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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 13, 2020

                          12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

                          12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

                          As a mediation teacher, I am constantly confronted with these two questions regarding the benefits of meditation:

                          1. Why can’t I enjoy the benefits of meditation continuously?

                          I ask back: Is it maybe because you see mediation as a technique, performance, or some exclusive activity? The answer is: yes!

                          Or, because your mind is constantly evolving on the past negative attachments and traditional habits? After careful thinking they answer: yes, probably!

                          Although meditation is very simple and challenging at the same time, in the above mentioned case, it’s not easy to benefit from meditation, especially when approached with the idea that it has to be learned, studied, or applied. Meditation is to be seen as a natural, mental cleansing process that happens on a basis of awareness on a moment-to-moment experience. When that takes place, the benefits of meditation are continuous.

                          2. What is the purpose of meditation?

                          The purpose of meditation is to accomplish a level of consciousness for mastering the mind and uniting with the finest, deepest, and subtlest part of yourself as a being.

                          It is a conscious process of observation of the mind—helping the meditator to understand the structure of its mind and the quality of its content. During this process, countless benefits of a physical, mental, and spiritual/philosophical nature arise for the meditator.

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                          Meditation as a Fixer and Benefactor

                          In this article we’ll have a look at the primary and the ultimate benefits of mediation, which improve your body and mind at the same time. For the sake of clarity, readability, and tangible experience, I have separated the benefits into three groups.

                          You can change just about anything you don’t like about yourself (psychologically, as well as physically) through meditation. However, this is only possible with a specific approach, when your brain allows the benefits of meditation to do their work.

                          This means not to interrupt the benefit with other thoughts, but to let their effect implement itself in your body and mind. This approach is crucial.

                          The following exercises will make you feel the benefits of meditation instantly, but the continuity of the benefits of meditation on your body and mind depend on the discipline of your brain, how you manage external stimuli and your thoughts.

                          Less Physical, More Psychological

                          Even though the practice of meditation is more psychological and less physical, the first benefit we’re going to experience is both physical as well as mental.

                          This benefit happens literally immediately, right at the moment of meditation. It is the essence of mediation basically.

                          The First Benefit of Meditation

                          The first benefit of meditation is twofold:

                          1. Improving inward attention (sharpening the mind)
                          2. Relaxation of the body

                          Let’s do it right now. This benefit consists of only one step, and it is very simple to perform. It goes like this:

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                          Sit still and pay attention to your exhalation.

                          That’s it! Technically, the whole journey into the world of mediation begins here and nowhere else. And right here, you benefit from this step in the following way:

                          When you pay attention to the flow of your exhalation (gentle, deep, effortless exhalation), your body begins with the process of relaxation instantly (your heart rate slows down, your nervous system calms, and tension in your muscles is relieved).

                          When the nervous system calms, your mind calms down, and, more specifically, less thoughts are produced by your mind. How, exactly? By applying one of the most valuable mental skills—attention—the mind follows the breathing and has no space and time to generate any other thoughts. Only when the attention goes off the breath, other thoughts are constructed, and the mind is accelerating with thought production again.

                          Keeping the First Benefit Effective and Ongoing

                          Here you apply the approach of not letting the relaxation and attention process get interrupted; rather let the effects of these benefits implant in your body and mind as deeply as possible.

                          This is to say, the instant relaxation and inward attention happen at the same time when you follow the flow of your breath. Repeating this process—creating a constant rhythm out of the breathing and the attention—you create a process of meditation.

                          Keep your attention on the flow of your breath and see how the calmness of body and mind begin to rule your present moment. The longer you stay connected to your breathing, the stronger you’ll feel the benefit. Start with 3-5 minutes at a time without doing anything else, and increase to 10-20 minutes and onwards.

                          Can you think of a better, simpler and quicker exercise that can relax the body and improve attention in this way, at this speed?

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                          This benefit takes you to the second one.

