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.
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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.
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!
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon
- 1 teaspoon pure water
- Mix everything into a small bowl.
- 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.
- After scrubbing for two to five minutes, rinse with lukewarm water.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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! 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.|
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon honey
- In a small bowl, mix all of the ingredients well.
- Apply the mixture onto your face with circular motions, avoiding the area around the eyes and mouth.
- Keep scrubbing for two to five minutes.
- When you’re done, rinse off with warm water.
- Pat dry with a soft towel. If your face feels a bit dry, moisturize with a drop or two of olive oil.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.|
- 1 tablespoon ground oatmeal
- 1 teaspoon orange peel powder
- 2 teaspoons yogurt
- Mix the ingredients thoroughly in a small bowl.
- Apply a thick coat of the mixture onto your face in gentle circular motions, focusing on the blackhead-infected areas.
- After two to three minutes, completely rinse the mask off with either a washcloth or your hands and warm water.
- If your face feels a bit dry and stiff, moisturize with a few drops of olive/coconut oil.
- Hands down. Touching your face can contribute to blackheads and acne. Keep your hands away from your face.
- 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.
- 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.