Alum to remove blackheads recipe

People across ages have the ever existent problem of blackheads. Black heads are small black bumps that appears due to pores becoming blocked with oil or dead skin cells. They look like mild type of acne usually form on or around the nose, back, chest, arms, neck, and shoulders most commonly in teens and pre-menstrual women.

Here is a simple home remedy to remove blackheads within a few days.

How to remove blackheads at home?

Take two teaspoons of rose water, mix one teaspoon of alum (Padikaram) powder. Mix well and apply it on the blackheads. Leave it for 20 minutes, scrub and wash off. Repeat the process daily to remove blackheads easily.

How to remove blackheads with alum – DIY

  • 25 gram Alum (Padikaram in Tamil)
  • 2 teaspoons Rose water
  1. For this home remedy, use alum and rose water.
  2. Add 25 grams of potash alum to blender.
  3. Blend them well and make fine powder.
  4. Take two teaspoons of rose water, add one teaspoon alum powder.
  5. Mix it well.
  6. Done.

Directions for use:

  • Apply the preparation on the blackheads.
  • Leave it for 20 minutes.
  • Scrub and wash off.
  • Repeat the process daily to remove the blackheads completely.

Alum in other languages

Potash alum is commonly called alum, Fitkari in Hindi, Patika in Telugu, Phatakadi in Gujarati, Phitkari in Urdu, Sphadikari in Sanskrit, Padikaram in Tamil, Phatakiri in Bengali, Patki in Sindhi, Phatakadi in Malayalam, Patika in Kannada.

Alum benefits for skin

A pinch of alum has lot of health and medicinal benefits. Alum powder is useful in many ways for skin, hair and health. Alum can be used to treat acne, pimples, canker sores (1), cracks in the feet, wrinkles on the face and to clear head lice. Some of the alum benefits for skin and health.

Alum for shaving cuts

Alum stone is very commonly used after shaving. This stone is used to control bleeding and to treat minor cuts after shaving. It is considered a simple and effective home remedy.

Alum for acne and pimples

Alum stone is widely used to treat acne, pimples, acne scars and marks. Take some alum stone, grind into a fine powder. Add one teaspoon of alum powder in water. Mix it well and apply it on the acne. Leave it for 20 minutes and wash off. Daily application of alum powder reduces acne.

Alum for canker sores

Canker sores are small painful sore appears inside of the mouth. Canker sores may occur due to various reasons such as low immunity, eating certain foods, and stress. To treat canker sores, just take a pinch of alum powder and press it over the canker sore. Leave it for 20 to 30 seconds and wash it off thoroughly. Repeat the same two to three times a day. It will get cure completely within 3 days.

Removes unwanted facial hair

Unwanted facial hair and the body in women is called hirsutism. Unwanted facial hair can cause by various reasons such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), use of certain medicines, hormonal imbalance, or adrenal gland disorders. In ancient times, women used potash alum for removing unwanted facial hairs. Take two teaspoons of rose water and one teaspoon of alum powder. Mix them and keep it ready. Once the hair is removed, apply this mixture and leave it for 20 minutes. You can apply this mixture on face, hands and legs. Wash off after 20 minutes, pat dry and apply moisturizer to keep the area moisturized.

Rose water benefits for skin

Rose water comes with innumerable benefits especially when it comes to skin care. It is one of the popular ingredient in many skin care products for its rejuvenating, soothing and calming properties. Here are some of the skin benefits of rose water.

Hydrating skin

Dryness and dehydration may lead to number of skin issues like redness, rashes, premature aging, and tingling sensation. To avoid these issues, it is best to keep the skin hydrated from inside as well as outside. Applying rose water on skin, makes it cool, soft and soothed instantly. Rose water is good for boosting hydration and gives healthy glow to the skin.

Reduces under eye puffiness

Under eye puffiness (2) may cause by many reasons such as allergies, eye fatigue, lack of sleep and stress. Accumulation of fluids under the eye area is under eye puffiness or swelling. Place rose water in the refrigerator for a while. Dip a cotton ball in rose water and gently place on the eyelids and around the eyes. The anti-inflammatory property of rose water helps reduce redness, puffiness, and gives relief to tired eyes instantly. It also reduces the redness of irritated skin, dermatitis, eczema (3), and get rid of acne.

As a skin toner

Pure rose water helps maintain the skin’s pH balance and removes oil, dirt and debris from the skin. Rose water also contains astringent properties which helps clean the pores of oil and dirts in the skin. Regular application of rose water on face, keep the skin free of extra oil and prevents problems like whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and acne.

Other skin benefits

The anti-bacterial (4) properties of rose water heals wounds, cuts and scars.

Rose water is rich in antioxidants, thus helps in strengthening skin cells and regenerate new skin tissues.

Rose water acts as a natural conditioner. The moisturizing and nourishing properties of rose water treats mild scalp inflammation and get rid of dandruff.

Follow the below simple DIY and know how to remove blackheads.

Kalaivani Selvaraj, MBA, got her Master’s degree in Human Resources. Due to her interest in natural healing, she pursued studies in the field of alternative medicine and is certified in Aromatherapy by Isla Verde Spa Training Academy. Ms. Kalaivani Selvaraj is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.