Comedone Extractor

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A lot has been said about certain devices called “Comedone extractor” on this site. However despite their difficult to pronounce name, there is nothing mysterious about these handy tools.

First of all, what are Comedones?

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From Wikipedia we learn quickly that a comedone is a kind of a catch-all name for a clogged up pore.

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As we can see from the picture, a clogged pore can turn either into a whitehead or a blackhead. In a sense, both blackheads and whiteheads start out the same way! Therefore the scientific name for both these starting situations is called “Comedone”.

So we understand that a blackhead, or a whitehead, is just a more specified version of a Comedone. Essentially they are the same thing.

The only way a black- or a whitehead differ from each other is how the pore evolves after being clogged.

If a comedone stays open, i.e. the skin does not grow over the pore, the sebum stuck in the pore has a chance to oxidize and turn black. Hence the name blackhead!

If a comedone grows over on the other hand, the sebum stuck in the pore does not oxidize as it is not in contact with air. As a result the sebum does not oxidize and remains white. Resulting in a single pimple on your skin.

We can now use a comedone extractor in an effort to get rid of either black- or whiteheads from your skin.

How to use a comedone extractor?

Mechanical extraction

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By far the most used tools are the ones pictured above. A lot of people however are hesitant to use them. I believe there isn’t any reason available to be scared of these tools as long as you use common sense.

If you have to apply an extreme amount of pressure on your comedone extractor, it might make more sense to go see a professional to get rid of your blemishes. Too much pressure on your skin using a sharp tool as this might leave your skin prone to scars.

However if you feel that they come out relatively easily, there isn’t any harm in using these. Anyone who has been to a dermatologist knows full well the pressure that they have put on these tools to get your gunk out!

Making it easier on yourself

In an effort to make the whole process more enjoyable there are a few steps you can take. Your skin reacts extremely well to changes in temperature. Your pores for example have a tendency to “loosen up” (note not open!) under the influence of warm temperatures.

Steam in particular. That is why before a facial a lot of dermatologists and beauticians will use a facial steamer to loosen up your skin. That way when pressure is applied, the sebum stuck in your pores will come out more easily. As a result less pressure is required, saving your skin and your mental health at the same time!

Using a comedone extractor

As we can see in the video above, the right tool needs to be selected for the job at hand. Your hands, are NOT the right tool for this job. Hands are one of the most dirty parts of your body. You really should wash them more often, however very few of us ever do.

Therefore if you do decide to use your hands, use gloves when touching your skin. Or then, be smart and use a comedone extractor!

In the picture above a kit persisting of 5 tools are pictured. These include a lancet tool, used for popping whiteheads before extraction, and comedone extractor tools to fit a variety of comedone sizes.

As seen in the video the way to use these are relatively simple. Place the right sized loop over the right sized comedone, then use a sweeping motion to apply pressure to the comedone. If all went well, you might even hear a small pop, after which the sebum pops out of the pore.

Alternative comedone extractors

My personal favorite tools to treat skin are so called microdermabrasion devices.

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For example this Trophy Skin MiniMD Handheld Microdermabrasion Device is just such a tool. Not only does it work as a comedone extractor, it also offers some exfoliation of the skin.

The diamond tip at the top of this device gently exfoliates, making comedone extraction as easy as pie.

You do not need to apply as much pressure as with the comedone extractor tool, as this device, after exfoliating, also sucks the blackheads out from your skin.

The MiniMD features: (1) TWO levels of vacuum suction, (2) 100% crystal free professional diamond exfoliating tip, and (3) a simple operation that is easy for beginners. Product comes with a diamond tip, 30 pack of black wool filters, user manual, 100-240V power adaptor, and a 6 month manufacturer warranty.

 

Best facial steamer

One of the first steps in your cleansing routine should be to steam your face. That’s why in the beginning of the year we reviewed several facials steamers to provide you with the best facial steamer review below. After our Panasonic facial steamer review we got a lot of emails asking for the full list of products that were included in the review. So next we decided to show you the best 7 as the others didn’t even make the cut.

Below is a nice overview of the best facial steamers according to the people here at BlackheadCentral.com.

Best facial steamer:

Panasonic EH-SA31VP Spa-Quality Facial Steamer

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As discussed in a previous post, the definite winner of our review is the Panasonic EH-SA31VP Spa-Quality Facial Steamer. At the push of a button this steamer generates a soothing wave of steam particles 4,000 times finer than ordinary steam to penetrate, moisturize and thoroughly cleanse your skin.

Use this best facial steamer as part of your daily skin care regimen to soften the skin for easier makeup application and better results. Use it at the end of the day for a gentle, effective facial sauna cleanse and makeup removal. As such this versatile beauty tool is also the ideal way to replenish the natural moisture in your skin and maintain a beautiful, natural-looking complexion.

 

 

Pros:

  • Extremely fine mist
  • Sleek design
  • One-button does all

Cons:

  • It’s expensive
  • No ways to return or replace
  • Need to use this with distilled water to avoid the steam vents from getting clogged up

 

Esthology Salon Facial Steamer with UV and Aromatherapy

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This portable facial steamer is lightweight and economical, yet it’s loaded with professional functions and features. The steamer features two operating modes: steam only or steam with ozone.

The steam and UV- functions have their own on/off switches with lighted indicators. The funnel-shaped water inlet and rubber plug at the top of the unit makes this steamer easy to refill without drips or splashes. As such there is no need to remove the shatterproof acrylic water reservoir. The 22 ounce capacity reservoir is removable if you need to clean it.

This steamer is designed to be used with ordinary tap water and the automatic circuitry turns off the steamer if the water level drops too low. This is a feature only few can do in our best facial steamer list. Premium stainless-steel coil and 750 watts provide superb steam production. Secondly the curved, venture-shaped nozzle allows for even misting.

Also this facial machine houses a premium, long-life, germicidal ultraviolet bulb. This bulb outputs a disinfectant light that kills most micro-organisms. Because of these UV rays it sterilizes the steam as it passes through the unit.

The unit sits on 23″ diameter base with five smooth-rolling swivel casters and the height is adjustable from 35″ to 46″ (measured from the floor to the top of the steamer arm). Included is the complete steamer with stand and reservoir, grounded power cord (120 volt, 6 feet long) and instructions.

 

Pros:

  • Can be used with ordinary tap water
  • Cost-effective
  • Sterile UV-production

Cons:

  • More for professional use
  • Pretty bulky

 

 Conair Facial Sauna System with Timer

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This unit can be used to steam open pores to provide a good cleanse. Simultaneously it steams open clogged nasal and sinus passages.

The versatility comes from two translucent, blue, plastic cones. The large cone is 6-3/4 inches wide and has a flared, open side to accommodate the face, chin, and neck.

The small cone is 3-1/2 inches wide, so steam is directed into the nose where it can be breathed in during allergy and cold season.

