Blackheads can get really unsightly, affecting your overall skin appearance and making it look dull and congested. But not to worry, you’re not alone in this battle against blackheads. It is a very common problem, among both males and females. So we’ve decided to compile some easy to prepare face masks which helps you say goodbye to blackheads…

Here are some DIY face masks that aid in blackhead removal: 

1. Baking Soda 
This is such an easily accessible ingredient, but yet so effective when it comes to removing blackheads.  Here’s how you can use baking soda to remove blackheads – mix baking soda with water to form a mixture of paste. Then apply it to your face and leave on for around 5- 10 minutes, before you start gently massaging and exfoliating your skin. Rinse off with warm water and say hello to a cleaner and smoother skin!

2. Lemon Juice & Sugar
Mix a few drops of lemon juice into a tablespoon of sugar, then gently spread the mixture on the affected areas of your face while massaging in circular motion. (Remember to be gentle as sugar is quite coarse and you don’t want to hurt your skin). Rinse off with warm water. Try to use this mask at night before you sleep as lemon and lemon juice may be drying for your skin, making it more vulnerable to sun damage. Also, always remember to use sunscreen after that and avoid sun activity for the next day.

3. Egg White
Add a teaspoon of honey into your egg white and apply the mixture onto affected areas. Leave on for about 5-10 minutes, then gently scrub it off using a warm damp cloth. Other than removing your blackheads, it also tightens your skin, so you can use this mask for your entire face as well 🙂

4. Oatmeal & Yoghurt
Mix 1 tablespoons of plain yoghurt, 1 tablespoon of oatmeal (finely ground) and a few drops of honey together. Apply the mask on your face and leave it on for around 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and voila, you’d have softer skin!

You can use the recommended masks once or twice a week (except the lemon juice & sugar mask as it may over dry the skin, so you might want to stick to 1 application per month) for best results! 😀

One of the most frustrating things that can happen to you is having a huge zit on your cheek, or even worse, on the tip of your nose just the night before an important event or party.

But fret not, because now, we are going to teach you a few easy home remedies that can help you fix these zits!

1. You can apply aloe vera gel on the affected area. Aloe vera has amazing healing properties that can help to repair and calm your irritated skin.

2. Crush Aspirins (you should be able to find it in any local pharmacy or supermarket) in a small bowl and add a few drops of warm water, aloe vera gel or honey to make it into a thick paste. Apply on the affected area and wash it off after it dries up.

3. Put a bit of baking soda in a bowl and mix it with water until it forms a thick paste. Then apply it onto the affected area and wash it off the next morning.

4. Squeeze some lemon juice and apply it to your entire face. Once it dries up, you can wash it off. You will experience, clearer and brighter skin after that.

5. You can also try using tea tree oil on the affected area before sleeping. It helps to calm and soothe inflammation, reduce infection and also prevent future zits from emerging.

Most importantly, you must bear in mind not to scratch or squeeze a zit. Excessive touching will only further irritate it, making it more inflamed and infected, resulting in an angrier looking zit. You should also avoid over-washing or over-scrubbing your zit. Doing so will only strip your skin of its natural oil to stay healthy. So remember to keep to the normal regime of washing your face twice a day, instead of attempting to “wash” off that zit of yours.

We all know it’s very tempting to pile loads of make up on the zit to give it maximum coverage. But it is also important to let your skin “breathe”. By piling make up on your zit, it will clog your pores even further and slow down the recovery process. So, please give your skin a chance to “breathe”, especially when it’s already infected.

Remember to follow these tips and remedies and you will be able to attend all important functions and events “zit free”!

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