitehead. If however, oxygen reaches the whitehead, it becomes a blackhead. The dark or black appearance is due to the fact that sebum contains melanin, which is a pigment present in our skin. Melanin is oxidized when it comes it contact with oxygen and turns black.
Homemade Treatments for Blackheads
Typically, blackheads appear with the onset of puberty as there are many hormonal changes taking place inside the body. Makeup and oils applied to the skin can also lead to blackheads as they can and do clog pores. So, now that we know what these tiny black dots are, that we tend to over magnify as we press our faces and noses closer to the mirror, we can take steps to get them out of our pores. Here are three of my favorite ways to get rid of blackheads with ingredients you probably already have at home:
1. Honey is a natural antibiotic and besides being an amazing natural sweetener, it will also stick to and remove your unwanted blackheads. After you have washed your face thoroughly, apply honey to your fingertips. Begin to pat the area with blackheads rapidly with your fingertips. The honey will stick to the residue in your pores and remove it. Honey is a natural antioxidant and also acts as an antibacterial agent on your pores. In 3-5 minutes your blackheads should be a thing of the past.
2. Creating your own inexpensive clay mask at home to remove blackheads is well worth the trip to your local natural beauty store. You’ll need to purchase cosmetic clay and simply use one tablespoon clay to one tablespoon of water. Mix them together and add your favorite essential oil if you would like it to smell a particular way.
Spread the clay mask over the blackhead area and allow it to dry for 15-20 min. To remove the mask, take a warm clean towel, and press it against the area, then slowly and gently wipe off and rinse any evidence of the existence of the blackheads.
3. Combine equal amounts of milk (or even buttermilk as it has even more lactic acid) and nutmeg to form a paste. Apply the paste to the blackheads and in circular, light motions for about 3-5 minutes. Rise and shine.
How to Keep Blackheads Away
Of course, once you have rid yourself of blackheads you will want to continue to keep them away. Here are a few things to make sure that their visits become so infrequent you may only see them a few times a year if at all:
1. Don’t clog your pores with makeup
2. Wash your face with only gentle cleansers (twice a day)otherwise your skin will produce excess oils.
3. Use an astringent to close your pore after washing them.
Let your radiant and beautiful face shine brightly.
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