Blackheads are a common form of acne that plagues a lot of people. Dirt, body oil and pollution can clog the pores on your face when you fail to clean your face regularly. The pores become enlarged and remain open, making the blackheads very noticeable. There are various blackhead treatments that you can buy over the counter. One of the main ingredients in these commercial preparations is called alpha hydroxy acid of AHA which is found in one of the common fruits used in the kitchen – the lemon. It is an age-old practice to use lemon juice to remove blackheads before the advent of commercial skin treatment preparations. To get the most from the lemon juice in removing blackheads, take a look at the tips below.
- Squeeze the juice from a lemon. Place a small amount in a container and use a cotton bud dipped in the juice to apply it directly to the blackheads. Do this at least three times a day. You will be able to see visible results within a few weeks. Store the rest of the juice in the refrigerator. This will keep the juice fresh and ready to use the following day. Placing small amounts in a container will help keep the rest of the juice free from contaminant and body oils. You can also add a few drops of glycerin to the juice to make your skin smooth and shiny.
- Squeeze one lemon and measure the amount of juice that will be extracted. Mix it with an equal amount of rose water and blend. Apply the solution with a cotton ball directly to the areas with blackheads and allow the solution to stay on your face for about fifteen minutes before you rinse it off with cold water. It may take about two weeks of daily application of the lemon juice and rose water solution before the blackheads clear. This is a safer solution that will not leave your face with pink skin.
- Mix an egg white with a half teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to make a paste. Apply this all over your face like a mask and allow the mixture to harden. You can use a cotton ball or a brush to make the application even. You skin will feel tight as the mixture hardens. The mixture will penetrate the pores and adhere to the blackheads. Peel off the mask starting on the sides of your face and lift gently, taking the blackheads with it. Rinse your face with some cold water and apply a dermatologist-prescribed moisturizer.
- Make a spritz of one part fresh lemon juice to five parts warm water. Transfer the mixture into a plastic spray mister and use this to coat your face. Allow to stand for a few minutes before you rinse it off with cool water. Pat your face dry with a soft towel. Use this as maintenance to help prevent the formation of new blackheads.
- If pomegranates are in season you can use this in combination with the lemon juice to make a good face pack that you can apply at night. Dry and ground some pomegranate skin before roasting it. Add equal amounts of the ground skin with lemon juice to make a thick paste. Apply this on the parts of your face affected by acne, leave it on and wash it off in the morning. You will have clearer face and smoother skin. Your acne will gradually disappear. You can apply this pack every night or every other night until you have achieved your desired results.
Use warm water to wash your face prior to applying the lemon juice solution that you like. This will ensure that your pores are open and the lemon juice can penetrate the pores to lift the blackhead. Use the lemon juice solution to clean, unbroken skin. Do not apply to sores and scratches as the acid from the lemon juice can aggravate your skin.