We all have noticed those social media posts about simple home remedies to get rid of blackheads. While I have never tried them and can’t confirm if they work or not, some of these treatments can have some severe side effects. The problem is, doing a simple google search like “lemon juice for blackheads” will only result in giving you more confirmation that lemon juice is actually very suitable for your skin. The truth is, lemon juice is actually very dangerous.
Lemon Juice for your skin
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The main issue with lemon juice is the low pH, pure lemon juice has a pH of about 2 while your skin as a pH of 4.5-5. If you have never heard of pH before, it is a way to measure whether something is acidic or alkaline (basic). A pH of 12 is very basic, a pH of 0 means it is very acidic. Pure water is 7, the neutral on the index. Applying a product with a pH that differentiate too much from your skin will mean the active ingredients will not work and can even cause severe damage.
Lemon Juice having a pH of 2 means it is very acidic and can cause skin irritation and even chemical burns. If you have ever applied lemon juice before, you might remember this burning sensation on your skin. You probably thought this was because the product is working and the burning sensation is a good thing. It couldn’t be more off, the lemon juice was actually damaging your skin and having a negative effect.
Another side effect of Lemon Juice is the photosensitizing property. What this means is that when you walk in the sun after using it, the damaging UV rays from the sun will now do a lot more damage to your skin. So when you do use lemon juice, make sure to apply a sunscreen with SPF50 afterwards.
If you do want to use lemon juice for your skin, at least mix it with some milk to get the pH to a more reasonable level.
Put 3 tablespoons of milk and 5 teaspoons of squeezed lemon juice in a glass. Blend it with your spoon for a couple of seconds. Apply this substance to your face for about 25 minutes. Now wash it off with lukewarm water. Follow up with a moisturizer and sunscreen.
Baking Soda for your skin
While lemon juice can cause chemical burns because of its acidity, baking soda has another problem. The pH of baking soda is 9, which is double that of your skin. What this means is that when you apply baking soda on your skin, it will cause severe damage to your skin barrier. The main protector of your skin is your acidic mantle (skin barrier), that’s why your facial skin is a bit acidic.
Apply baking soda to your skin even once can cause enough damage for your skin to start breaking out. Applying baking soda regularly will completely destroy your acidic mantle, which means your skin is unable to defend itself and any bacteria can roam free.
If you do want to try baking soda to get rid of blackheads, at least mix it with some water to make it more neutral.
Put 1 tablespoon of baking soda in a glass and add some water to it. Mix it long enough so it becomes semi-liquid. Apply the substance to your face and leave it on for about 6 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water and apply your moisturizer.
Toothpaste for your skin
The pH of toothpastes vary a lot, but almost all of them are too basic for your skin. The side effects it has are similar to baking soda and could cause damage to your acidic mantle. The reason people use toothpaste is because when it solidifies it will take out all the impurities from your pores. While it might be a very effective way to get rid of blackheads, it’s not something you want to be using. The difference between toothpaste and baking soda is that toothpaste is more used as a spot treatment than a complete facial.
You will have to clean your face with a facial cleanser (so no bar soap). After you have washed and dried your face take a little bit of toothpaste and apply it to the spots where the blackheads are. Wait about 3 minutes for the toothpaste to solidify. Now gently rub off the toothpaste from your pores, you can use lukewarm after to make sure everything is off.
Olive Oil for your skin
By now you might be thinking that everything that has been told to you on social media is a lie. While most of it is, but some home remedies do work and olive oil is one of them! I love to use olive oil myself, it is a very effective way to get rid of blackheads and has a great smooth feeling to your skin. Just make sure to cleanse your face afterwards as otherwise you will be reflecting sunlight in your friends eyes.
Take 1 tablespoon of olive oil and apply it to dry skin. Rub it in for about a minute and wash it off with a washcloth and some lukewarm water. Wash your face with a mild cleanser and apply your moisturizer.
Egg White for your skin
Egg white can provide a short-term solution to your blackheads problem. While it will not pull out the dirt and dead skin cells from your pores.It will tighten them, making it harder for impurities to gather in them. It does push out some of the impurities while tightening, so while it doesn’t pull out the dirt, it does push it out.
Make sure you only got egg white and no yolk. Apply the egg white all over your face, wait until it is dry and peel it off. Wash your face with lukewarm water and apply your moisturizer.