Last Modified on Dec 07, 2014
You head into your bathroom and the next thing you know, you find yourself with your face pressed up against the mirror trying to find some way to get rid of those pesky blackheads. While no one else probably notices your blackheads…ever, they are an annoying facial malady that is actually fairly easy to remedy. Some of the best natural cures for blackheads are apple cider vinegar, aspirin and honey, and lemon juice.
What Are Blackheads Anyway?
You obviously know what a blackhead looks like – a small dark spot on your skin – but what exactly is a blackhead? Blackheads form at the openings in your skin known as pores or follicles. These openings can become clogged with debris like dead skin cells and dirt, bacteria, and oil. A blackhead is considered the first stage of acne because it is the result when your pores become clogged and exposed to air. The dark color characteristic of these blemishes is due to oxidation – when the debris and pigment in the pore is exposed to air, it turns dark.
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[SIDE EFFECTS] Eighteen months ago I started oil pulling for one month, then had a breakout of black & whiteheads. I have tried Apple Cider Vinegar & hydrogen peroxide cleansing, I have now started drinking Apple Cider Vinegar over the last 6 months. However, the whiteheads have increased, what should I do next?
Every night, I apply undiluted ACV (organic unfiltered is best but the grocery store stuff will work in a pinch) to my face with a cotton ball. I don't wear makeup on most days, so I usually don't wash my face. I wear mineral makeup, which doesn't clog my pores, on days I bother, so I can get still away with not washing my face. When it dries, it's important to apply a good moisturizer because dry skin can clog pores when it mixes with sebum. I use either extra virgin coconut oil or a mix of 50% castor oil (the cheap pharmacy stuff will work) and 50% extra virgin olive, jojoba, or hemp oil.
This may not get rid of stubborn blackheads, so once or twice a week, I wash my face with medicated apricot scrub (St. Ive's will work, but I just use the store brand) and Dr. Bronner's peppermint. To a dime size dollop of facial scrub, I add a few drops of Dr. Bronner's peppermint soap, then apply to wet face and scrub in circular motion for at least 1 minute, then rinse and apply moisturizer.
It's also important to eat a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and keep sugar, dairy, and wheat to a minimum (I am on the paleo diet with one splurge day a week). Overall, this routine has completely cleared up my face except for maybe one or two pimples near my menstrual cycle.
Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
02/08/2014Posted by Sp (Nashville, Tn) on 11/25/2009
[YEA] Apple cider vinegar works to clear out my blackheads and help shrink my pores. After washing your face, apply the ACV. Wait for it to dry before applying moisturizer. If you are using ACV for the first time, you may want to dilute it with some water as it may be too strong for your face. I do this once a day and within a few weeks my pores look so much better. I have used so many commercial products and this works the best and it so much cheaper that the commerical products. Good luck.Replied by Veronica
Spring Lake, Mi