Eliminate black spots or comedones by touching them, squeezing them, poking them or bursting them… it’s a great temptation! However, this is what you really should not do, because when you touch the grains they could become inflamed or infected, a risk that increases due to the natural fat that exists in our hands and worst of all: permanent scars can be left! To understand why you should not touch the black dots to eliminate them and know the natural way to eliminate them, read this article.
WHAT ARE BLACK DOTS
Acne is the most common skin disease. It consists of obstructions of the hair follicles and sebaceous or obstructions in the pores of the skin. These obstructions are due to an interaction between the hormones, the natural fat of the skin, bacteria and dead cells.
Basically this happens because the sebaceous glands located in the dermis, the central layer of the skin, are attached to the hair follicles. The sebaceous glands secrete a natural fat that is responsible for carrying out the dead skin cells through the pores.
When for hormonal or other reasons the glands secrete more sebum than usual, the hair follicles become blocked and a proliferation of a bacterium called Propionibacterium acnes occurs which is normally found in said follicle. The bacterium interacts with dry sebum and makes it an irritant to the skin.
Clogged pores can remain open or close. When they remain open, the upper layer darkens due to the contact of oxygen with excess sebum and the dreaded black point is formed. The good news is that blackheads are the most basic acne lesions since they are not infected.
The causes are diverse, because although we associate acne to puberty as well explained by this primer from the Nemours Foundation, this problem can occur at other stages of life, for example during menstruation or pregnancy. If a person has a tendency to suffer from acne, some medications such as corticosteroids and anabolics can make it worse. Cosmetics clog pores in the skin contributing to worsen acne. Too tight clothing and perspiration can cause acne. High glycemic index diets and dairy products could contribute to the onset of acne.
Of course, activities such as masturbating, having sex, eating chocolate or fatty or spicy foods or not washing your face often have no relation to the appearance of acne!
PREVENTION TO ELIMINATE BLACKHEADS
If you are a person prone to acne, we recommend taking preventive measures to avoid the appearance of unpleasant black spots and other manifestations of the disease, such as blackheads or whiteheads, red pimples and the most serious of which are cysts and abscesses.
The two main forms of prevention of black spots are skin care and feeding.
Regarding skin care , we recommend using natural and organic herbal soaps, avoiding those that may contain irritating chemicals, and also exposing the skin to the sun and natural air outside the hours considered to be the most ultraviolet radiation.
As for food, it has been observed that acne occurs more frequently in people with other problems such as overweight, irritability or stress. We have already talked in these pages about the benefits of healthy eating… There are some foods that are especially harmful if you suffer from acne since they increase the levels of insulin and production of hormones: industrialized foods, rich in salt, fats or sugars, fried foods , sugary cereals, sausages, sausages, and others of these categories.
In contrast, to eliminate black spots you must increase the consumption of fresh fruits, nuts, legumes, vegetables and blue fish and other foods rich in omega 3, since this acid has anti-inflammatory properties, such as seeds and avocados.
It is also recommended to increase the intake of foods rich in beta-carotene, which will help to heal the skin and reduce inflammation. We will recognize these foods for their orange color: carrots, pumpkin, mango and peach. Beta-carotenes are also found in green leafy vegetables such as chard and spinach and in nettle (add tender leaves to the salad). Another very good nutrient to fight acne is vitamin C, of antioxidant power and benefits for the immune system: citrus fruits are abundant source of vitamin C, which is also found in kiwis, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries.
REMOVE BLACK SPOTS WITH NATURAL MEDICINE
The phytotherapy provides very good resources for the treatment of black spots, from plants with healing and cleansing properties, along with natural masks to remove the fat from the pores and prevent it from becoming a black spot. Try these formulas:
Horsetail: recognized for its richness in silicon, antiseptic and regenerative properties of collagen, it also helps us eliminate black spots. Decoction of horsetail: make a decoction of 20 minutes over low heat with 50 to 75gr. of dry plant per half liter of water. Allow to cool, strain and apply with gauze soaked in the liquid on the affected areas. Macerated horsetail: combine 100gr. of dry plant, 8 drops of lemon and one liter of alcohol of 40 °. Let macerate one month. Dilute with water in equal parts. Perform massages with the macerated on the affected part twice a day.
Rosemary: rosemary has tannins, therefore astringent and antiseptic properties. Prepare rosemary water by making an infusion of 3 to 4 tablespoons of dried rosemary in half a liter of water. Let stand in the covered container for 15 minutes. Allow to cool, strain and apply with gauze or cotton on the affected skin.
Other plants with protective powers of the skin: chamomile, calendula, yarrow.
Oatmeal mask: to eliminate black spots prepare a paste with 5 tablespoons of oatmeal, a spoonful of honey and two egg whites. Apply on the skin for 30 minutes.
White clay mask: clay for cosmetic treatments can be purchased at pharmacies. The property of clay is that it attracts harmful elements such as fats, dead cells and dirt to the surface, and when you remove the mask you drag all that dirt out of your skin. Prepare the mask with 1 tablespoon and a half of white clay and lemon juice, oil and a few drops of mauve infusion, until diluted and thicken. Apply for 5 minutes and remove with plenty of water. You can apply this mask between 1 and 3 times per week. When removing the mask, apply calendula oil to soften and nourish the skin.