Close to the surface, blackheads are hair follicles that are blocked by impurities and bacteria. This happens when the hormone dihydrotestosterone is active, which triggers an overproduction of sebum or oil, in turn blocking the pores. They could also be a result of stress, hormonal changes, and inadequate skincare routines.
And while blackhead removal strips and steam facials are some remedial measures you could opt for, it’s a lot of pain for very little gain, considering they are temporary resolves. Also, we all know that those cleansing facials can be quite taxing on the pocket.
Given that we’re heading into the Fall season, expect a surge of blackheads to surface as it gets colder, drier, and windier. This season, your best save is to invest in essential oils to keep recurring blackheads in check, because they hydrate the skin, tighten the pores, work as an astringent, and don’t result in any scarring.
All you have to do is add a few drops to your lotion or moisturizer, and you’re good to go. Let’s take a look at the five oiling solutions you can choose from.
Cedarwood Oil: Famed for its antiseptic, antibacterial and astringent properties, this oil will help to protect your skin from pollutants. Moreover, it regulates excess sebum, making sure dust and grime don’t latch on to your skin and enter your pores. Cedarwood oil also helps rejuvenate the cells and maintains skin elasticity.
Eucalyptus Oil: It has medicinal properties; the kind one would find in the best skincare lotions. Its antiseptic nature helps ward off germs and soothes dry, itchy skin. It will also help heal existing scars and prevent wounds, should you happen to scratch the area.
Lavender Oil: If you’ve read through our DIY recipes for beauty, you’ll know that a great deal of them feature lavender oil. According to studies, lavender oil is one of the most versatile solutions, considering it possesses many cleansing properties that keep the skin free from dirt, regulates sebum levels, and prevents the clogging of pores. This one is great to get those deep-seeded blackheads out from the pores.
Lemon Oil: Lemon is one of the best natural astringents you could possible need. It will tighten the pores and prevent recurring blackheads, so try to use it after you come out of a hot shower. Make note that lemon oil also has a brightening effect and works as a sun tan remover.
Myrtle Oil: The elixir is considered an effective remedy for acne and blackheads, because it works as a skin tonic that relaxes stress-induced blackheads; in this case, we are referring to the skin (not the mind or body) that is stressed. When you’ve had a series of hard days that have compromised your skincare routine, turn to myrtle oil.
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