Operation of the steamer is simple. First use the included measuring tube to pour distilled water into the power base’s reservoir. Then twist on and lock into place either of the tubes. After that switch on the unit with the on/off button. Lastly simply wait about three minutes for the water to heat.

To make sure you don’t overdo it there’s a timer than can be set from 3 to 15 minutes. And for safety the unit automatically shuts off after 45 minutes.

 

 

Pros:

  • Provides a deep-pore cleanse
  • Cheapest in our list
  • Has a timer function

Cons:

  • Looks cheap and feels a little flimsy
  • Conair is known to make products with a varying degree in quality. You don’t quite know what you are getting!

 

Kealive Facial Steamer

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Kealive facial steamer is designed with more power in mind. You will be surprised and happy with the amount of steam the machine produces. The Nano’s technology boasts the ability to produce hot steam in less than a minute, and steady, thick steams for 8-10 minutes at a time. The steam strong and wide enough to cover the entire face. Also it is equipped with a safety measure so it shuts off automatically when there is no water in the water supply tank. Remember to use distilled water with this device.

On a side note it’s funny to notice how closely the competition is watched in this particular space. For example take notice of how similar this facial steamer looks compared to other ones in our best facial steamer list. Notice the similarities with the Panasonic? Or with the Kinga or the Secura?

 

Pros:

  • Cheap
  • Handy to carry along

Cons:

  • Can’t be used with tap water
  • Knock-off from the Panasonic model

 

Secura Nano Ionic NanoCare Facial Steamer

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The Secura Nano Ionic Nanocare facial steamer generates superfine nano scale hot steam in seconds. As such this steam is easily absorbed through skin, and moisturizes the skin more quickly than conventional products. This facial steamer opens and unclogs your pores which enables you to remove dirt, oil and grime from your skin. Hence it can be used as an alternative to exfoliating scrubs and chemical peels. A user’s manual included. Also a 1-year warranty is included. Product Built to North American Electrical Standards; 120V 60Hz. Also remember to use distilled water with this facial steamer.

As this one is just a tad cheaper than the KINGA facial steamer, it is ranked one place higher in our best facial steamer list.

Pros:

  • Cheap
  • Handy to carry along

Cons:

  • Can’t be used with tap water
  • Knock-off from the Panasonic model

 

KINGA Nano Ionic Facial Steamer

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The KINGA Nano ionic facial steamer is our 6th best facial steamer in our review.

It utilizes an advanced yet highly miniaturized Positive Thermal Coefficient (PTC) ceramic heating element. As a result it instantly vaporizes clean water and produces a visibly strong steam. Coupled to an internal fan, this results in ample, directed micro-fine steam that penetrates deep into all your skin layers. Keep in mind that a full tank will provide roughly 6-9 minutes worth of steam. Please remember to use distilled water to ensure you get the most out of your machine.

There is also a UV bulb within this machine that sterilizes the water.

 

 

 

Pros:

  • UV bulb to sterilise the water
  • Cheap but doesn’t feel or look cheap

Cons:

  • Cannot use tapwater with this device
  • No timer

 

ETTG Spa Home Facial Steamer

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This facial steamer at number 7 on our best facial steamer list is used on normal, oily, dry, combination and sensitive skin types. Therefore it can make virtually any skin type look younger and healthier. The steamer has a cone to concentrate the mist on your face. As a result it stimulates blood circulation for a fine and rubicund complexion. The facial tool has two attachments; a gentle exfoliating brush and a sponge for applying moisturizer. It features a safe automatic shutoff and timer to customize length of facial or nasal treatment. Gently steam open clogged pores and rejuvenate your skin

I know this video is not featuring the ETTG, however the model featured in the video is extremely similar to this one.

Pros:

  • You got this far in our list to read this! Just kidding, this steamer is good bang for your buck.
  • Comes with a gentle exfoliating brush and a sponge for applying moisturizer

Cons:

  • Can’t use tap-water with this one either.

 

 Let us know how you feel about best facial cleanser list. We’d love to know in the comments below!

Professional blackhead removal

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More often than not people are too scared to touch their own face or to even attempt to remove blackheads themselves. That is why people often search for professional blackhead removal. However it is unnecessary to be scared to try and remove blackheads yourself. The chance of you damaging your skin permanently or developing scars is incredibly small.

More often than not, squeezing blackheads or doing any kind of skin-treatment has more to do with using common sense rather than actual skill. Think about it. If you have to squeeze your skin so hard your eyes start to water, are you doing damage to your skin?

Unfortunately people who have a thicker skin (dermis) will more likely have the need to see professional help than others. However a lot can be done even before you need to seek professional blackhead removal. Below is an overview of the steps a professional takes to prevent blackheads.

Step 1: Eating right

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Lean and green!

Probably most of you would’ve thought I would have started with “setting up a routine” or “products that get rid of blackheads”.

No.

By far the easiest thing you can do for you and your skin is eating right. And by eating right I mean eating nutritious foods. Leave out the simple carbs, leave out some dairy and go green and lean.
Two simple terms to live by. Lean and green. Lean meat protein and green leafy vegetables are THE staple to get a blackhead free skin.

Eating simple carbs triggers a response in your body that increases the insulin levels in your blood. Basically simple carbs are sugar. Your body looooves sugar. So much so that it wants to keep hold of every little grain it can get a hold of. Your body does this by upping the insulin levels in the blood. Insulin converts the sugar into fats, which are then stored in areas you never wanted it to be in in the first place.

Another thing insulin does is increase cell growth. As it is a type of growth hormone, insulin rapidly stimulates cell growth. As we all know, blackheads are caused by a buildup of oil and dead skin cells in the pores. What happens when skin cells all of a sudden decide to start growing? You guessed it, a lot of them die off and end up laying on your skin. Now if you don’t wash these away or scrub them away, they’ll start blocking pores in no times. Turning your skin into blackhead central in no-time.

Dairy has a similar effect.

The funny thing is that dairy has been genetically perfected by nature to be THE food source of choice for baby calves. Unfortunately very few of us are baby calves. As a result the hormones in the milk, meant to make the calves grow, end up in our system. A similar effect happens as described above. The hormones stimulate the cells in our body to divide, causing a build up of dead skin cells on our skin. As a result, if you don’t cleanse properly, you will need to seek professional blackhead removal in due time.

 

Step 2: Get your routine straight

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Another way to prevent having to reach out to professionals is to get your routine straight. Be firm with yourself and start a daily ritual. Make sure that before you go to bed your skin is absolutely spotless. Make sure all make up is completely washed off.

Not because make up causes blackheads, rather because make up left on the skin is indicative of skin patches that have not been thoroughly cleaned. As a result there could still be some dead skin cells lingering under the make up that could oh-so easily fall into a pore. Making you wake up with a zit the next morning.

So make sure all make up is washed off thoroughly.

