For many people, blackheads are part of life. They can be unsightly though and can lead to further skin issues. This page contains remedies for blackheads.
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Remove blackheads easily with plain old white glue. Yes, not only is it fun to peel dried glue, it works great on areas such as the nose, chin, and forehead to remove blackheads and is much more effective than the usual peel off mask and it's less expensive. Happy peeling!
Source: Beauty secrets from Hollywood as shared on some talk show last year.
By liknmylife from Shelbyville, KY
Here is a simple way to make your own blackhead removing strips. I used to spend $10 per box (which lasted me 2 weeks) for many, many years.
Mix together gelatin and milk in a small bowl then microwave it for 10-15 seconds. Make sure it's not scalding, then apply a thin coat on to your nose or your T-zone with your fingers. Wait 10 minutes until the mixture dries completely. The gelatin is opaque when wet, and will be translucent when dry. Carefully peel the gelatin strip off your nose. Blackheads and dirt will stick to the gelatin, clearing your pores!
Note: if you don't like the smell of warm milk, try adding a drop of essential oil!
By attosa from Los Angeles, CA
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Here are questions related to Remedies for Blackheads.
I am suffering from black heads. Can someone give me advise to avoid getting them?
1 Tablespoon Knox gelatin
1 1/2 Tablespoon milk
Mix, heat in microwave about 12 seconds. If it is not dissolved heat for a few seconds more. Apply to face when it is slightly warm and let it dry. Peel off and rinse face with cool water. Make sure your hair is pulled back and do not get it on your eyebrows, eyelids or under your eyes. To open pores before you start apply warm water to your face and dry with towel.
What is the easiest way to get rid of black heads?
By Cheyenne from Canton, GA
I use the end of a bobby pin point pressed into the blackhead until it is gone. It works for me.
How do you get rid of blackheads on your face?
By Teresa from Davison, MI
Apply a paste of baking soda and water. Let sit a few minutes then rinse off with hot water, following up with cold. It's natural and not damaging to your skin.
How do you get rid of blackheads?
By Shilpi M.
Smear Elmer"s glue on your face with your fingers. Let it dry completely, and then peel it off. Or you can buy little blackhead tools at any beauty supply store that will help remove them.
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Does anyone have a home remedy for getting rid of blackheads?
By Sherry Evans from Deming, NM
By Carol in PA
Does anyone know an easy and quick blackhead remover? I get them pretty badly, and I need some way to get rid of them. Please, and thanks so much.
By epiclykyla from Boston, MA
You need to help shrink the pores with a non-alcohol astringent after cleaning your face with a gentle cream or lotion or foam cleanser. Once or at most twice a week you can use a scrub like St. Ives apricot scrub for acne. It's the one that also has salicylic acid added. If you don't over-do it, you can use benzoyl peroxide to keep the bacteria down, but I would be very careful because too much of the benzoyl peroxide (or too much salicylic acid, like in Stridex wipes) can make your face peel, be very dry, and extra-sensitive to the sun.
If you have the money, it would greatly benefit you to spend around $50 and have a facial once a month. Most people don't know what a facial is and just think they put some steam and creams on your face, but "facials" are really for getting rid of blackheads and also exfoliating your face as well as toning the pores so they can shrink as much as possible.
The steam is to open your pores so they can easily and gently remove the blackheads. These beauticians, if they know their stuff can remove your blackheads in a facial with practically no pain. If you get a lot of blackheads, it's worth the money to have a facial once a month or every other month. Call around and check on prices at different places. But by all means do not go to a beauty college where they train people to do facials. Also, don't schedule a facial the day before you are going somewhere important because your face will most likely need a few days to heal afterward.
When you remove your own blackheads you should always hold a hot, clean washcloth to your face for about 5 minutes (to the blackhead area) beforehand so the hot steam can open your pores and the steam from the hot cloth helps the blackheads get softer. If you use the hot-washcloth/steam method, your blackheads will come out much easier. After removing your blackheads or after washing your face, be sure to "tone" the skin with astringent ("toning" helps to deep-clean and shrink the pores back to normal), use with a non-alcohol astringent on a 100% cotton round pad (they have these cotton pads at most dollar stores, only buy the 100% cotton ones).
I would also recommend you use light-colored pillow cases that you can bleach every time you wash them. The bleach will kill the germs. Use your pillow case for only 2 nights: sleep on it once on the front-side, then turn it over and sleep on the back side the second night, then wash it and get a clean one. Also, use light colored towels and washcloths that you can also bleach.
Here's some more info to read: thriftyfun.com (08/12/2009)
How to Make a Homemade "Biore" Pore Cleasning Mask
by Christen Henderson
Introduction: It's as easy as 5 minutes! You can make as much as you want and it's lots cheaper, and in my opinion works a lot better!
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need:
There's a step-by-step demonstration and pictures on my blog: bargainbasics.blogspot.com. (The picture I included here is the result.) (08/13/2009)
I found this out by accident. Keep the pores as empty as possible and use the vinegar or mix, regularly and over time the pores shrink in size till they are tight again. The vinegar also disinfects the skin and kills bacteria. It's pretty good on pimples that come up and cause redness. Just use the vinegar on it during the day, maybe 4x or more a day. Put on just a fraction of a drop and rub in, then let dry. It's amazing how well it works and it sure is cheap. (08/14/2009)
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