Guest Author - Samantha Jackson
Acne is often thought of as a common teenage problem, but millions of adults are forced to deal with acne on a daily basis. One of the more common problems involving acne is the development of blackheads which typically appear on and around the nose.
But, blackheads can and do appear on the ears, backs and facial areas of a large number of individuals. And while outbreaks of blackheads can make you feel self conscious they are not life threatening and can be treated naturally and inexpensively.
Blackheads typically appear in clusters in a given area. And, this tends to occur when pores become clogged with a mixture of oil or sebum and skin cells or dirt.
The primary difference between a blackhead and any other type of blemish is this mixture is exposed to the skin's outer surface rather than developing under the skin's surface. And, it's this exposure to air that creates the blackish plug appearance blackheads are named for.
Most people seem to feel the need to remove blackheads by picking or squeezing. This is one of the worst things you can do since squeezing or picking may damage your skin and lead to scarring or infection.
And, while there are a number of steps you can take to eliminate the problem itís important to keep in mind that improvement does do not take place overnight and there are no magic bullets.
The first step in avoiding and eliminating blackheads is making sure your face is clean. Washing with a gentle cleanser morning and evening is vital for clear and glowing skin.
Cleaning is important for everyone, even those who do not use cosmetics because each and every day your skin to attacked by outside toxins and pollutants. These pollutants are a prime source of the bacteria that begins the clogging process. Using a mild toner, such as witch hazel, after cleansing is also beneficial.
Honey is considered an antibacterial and a dab on each blemish is an effective treatment. Take it one step further by mixing a couple of tablespoons of honey with one fourth cup of freshly squeeze lemon juice. Mix it into a paste and apply. This mixture can be applied to your entire face or strictly to the areas that have been affected.
Lime juice and powdered cinnamon is another effective home treatment. Simply mix one teaspoon of each together, apply, leave on overnight and rinse in the morning.
Steam facials and exfoliating will both help clean your skin and open your pores and that's the name of the game if you are trying to prevent or eliminate blackheads. If at all possible, keep your hands away from your face since the oil and dirt from your hands will transfer to your face.
Lifestyle and eating habits can often have a negative effect on your skin and cause blackheads. Be sure you are eating a healthy diet, drinking enough water and getting enough sleep.