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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 October 16, 2018

                          The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                          The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                          It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

                          If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

                          One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

                          Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

                          In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

                          Why you can’t sleep through the night

                          The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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                          Stress

                          If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

                          Exposure to blue light before sleep time

                          We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

                          While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

                          Eating close to bedtime

                          Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

                          Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

                          Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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                          Medical conditions

                          In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

                          The vicious sleep cycle

                          The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

                          Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

                          You get a bad night’s sleep
                          –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
                          –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
                          –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                            You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                            How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                            To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                            1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                            What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                            Here are a few suggestions:

                            • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                            • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                            • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                            • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                            • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                            2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                            What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                            • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                            • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                            • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                            • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                            3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                            Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                            Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                            Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                            Sleep better form now on

                            Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                            I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                            As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

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