Top Three Homemade Face Scrub Recipes for Blackheads
Face scrubs are one of the best homemade remedies for blackheads. There's no need to use blackhead tools or harsh pore strips—both of these can damage skin and even leave your pores open to more germs and dirt, resulting in more blackheads! Simply combine a few kitchen ingredients to create a powerful, all-natural treatment.
1. Cleansing: Lemon and Salt Face Scrub
This lemon-and-salt face scrub is also known as the antibacterial face scrub. It uses two super blackhead-fighting ingredients: lemon and salt. Both are great for cleansing skin, leaving it fresh and dirt-free. Lemon removes all grime and dirt from the surface of the skin, preventing not only blackheads but also acne and whiteheads. Even the scent of lemon screams clean and fresh. Salt has antibacterial properties and can kill off the germs and bacteria that clog open pores.
Let's take an in-depth look at the benefits of these two ingredients:
Importance in Face Mask
Is a natural astringent that is rich in citric acid. Contains antibacterial properties that fight off germs inside skin pores. Deep-cleans pores. Regulates amount of oil production in skin, hence preventing blackhead formation.
Exfoliates and scours off dead cells, dirt, grime, excess oils, germs, and pollution from the skin's surface. Removes peeling skin, leaving it smooth and supple.
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon
- 1 teaspoon pure water
- Combine the above ingredients in a small bowl.
- Using clean fingers, apply the mixture 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 warm water.
- Splash your face with cold water to close 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. It's important that you do not use more than one part lemon juice for every two parts water. The citric acid in lemon juice is a natural astringent. If used in excess, it can irritate your skin, causing redness and a burning sensation.
- 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.
- Refrigerate your excess 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.
2. Exfoliating: Brown Sugar and Honey Face 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:
Importance in Face Mask
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.
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 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 face scrubs 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 you more blackheads, not to mention acne and whiteheads. What's the deal? Well, over-washing your face strips away most of the natural oils, inducing your oil glands to produce more oils. Excess oil is one of the causes of blackheads.
3. Softening: Oatmeal, Yogurt, and Orange Peel Face Scrub
This oatmeal 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:
Importance in Face Mask
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.
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.
- Keep your 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 to tie back your hair and keep it 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.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.