Also use lukewarm water when you do this. Too warm water or too cold water could do some serious damage to your skin, especially if you have a sensitive skin type! The damage i am talking about is just that your skin would try to overproduce skin cells again as a reaction to the cold/hot water. As a result your chance of developing blackheads would increase dramatically. NOT what we want!

Steam it up!

In order to make things easier for you as you treat your skin you might want to steam your face first. You can either use a facial steamer which is used in professional blackhead removal, or then you could wrap a hot towel around your face for a similar, yet not as good, effect.

 

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The steam makes the skin looser and more susceptible to the treatment. This helps prevent any lasting damage to your skin and makes sure that extraction remains a pleasurable experience. It does NOT open pores as you might read on some websites. Contrary to popular belief, pores cannot open or close on demand. They aren’t muscles. They can however get more loose or constrict. Lemon juice for example is known to have astringents, which tend to have a closing effect on pores.

The steam helps you make it easier on yourself as you continue your routine. So I highly recommend you incorporate it in your ritual. Your skin’ll thank me :)!

After that that, it’s time for cleansing!

One of the favorite parts of any ritual is the cleansing.

There is a lot of confusion over what type of cleanser to use. However I’ll make it simple. If you have oily skin, use a BHA cleanser. If you have any other skin type, an AHA cleanser will be just the right type for you.

How can I tell if I have oily skin I hear you ask? Well.. If you look in the mirror on a normal day and your skin is glowing, you have oily skin. Also you’ll be very much aware of how much more acne- and blackhead prone you are.

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A BHA cleanser has as its active working ingredient salicylic acid. It’s an acid that is extracted from the common willow tree. It also just happens to be the active ingredient in the common aspirin. As a result you could trust the professionals and by this BHA cleanser, which is used in professional blackhead removal. Or you could try and make your own aspirin mask.

Aspirin mask recipe:

The recipe is stupidly easy. All you need are 5-7 aspirin pills that do not have a coating and some bottled water. Mix them in a bowl until you form a paste. If the paste is too thick, add water, if too thin, add a pill. Make sure though not to add more than 7 pills. If you have to, start a new batch just to be safe and throw the old one away.

Then let this paste sit on your skin for a few minutes before washing it off again with lukewarm water.

To aid in the cleansing you could be interested in using a cleanser AND a face cleansing brush such as this one.

 

Step 3: Get your squeeze on

Now comes the part you have been waiting for! In professional blackhead removal we usually use a plethora of tools but they really boil down to a blackhead extractor tool, or then a microdermabrasion kit.

 

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A comedo extraction tool, or blackhead extraction tool, looks like a scoop in my opinion. It has a lengthy handle, and at both ends a loop. This loop is used to extract blackheads. The way to do this is by first of all choosing the right tool for the job. If you have a monster of a blackhead on your chin, you’ll need a bigger loop!

So select the right sized loop for the right sized blackhead and place the loop over the blackhead. Then with a motion as you’d be scooping ice-cream, apply pressure to the side of the blackhead. Without too much effort the blackhead should come out.

This is now the part they try to scare you with in professional blackhead removal. However this is nothing to be scared of. Use common sense. If it hurts too much to squeeze out a blackhead, leave it be and let a professional take care of it. However if you are one of the lucky ones who can almost “scratch out” their blackheads, a tool as this can cause no harm.

Secondly professionals tend to use a microdermabrasion tool as well when visiting a dermatologist. This device benefits you in two ways.

First of all you’ll look 10 years younger. The diamond head rubs back and forth over your skin gently exfoliating it. At the same time there is a suction device that is sucking up the dead skin cell layer that comes off you. This prevents it from lingering on the skin and gives you a clean look.

Which brings us to benefit number two: No blackheads! As you exfoliate and suck the skin away immediately, there is no risk of pores getting clogged up. After microdermabrasion the dead skin cell layer is no longer present, which means the chances of you developing new blackheads are pretty much zero!

Step 4: Toner, toner, toner

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Just like a kid hates it when you put some iodine on a scratch, you won’t necessarily love using toners either. However this wonderful substance both eliminates bacteria and helps prevent zits. Any bacteria that might still be on your skin after the microdermabrasion or after the squeeze will be wiped away with toner. This disinfecting wonder potion is the last step in your routine.

When squeezing the blackheads using an extractor tool there is always the chance some of the gunk still ends up on your skin. Using a toner is the last step before you go to bed to make sure you wake up blemish free.

If after this you still need professional blackhead removal…

then the best place to turn to would be to visit your local dermatologist. If he/she is a good one they’ll assess your needs before recommending you an unnecessary expensive treatment. If you follow the steps I have listed above, chances are you’ll save out on the need to go visit one!

Blackhead vacuum: Recommendations, servicing and care

A lot of people are on the lookout for a blackhead vacuum nowadays. They have grown in popularity since blackhead vacuums offer a softer approach than squeezing the skin. However many are still unaware of how to properly use one, what a good one looks like and how to properly take care of one.

Until now.

What is a blackhead vacuum?

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It is a mechanical device that is used to apply pressure on your skin, through which the sebum from your pores gets sucked out. The suction the device provides is more friendly to your skin than squeezing blackheads using a blackhead extractor tool. The blackhead vacuum works best on people who have relatively shallow pores.

You can easily see if you belong to one of those people depending on how much effort you have to put on getting blackheads out using a blackhead extractor tool. If you feel you really need to squeeze your skin hard to get any of them out, chances are you have deep pores. However if you have had days when you could just scratch some blackheads out, a blackhead vacuum might be just the tool for you!

Blackhead vacuums, as mentioned above, work through suction. The device creates lower air pressure right under the nozzle causing your skin to get sucked in to the nozzle. You can compare it to holding the end of a vacuum cleaner to your cheek. They work surprisingly in similar ways.

Most of them have variable speed setting and nozzle heads that offer a wide range of blackheads to tackle.

 

How to use one:

 

The blackhead vacuum we will discuss below work in a similar fashion than the vac-pen discussed in the video above. The main thing to remember is to hold the suction device perpendicular to the skin over the clogged pores. Maintaining the suction is key. Be careful not to stay too long in one place as we don’t want to damage any underlaying bloodvessels (giving you an accidental hickey!)

 

Our top blackhead vacuum picks!

 

If you are in to Japanese precision technology, this Panasonic vacuum might just be the device for you!

 

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The good thing about this blackhead vacuum is that it comes with its own, sturdy charging station. On top of that it is waterproof. So no messing about with batteries AND you can take it with you into the shower.
The fact that you can use it in the shower has as an added bonus that at that point your skin will be wet. In addition you, most likely, will shower with warm water, meaning your skin is soft and your pores are open. Factor all these together and you have the perfect recipe for extraction success!

Plus as this is priced at 30$ that makes this blackhead vacuum one of the best ones out there price/quality wise.

