Blackheads and Dark Circles- Two Common Cosmetic Problems


To put it quite simply and non-mechanical, Blackheads are little bumps embedded in to the pores of our skin. They are usually yellowish or blackish in color. Blackheads are type of acne called an open come done. According to medical practitioners, Blackheads are the first stage of acne, forming before bacteria invade the pores of our skin, which in turn results in infection and inflammation ( otherwise know as the pimple). These lesions typically develop after puberty. When hormones spurning in to the body and skin. The excess hormones in the skin results in stimulations of the oil gland (called the sebaceous glands). This simulations leads to excess oil gets occluded in the pores resulting in a ball of accumulated oil which, exposed to air, turns black in color. There are many conditions that may cause or even worsen blackheads. Some of these causes are the use of topical oils and the use of makeup. While blackheads are present in almost any skin type, they are most likely to develop on people with very oily skin.

What causes Blackheads?

As previously stated, blackheads usually develop when skin produces too much oil. A major factor contributing to excess oil production is the onset of puberty. At this time, hormones become unregulated due to a by product called dihydro testosterone or DHT. This hormone result in the over activity of the oil gland which then results in clogged pores.

Another common cause of the appearance of blackhead is that day skin has not been cleaned thoroughly.

When skin is not aliened properly, dead skin cells accumulate within the pores. These dead cells then results in oil build up, which we already know causes blackheads to from. Yet another cause of clogged pores is the use of too much makeup. Excessive use of moisturizes, foundations on sun screens can also have the same effect as the overuse of makeup.

A good rule of thumb to always follow is that whatever is it you put on your face throughout the day, be sure to take it to off before going to sleep at night. Although though cleansing is essential, Over-scrubbing or the reason for skin’s anomalies and litigation. Although excessive oil is not beneficial, our skin needs a small amount to stay healthy. Too much scrubbing or irritation of the skin will result in reflex over activity of the oil gland. This will result in increased oil productions and clogging of the pores, which, in turn, aggravates acne.

Prevention with Regular Cleansing

Regular cleansing is recommended to everyone, whether blackheads are present or not. Initial symptoms of blackheads are not visible to the naked eye. As we spoke about earlier, if your skin is left unclean, more dirt is attracted to the skin. What starts out as yellow blackheads then turns in to black, hard bumps which are difficult to extract. For this reason is always suggested to keep skin cleaned thoroughly.

How to Get Rid of Blackheads

You can extract blackheads yourself if there is no sing of infection on or surrounding the blemish. If attempting to extract the blackhead yourself, always be sure to use sterile materials. It is also advised to be certain your environment is extremely clean. As suggested by skin experts, the first step would be to steam your skin for several minutes. The best way to this is to place your face over a bowl of very hot water. It is also recommended to hold a towel over your head to keep in the steam. This will loosen the pores and make the extraction process less painful. Be careful not to scald yourself.

It is preferable to use a flat blackhead remover, or a come done extractor to remover blackheads. You can find this product at any beauty store. It is highly recommended not to attempt to extract aggravated, inflamed or infected acne lesions since this will worsen the acne and can cause scaring.

Home Remedies

1) Steaming can be done as often as twice a week but for no longer than 10 minutes at a time. This is a great why to clean out pores and loosen blackheads.

2) Make a paste of ground radish seeds with water and apply on face to remove blackheads.

3) Use an oatmeal or almond mask thoroughly to cleanse your face. Mix either oatmeal or almond powder with enough rose water to make a soft paste that spreads easily on the skin. Rub it on your skin with your fingertips, paying special attention the problem areas. Leaves to dry for about 15 minutes and than rinse off with cold water. This is very good in getting rid of blackheads.

4) Combine equal parts baking soda and water in your hand and rub gently on your skin for 2 to 3 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

5) A solution made out of one and a half cups of hot water and half a tablespoon of boric powder is an ideal remedy for blackheads, Saturate a face napkin in this hot solution and press on to the skin, repeat twice. Extract blackheads carefully with a blackhead remove and sterilized cotton wool. Pat on astringent.

6) Rub bitter guard gently on your face to peel them off ever. Do it once a day for nearly 3-5 days.

7) For ¼ cup boiling water adds 1 tsp of Epsom salt and there drops of iodine. Let the mixture cool until it’s comfortable to the touch. Saturate a cotton ball with this mixture and dab on blackheads. This method will help them to loosen, so that they can be easily squeezed with a gauze pad.

8) Warm a little honey and apply on the affected areas. Wash of after 10-15 minutes

9) Apply undiluted lemon juice, two to three times a day.

10) Wash the skin gentle, natural exfoliating product and pat the skin dry. Later steam your face with boiling water, and a few drops of tea tree oil to open the pores and soften the skin. Apply a clay mask, such as betonies clay or seaweed clay mask to absorb the oil in blocked pore. Leave it for more than 10 min and rinse of with warm water.

11) Remember, the best way to remove Blackheads is to be gentle and soft. An overly stress on the face will only force the blockage deeper in to the skin, causing many skin infection.

Dark circles under Eyes or Dark Circles Beneath eyes

Dark circles under eyes are very common beauty complaint. Nice out of 10 people have dark circles under their eyes at one time or another. How dark circles under eyes are caused? The skin under our eyes is very thin and wrinkled. The veins below this thin skin start looking prominent. Thus the wrinkles and prominent veins from dark circles. Some times pigmentation also causes dark circles.

Causes of dark Circles under eyes

Age, Over exposure to sum, Lack of sleep, Lack of nutrients, Allergies, Eczema, Asthma,Hereditary, Fatigue, Chronic diseases, Pregnancy, Menstruation.

Ayurveda guide for dark circles under eyes

The Ayurveda remedy for dark circle consists of two steps.

1. Body detoxification.

2. Skin rejuvenation

Dark circles under the eyes are often formed due to accumulation of toxins in body. Ayurvedic body cleansers (Herbal body cleansers) expel these toxins and purify the blood. The herbal under eye gel, when applied superficially, the skin is rejuvenated. The herbal under eye gel also reduces the wrinkles below eyes and nourishes and tones the delicate skin around the eyes.

Causes of Under Eye Dark Circles

1. Lack of sleep.

2. Inherited condition having a family with the kind of skin that makes dark circles more


3. Fluid retention which causes puffiness that may cast shadows.

4. Aging which thins and relaxes the skin around the eyes.

Dark Circles-Treatments and Remedies

1) Dark Circles can be removed by applying peeled and grated potato overnight at least three times a week.

2) Make cotton pads and dip them in cucumber juice. Place on your eyes for 15 minutes. The effect is cooling and relaxes your eyes.

3) Massaging eyes with almond oil is of great help. Massage at bed time daily, and in two weeks you will see the difference.

4) Dark circles can be removed by doing pranayamdailly for at least five minutes.

5) Pressing the mount below index finger of the palm is good for eyesight and removing dark circles.

6) When stressed, keep your eyes covered with cucumber slices for some time.

7) Dip cotton balls in rose water and keep for 5-10 minutes.

8) Drink as much water as you can drink.

9) Dip cotton balls in chilled water and keep for 5-10 minutes on the eyes.

10) Take a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and avoid reading late at night, lying down

11) Every morning, after washing your face, gently apply mixture of equal parts of tomato and lime juice; wash after half an hour.

12) Alternate hot and cold compresses under your eyes for 10 minutes. Then apply a teaspoon of lime juice on the dark surface every night before going to bed.