Blackheads are the number one enemy of a clear complexion, after acne. These imperfections are usually the result of clogged pores and excess sebum, causing a greasy, shiny T-zone. Luckily, you don’t have to spend a fortune on cosmetics to get rid of them. This easy to perform treatment at home will be of great help to you.
It is a treatment whose benefits come from the presence of two virtuous ingredients: lemon and honey. These foods are also the basis of several cosmetic products, marketed at the supermarket level.
Blackheads: what you need to know
First of all, it is better to understand what blackheads are. These skin imperfections are divided into two categories:
The first is characterized by open comedones that appear with acne and are caused by an accumulation of sebum. A microcyst forms as a result of this accumulation, the comedo becomes black due to the oxidation of sebum.
The second category is caused by the dilation of the pores, in which impurities are lodged, mainly due to pollution.
Thus, a daily and meticulous cleansing of the face is essential to fight against external aggressions on the skin.
To help you, there are ingredients with tremendous benefits for clearer skin, including honey and lemon, which form a real duo of a shock to stop the proliferation of bacteria and restore a toned appearance to your face. Zoom in on their benefits:
If the very origin of blackheads is sebum, lemon is a perfect ally. According to an in-vivo study, its flavonoids would be effective in regulating the proliferation of sebocytes. Blackheads can also be caused by an accumulation of bacteria in the pores since the pores provide a favorable environment for their development. For this purpose, citrus is an excellent antibacterial, which will help you fight against the formation of blackheads. All the more so as it is an astringent agent, which will help to tighten the pores and thus firm and tone the skin.
Honey can act as an anti-inflammatory for your skin, as well as an antibacterial. Gentle and moisturizing, 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 fearsome treatment that promotes the healing of marks caused by acne.
Here’s how to make the most of this exceptional duo for your beauty care:
Anti-blackhead treatment: 3 steps
The first step is the facial sauna. It is an important step because it allows the dilation of the pores, in order to cleanse them of the excess sebum they contain. If you do not have a suitable steam device, you can proceed as follows:
Start by heating water to boiling and then pour it into a container.
Add two drops of lemon essential oil.
Cover your head with a towel to prevent the steam from escaping. Stay like this for 5 minutes.
2.honey and lemon care
Mix the juice of half a lemon and a teaspoon of honey.
After your facial sauna, cleanse your face with the mixture. Proceed gently so as not to irritate your skin.
Leave the residue of the cleanser on your skin for 5 minutes, then rinse your face with plenty of water.
You can finish your skin care routine with argan essential oil, known to regenerate the skin and maintain its elasticity. Take 4 drops of argan oil, and massage your face generously. Do not worry, since argan oil leaves no greasy residue on the skin.
You can create other variations of this care by adding clay or egg white.