PROS

  • This one gives you the best bang for your buck
  • No batteries necessary
  • It is waterproof

CONS

  • Might be too rough for people with sensitive skin

 

 

Next up is the Krasr Comedone Extractor Set.

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This blackhead vacuum doubles as a microdermabrasion set you can use at home! It’s waterproof design allows you to skip no time between cleansing routines as you can use this one either in or straight after your shower. The interchangeable heads will allow you to not only suck out blackheads, but also to give yourself a quick exfoliation. Another bonus is that the suction in this device is adjustable. This means that people with sensitive skin can easily test this one out. At 39$ you won’t break bank fetching this device into your home as you get two functions in one.

PROS

  • Adjustable suction
  • Provides suction and exfoliation
  • It is waterproof

CONS

  • Overdoing it or working one area for too long could damage your skin

 

 

The ones NOT to buy

The Kulee portable vacuum.

Rarely have I seen a device this small, priced so cheaply deliver great results. I know size isn’t everything however for something as energy consuming as sucking out blackheads this is not what I expected.

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It has one of the worst ratings in amazon for any blackhead vacuum I have come across. It just goes to show that if you want something that works, you shouldn’t be afraid to pay for quality. Priced at less than 10$ I would be surprised if this did any sucking at all. It was a surprise for me to see that this one was an amazon best seller.

That’s why I included it here so that you, my readers, would be aware to stay away from this product far and wide! There are better ways to spend 10$ 🙂

 

Aftercare

After you have used your blackhead vacuum, it’s of the utmost importance you clean the suction head thoroughly. Applying some rubbing alcohol to the head is not at all overkill. The main thing to keep in mind is that the suction cap makes contact with your skin constantly when using the device. As a result any left-over gunk or bacteria still attached to the suction head will get transferred to the to-be-treated skin.

In order to prevent our work and prevent acne/blackheads from popping up it is of the utmost importance we use clean tools. A clean face starts with clean tools, there is no other way of going about it.

Hopefully you are somewhat wiser now on what types of blackhead vacuum are out there and let us know in the comments below what your experiences have been so far!

 

Best blackhead remover product review

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In order to find the best blackhead remover we first need to define how exactly we want to get rid of blackheads. Blackheads can be removed in a variety of ways. But generally speaking there are only 2 ways in which this can be done: mechanical and chemical.

Mechanical extraction

Comedo extractor

Perhaps the most commonly used blackhead remover product would be a comedo extractor.

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These come in a variety of shapes and sizes. These comedo extractors work in such a way that they apply pressure around the “comedo”, which is just a fancy word for a blackhead or whitehead, upon which the gunk in the pores just pops out. The way to do this is to place the looped part of the extractor over the black- or whitehead, and with a scooping motion apply pressure. This will make sure the skin and oil mixture in the pore comes oozing out.

As you can see however there are a multitude of tools available. So the question begs: what tool do I use for which job? That is pretty easy to answer however. All tools are looped, just the loop varies in size. Just as all whiteheads or blackheads come in different sizes. Hence the right tool for the job has a loop size that is just big enough to fit over the blackhead or whitehead. These really are one of the best blackhead remover products out there!

For whiteheads however there is a second tool in play here which in the picture above is the third tool. This is the lancet tool. You see whiteheads form when gunk gets in your pores and your skin for some reason or another grows over this pore. The gunk gets trapped and a whitehead is formed.

Now in order to make extraction “easy”, the lancet tool is used to pierce the skin first. One the skin is pierced you won’t need to use all that much pressure to get the gunk out.

Facial steamer

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Before using a comedo extractor it is wise to use a facial steamer. Combined these products work together to become the best blackhead remover-combo out there. Steaming your face in a gentle fashion helps ease up your skin to receive treatment. It won’t open or cose pores as people tend to believe, it will rather make your skin softer so it’s easier to pull and squeeze.

In the back of these machines there is a canister for water. Obviously as this is a steamer the steam needs to come from somewhere right? This canister comes out the back and can easily be filled. However my advice to you would be to use de-mineralised water, as tap-water would just clog up the mistifier at the end. We’ve all had to de-calsify our coffee maker at some point. If you use normal water with the facial steamer you’ll have to do the same thing eventually to it as well.

Once the canister is filled and put back in place, simply wait for the steam to arise from the device and place yourself 2-3 inches away from the steam source. Simply take it in for a few minutes (3–5) and you’re good to go!

Even if you are not planning on getting a facial steamer, it is still good that before any skin treatment you do, you make effort to loosen up the skin. A more budget friendly option would be to wrap a hot, moist towel around your face for several minutes before you do any treatments.

Pore vacuum

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Perhaps one of the most out-there ways on removing blackheads would be to use a blackhead extractor vacuum. This is still to my opinion one of the best blackhead remover products as it provides gentle suction of the skin, versus rough manipulation with the comedo extractors.

The way to use this is pretty simple. Most of these are water proof anyway so I suggest using the pore vacuum when you’re taking a shower. The shower in general will help ease up your skin already so no need for a steamer!

Once in the shower, turn on the device and place the suction head on your skin. Now comes the part most people get wrong. Once the device is sucking, you need to provide some counter-force to make sure the device doesn’t get sucked tight into your skin. You need to make sure the pore vacuum is constantly pulling your skin. So as you are moving the device across your face, pull back out with just enough force it would feel like someone would be pinching you in the cheeks.

 

Best blackhead remover: Chemical extraction

BHA exfoliant

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Especially if you are suffering from oily skin, a bha exfoliant will be the best blackhead remover product in your arsenal.

BHA exfoliants come in a variety of shapes and size but by far the best ones come from Paula’s Choice. BHA stands for beta-hydroxy-acid in case you were wondering. This might not mean that much to you but if you have oily skin, BHA is the way to go. The salicylic acid in this exfoliant (which is also the working ingredient in aspirin!) enters the pores during washing and provides a deep cleanse.

The slight acidity of this exfoliant results in gentle exfoliation of the skin. No need for rough scrubs or any other hard ways of removing dead skin. The acidity of this product is enough already. As it gently eats away at the dead skin cell layers, it leaves behind pristine skin. This isn’t a remover product per-se, more of a prevention method. However this can be counted as one of the best blackhead remover products since prevention is always better than reduction! This’ll make your skin seem young and healthy again, while at the same time it provides a deep pore cleanse. What more do you want :)?

Best blackhead remover homemade recipes:

Yogurt mask

Another way to provide a deep-pore cleanse using some home-grown remedies would be a yogurt mask. Just as the salycilic acid in the above cleanser eats away at the dead skin cell layers, so does a yogurt mask. The lactic acid in yogurt helps desolve dead skin cells so that when you wash the yogurt off, only fresh skin remains.

To do this you’ll need non-flavoured organic yogurt. Simply place the yogurt in a thin layer on your skin and let it sit for a few minutes. After that, with lukewarm water gently wash the yogurt off. You should be able to see results after a week of trying this mask, doing it twice a week.

