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Say bye to blackheads

india Updated: Dec 08, 2008 16:09 IST
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A big problem of combination skin and oily skin is blackheads. Greasy skin is inclined to be shiny, with open pores and blackheads, that are a result of over-activity of the sebaceous glands.

Here are a few remedies to get rid of blackheads.

Treat your skin to a cleansing treatment by using a friction wash that cleans clogged pores with abrasive action. Moisten your face and hands with warm water. Put a teaspoon of cleansing granules in the palm, work them into a rich lather and apply to the face. Massage gently for few seconds. Concentrate on clogged pores and blackhead areas. Rinse off thoroughly with warm water.

Instead of soap use gram flour (equal quantities of gram and Bengal gram) mixed in milk or rice water. Scrub the paste on the body and rinse with clear water. This improves skin’s clarity.

Make a fine paste of turmeric and mustard seeds and apply on the spots each night. Keep them for a while and wash with water. The blackheads and acne spots fade away gradually day by day.

Mix some Milk of Magnesia (they are easily available in the market) and some water. Also add one drop of Lemon essential oil. Apply on the face and leave it for 10 minutes. Rinse off.

Dissolve a teaspoon of Epsom salts (Magnesium Sulphate) in a cup of hot water. Apply to the blackhead areas with cotton oil. A papaya-mint tea bag dissolved in a cup of hot water and applied on the blackhead areas also acts as a disencrusting lotion.

Dr Blossom Kochhar is aromatherapist, aesthetician and hair designer, Chair Person: Blossom Kochhar Beauty Products. She can be contacted at blossomkochhar@gmail.com