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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

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                          Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                          Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                          Intermittent fasting weight loss is a type of diet that’s rapidly growing in popularity and becoming the way to lose weight. Scientists and nutrition experts like it, too. New books and articles on the topic are being published daily. Intermittent fasting is also popular with followers of the Paleo diet since our ancestors appear to have eaten this way for thousands of years.

                          I’ve been following this type of diet myself for 2 years. Doing so helped me lose and keep off 70 pounds without ever having to count calories, limit carbohydrates, or eat 6 to 7 meals a day.

                          This article teaches you all about intermittent fasting weight loss and details why it is one of the best weight loss diet hacks around. Once you finish, you will be able to implement into your diet and experience the benefits it offers almost immediately.

                          What Is Intermittent Fasting?

                          As you may have figured from its name, intermittent fasting weight loss is a diet plan where you set fasting periods during the day. This is usually between 16-20 consecutive hours, but it can be as little as 12 hours or as much as 24 hours (or even 36 hours).

                          While fasting you can eat and drink low calorie or calorie-free foods. Think coffee, tea, water, and vegetables.

                          The more time you spend fasting every day, the better your results. You can do these fasts as often as you like. Again, the more often you do so, the better[1].

                          Getting Started With Intermittent Fasting

                          Following this diet plan is super simple. All you have to do is choose a period of time during the day that you will fast. This should be between 16-20 hours.

                          The longer you fast each day, the better. Don’t worry about calorie restriction or measuring carbohydrates. Just focus on going about your day until it’s time to eat.

                          It’s best to choose a set period of time to conduct your fast. I like to fast from 8 PM to 4 PM the following afternoon. I’ll then have my first meal of the day and a snack or two a few hours later. Once 8 o’clock rolls around, it’s back to fasting.

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                          My experience with intermittent fasting is that it’s best to start with a 16 hour fast (i.e. 8PM one evening to 12PM the next day) for the first 1-2 weeks. Once you are comfortable with this schedule, you can increase the amount of time you spend fasting. Do this by adding 30 minutes to each fast until you get to where you are fasting for 20 hours at a time.

                          You don’t have to fast every day in the beginning either. You may be more comfortable breaking in slowly with 2 or 3 days per week, or trying alternate day fasting. Add additional days of intermittent fasting as you become more comfortable with this style of eating.

                          Tips To Make Intermittent Fasting Easier

                          1. Drink Plenty of Water

                          Squeeze a little lemon or lime juice into your water to help get rid of any cravings you experience. You can also drink coffee, tea, or other calorie-free beverages. After a few weeks, you will find that intermittent fasting keeps you from craving sugar entirely.

                          2. Take in Caffeine in the Morning and Early Afternoon

                          The caffeine in coffee and tea may actually make intermittent fasting weight loss a little easier since it’s good for curbing your appetite. Be careful not to overindulge as this may lead to you feeling a little too wired. I also recommend these natural energy boosting tips to keep you going during the day.

                          3. Avoid Artificially Flavored Drinks

                          One type of calorie-free drink that should be avoided are diet sodas and other beverages that use artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Sweet & Low. Studies show that the can actually stimulate your appetite[2] like a drink that contains sugar and cause you to overeat.

                          4. Don’t Gorge at Your First Meal

                          The first meal after your fast should be the amount of food you typically eat. Binging will only make you feel awful and diminish the benefits you get from the fast.

                          To avoid this, try creating meal plans, at least for the first few weeks. This will help you get into the rhythm of eating regularly portioned meals during your eating window.

                          5. Minimize Processed Carbohydrates and Sugars

                          While intermittent fasting does make it possible to eat a little looser than normal, you should still eat as little bread, pasta, rice, etc. as possible.

                          Focus instead on eating protein from beef, fish, or pork, carbohydrates from vegetables, fruit, and sweet potatoes, and healthy fats from foods like almonds, avocados, fish, and olive oil.

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                          You can find some carb sources that will aid your weight loss journey here.

                          How Intermittent Fasting Helps You Lose Weight

                          Eating this way has many benefits with regard to weight loss. The first is that when you’re fasting, your body will be forced to use its stored body fat for energy. Burning calories this way, instead of from the food you’re eating throughout the day, will help you experience significant weight loss, but specifically lose weight from any excess body fat you’re carrying.

