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12 Natural Remedies To Get Rid Of Blackheads Quickly

12 Natural Remedies To Get Rid Of Blackheads Quickly

First of all, let’s clear up the myth that blackheads are caused by a dirty face. This has been believed by many people for years, causing much embarrassment for people who get blackheads a lot. They happen to people who have bigger pores and over-zealous sebum glands. Sweat and dirt do get in the pores more easily because they are open, and this, along with too much sebum causes blackheads to form. Thankfully, there are a few remedies you can make at home to get rid of blackheads:

1. Fight Oil With Oil 

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    Please note, this remedy works better on people who have dry skin. If you have oily skin, coconut oil may still work but it can also cause breakouts. Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and is actually very effective at cleaning (dry) faces. It may sound counter-productive to apply oil when excess oil caused the problem in the first place, but using good oil to counter the “bad” oil actually helps the problem.

    • Boil water and pour into a bowl
    • Wash your hands and massage organic, cold-pressed coconut oil into your skin in a circular motion
    • Steam your pores for 5 minutes by putting your face over the hot water with a towel over your head to trap the steam (be careful not to burn yourself)
    • Give your skin another quick massage and wipe any excess oil off with a clean towel
    • Splash some cold water on your skin to seal the deal and close the pores

    2. Get Rid of Blackheads With Baking Soda

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      Baking soda is a very versatile ingredient. Not only does it clean the air in your fridge, it can also clean your hair, skin and pores. It is also probably the cheapest and easiest way to eliminate blackheads. Although baking soda is effective, you should not apply this treatment more than a couple of times per week because too much of it won’t be good for your skin.

      • Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with enough filtered or mineral water to make a paste
      • Gently massage a generous portion onto your blackheads and let it sit a few minutes
      • Rinse off with warm water

      3. Surprisingly, Cinnamon!

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        Cinnamon is another common household ingredient that is fast becoming a beauty and health trend, and for good reason. Cinnamon has so many great benefits for the inside and outside of the body, and blackhead removal is one of them.

        • Mix 1 teaspoon of cinnamon with lemon juice to form a paste
        • Apply the paste onto the blackheads and leave for  minutes
        • Rinse it off and repeat daily until the blackheads are gone

        4. Egg Whites Can Get Rid of Blackheads

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          Egg whites contain nutrients that are great for your skin, and applied as a face mask, they can also tighten your pores (temporarily) and remove blackheads. This treatment will take up a little more time than most, but the nutrients the egg whites will give your skin are worth the time.

          • Separate 1 to 2 eggs and whip egg whites until mixed together
          • Rinse your face with clean water and dry
          • Apply 1 layer egg whites to affected area or entire face and wait until dry
          • Apply another layer and wait until dry – do this up to 5 times, but make sure each layer is dry before applying the next
          • Wash the egg off and apply moisturizer
          • Repeat as needed

          5. Essential Oils Will Do the Trick

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            There are a few oils that help get rid of blackheads but Tea Tree and Lavender essential oils are the top 2 on the list. Both are safe to apply directly to the affected area in small amounts, but if your have sensitive skin, you can dilute the oil.

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            • Apply one drop of pure, organic Tea Tree or Lavender essential oil to the affected area or add 1 to 4 drops to a teaspoon of a carrier oil such as coconut, almond or olive oil
            • Gently massage onto skin
            • Repeat as necessary
            • Add Peppermint essential oil to your face wash to help tighten pores.

            6. Apple Cider Vinegar, the Jack of All Trades

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              Apple cider vinegar, or ACV as it is lovingly known by its many patrons, can be used for many ailments, both inside and outside the body. Removing blackheads in on that extensive list, and paired with mint, this combination is an effective treatment.

