However tempting it is to pop them, it's the worst thing you can do - here are the better ways to banish spots including blackheads and cysts
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You wake up, look in the mirror and to your horror there's a big pimple staring back at you.
There's nothing worse than being faced with an angry spot, they're a nuisance that seemingly appear overnight but take ages to get rid of.
Instead of giving into the temptation and popping it, take a look at what kind you have and how to get rid of it for good.
Methods for getting rid of spots
1. Honey and cinnamon
Honey is great for getting rid of spots. It has a natural antibiotic and pulls out dirt from open pores. Mix a tablespoon of honey with 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon and use your fingers to dab it on to dry skin. Rub it in a circular motion for three minutes and wash off with warm water.
2. Egg-white mask
Egg-whites tighten pores and pull out any clogged dirt. Remove yolks from two eggs and spread it into a thin layer on your face.
Give it two minutes to dry, then add the remaining whites in a second layer. Give it 10-15minutes to dry, or until the egg-white is smooth to the touch. Use warm water to rinse off your face.
3. Make a clay mask
You can buy cosmetic clay in powder form. It dries out the skin and removes any residues on the skin.
Mix a tablespoon of powdered clay with apple cider vinegar to make a paste, and spread it over your face.
Leave for 10-15minutes until it is dry and wash off with warm water.
4. Oatmeal and yoghurt
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Yoghurt has lactic acid and oatmeal calms the skin - both create a blackhead fixing mixture.
Mix three tablespoons yoghurt, two tablespoons oats and a few drops of lemon juice and olive oil.
Mix between your fingers and dab onto the affected area.
Set for 10 minutes and rise with warm water.
5. Turmeric and mint juice
Use the kitchen stores and clean out dirty pores.
Brew a mint tea and allow it to cool. Add two tablespoons of the mixture with a tablespoon of turmeric powder.
Apply to the face and leave for 10 minutes, rinse off with warm water.
What causes blackheads
Sebaceous glands are glands in your skin that secrete an oily or waxy matter, called sebum.
Sebum is there to waterproof your skin and lubricate it, but it can build up with bacteria and dead skin cells to clog up your pores causing bumps under the skin.
If the pore stays open after being plugged with dirt and sebum it looks black.
If the pore is closed after being filled up with the impurities it becomes white.
- Never pop or pick at them as this adds more dirt and bacteria.
- You should also avoid using abrasive exfoliants as it can irritate the skin. Try using oatmeal as a gentle exfoliant if you have sensitive skin.
- Make sure you wash your pillowcase too as these retain the dead skin cells and excess oil from your face. Wash them at least once a week.
- As well as the usual pharmacy products there are some home remedies you can try.
- Honey is a natural antibiotic
What causes papules and pustules
The dirt gets trapped under the skin
Sometimes clogged pores become so irritated their walls break causing large spots to appear. These are called papules and pustules.
Papules are hard when you touch them, and if you have several in one place it can feel as if the skin is like sandpaper. They often appear in clusters.
Pustules are yellowish and have fluid in them - similar to a blister. The pus comes from the breakdown of inflammatory cells that the body produces to fight infection.
How to treat them
It's best to use a product on them, most have the same ingredients - Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. It works by killing the bacteria inside the face pores.
Home remedies can work too, here are a few suggestions:
- Cabbage and olive oil - Crush cabbage leaves and mix with olive oil to apply to the skin.
- Aloe Vera - use juice on the affected area.
- Tomatoes - apply the pulp of ripe tomatoes on your face, leave for an hour.
Nodules and cysts
Nodules are hard spots
When pores are clogged they swell, and infection spreads in the skin. Nodules are hard and quite painful, while cysts are soft and contain pus.
How to treat them
The best thing is to check with the doctor if you regularly get nodules as treating them yourself can lead to scarring.
As a last resort - how to pop it the right way
- Firstly, never ever squeeze it.
- Squeezing destroys all the healthy tissue. Instead use a needle cleaned with alcohol.
- Place the needle parallel to the skin and then pierce the spot from one side to another - like you would a skewer in a kebab.
- Then you rip upwards.