Shahnaz Husain's tips on how to get rid of blackheads during pregnancy
Read on to know how to get rid of blackheads easily and naturally at home.
Many women find that their skin improves during pregnancy and takes on a healthy glow. This is due to hormonal changes. For some, however, skin problems get aggravated.
If there are any nutritional deficiencies, this may reflect on the skin, in terms of a pale and sallow complexion. Or, a particular skin type may get exaggerated, leading to skin problems.
A daily skin care routine should be followed, in keeping with individual requirements. An oily skin, for instance, needs deep pore cleansing, in order to reduce oiliness and avoid problems like blackhead, pimples, and acne.
Keeping the pores free of hardened sebum, the skin’s natural oil is actually a way of preventing acne. Oily skins tend to attract dirt and grime from the environment and these also collect in the pores along with the hardened oil.
Dealing with blackheads during pregnancy
A blackhead is a primary acne lesion. That is why the control of blackheads is a way of preventing acne. Blackheads are so common, yet many people do not know what they are.
They occur mainly on oily skin, or oily areas of combination skin, when oil collects in the pores and hardens into a plug. Since the pores are open, the tip of the hardened oil is exposed to the air. It oxidizes and turns black – hence the name blackheads.
The main part of dealing with blackheads is proper cleansing.
- Wash the face twice a day, morning and night, with a face wash or cleansing lotion, containing natural ingredients like tulsi, neem, sandalwood and so on.
- Wash with lukewarm water. After washing, wipe the blackhead prone areas and other oily areas with an Astringent lotion or a rose-based skin tonic.
- If you wish to use home remedies, apply cucumber juice.
- Astringents help to reduce oiliness and shrink the pores. During pregnancy, it is safer to use natural ingredients or home remedies.
- After washing in the morning, mix bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) with water into a paste and apply on the blackhead prone areas. Wash it off after 5 minutes.
- Use facial scrubs two or three times a week. Facial scrubs are easily available nowadays. Apply the scrub on the face and rub gently on the skin with small circular movements, especially on the areas with blackheads. Leave on for a few minutes and then wash off with water.
Homemade scrubs for blackheads
If you don’t want to use, scrubs from the market try and use these natural homemade scrubs to cleanse your skin and get rid of blackheads:
- Mix rice powder with rose water and use as a scrub.
- You can also mix oats with egg white and apply on the areas with blackheads twice a week. When it dries, moisten with water and rub gently. Then, wash off with water.
- Mix one teaspoon each of oats, wheat bran (choker), ground almonds with one teaspoon each of honey, curd and egg white. It should be a paste which does not drip. Apply on the face and wash it off after half an hour.
- To prevent blackheads, keep the skin free of surface oil. Astringent lotions help to reduce oiliness. Fuller’s Earth or Multani Mitti also helps. Mix it with rose water into a paste and apply on the face, avoiding the lips and area around eyes. Wash it off when it dries.
- If there are open pores, apply oats mixed with egg white and apply on the areas with open pores and blackheads two or three times a week. Wash it off when it dries.
- If you have an oily skin, avoid the use of oily creams and moisturizers. These can clog the pores and lead to blackheads.
- If your skin is prone to blackheads, go for clean-up treatments at a beauty salon, where cleansing and exfoliation will be done and blackheads will be extracted.
Blackhead extraction is a professional job and should be left to a trained therapist. Avoid pinching blackheads with the nails, as it can lead to infection. Remember that daily skin care is the only way to avoid skin problems. One must know the needs of one’s own skin and treat it accordingly, with appropriate products.