Aspirin cleanse

Lastly if you don’t feel like splashing some cash then an aspirin cleanse could work for you! If you remember I mentioned above that in the BHA exfoliant that I provided, salycilic acid was the core-ingredient. This also happens to be the core ingredient in aspirin.

As a result it is possible to make an aspirin cleanse using simple aspirin tablets.

You’ll need 5-7 non-coated aspirin tablets and some water.

Simply mix 5 tablets into a bowl with a little bit of water. The goal here is to make a paste. If the paste is too runny, add some more aspirin tablets. If the paste is way too dry, add some more water. Please use bottled water when making the paste. Also make sure not to add more than 7 tablets. If you feel like you have to it might make more sense to just start over and make a new batch.

Then after exfoliating, simply place the paste on your skin, let it sit for a few minutes and then wash it off. Just like the BHA exfoliant above, this aspirin paste will provide some additional exfoliation next to its core task: deep pore cleansing.

I hope this overview has helped you with selecting the best blackhead remover. The options are plenty yet if you know what you’re doing, you’ll find what works for you fast enough!

Best facial steamer review: Panasonic EH-SA31VP Facial Steamer

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In the best facial steamer review of 2016 I have reviewed roughly 20 facial steamers.
Out of those 20 products my vote definitely goes to the Panasonic EH-SA31VP facial steamer.
It is not the cheapest model out there, however due to its size and effectiveness it is my favorite.

Best facial steamer review: Panasonic Facial Steamerc

The Panasonic facial steamer generates superfine nano scale hot steam in seconds. The steam can be up to 4000 times finer than what you see in any other devices. These are easily absorbed through skin, and moisturize the skin more quickly.
It opens and unclogs your pores and as a result removes dirt, oil and grime from your skin. It’s also used as an alternative to exfoliating scrubs and chemical peels.
Besides skin care, the steamer can also be used for interior humidifying in a powerful and efficient way.
A user’s manual is included with the product and it has a 1-year warranty.

The Panasonic facial steamer is built to North American Electrical Standards, 120V 60Hz.
It’s the best non-professional facial steamer to use at home.
It offers a short (3 minutes) and long (6 minutes) therapy session. This way, if you don’t have much time you can still go for a quick facial steaming.

PROS

  • It is a quiet and easy to use device
  • The nano-ionic steam is very effective on acne and blackheads
  • Hot steam is quickly available after turning it on

CONS

  • It has a certain scent during the first few uses
  • It is a bit pricier than other home steamers.

In general what we found in our best facial steamer review was that the use and ease of the Panasonic facial steamer went way beyond what we were expecting. Due to the compact nature of the device, it’s very easy to carry along. If you are going for a sleepover somewhere or staying at a friend’s house. Or having a makeover party. This Panasonic facial steamer will definitely brighten up the atmosphere. As well as moisturize it!

As with any new device, the second you turn it on there might be some chemical smells. However I can’t honestly say I would never have had this happen with any device I’ve ever bought. I recently bought a blender that still smells a little chemical after use. However this smell level goes down very quickly after the first couple of times of use. Now I can’t say it would be there anymore.

Probably the main bonus of this facial steamer is the fact that it steams up so quickly. I haven’t noticed with any other facial steamer that they would’ve started to produce steam already so fast after switching it on.

How to use one?

You can use these clever little devices on a regular basis. However they are not a substitute for a proper cleansing routine. It is important that you cleanse and wash your face to remove any superficial dirt.
In order to start using the facial steamer you must first locate the water chamber. It’s usually placed somewhere near the base of the device.

Remove the cover of the chamber and fill it with the recommended amount of water. In our best facial steamer review we saw that you need to be sure to use purified water or distilled water, to avoid mineralization in the machine. If you use normal tap water all the impurities in the water will clog up your steamer over time. Ever had to decalcify a coffee machine? Same thing will happen to the steamer if you use regular water. Depending on the type of skin that you have, and the type of machine as well, you may add a few drops of herbal or mineral oil.

Replace the cap and plug in the steamer and wait for the steam to begin emitting. This may take a few minutes since the water needs to become heated before steam is produced. When steam begins to come out of the machine, position your face five to ten inches away from the steamer. Stay in this position for one to five minutes before taking a break and repeat.

Maintenance

Like a professional spa steamer, your home steamer must also be cleaned on a regular basis. We have found in our best facial steamer review that the cone portion of the steamer, which is usually detachable, must be cleaned after every use by washing. If this portion is not removable, it may be wiped down. Use some rubbing alcohol to disinfect the cone section. The water chamber must also be cleaned regularly. If it is not cleaned this will become a breeding ground for bacteria. The next time you steam these bacteria will come with the steam and latch on to your face. Something we want to avoid at all cost!
With the machine unplugged, wipe down the water chamber and any metal coils that are used for heating the water. This will prevent mineral deposits from building up within the machine.

Benefits

In this best facial steamer review let’s go over some of the benefits the Panasonic EH SA31 facial steamer can provide:

  • Deep Cleaning. The heat actually causes perspiration and when sweat is produced from within the skin the dirt and toxins inside the pores of the skin are pushed out. This allows cleansing from within the skin.
  • Excellent treatment for acne. One of the reasons that people have acne breakouts is because of inflammation in the pores caused by dirt and oil build-up. Steaming allows these impurities to be pushed out of the skin lessening the chances for inflammation inside the pores.
  • ​Boosts Your Natural Glow. The heat also increases blood circulation in the face area. This in turn increases the amount of oxygen within the area and causes better distribution of nutrients to the skin on the face.
  • Makes the Skin Clear. Aside from helping to treat acne, steaming can also be used for blackheads and whiteheads. As the steam opens up the pores, the embedded dirt become loosened and is easier to remove.
  • ​Exfoliation. The process also aids with the removal of dead skin on the outer most layers. This helps give way to renewal of skin cells and younger looking skin.
  • Better Health. Aside from helping to enhance the appearance of the skin, the use of a facial steamer can also bring health benefits. It is used for sinuses and treatment of nasal congestion. It may also be used for allergies such as allergic rhinitis.

 

BALANCE IS KEY!

Over-usage however can lead to dry Skin. Heat tends to dry out the skin and too much heat can lead to chronic skin dryness. It can also trigger skin redness. Since steaming comes from heat, it can be normal for people with sensitive skin to experience some redness on their face after a steam treatment. Although this is normal and subsides on its own, not many people are happy with this downside.

Those with sensitive skin or skin problems such as acne can experience further skin irritation with too much heat. The heat from the steam may further worsen inflammation. This treatment must be used with care for those with skin problems and those without knowledge on how to use facial sauna steamer.

Hopefully with this best facial steamer review you now have a better idea what might work for you!

Best cleanser for oily skin: Top 5 products!

best cleanser for oily skin

Cleansers come in many shapes and forms, trying to cure a variety of skin types. How can you make sure you select the best cleanser for oily skin if that happens to be your skin type?

