Blackheads occur mostly on or around the nose and chin when the pores clog with sebum and dead skin cells, as well as leftover makeup or dirt. Contrary to common belief, blackheads aren’t caused by the accumulation of dust or dirt throughout the day. It’s the oxidation process that takes place that turns a white head into a blackhead. Home remedies for blackheads are the inexpensive, all-natural cure for those unsightly clogged pores.
If you are looking for ways to cut the budget spent on skin care products or simply benefit from top-notch natural products, check out this comprehensive list of blackheads home remedies.
1. Bentonite Clay
Bentonite clay has been used for years as a treatment for skin problems. Bentonite clay is rich in minerals and works by drawing out the sebum, dead cells and dirt locked in the pores. When mixed with water, it releases the minerals and other beneficial compounds to the skin.
A bentonite clay mask works well as a home remedy for blackheads because it purifies the skin while also absorbing the sebum and impurities that form the blackheads. This bentonite clay mask also nourishes the skin and improves blood flow. In fact, you will notice how healthy, well-toned, and clear your skin looks immediately after rinsing it off. By far one of the most popular and effective home remedies for blackheads.
- Bentonite clay – 1 tablespoon.
- Water / Lemon / Apple Cider Vinegar – 3 tablespoons. Adjust the measure until you get a creamy bentonite clay paste.
Mix the water with the bentonite clay to get a creamy (Attention: not runny!) paste, then use clean cotton dabs or your fingers to cover the face with a thin bentonite clay layer. Let the mask sit for 15 to 25 minutes or until it has dried and hardened, then rinse with warm water and Apply moisturizer. It’s key to keeping your skin healthy, toned, and wrinkle-free.
You can also use apple cider vinegar or even lemon instead of water. However, people with highly sensitive or dry skin should use home remedies for blackheads based on water rather than apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. These can cause further irritation and exacerbate the dryness of the skin.
2. Baking Soda
Another classic of home beauty remedies,many deem baking soda the best home remedy for blackheads. Due to this powder’s antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties, using it as a skin care product is a great idea. Here is how to put it to good use as your ally in the battle against whiteheads and blackheads.
- Baking Soda – 1 (one) tablespoon.
- Water (distilled or purified) – 3 (three) tablespoons.
Mix the baking soda and the distilled water in a ceramic, plastic, or glass bowl (when in a metal bowl, the baking soda can react with the respective metal) and stir until a creamy paste is formed. Then, spread the mixture on the problematic areas using your fingers or clean cotton dabs and let it sit for approximately 20 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
3. Eggs Whites Mask
Another easy to whisk up mask for blackheads removal is based on egg whites. Egg whites are ideal for your skin thanks to the nutrients and vitamins they pack. Used as a mask, egg whites clean the pores and cause them to tighten, much like a tonic lotion would. However, this doesn’t mean that your skin is left on the dry side. Quite to the contrary, egg whites leave the skin well-nourished and moisturized. Use your moisturizing cream at the end if you need to.
- Eggs – 1 (one).
Start off by separating the egg white from the yolk. Then, take the egg white and apply it in a layer with your clean fingers or a gentle clean face brush. Let it dry and apply a second layer of egg white without removing the first one. Then, let the egg white mask sit for approximately half an hour. If you feel the skin getting tight beneath the natural mask, don’t worry. This is supposed to happen while the compounds in the egg white work to close the pores. Finally, remove the home remedy for blackheads with lukewarm water and use a soft cotton towel to dry your face.
Other versions of this home remedy for removing blackheads imply the use of paper tissues as removal strips. Once the first layer of the egg whites mask is applied, you need to apply a layer of paper tissue. Repeat the procedure up to three layers of paper tissue and egg whites mask. Let it dry for 20 minutes, strip the paper tissue and rinse with lukewarm water.
4. Cinnamon and Honey
Both cinnamon and honey are exquisite ingredients to use in home remedies for removing acne and blackheads. While honey carries a host of beneficial properties for the skin, including powerful antibacterial ones, cinnamon is an antiseptic and a great way to improve blood circulation. Using these two ingredients in a powerful face mask will remove acne and blackheads. In addition, your skin will look healthy, smooth and clear.
- Cinnamon powder – 1 (one) teaspoon.
- Honey – 1 (one) teaspoon.
- Optional: clean cotton strips.
First, mix the honey and cinnamon powder in a small ceramic bowl until the two ingredients are fully incorporated and you get a thick paste. Then, apply a thin layer of the paste on your nose or affected area of the face. Apply the cotton pads over the paste to make sure it doesn’t attract air born impurities and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then, remove the paste with the cotton pads and any other honey & cinnamon residues with lukewarm water.
If you have sensitive skin which is prone to irritations, don’t use such home remedies for blackheads more than two to three times per week. The cinnamon powder is stringent and may leave your skin dry and feel tight. Apply your regular moisturizer for even better results.
