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Blackheads are caused when forming bacteria invades the surface of the skin, which eventually results in infection and irritation, more commonly known as a pimple. There are numerous products on the market that can help to get rid of blackheads, but if you want to go the natural, D.I.Y. route, a mixture of honey and vinegar, in conjunction with other natural ingredients, may help get rid of those pesky blackheads.
Honey is a natural astringent and vinegar is highly acidic. In combination, they may help to get rid of blackheads on the skin by cleansing dirt and killing bacteria. If you choose to use honey and vinegar on your skin, choose all-natural honey and vinegar without additional ingredients. Preservatives and other unnecessary ingredients may further irritate your skin.
Honey Purifying Mask
A honey purifying mask works to pull excess oil and dirt out of the skin, which can help clear up your blackheads. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, you can make your own blackhead clearing mask that includes honey and vinegar. To make the mask, combine 2 teaspoons aloe vera gel, 2 teaspoons honey, 2 teaspoons kaolin clay, 1/8 teaspoon vinegar and 2 drops lavender essential oil in a small, non-metallic mixing bowl. Stir the mixture and allow it to rest for 5 minutes. Apply the mask to your clean skin and leave it on for about 10 minutes before rinsing your skin with warm water.
Honey, Vinegar, Tea Tree and Rosemary Face Serum
If you have oily, acne-prone skin and blackheads, a honey, vinegar, tea tree and rosemary face serum may be beneficial to you. Tea tree oil can help break down hardened sebum and kill bacteria and rosemary can help regenerate skin cells, according to Barbara Close, author of “Pure Skin: Organic Beauty Basics.” To make the mixture, combine 1 oz. hazelnut oil, 1 oz. apricot kernel oil, 1/2 teaspoon honey, 6 drops rosemary essential oil, 5 drops tea tree oil and 4 drops white vinegar in a small bottle. Gently agitate the bottle to combine the mixture and put 3 or 4 drops on a clean cotton pad. Wipe the cotton pad on your face and allow the serum to dry completely.
Honey and vinegar can irritate your skin. If you have never used these ingredients before, you need to test them on a small area of skin that’s normally hidden under your clothes to make sure you don’t have any allergic reaction. That goes for pretty much all cosmetic mixtures, too. You don’t want to end up turning bright red.