First of all we have to know what it is a cleanser does.
If everything goes well, the cleanser’s purpose in a cleaning routine is to first of all to further exfoliate the skin and second of all to provide a deep pore cleanse.
The prime way a cleanser exfoliates the skin is by acidity. Usually they contain a mild acid that slowly eats away at the outer dead skin layers that you might have.
Don’t worry though if you have horror images in your mind right now of your skin melting away, it is nothing like that!

Have you ever had aspirin? Did you feel like your throat was melting when you took an aspirin tablet? No?

Well..

That’s because aspirin isn’t at all as strong an acid as the ones they use in horror movies, but it is an acid nonetheless. Salicylic acid is the working ingredient in Aspirin and as it happens to be it is also the working ingredient in plenty of cleansers that work wonders for your skin.

The best cleanser for oily skin most definitely will either contain salicylic acid, or then glycolic acid. Respectively when you research these online they will either come up as AHA or BHA cleansers.

AHA cleanser = Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (= most commonly has glycolic acid as the working ingredient)
BHA cleanser = Beta-Hydroxy Acid (=most commonly has salicylic acid as the working ingredient)

Now here we already have to choose for a first time. When you have oily skin, is it better to go for a BHA or for an AHA cleanser?

Actually the choice is not that hard to make as the uses of these 2 products are for 2 completely different skin types.
If you suffer from dry skin that is inflexible, rough and tends to crack, your best bet will be to go for an AHA-type cleanser as this will most definitely give you the best results.
However the best cleanser for oily skin without a doubt has to be the BHA-type cleansers.

The second way cleanser tend to prevent blackheads and blemishes from cropping up is by stripping the skin from any oils or bacteria that may lie directly on its surface.
Combining astringents with cleansers is your best bet to keep acne and blackheads at bay!

The best cleanser for oily skin: Top 5 product review

Best cleanser for oily skin #5: Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Facial Cleanser

 

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Facial Cleanser, Pink Grapefruit, 6 Ounce (Pack of 3) best cleanser for oily skin

A classic for a reason, this #1 dermatologist recommended acne-fighting cleanser now comes with an uplifting blast of pink grapefruit!
This Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash contains 100% naturally derived grapefruit extract plus vitamin C.
It eliminates oil and dirt, and rinses clean without over-drying.
The salicylic acid treats current blemishes in a few days and helps quell any future breakouts. The fruity, refreshing scent doesn’t hurt, either.

  • Oil-free
  • Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
  • MicroClear
  • Salicylic Acid
  • 100% naturally derived grapefruit extract
  • Cheapest of the bunch, yet proven to be effective!

Best cleanser for oily skin #4: Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser

Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser, 6.77 Ounce best cleanser for oily skin

Biore is a household name in many families across the US who suffer with oily skin. Not only are they known for their excellent pore strips, they also know a thing or two about cleansers and other methods of preventing blemishes.
Help treat acne and clear blackheads with this biore blemish fighting ice cleanser.
Featuring a formula that penetrates pores, this biore fighting ice cleanser targets impurities that can cause acne. Biore ice cleanser will help clear your complexion and leave your skin smooth.

  • Removes over 99% of dirt for clear skin
  • Defends against blemishes before they appear by removing dirt and oil that can cause blemishes.
  • Get an invigorating clean with a blemish fighting formula containing salicylic acid.
  • Oil, dirt, and make-up don’t stand a chance against this this refreshing liquid cleanser that helps to stop blemishes cold and leaves your skin feeling fresh and vibrant.
  • Oil-free
  • Relatively good price (about $10)

Best cleanser for oily skin #3: Origins Zero Oil™ Deep Pore Cleanser

Origins Zero Oil™ Deep Pore Cleanser 5 oz

A thick, foamy lather and bracing, minty scent make for an extra-satisfying cleansing experience as you rinse away excess oil and treat blemishes. You can buy this Origins Zero oil deep pore cleanser on amazon.

  • Natural ingredients
  • No excessive oils
  • Minty smell!
  • At $20 a bit pricey!

Best cleanser for oily skin #2: Eau Thermale Avène Cleansing Foam

Eau Thermale Avène Cleansing Foam, 5.07 oz. best cleanser for oily skin

Rooted in dermatology and hydrotherapy, Avène has over 270 years of expertise in caring for sensitive skin and is trusted by millions. Its core ingredient, Avène Thermal Spring Water, soothes and helps minimize skin sensitivity.
We don’t claim to be biochem experts, so we can’t exactly explain the specifics of how the glutamic acid works in this formula, but what we can tell you is that it does an impressive job of helping this foaming cleanser keep oil at bay.

Apply to moistened or dry skin morning and/or evening. Gently massage into skin with fingertips and rinse.

Best cleanser for oily skin #1: Garnier SkinActive Clean Shine Control Cleansing Gel

Best cleanser for oily skin

New Garnier SkinActive is an innovative range of highly effective and efficient skin care products. Infused with antioxidants, Garnier SkinActive works to make skin better. Skin is left feeling refreshed, with healthy-looking, visible results. Experience the Active Way to Better Skin.

Charcoal acts like a magnet, pulling dirt and gunk out of pores, while salicylic acid (oh, hey, you again) prevents breakouts. Combine those two important points with an under-$8 price tag, and you’ve got a really great oily-skin pick.

  • Removes excess oil mattifies skin
  • Contains charcoal menthol to help mattify skin
  • In 1 use, skin is deeply clean and shine free

Now you have the best cleanser for oily skin: how do you use it?

 

Blackhead peel off mask: in-depth review!

You probably by now have seen either online or on tv these black blackhead peel off mask. They come in 2 options, either a spread on masks or then in biore pore strip format. Usually the spread on masks are most common. The trick is to get them on nice and evenly and try to refrain from spreading it on too thickly (warning as the audio in the following video is quite loud):

 

In the above video we can clearly see how in the beginning they are gently spreading on the blackhead peel off mask with a brush. This is what I suggest you would do as well. I tried spreading it on with just my hands and it turned out to be a right mess!
Also he is using a blackhead remover tool to finish up the job!

Blackhead peel off mask review:

We’ll be reviewing the Blackhead Remover Cleaner Purifying Deep Cleansing Acne Black Mud Face Mask Peel-off.

Blackhead Remover Cleaner Purifying Deep Cleansing Acne Black Mud Face Mask Peel-off (Style 2) blackhead peel off mask

This face mask is very easy to add on, however it can get quite runny. Be sure to do put it on in an area where it is ok to make some stains. Also if you do happen to drop some of the product on the floor or it happens to get on your clothes, be aware that it might leave some stains as it seems to dry pretty fast.

The mode of application is very simple, simply spread it on to your face and try to make a layer that is about half a millimeter thick. Make sure it is not too thin, but no need to lather it on either.

