Blackheads are so annoying, we all want to get rid of them from time to time. Blackhead strips can be expensive and some extraction methods can come with adverse side effects if not done correctly. I am sharing a natural method that if used on a regular basis can keep this problem in check. I will tell you how you can prevent and get rid of blackheads with these 2 simple steps.
Firstly you have to loosen the blackheads as loosening will make the process easier/ more effective as once loosened, blackheads tend to come out easily. Take 400ml of water and some fresh or dried basil leaves and boil it . Once the water is boiled add 2-3 drops of one of the following essential oils which help with acne or make a blend (remember 3 drops in total only) Lavender, Sandalwood, Teatree, Rosewood, Myrrh, Geranium, Juniper, Grapefruit, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Lemon, Palmarosa, German Chamomile, Thyme, Yarrow or Pine. My fave is sandalwood but can be quite $$$. Drape a towel around your head and steam your face for a few minutes so that the pores open up. If you have sensitive skin be careful not to burn your face.
Now your blackheads are ready to be removed
Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with enough water to make a paste if your feeling adventurous you could replace the water a lavender or witch hazel floral water. Apply paste on the blackheads and keep it on for about a minute or so and gently scrub. Rinse it off with tepid water and finish off this process by splashing some cold water so that the pores are then closed.
Voila blackheads gone, you can use these ingredients on a regular basis, bear in mind that oversteaming can lead to dry skin.
By Nellie Lee Luhrmann