Blackheads are a common form of acne vulgaris. They are black or yellow colored plugs that appear in enlarged pores. Because they are so common, there are several treatments available to get rid of them. However, most people have one of the best treatments for blackheads already in their kitchen. Lemons contain Alpha Hydroxy Acid, which is a key ingredient in most acne medications that naturally exfoliates the skin. Lemon juice offers a natural and effective remedy for blackheads.
Apply lemon juice directly to the face. Dip a cotton swab into pure lemon juice and apply it to the affected areas two to three times daily. It takes a few weeks to see a difference, but it clears up blackheads and whiteheads.
Make a mask. Mix 1/2 tsp. lemon juice with an egg white. Apply the mixture to the face and let it completely harden. Pull the mask off the face to remove blackheads. Don't wash the mask off, since this will not remove the blackheads. Splash the face with cool water and apply a dermatologist-approved lotion such as Cetaphil after removing the mask.
Mix it up. Juice a whole lemon and mix it with an equal amount of rose water. Apply the solution directly to the affected areas and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse the mixture off with cool water. Continue this treatment once a day for two weeks to see improvement in the complexion as well as a decrease in acne.
Try a rinse. Mix 1 part lemon juice to 5 parts warm water. Splash the mixture onto the face, then rinse with cool water. Continue this treatment daily to see a gradual reduction in blackheads.
Make a pack. Combine equal parts grounded and roasted pomegranate skin and lemon juice to form a paste. Apply the paste over the areas with blackheads, and leave it on overnight. Wash it off in the morning to reveal clearer skin. Continue the treatment nightly or every other night to see continued results.
Tips & Warnings
- Hold the head over a sink of hot water to open the pores before using a lemon juice treatment to increase its effectiveness.
- Never apply lemon juice to open sores.