The general rule seems to be that the more you put on, the easier it might be to pull it off afterwards, however the longer you will have to let it sit on your face.

The first time I tried it I really lathered it on while my friend who I was trying it with was more sensible and only spread a thin layer across her face. I had to wait about 20 minutes until it was sort of ready to be pulled off while my friend was able to dry hers out in less than 10 minutes!

Also it gets tickly, fast! As the mask dries out, get ready to withhold from some serious tickling urges. Do not scratch he mask as it is drying or else you will end up with black fingernails as you scoop some goo under them. And good luck getting it out as the goo tends to really stain :)!

Blackhead peel off mask overview:

Pro’s
Con’s
Easy to put on
Can start itching after a while
Provides a deep pore cleanse
Make sure not to drop any as it can stain easily!
Really effective in sucking out subaceous filaments and blackheads, just look at the peel once you have peeled it off!
Don’t lather it on as it may take a while to dry

All in all though it is a very cost-effective way of getting a deep pore cleanse in a matter of minutes. Click here to get your own!

Here is a review of biore strips by the people over at buzzfeed!

 

Going dairy-free. The blackheads diet #2

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Recently I asked on Reddit if people had ever tried to adapt to a blackheads diet to see what the effect would be on their skin as I wrote in my previous blogpost on the blackhead diet. I was curious to see if other people had seen the same effects as I had.
Currently as part of my blackheads diet I have been leaving refined sugars where they belong, still on the shelf in my local grocery store. I have completely dropped all sweets and refined sugars. I still allow myself some honey and fruits, however I barely use honey anyway and I’m more a savory person than suffering from a sweet tooth anyway so I generally eat more veggies than fruit anyway.

Anyway it seemed people did see a correlation between their diet and the condition of their skin. However not just any change in their diet. Overwhelmingly people were commenting on the effects of dairy on their skin:

People’s comments on dairy and skin quality:

“[–]rgrwilcocanuhearme

If I have even just a little bit of dairy my skin breaks out. I’m Caucasian and developed lactose intolerance in my early 20s. I had very bad acne in my teens, acutane took care of it for maybe 7 years or so before it came back. My skin is “mostly clear” as long as I avoid dairy completely.”

“[–]Crapapalouza 

Cut out dairy. Within one day my skin cleared up.”

[–]SailorPlanetX

Not /u/hapinat, but I’m this close to having completely cut dairy out of my diet. The only thing holding me back is that my SO has a sweet tooth and frequently brings home non-dairy-free sweets, but thankfully I don’t have much of a sweet tooth anymore.

I realized a few months ago that dairy is a big acne-trigger for me. If I went overboard one day, I was almost guaranteed to wake up the next morning with a zit. I’m a HUUUGE cheese-lover, so cutting it out has definitely posed a challenge. Recently I’ve been trying out the non-dairy alternatives in grocery stores to get my fix. Thank the skincare gods for vegan cream cheese!”

So why is it that milk seems to have such a deep impact on acne levels in some people?

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Milk causes acne because…

  • There is abundance of a hormone called IGF-1 in milk, which is really good for baby cows, but not for you. IGF-1 is a growth hormone. It makes baby cows grow up big and strong, but in humans, it tends to make your acne grow big instead. IGF-1 is one of several factors that cause inflammation in humans, and which eventually lead to acne (and the ugly redness and swelling that makes acne so annoying).
  • Milk and dairy products cause an insulin spike in humans that cause the liver to produce even more IGF-1, leading to even more acne.
  • Dairy causes your skin to produce excess sebum (oil), leading to – you guessed it! – more clogged pores, more acne, blackheads and a breeding ground for P. acnesbacteria, which feed on your sebum and spew out inflammatory by-products.
  • Dairy glues together dead skin cells inside your pores, so they can’t exit naturally, leading to clogged pores (and thus more acne).

The milk and acne effect is well documented in the literature. In the last decade or so, a number of studies have found a strong link between the consumption of milk and increased occurrence of acne. For example, one such study found that teenage boys who drank milk broke out more often, and more severely, than those who didn’t drink milk.  At least five other studies have confirmed that, in general, the more milk you drink, the worse acne you’ll get. So in our blackheads diet, unfortunately dairy has no place!

Alternatives to Milk in the blackheads diet:

There are a few great alternatives to milk if you’re still hooked on liquid white stuff. Here we go:

  • Unsweetened, organic almond milk
  • Unsweetened, organic coconut milk (“So Delicious” or similar brand)
  • AROY-D 100% Coconut Cream
  • Organic full-fat coconut milk

You have to be a little careful with milk substitutes as they tend to have a bunch of added sugar and sometimes vegetable oil (both of which negatively affect your hormones and can worsen acne).

That’s why I recommend unsweetened almond or coconut milk.

(Note: by “vegetable oil” I mean canola oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil, corn oil, and cottonseed oil. These oils are highly processed and/or contain high amounts of inflammatory omega-6 fats.)

You can also make your own nut milks, of course! Almond milk, Brazil nut milk, hazelnut milk – you name it. Google around a bit if you’re curious about this – you’ll find tons of great recipes and how-to’s out there. That way, you know you’re getting just pure, healthy nuts and no funny stuff added.

My personal favorite these days is AROY-D 100% Coconut Cream. It’s prized by Thai master chefs (so I’ve read) as the best-tasting coconut milk / coconut cream around. It’s incredibly rich and loaded with healthy medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) and stable saturated fats. It mixes great into green smoothies and curries and is unmissable in your new anti-blackheads diet!

Final tips:

  • Watch for food triggers that may seem to aggravate acne.
  • Keep a food diary and share it with your dermatologist.
  • Be patient. It may take up to 12 weeks of a diet change to determine if certain foods are contributing to acne.
  • Continue following your regular acne treatment routine. Diet changes are only a small part of an acne treatment plan and are meant to be used in conjunction with proven medical therapies for acne.

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY EXPERT ADVICE:
“Based on the studies we now have available, the evidence suggests that diet does play a role in acne,” said Dr. Bowe. “More studies are definitely needed in this area, but they are not easy studies to execute. Patients can be their own best detectives in determining possible food triggers for acne, and I encourage them to make an appointment with a dermatologist if they have any acne concerns.”

Hopefully this has given you some more insight on what to do to keep your blackheads diet going and keep blackheads at bay!

Homemade Face Scrub Recipes for Blackheads

The top three homemade face scrub recipes for fighting blackheads, first seen on bellatory.com.
Homemade face scrub recipes are really easy to make using products you probably have laying around already at home. No need to use blackhead tools or harsh pore strips. If you use either of them incorrectly chances are you might open up your pores even more than was intended, leaving you vulnerable to more blackheads!

Simply combine a few kitchen ingredients to create a powerful, all-natural treatment.

