A strawberry like complexion is beautiful but a strawberry nose (dotted with blackheads and white-heads) is certainly not a very pretty sight! It isn’t uncommon to have black heads–even people with a facial hygiene regimen can’t seem to escape them!

Blackheads are little bumps, usually black or yellow in color embedded deep into the pores of our skin. They are basically the result of blocked pores. Those with oily skin generally have large pores since their sebaceous glands are more active.

Exposure to dirt, dust and other irritants like sweat or make-up blocks pores which means the oil can’t be released from the skin, thus it oxidizes and turns that darkish black color. These ugly bumps often begin as whiteheads and are basically non-inflamed pimples, which is reason enough to get rid of them, or better still prevent them.

Getting rid of blackheads is tough but not impossible. If treated regularly, there are ways to polish them off. Here are a few natural remedies that are easy and extremely effective.

1.Steam it up
One of the most effective methods to get rid of blackheads is steaming. This helps unclog pores and soften blackheads which makes the process of extraction easier. Boil water with some fresh or dried basil leaves in a large container. You can also add 2-3 drops of essential oils like chamomile .lavender, sandal tea tree, geranium, thyme etc. Drape a towel around your head and take steam for three minutes. Using a blackhead remover, exert mild pressure and gently squeeze out the oil from the clogged pore. Once you have removed the blackheads, put on an antibacterial ointment to prevent the area from getting infected.

2. Khus-khus and milk
If you’re prone to blackheads, this natural scrub is said to work wonders. Soak khus-khus in milk overnight. Apply the khus khus to a cleansed face the next morning, rubbing in circular motions. Leave on for 5-10 minutes and wash off. Do this 2-3 times a week.

3. Fenugreek
Grind some fresh fenugreek (methi) leaves to form a paste. Apply this on the affected areas before going to bed and then rinse with warm water, the following morning. For best results, follow this natural remedy for about 15 days.\

4.Tomatoes
An inexpensive and simple natural remedy for blackheads on nose and face is tomato, a natural antiseptic. Apply the pulp of freshly mashed tomato on the affected areas. Leave on 15 minutes and then wash off.

5.Toothpaste
Dab toothpaste on the blackheads and whiteheads and leave it for 20-25 minutes. You may feel a burning sensation but it will subside gradually. Toothpaste works like a miracle by sucking all the humidity out of the blackhead thus making it easy to remove. Repeat it on alternate days for two weeks and soon you will be flaunting a smoother skin.

6.Goodness of lemon
Mix a teaspoon of lemon juice with half a teaspoon of sugar and use as a scrub. Leave on for ten minutes, and then wash off with warm water. Lemon works as an astringent and whitener as well, so you are getting multiple benefits for your skin.

Remember, “Consistency” is the key to success! If you want a smooth, clean skin you need to follow these remedies on a regular basis. However, if the blackheads are stubborn go to aprofessional for a deep cleansing facial treatment.

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