5. Lemon Juice
The most potent home remedies for blackheads on nose use lemon juice due to the fact that lemon juice is a powerful astringent. It cleans the clogged pores thoroughly and closes them up. Using lemon juice for a prolonged period of time will lead to shrinking pores.
However, lemon juice is also known to lighten the skin and making it more sensitive to sunlight. As such, if you decide to add lemon juice to your arsenal of home remedies for blackhead removal, make sure that you apply plenty of sunscreen when planning to go out.
- Lemons – 1 (one) large lemon.
- Optional: water – as much as you need to dilute the lemon juice in case it acts as an irritant to your skin.
To use lemon juice for blackheads, squeeze out the lemon juice from one lemon and test for irritation signs on a small area of the skin. If the area becomes red and obviously irritated, do not use this home remedy. If all is well, proceed to rinse your face before applying the home remedy for blackhead removal. Then, dip a cotton ball in the lemon juice and pat your face with it. You can follow this procedure before bedtime to allow the lemon juice will work overnight to remove impurities and close the pores. Rinse with lukewarm water in the morning or after at least 20 minutes.
6. Oatmeal and Yogurt
Oatmeal is great for calming down an irritated skin. At the same time, it acts as a mild scrub, removing dead skin cells and balancing the production of sebum clogging up your pores. Yogurt nourishes the skin, while also acting as a mild astringent that closes the pores once the oatmeal has worked its magic.
- Oatmeal – 3 (three) tablespoons.
- Distilled water – enough to cook the oatmeal in at low heat.
- Yogurt – 3 (three) tablespoons.
Start off by cooking the oatmeal in distilled water for five minutes to release the nutrients. Then, add the yogurt to the cooked oatmeal and mix until you get a homogenous paste. Apply it to the affected area using clean cotton pads and rub gently against the skin to remove dead skin cells and excess sebum. Now, let the mixture sit for 15 minutes after which you can proceed to rinse with lukewarm water and tap dry with a soft cloth.
You will notice how clear and healthy your complexion looks from the first use of the oatmeal and yogurt home remedy for removing blackheads.
7. Green Tea
Green tea is known for its antioxidant, antibacterial, and rejuvenating properties. Thanks to the compounds found in green tea leaves, this homemade concoction is ideal to reduce inflammation and clear the complexion.
- Green tea – 2 (two) tea bags of organic green tea.
- Water – 1 (one) cup.
Boil the water, remove it from heat, and let it cool off for two minutes. Then, add the green tea teabags and let it steep for 20 minutes. After taking out the teabags, use clean cotton balls dampened in the green tea to tap your face thoroughly and let the green tea sit for 10 minutes. Finally, rinse off with warm water and tap dry with a soft cloth.
As green tea is such a mild cleanser and blackhead remover, you can use it daily among other home remedies for blackheads. You won’t run the risk of having an irritated or dry skin afterward.
8. Epsom Salts
We’ve all been in the position to use Epsom salts to relieve sore muscles. However, very few people know about Epsom salts being used as efficient blackhead removal home remedies. These salts work simply by thinning the skin layer covering the clogged pores. Due to their antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, Epsom salts then remove the debris found in the pores. As such, you can wave goodbye to pores clogged with dead skin cells, sebum, and dirt.
- Epsom salts – 1 (one) teaspoon.
- Iodine – 4 (four) drops.
- Water – 1 (one) cup.
Boil the water and remove from the heat source, then exfoliate the affected area with a mild scrub (use a natural brown sugar and honey scrub or oatmeal). Mix the Epsom salts in the warm water together with the iodine and stir until the solution is clear, not cloudy. Massage the affected area with this solution and let it dry(for about 10-15 minutes), then rinse with lukewarm water and tap dry with a soft cloth.
9. Brown Sugar Natural Scrub
Prevent blackheads from forming by using a mild exfoliating cream enriched with nourishing and moisturizing oils. Exfoliating is key to maintain a clear, healthy complexion. Following an exfoliating routine for two to three times per week removes dead skin cells and oils naturally. Moreover, it helps blood circulation and renders the skin that beautiful healthy glow.
- Brown sugar – 1 (one) cup.
- Jojoba oil – 4 (four) tablespoons; If you don’t have jojoba oil, virgin olive oil or sweet almond oil will do the trick as well.
- Essential oils – 10 drops; Oregano oil or other essential oils with healing properties for the skin are ideal in this recipe.
Mix the brown sugar and the jojoba oil in a large enough bowl and stir until all the ingredients are fully incorporated, then add the optional essential oils. You can store the scrub in a tight lid jar and use two to three times per week. Remember that using the scrub more than two times per week can dry your skin which will lead to more sebum being produced.
