If you're looking to heal blackheads, here are a few suggestions you can try at home:
1. Spot Treatments
I always recommend using organic essential oils because conventional (non-organic) oils are full of pesticides and herbicides. It's counterproductive to coat our skin in those poisons if we want to heal.
I have a fantastic book about healing skin by Valerie Ann Wormwood, and she suggests this:
“Steaming provides an excellent way to loosen blackheads while the pores are opened. Get a bowl of hot, steaming water, put 1 drop of lavender oil on the water and cover your head with a towel, making sure the sides are closed, and steam your face for 10 minutes. Rinse the face now with 1 teaspoon of cider vinegar in hot—but not boiling—water.
“After dabbing the skin dry, massage oil into skin.”
3. Witch Hazel and Green Tea
These two plant ingredients are potent healers. They prevent bacteria that leads to blackheads, reduce inflammation, and minimize pours. So you can get yourself a bottle of witch hazel and apply that to your skin, or I offer a Green Tea Face Mist that has both!
4. Bentonite Clay
Try a weekly bentonite clay mask. You can get a whole tub of the clay at Whole Foods Market for $10 or on Amazon. While the tub suggests you can mix it with water, I highly recommend mixing it with equal parts apple cider vinegar.
Of course, our skin is a manifestation, in many ways, of what we take in: the words we take in, the thoughts, the experiences, the people, and of course the food. If you don’t already, focus on an anti-inflammatory diet full of nourishing leafy greens and plant power.
As I mentioned in the last point, our skin is a reflection of our inner world, which includes our stress levels, our spiritual experience, and our self-acceptance. This is a friendly reminder to honor and care for your inner world, too.
And repeat to yourself:
I am love.
I am beauty.
I root myself in the earth and feel her beauty flowing in me, too.
*Try this simple meditation when applying our mantra oils.