                          This means that you won’t just be thinner, but you will also look better and be much healthier than if you lose weight the old-fashioned way[3].

                          Intermittent fasting can help optimize the release of the key fat-burning hormones in your body. This is especially true for the two most important hormones: human growth hormone (HGH) and insulin.

                          Human growth hormone plays a key role in turning on your body’s fat-burning furnace so that it gets the calories you need to work and play from stored body fat. Studies show that fasting can significantly increase the production of HGH[4].

                          The influence intermittent fasting weight loss has on insulin is just as impressive and possibly more important. Keeping your insulin levels low and steady is key to losing excess fat and keeping it off.

                          Diets that are rich in processed carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice) and simple sugars (candy, cookies, and soda) have the opposite effect. They cause your insulin levels to rapidly spike and then crash every time you eat one of these foods. The net result of this phenomenon is that your body will store more of what you eat as excess body fat instead of burning it off as energy.

                          Chronically elevating your insulin levels like this can also lead to the development of type II diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems. Intermittent fasting easily solves this problem.

                          One study found that men who participated in intermittent fasting had “dramatically lower insulin levels and significantly improved insulin sensitivity”[5].

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                          This happens because you’re not giving your body food, so it will not produce insulin, allowing insulin levels to balance out until you eat again. This helps your body stay in a calorie and fa-burning state. You’ll also find that it gives you more energy throughout the day.

                          Another great weight loss benefit of intermittent fasting is that hunger pangs and cravings that may normally plague you throughout the day will be reduced, if not altogether eliminated. This is probably due to its ability to balance your insulin and blood sugar levels and, in turn, help correct other hormonal imbalances.

                          Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss FAQs

                          Now that you know what intermittent fasting is and how to get started, it’s time to answer your other questions.

                          Below are answers to the questions frequently asked about intermittent fasting. These answers should help you and make getting started a lot easier.

                          How Much Weight Will I Lose?

                          The amount of weight you lose with fasting is determined by how often and long your fasts are, what you eat afterward, and other factors. Fasting for 16-20 hours a day can help you safely lose 2-3 pounds of fat every week.

                          While losing this much weight every week is great, it’s how it makes it happen that’s really cool. Losing weight with intermittent fasting means that you will never have to count calories or plan and prepare several meals a day.

                          Can I Work out While Fasting?

                          Yes, you can. In fact, doing the right type of workout while fasting will help you lose weight faster and even build muscle.

                          The best workouts to do while fasting for weight loss are 3-4 intense strength training workouts weekly. This means anything from standard strength training to kettlebell or body weight workouts.

                          Focus on doing 3-4 total body exercises per workout with as little rest as possible between sets. Doing this will help you burn more calories during and after your workout. You’ll also build muscle, which will help you look and feel better as the weight comes off.

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                          Won’t I Lose Muscle When I Fast?

                          First of all, you aren’t fasting long enough for your body to start breaking down muscle for energy. You have, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of calories from your stored body fat to use before that will begin to happen. Studies actually show that even after fasting for 3 days, no muscle is lost.

                          Is Fasting Safe?

                          As long as you are healthy, not pregnant, and aren’t taking medications, fasting is safe. Like all diets, you should discuss it with your doctor before beginning an intermittent fasting style of dieting.

                          I also feel that it may not be smart to follow this type of diet when you’re especially stressed. Since this diet can be a little stress-inducing at first, doing so when your ability to be relatively stress-free and rested probably isn’t a good idea.

                          Are There Any Supplements I Can Take to Make Fasting Easier?

                          As with any other weight loss plan, it’s a good idea to take a few nutritional supplements to ensure that your daily requirements are met. This includes a once or twice daily multi-vitamin, fish oil, and vitamin D.

                          I’ve also found taking 10 grams of branch chain amino acids before and after my workouts really helps, too. They’re great for giving you more energy during your workout and decreasing post-workout muscle soreness.

                          For supplements to specifically help with digestion, check out this article.

                          Conclusion

                          Now you know what intermittent fasting is and how it can help you lose weight quickly, safely, and pretty much effortlessly.

                          If you want to give it a try, find a fasting schedule that fits with you lifestyle and give it a go.

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