Get rid of the oil:
Blackheads are caused due to overproduction of sebum and partially blocked skin pores by grime and dead skin cells. To get rid of the oily grime, wash your face with a pH balanced face wash with skin cleansing, rejuvenating and antioxidant properties. Look for ingredients such as aloe vera, turmeric, lemon oil, neem, camphor or clove oil.
Make a pack of 1 tsp lemon juice and half a tsp cinnamon powder and apply on the affected areas after cleansing your face. Allow it to stand for 15 minutes and wash off with cool water. Repeat this for a week. You may also use a mixture of 1 tsp fresh mint and coriander leaf juice with a pinch of turmeric powder for the same purpose.
Apply a mixture of sandalwood, turmeric, Fuller’s earth (multani mitti) and rose water two to three times a week to keep your facial skin cool, clean and free from blackheads and other imperfections. You may also use skin-nourishing cucumber or cabbage juice instead of rose water.
Regular exfoliation keeps dead skin built-up and excessive oils at bay. Use mild exfoliants containing jojoba oil and chickpea flour (besan) to keep your facial skin clean, supple and radiant.
Mix oatmeal powder with rose water to make a paste and apply gently as a face scrub.
With inputs from Dr Uma Singh, Ozone Ayurvedics