1. Cleansing: Lemon and Salt Homemade Face Scrub

Use lemon and sea salt to exfoliate and dissolve blackheads on the nose, cheeks, and other areas. Homemade face scrub
Use lemon and sea salt to exfoliate and dissolve blackheads on the nose, cheeks, and other areas.

This lemon-and-salt micture is also known as the antibacterial face scrub. It uses two super blackhead-fighting ingredients: lemon and salt.
Both lemon and salt cleanse the skin deeply and leave your skin feeling fresh and cleaner as ever.
Lemon due to its mild acidity cleanses the face thoroughly, taken with it all the grime and dirt on the surface of the skin as well as dead skin cells. As a result the chances of your pores getting clogged decrease dramatically, resulting in acne and blackhead-free skin!
Even the scent of lemon screams clean and fresh. Salt has antibacterial properties and can kill of the germs and bacteria that clog open pores.
Salting meat and fish has long been a practice just proving how well salt can stop the decay of any tissue.

Let’s take an in-depth look at the benefits of these two ingredients:

Ingredients
Importance in Homemade Face Scrub
Lemon
Is a natural astringent that is rich in citric acid. It’s a natural disinfectant that provides a deep-pore cleanse. It can also help your own body better regulate natural oil production and as a result decrease the possibility of blackheads.
Salt
Due to its coarseness it exfoliates and removes dead skin cells, dirt and excess oil, 2 substances critical in the creation of blackheads and acne.
As it also peels away the dead skin layers it leaves the skin feeling smooth and fresh!

Method for homemade face scrub:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon
  • 1 teaspoon pure water

Directions :

  1. Mix everything into a small bowl.
  2. Using clean fingers, apply the homemade face scrub onto your face and massage in a circular motion. Don’t scrub too hard, as you don’t want a red inflamed face.
  3. After scrubbing for two to five minutes, rinse with lukewarm water.
  4. Splash cold water to close up your pores. Pat dry with a soft clean towel. Your face will look amazingly refreshed, cleansed of all the dirt, excess oil, peeling skin, and dead cells.

Tips:

  1. Don’t use too much lemon juice. Lemon juice in raw form can be too harsh on the skin, so it is important that you use it in moderation and diluted. The citric acid in the lemon juice is a natural astringent and if used in excess it can leave a burning sensation on your skin and can cause red rashes.
  2. Change your pillowcases. If blackheads attack you often, you should try changing pillowcases every other day. Wash your pillowcases regularly because the fabric can collect oil and dirt from your face.
  3. Excess homemade face scrub mixture. You can store your face scrubs in the refrigerator for up to one week. However, as soon as it starts smelling unpleasant, it is time to toss it out. Also make sue not to scrub too often. Most dermatologists suggest using a scrub no more than twice a week as a maximum.

2. Exfoliating: Brown Sugar and Honey Homemade Face Scrub

Brown sugar is a great medium for exfoliation and keeps blackheads at bay!
Brown sugar is a great medium for exfoliation and keeps blackheads at bay! It is as coarse as sea salt and as such provides the same exfoliating and peeling properties as the above mentioned lemon-and-salt scrub.

Brown sugar and honey are both yummy kitchen ingredients. Together, they work hand-in-hand to gently exfoliate skin. Brown sugar is safe for all skin types, so it is perfect for sensitive skin. Honey has been hailed since ancient times as a great natural remedy for many ailments including dry skin.

Here’s a table showing these two ingredients and their benefits for skin:

Ingredients
Importance in homemade face scrub
Brown sugar
Exfoliates gently. Deep-cleanses skin. Sloughs off dead cells and excess oil from skin surface. Contains alpha hydroxyl acids, which drive out toxins and germs from open pores.
Honey
Is antiseptic and antibacterial. Kills off germs and bacteria that clog open pores. Gently moisturizes and lubricates skin. Sticks to the blackheads in open pores and pulls them out when the face scrub is removed.

Method for homemade face scrub:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix all of the ingredients well.
  2. Apply the mixture onto your face with circular motions, avoiding the area around the eyes and mouth.
  3. Keep scrubbing for two to five minutes.
  4. When you’re done, rinse off with warm water.
  5. Pat dry with a soft towel. If your face feels a bit dry, moisturize with a drop or two of olive oil.

Tips:

  1. Stay away from harsh cleansers and soaps. Many face cleansers out there contain high amounts of chemicals and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which strip your skin of natural oils. This causes your skin to compensate by producing excess oil, which clogs pores and creates blackheads.
  2. Steam your face beforehand. A facial steam will help open up pores and soften your face, enabling the blackheads to come out easily. Do this before using the homemade face scrub to push out blackheads faster.
  3. Don’t over-wash your face. Yes, washing your face continuously throughout the day is not the right way to prevent/get rid of blackheads. In fact, over-washing your face will give your more blackheads, not to mention acne and white heads. What’s the deal? Well, over-washing your face strips away most of the natural oils, inducing your oil glands to produce more oils, and excess oil is one of the causes of blackheads.

3. Softening: Oatmeal, Yogurt, and Orange Peel Face Scrub

Soften dead cells and blackheads with this mask, which also exfoliates your pores deeply and scrubs out the blackheads from the root.
Soften dead cells and blackheads with this mask, which also exfoliates your pores deeply and scrubs out the blackheads from the root.

This oatmeal homemade face scrub contains oatmeal, orange peel powder, and yogurt. These three ingredients deep-cleanse, exfoliate, nourish, moisturize, and soften your pores, removing excess oil that would otherwise oxidize to form blackheads.

This table shows the importance of these blackhead-removing ingredients:

Ingredients
Importance in homemade face scrub
Oatmeal
Absorbs excess oils, preventing the formation of blackheads. Gently exfoliates dead cells and peeling skin.
Orange peel powder
Gently exfoliates, nourishes, and hydrates skin. Contains citric acid, which disinfects and kills germs that clog pores.
Yogurt
Softens and nourishes skin. Contains probiotic enzymes that destroy germs on the skin’s surface. Tightens large pores. Deep-cleanse open pores. Softens skin, making it easier for the blackheads to come out.

Method for homemade face scrub:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon ground oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon orange peel powder
  • 2 teaspoons yogurt

Directions :

  1. Mix the ingredients thoroughly in a small bowl.
  2. Apply a thick coat of the mixture onto your face in gentle circular motions, focusing on the blackhead-infected areas.
  3. After two to three minutes, completely rinse the mask off with either a washcloth or your hands and warm water.
  4. If your face feels a bit dry and stiff, moisturize with a few drops of olive/coconut oil.

Tips:

  1. Hands down. Touching your face can contribute to blackheads and acne. Keep your hands away from your face.
  2. Gather your hair away from your face. One way to easily prevent blackheads and clogged pores is just simply keep hair away from your face.
  3. Clean your face in the morning and at night. As much as over-washing your face is bad, you must wash your face twice daily: in the morning and at night. Use mild cleansers and these natural scrubs to safely get rid of existing blackheads and prevent further ones from occurring.