We strongly recommend that you abstain from compulsively scrubbing your face or the area where blackheads may occur. Even if you are using one of these home remedies for blackheads, scrubbing too often isn’t such a great idea. Doing so simply stresses and dries the skin. In turn, this leads to more sebum being released, thus increasing the chances that more blackheads show up.
The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, a substance known for its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Therefore, this root has multiple health benefits when ingested or applied to our skin. Even after a single use, turmeric can improve the health, texture, and overall aspect of the skin.
A study by Sahdeo Prasad and Bharat B. Aggarwal published in Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition claims turmeric can also aid in wound healing and inhibit the development of skin cancer, among many others. To get the most out of this home remedy for blackheads, it’s best to create a mask or a local treatment.
- Turmeric powder – 1 tablespoon
- Fresh mint or lemon juice, water, or an oil of your choice (olive, castor, jojoba, etc.) – 1-2 tablespoons
Mint juice can soothe and cool off the skin, therefore works great with the active ingredients in turmeric. If you don’t have or want to use mint juice, however, you can use an organic oil of your choice.
Simply mix the turmeric powder with the mint juice or water until you get a smooth paste. Then, apply it in a thin layer on the desired area and allow it 10 to 15 minutes to dry. Finally, gently rinse the area with water and moisturize.
11. Tomato Mask
The complex of organic acids in tomatoes give these fruits strong antibacterial properties against a wide array of microorganisms and fungi. In addition, tomatoes also contain lycopene, a strong antioxidant that actively fights against free radicals. Therefore, tomato extract can dry out blackheads and keep the skin young and supple.
- A tomato.
Simply peel a tomato and mash it to create a smooth paste (you can remove the seeds if you’d like). Apply the paste to your face, leave it on overnight, and gently rinse it with lukewarm water in the morning.
Fenugreek, much like most of the suggestions on this list, is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. However, this plant also features emollient properties, which makes it a gentle home remedy for blackheads and whiteheads combined. In addition, the active ingredients found in the leaves and seeds of fenugreek can also help our skin heal, stay moisturized, soothe it, and delay the appearance of wrinkles.
- Fenugreek leaves and/or seeds – 1 cup.
- Water or your choice of organic oil (olive, jojoba, castor, etc.) – 2-3 spoons.
Start by grinding the leaves and seeds together with the water or organic oil of your choice until you get a smooth paste. Then, apply this home remedy for blackheads on the skin and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Finally, use lukewarm water to rinse off any excess mask and gently pat the area dry.
13. Activated Charcoal
Active charcoal is one of the most popular home remedies for blackheads. Because it’s more porous than regular charcoal, it’s able to take and keep in more impurities than its inactive counterpart. To get the most out of this blackhead home remedy and its ability to clear up the skin of impurities, you can also combine it with bentonite clay.
- Activated charcoal – 2-3 capsules
- Bentonite clay – 1/2 – 1 teaspoon
- Water – 1-2 teaspoons.
Carefully open the capsules and pour the activated charcoal granules into a glass container, throw in the bentonite clay, and mix the dry ingredients. Then, carefully and slowly add the water so as to keep the mixture’s consistency to a medium. Then, apply this paste on the affected area or on the whole face and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes. Finally, rinse the mixture with lukewarm water, gently pat the area dry, and moisturize.
First of all, strawberries are a natural exfoliant thanks to their tiny and gentle seeds. Secondly, they have astringent properties which work great against blackheads and other skin imperfections. Thirdly, they also have antioxidant properties. To use strawberries as one of the most efficient home remedies for blackheads, you can also combine them with other ingredients mentioned in this list.
- 2 strawberries
- Honey – 1 teaspoon
- Optional: lemon juice, tomato juice, turmeric powder, etc. – 1 teaspoon
Mix all the ingredients together until you obtain a thick and coarse paste, then apply it on the skin and leave it on for at least 15 minutes.
15. DIY Face Steam
Moisture and heat can be enough to open up pores for easier cleaning. This is one of the simplest home remedies for blackheads, and one that you will stick with once you try it. You can use regular old water, or try a face steam recipe
- A pot
- A clean towel
- Optional: lemon, green tea, fennel seeds, mint leaves, etc.
- Optional: a store-bought or homemade face scrub.
Fill the pot with 15-20 ounces of water, add the other ingredients if any, and bring them to a boil. Take the clean towel and place it over your head so as to not let the steam escape. Be careful not to stand too close to the heat source, though, and always take into account the fact that steam can be almost as hot as the water it rises from.
These homemade remedies are effective and inexpensive skin care products that you can whisk up in minutes and are free of artificial preservatives, fragrances, and harsh chemicals which can further damage the skin. It may take some time to find the perfect combination. Nonetheless, these healthy homemade remedies are the best solution for a skin prone to irritation and other problems.