Exfoliating Remedies to Remove and Prevent Blackheads

Blackheads are clogged hair follicles and skin pores. 
Dirt, oil, and dead skin cells become trapped beneath the skin's surface.
To avoid damaging the skin while removing blackheads steam the affected area first.
Steaming the skin softens the hardened content of clogged pores.
After steaming apply a home remedy facial treatment. 

1. Almond Powder 
Almond powder is an excellent exfoliating agent that helps to loosen contents of clogged pores for easier removal of blackheads without damaging the skin. 

Ingredients:  Almond Powder, Rose Water
Instructions:  Mix 1 tablespoon of almond powder with enough rose water to make a spreadable paste. Gently massage paste onto complexion with a washcloth in a circular motion for several minutes then leave on until the paste is completely dry (about 10 minutes). Rinse with a lukewarm water when complete then apply some Aloe gel or moisturizer. 

2. Brown Sugar Honey Facial
An amazing exfoliating facial that nourishes the skin! The sugar granules gently remove dead skin cells and dirt clogging pores for easier removal of blackheads. The antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of honey will nourish and naturally hydrate the skin while the lemon juice tones and shrinks swollen pores.  

Ingredients:  Brown Sugar, Dark Honey, Lemon Juice
Instructions:  Mix 1 tablespoon of brown sugar with one teaspoon dark honey and a splash of lemon juice to create a spreadable paste. Gently massage the mixture onto affected areas in a circular motion for about 3 to 5 minutes then rinse complexion with lukewarm water. Repeat weekly to keep skin exfoliated and free of blackheads. 

3. Coriander Leaves 
This natural spice heals, exfoliates and softens the content of clogged pores for easier removal of blackheads. The turmeric spice provides nourishment and healing properties. Research suggests that turmeric helps to fight and prevent cancer! A very beneficial spice to add into your diet. 

Ingredients:  Coriander Leaves, Turmeric Powder
Instructions:  Crush a few coriander leaves then mix with 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder and enough water to create a spreadable paste. Use the mixture as a facial mask after massaging onto complexion for a few minutes. Leave on for about 10-15 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water and moisturize with Aloe gel. 

4. Cornstarch 
This fine grainy powder gently exfoliates the skin drawing out contents of clogged pores while the natural toning properties of vinegar shrink pores by toning the skin.  

Ingredients:  White or Apple Cider Vinegar and Cornstarch
Instructions:  Mix 3 parts cornstarch with 1 part vinegar creating a spreadable paste. Apply the mixture onto complexion gently massaging in a circular motion for a couple of minutes then leaving on for 30 minutes rinsing off with lukewarm water when complete. Finish treatment with a thin layer of Aloe Vera gel or moisturizer.  

5. Cornmeal 
Cornmeal gently exfoliates the skin drawing out contents of clogged pores and follicle leaving the skin feeling fresh and smooth. For an overall body scrub, add a cup of cornmeal into warm bath water and soak for 20-30 minutes using a washcloth to exfoliate the skin. 

Instructions:  Before treatment steam affected areas for 5 minutes. After steaming combine one tablespoon of cornmeal powder into your regular facial cleanser and gently massage onto complexion for several minutes then rinse with lukewarm water finishing with an application of Aloe gel or moisturizer.

6. Coffee Exfoliating Facial
The acidic properties of coffee act like an anti-inflammatory that boost collagen production and inhibits the breakdown of fibers. Collagen is responsible for strengthening the integrity of the skin reducing wrinkles and sagging. Coffee is an excellent cellulite treatment in addition to blackhead exfoliant. 

Ingredients:  Coffee Grounds, Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
Instructions:  Mix 1/4 cup of unused coffee grounds with one cup water and one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to create a thin grainy paste. With a washcloth massage mixture onto affected areas in a circular motion for about 5 to 10 minutes. When finished wash complexion with a mild cleanser then apply a moisturizer or use some Aloe Vera gel. 

7. Egg White Honey Facial
Honey is a natural hydrating agent and exfoliator while egg-whites tone and shrink enlarged pores. Honey was recommended on the Dr. Oz show and The Doctors as a natural hydrating and exfoliating agent. 

Ingredients:  Egg Whites, Honey 
Facial Instructions:  Beat one egg white then mix with one tablespoon of dark honey. Apply the mixture over blackheads and whiteheads leaving on for 20-30 minutes then rinsing off with lukewarm water and applying a moisturizer when finished. For a quick toning, facial apply egg white onto complexion waiting until completely dry then rinsing off. 

8. Epsom Salt 
Epsom salt naturally draws out impurities from inside the skin while it kills acne causing bacteria. The grainy texture of Epsom salt makes it an excellent exfoliating treatment for removing blackheads and ingrown hairs.  

Ingredients:  Epsom Salt, Iodine, Hot Water
Instructions:  Combine 1 teaspoon of Epsom salt with a few drops of iodine and hot water. Mix ingredients until salt dissolves then allow mixture to cool. Once cooled saturate a cotton ball with the solution and apply onto infected areas. Leave on for 10-20 minutes then rinse off with lukewarm water. Finish treatment with an application of Aloe Vera to moisturize.  

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