                          The Second Benefit of Meditation

                          While still working with the first benefit of mediation, you slowly start to see the second benefit of mediation, which is fourfold. I call it the major value of mediation:

                          1. Energy (physical and mental strength)
                          2. Observance
                          3. Peacefulness (stillness, and space of mind for deeper observation)
                          4. Patience

                          Peacefulness is the source of a blissful life. The energy is the fuel to express that blissfulness. Whatever we want to accomplish in life we need: 1) Physical and mental strength, 2) Observance of that energy, 3) Peacefulness—the calmness and stillness that creates space for freedom of being and creative thinking, and 4) Patience for the process of accomplishment.

                          You can only get creative in thinking and boosted with physical and mental energy when you get in touch with the deepest levels of yourself—when you harmonize your mental and physiological activities. How do you do that? Let’s try it right now:

                          This step involves the observation of the two separate movements of your breath. After paying attention on your exhalation, you have prepared your body and mind to really see and feel what true peacefulness and true energy means.

                          1. Energy

                          Keep your attention on your inhalation (inhaling gently, deeply and lightly) and feel the new energy (new oxygen) flowing in your body. The inhalation is the symbol for aliveness and vitality. It is the the primary act that connects the baby’s body with the outside world after coming out of the womb[1]. Each inhalation is a new opportunity for your body to revive, regenerate, and renew itself.

                          2. Observance

                          The observance comes during the process of meditation, enabling you to see the physiological benefits of introducing new energy to your body. Use that benefit by utilizing its effects, and create deeper observation into yourself. With every single inhalation, this observation will enable you to generate even more energy, mentally and physically.

                          3. Peacefulness

                          Keep your attention on your exhalation, and feel how, out of the relaxation, peacefulness is spreading throughout your whole body. The exhalation is the symbol for relaxation and peacefulness. Only through meditation can you realize what absolute peacefulness means.

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                          4. Patience

                          The meditation delivers the previous benefits to you immediately and opens up the possibility for many other benefits and great virtues. A specific one to mention, which is essential for reaching the ultimate benefits of meditation, is patience. If you have experienced the aforementioned benefits, it means that you have invested a certain amount of patience into mastering yourself and your mind.

                          The Ultimate Benefits of Meditation

                          Patience is a key quality when it comes to the ultimate benefits of meditation.

                          Since the mind is the tool that reveals everything, mediation is the method for the proper utility of the tool.

                          The above mentioned benefits of mediation lead to the ultimate benefits of mediation—qualities that depict what makes a human being human. As you dwell in a meditative state of being, the following benefits begin to emanate:

                          • Diligence: the persistence for righteous effort to reach an intrinsic value; inner strength.
                          • Temperance: to express self-control and show excellence in managing the physio-biological and mental necessities
                          • Courage: using righteous effort and braveness to look into the weaknesses of yourself and at the hardship of your life, endure it and patiently overcome the obstacles
                          • Loving kindness and Compassion – a capacity to care, understand, and tolerate other people’s state of being, wishing them freedom from suffering.
                          • Wisdom: the moment when you feel that mediation gives you the feeling and the knowledge that what you do relating to life and practical affairs is just.
                          • Equanimity: that puts you in a state of composure, and you experience an ongoing blissful state of being.

                          These are the 6 ultimate benefits of meditation that put your body and mind in a state of health and balance.

                          Final Thoughts

                          Mediation exists to put order in your mind and awaken the best of you, to reconnect you to your goodness and your inborn intelligent capabilities.

                          Meditation is the window to your true Self. It gives you a panoramic view of your heart’s greatness. It shows you the true meaning of love, freeing you from the dungeons of ignorance and despair. The power of meditation dismantles the evil that’s trying to cloud the beauty of your heart.

                          Your heart, body, and soul are the bridge over which the challenges of life frequently carry their heavy load. Meditation is the support of that bridge. Make use of that support.

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