1 ) What are blackheads?
Blackheads are small bumps that appear on your skin due to clogged hair follicles. These bumps are called “blackheads” because the surface looks dark or black.
2 ) Do they appear only on your face?
Blackheads are a mild type of acne that usually form on the face, but they can also appear on the back, chest, neck, arms, and shoulders.
3 ) What causes blackheads?
“Blackheads form when a clog or plug develops in the opening of hair follicles in your skin. Each follicle contains one hair and a sebaceous gland that produces oil, called sebum, which helps keep your skin soft. Dead skin cells and oils collect in the opening to the skin follicle, producing a bump called a comedone. If the skin over the bump stays closed, the bump is called a whitehead. When the skin over the bump opens, exposure to the air causes it to look black and a blackhead forms.”
Some factors can increase your chances of developing acne and blackheads, including:
- producing too much body oil
- buildup of the p. acnes bacteria (propionibacterium acnes) on the skin
- irritation of the hair follicles when dead skins cells don’t shed on a regular basis
- undergoing hormonal changes that cause an increase in oil production during the teen years, during menstruation, or while taking birth control pills
- taking certain drugs, such as corticosteroids, lithium, or androgens
Some people believe what you eat or drink can affect acne. Dairy products and foods such as carbohydrates that increase blood sugar levels may play a part in triggering acne, but researchers aren’t convinced that there is a strong connection.
I use a face mask that I make on my own. I saw this somewhere on the internet a few months back and I’ve been using this homemade mask since then and it’s working wonders. I don’t have many blackheads but I do have oily skin now since I started using makeup. This mask gets rid off all that dirt and the oil for atleast a week or two. So I use this mask at least twice a month. Here is how you make this mask!
What you will need –
- 1 ½ tbsp of milk
- ¼ tsp of unflavoured gelatin
- A bowl for mixing
- A brush for applying the mask
How to prepare the mask –
- Combine the milk and gelatin in a bowl.
- Place the bowl in the microwave for a minute or two. The gelatin should melt fully and it should look something like this –
- Let the mix cool for a minute and then, start applying this on your face. Please remember if you have facial hair, this mask is going to rip it out, so it can be painful. I apply this around my nose as well as my chin. It does a really good job of getting all the junk out of your pores 😀
TIP – Wash your face with warm water. This will help open up your pores so that the mask can remove maximum amount of the dirt and oil in your pores.
- After you’re done applying the mask on your face, take a selfie(:D ) and let the mask dry. Mask sure to lie down because this mask can leak all over your clothes.
- You’ll know when it’s time to peel the mask off. The mask makes your face really tight when it’s dry and it also makes it difficult to talk. If you feel this way then it’s time to peel that baby off! 😀
- Make sure to peel the mask off from the bottom. Start from the bottom and peel upwards. You know how we’re supposed to shave from the opposite side the hair grows? It’s the same logic here. It removes your blackheads and whiteheads as thoroughly as it can 😀
So I hope you enjoyed my DIY blackhead mask. Let me know how this works for you! 😀
Until next time. Ciao~