Blackheads are the number one enemy of a clear complexion after acne. These imperfections generally result from clogged pores and an excess of sebum which causes an oily and shiny T-zone. Fortunately, there is no need to go broke in cosmetic products to get rid of them. This easy-care to carry out at home will be of great use to you.
It is a treatment whose benefits arise from the presence of two virtuous ingredients: lemon and honey. These foods are also the basis of several cosmetic products, marketed in supermarkets.
Blackheads: what you need to know
First, it is better to understand what blackheads are. These skin imperfections are split into two categories:
- The first is characterized by open comedones that appear with acne and are caused by an accumulation of sebum. A microcyst form due to this accumulation, the comedo becomes black following the oxidation of sebum.
- The second category is caused by the dilation of the pores, in which impurities essentially resulting from pollution are lodged.
Thus, daily and meticulous facial cleansing is essential to fight against external aggressions on the skin.
To help you, there are ingredients with formidable benefits for clearer skin, including honey and lemon which form a real duo of a shock to curb the proliferation of bacteria and restore a toned appearance to your face. Focus on their benefits:
If the very origin of blackheads is sebum, lemon is an ideal ally. According to an in vivo study, its flavonoids are effective in regulating the proliferation of sebocytes. Blackheads can also be caused by an accumulation of bacteria in the pores since the latter constitute a favorable environment for their development. For this purpose, citrus is an excellent antibacterial, which will allow you to fight against the formation of blackheads. Especially since it is an astringent, which will tighten pores, and thus firm and tone the skin.
Honey can act as an anti-inflammatory for your skin, as well as an antibacterial. Soft and hydrating, it is also a suitable treatment for the most sensitive skin because it is rich in nutrients to nourish the epidermis in depth. In addition, it is a formidable treatment that promotes the healing of marks caused by acne.
Here is how to take advantage of this peerless duo for your beauty treatments:
Anti-blackhead treatment: 3 steps
The first step is the facial sauna. This is an important step because it allows the pores to expand, in order to cleanse them of the excess sebum they contain. If you do not have a suitable steam appliance, you can do the following:
1-Start by heating water to a boil, then pour it into a container.
2-Add two drops of lemon essential oil.
3-Cover your head with a bath towel to prevent steam from escaping. Stay that way for 5 minutes.
2 honey and lemon treatment
1-Mix the juice of half a lemon and a teaspoon of honey.
2-After your facial sauna, cleanse your face with the mixture. Proceed gently so as not to irritate your skin.
3-Leave the residue of the cleanser on your skin for 5 minutes, then rinse your face thoroughly with water.
You can end your skincare routine with argan essential oil, which is known to regenerate the skin and maintain its elasticity. Take 4 drops of argan oil, and massage your face generously. Don’t worry, since argan oil does not leave an oily residue on the skin.
You can create other variations of this treatment by adding clay or an egg white.
As lemon is photosensitizing, it is best to apply this treatment in the evening before bed to avoid exposure to the sun.