If you tend to have clogged pores or an oily sheen on your face most of the time, the last thing you might think to apply is more oil! However, cleansing your face with oil is proven to strip away dirt, makeup, sebum and other “bad oils.” Oil binds to this surface grime and washes it away with the cleanser. Blackheads are something we all develop, sometimes regularly in areas like our t-zone, but you can help lessen the frequency of them with these simple recipes at home.
*Beware that acne is often not a problem caused solely by surface clogging, but can be a bacterial problem or inflammation caused by hormones. So while these recipes can be beneficial for oily skin, they won’t necessarily treat acne. Some oils such as tea tree can be incorporated into your products however, as they are anti-bacterial.
Oil Cleanser for Blackhead-Prone Skin
- Jojoba Oil
- Tamanu Oil
- Frankincense essential oil – 9 drops per 2 ounce container
The ratio is 3 parts jojoba oil to 1 part tamanu oil. For every 2 ounces of oil you will add 9 drops of Frankincense essential oil, both toning for the skin, and reduces the appearance of large pores. Shake before each use and rub gently over forehead, t-zone area, cheeks and chin. Leave on for 1-2 minutes and then remove with a warm, wet wash cloth, lastly a final rinse of warm water.
Deep Cleansing Mask for Blackheads
Regularly using a deep cleansing mask designed to control oil accumulation in your pores is crucial to keeping blackheads at bay. While no mask can remove blackheads, that is done by manual extraction, it can help prevent them from developing. This mask should be applied at night once a week since the lemon juice can make skin photosensitive.
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 teaspoon clay
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
Beat egg white until fluffy and then add in the clay and lemon juice, mix well. It will form a paste which you will apply in your t-zone area, or any other areas that are prone to blackheads. If it’s a bit thick, which will depend on the type of clay you use, add a 1/2 teaspoon of water. After 10 minutes rinse with warm water.