              • Start with organic, pure acv (Bragg’s is a popular brand)
              • Pour 1 cup of water into a bottle and add 3 tablespoons of acv and 3 tablespoons of crushed mint leaves
              • Put the cover on the bottle and let this mixture sit in a cool, dark area for 1 week
              • Then strain the mixture into another container, add another cup of water and place in the fridge for 5 to 6 days
              • With cotton balls, apply to a clean face every evening
              • You can leave it on without rinsing for a few hours or even overnight

              7. Lemon is Effective in Eliminating Blackheads

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                Lemon will clean out your pores, help to tighten them (temporarily) and restore and balance the ph levels of your skin. Lemons are small but very powerful and your skin will thank you for using them.

                • Use lemon alone or add a drop of honey if you prefer
                • Cut lemon into thick slices (if adding honey, put a drop on 1 lemon slice)
                • Gently rub the lemon on the affected area or your entire face if you prefer
                • After 10 minutes, rinse with warm water
                • Repeat a couple times a week as needed

                8. Green Tea Can Get Rid of Blackheads

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                  We have all heard the many benefits of drinking green tea, but did you know it was good for your skin as well? Using green tea leaves, you can clean your pores, tone your skin and wash your face all at the same time.

                  • Gently crush one teaspoon of dry green tea leaves and add enough water to create a paste
                  • Massage paste over the blackheads for 5 minutes
                  • Wash off with warm water
                  • For added benefits, use brewed green tea as a facial toner by applying with cotton balls

                  9. Raw Honey (Plus One) Will Remove Blackheads

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                    There are too many vitamins and minerals in raw honey to list, and because of this, organic raw honey makes a great “medicine” for many ailments, including blackheads.

                    • Start with 1 tablespoon of organic, raw honey and add lemon juice or acv (Lemon appears to be the addition of choice for most, but acv will work as well)
                    • Mix into a paste
                    • Massage onto the affected area and let it sit for 15 minutes
                    • Rinse off with warm water and moisturize
                    • Repeat no more than twice per week as needed

                    10. Raw Honey Mixed With Coconut Oil

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                      If you aren’t sure it will be safe for you to apply coconut oil to your face, try a spot test first, and if it doesn’t explode with pimples, you should be fine to try this blackhead treatment.

                      • Mix 1 tablespoon of organic, raw honey with organic, cold-pressed coconut oil until it looks like cloudy honey
                      • Apply mixture on blackheads or entire face and leave for 15 minutes
                      • Rinse with warm water and it is safe to repeat daily if needed

                      11. Make a Paste With Flour & Honey

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                        You can use regular honey for this treatment, because it would be challenging to mix raw honey with a dry substance like flour. This mixture is safe to use for your face and is effective at removing blackheads.

                        • Mix 1 tablespoon of flour with honey until a paste is able to be formed
                        • Apply to affected area and let it sit for 20 minutes
                        • Wash off with warm water and repeat as needed

                        12. Everyone Owns Toothpaste & Salt

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                          This combination is not something you would normally think to put together, but it does effectively remove blackheads. This is a simple treatment that everyone has in their home at all times, and it is easy to make. You should see immediate results!

                          • Mix 1 teaspoon of table salt with toothpaste until it can be applied to your face (do NOT use sea salt)
                          • Wash your face as you would normally and don’t wait for your skin to dry
                          • Rub it into the affected area for 1 minute
                          • Rinse off with warm water and take a look at the results
                          • Do not repeat this treatment regularly, as toothpaste  is not the best thing to be putting on your face

                          Featured photo credit: O.Bellini via shutterstock.com

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                          Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                          7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                          7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                          Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                          Video Summary

                          Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                          There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                          This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                          Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                          In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                          One Exercise, multiple benefits

                          There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                          By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                          When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                          Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                          In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                          What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                          What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                            1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                            Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                            • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                            • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                            • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                            • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                            2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                              Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                              Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                              3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                  Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                  A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                  A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                  On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                  5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                    Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                    6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                      Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                      7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                        Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                        How to hold a plank position

                                        1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                        2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                        3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                        4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                        5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                        6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                        7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                        Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                        Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                          How to improve your plank time gradually

                                          1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                          2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                          3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                          Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                          Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                          You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                          • Prolapse
                                          • After prolapse surgery
                                          • Pelvic pain conditions
                                          • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                          • Previous childbirth
                                          • Overweight

                                          Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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