Blackheads are the Worst, with a capital W. The occasional breakout and “bad skin day” are frustrating obstacles but otherwise manageable. Blackheads, however, are a breed of dilemma that usually calls for the drastic measure of plaster-like strips that rip the junk out of your pores in a satisfyingly barbaric kind of way. The problem with this common remedy is that it can damage the sensitive skin around your nose, and it doesn’t close up your pores (the initial problem), either. Fret not, my fellow victims of pesky blackheads, for we have a solution for you! When life gives you lemons (and baking soda), mix ‘em together and get rid of those blackheads once and for all.
For this DIY blackhead remedy mask you’ll need two ingredients: lemon juice and baking soda. That’s it. Using 1 teaspoon of lemon juice with 2 tablespoons of baking soda, mix the two together until you have a paste-like concoction. If the mixture is too thick, add another teaspoon of lemon juice, and if it’s too thin, add another tablespoon of baking soda. Apply the mixture on clean skin, working it into problem areas, and leave the mask on for 5 to 15 minutes. Once you rinse the mask off with warm water, you should notice a brighter, fresher glow to your skin, as well as less noticeable blackheads. The baking soda will exfoliate and cleanse the skin, and the citric acid in the lemon juice will brighten the skin as well as aid in clearing up breakouts and extracting impurities for the skin. By using this mask on a weekly basis, the size of your pores will shrink, the luminosity in your skin will increase, and you’ll have kissed those blackheads goodbye for Good, with a capital G!
– by Amanda Curran
DIY Blackhead Remedy Mask photo courtesy of Elke Vogelsang