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Like all blemishes, blackheads can make you feel self-conscious and less than attractive. Blackheads occur when pores and hair follicles are larger than normal, resulting in the trapping of sebum that forms a plug. The black color occurs from oxidation of melanin in the skin. Blackheads are more common for those with oily skin, and they can form on the chin, nose, neck, chest and back. Exfoliation of dead skin cells is key in getting rid of these annoying, unsightly blemishes. One of the most successful, natural home remedies for treating blackheads includes the use of Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, which is readily available at your local drug store.
Measure 1/4 cup hot water and pour it in the bowl. Add one teaspoon Epsom salt, and mix well. Add four drops of iodine. Allow the mixture to cool.
Soak several cotton balls in the solution, and apply to the affected area of the body. If you're dealing with blackheads in a hard to reach place, such as your back, ask a friend or partner for help.
Let the Epsom salt mixture dry completely on the skin. Wet a clean washcloth with warm water, and wipe the area clean. Repeat several times a week, or whenever you notice a blackhead in your skin.
If this home remedy doesn't get rid of your blackheads or you notice an increase in the number of blackheads, make an appointment with a dermatologist to address other treatment options.
Resist the temptation to squeeze blackheads as this can cause trauma to the skin and release pus and bacteria into your bloodstream, which can cause infection.