We all know what black heads are. But since I have to give a small introduction to it, I am writing a few things about what are blackheads, but you are most welcome to skip the part and head on to the ways to get rid of blackheads. But if you are someone like me who likes to understand the culprit better before execution (Don’t worry I am speaking about blackheads ,just trying to be a little dramatic) then stay and read it completely. Trust me, its a very small one. Even if you skip the introduction part, don’t miss out the preventive measures section because prevention is definitely better than cure!
What are blackheads
Blackheads are small, black spots that appear on your skin, mainly on your nose and chin. These blackheads (also known as open comedones) are caused when the pores become blocked because of sebum and dead skin. These are primarily yellow in color but gets oxidized when exposed to the air and turns black. So basically whiteheads and blackheads are the same. The whiteheads (closed comedones) are the ones that do not come in contact with the air.
Common causes of black heads are stress, hormonal changes, cosmetics, no proper cleaning of the skin, smoking, caffeine and alcohol. Those genes also play a major role in causing blackheads.
Ways to get rid of blackheads
Blackheads spare no one. Everybody gets their share sometimes occasionally sometimes regularly. Below are various methods of removing blackheads, hope you will find a method which best suits your skin.
Natural methods to get rid of blackheads
1. Egg white mask
- 1 egg white
- Facial tissue or toilet paper
- A small bowl
- A clean towel
Separate egg white from yolk, and place the egg white in a bowl. Whisk the egg white slightly. After cleansing your face apply a thin layer of egg white on your face. Place the facial tissue on top of it and apply the egg white again. Wait till the mask dries and once dry, apply a second layer on top of the first. Repeat this for 3-5 times. When your done, peel off the mask and wash your face.
Remember: Make sure each layer is dry before applying the next layer to get good results.
2. Cinnamon and honey mask
- 1 part organic raw honey
- 1 part cinnamon powder
Mix the two ingredients and heat it in a microwave for 5 seconds. Mix again and apply this mixture on the blackhead affected area when the mask is still warm. Keep it for 10-15 minutes and wash off. You can also place a clean cotton cloth on top of the mask to make honey-cinnamon pore strip. When it dries out peel it off and wash your face.
Remember: Before applying the mask make sure the mask is not very hot but just warm.
3. Honey and milk pore strips
- 1 tbsp of organic raw honey
- 1 tbsp milk
- A clean strip of cotton
Mix honey and milk. Place it in the microwave and heat it for 5-10 seconds. Mix again after removing from the microwave to combine the ingredients. Next dip the cotton strip in the mixture and place it on your nose or any other blackhead affected area. After 10-15 minutes peel the strip off for blackhead free skin.
4. Coriander leaves and turmeric powder
- 1 tsp juice from coriander
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
Mix both the ingredients to form a paste. Apply this mask on your face ( preferably at night) and leave it for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes wash it off with cold water.
Remember: To make coriander juice, take a handful of coriander leaves and crush it. Extract the juice by pressing it on a sieve.
5. Oatmeal and yogurt mask
- 2 tbsp Oatmeal
- 3 tbsp yogurt
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp olive oil
Mix all the above mentioned ingredients till it forms a paste. Apply the mask on your face and leave it for 10-15 minutes. After 15 minutes wash your face with warm water.
6. Green tea-mint soothing face mask
- 3 tbsp green tea
- 2 tbsp mint leaves
- 1 tbsp honey
To know more about this mask check out my post HERE.
One other great method to remove blackheads using green tea is the green tea- cucumber scrub. You can find it HERE.
7. Lemon juice and cinnamon powder
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
Mix the two ingredients and apply this to the blackhead affected area. Leave this on for 15-20 minutes and then wash it off with warm water.
Remember: For better results repeat this 2-3 times a day. And its good bye blackheads.
8. Lemon juice and ground nut oil
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp ground nut oil
Mix the ingredients together and apply this on areas where you have blackheads leaving it for 15-20 minutes.
9. Sugar scrub
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 tbsp jojoba oil (or any oil of your choice)
- Few drops essential oil (optional)
This is a very simple method to treat blackheads. Mix all the ingredients and slightly exfoliate your face with it, concentrating more on blackhead prone areas.
10. Aloe vera
Fresh aloe-vera from plant
Apply aloe-vera pulp all over your face and gently massage your face. Leave it for 15-20 minutes or leave it overnight. Wash off your face with lukewarm water.
11. Tomato mask
- 1 tomato
Peel the tomato and mash it. Rub the blackhead affected area with the tomato pulp for 2 minutes. Leave it for 10-15 minutes.
Remember: If skin is on the drier side, then add few drops of extra virgin olive oil.
12. Mandarin-tomato face pack
- 2 tbsp tomato juice
- 1 tbsp orange juice
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
Check out this post to know more.
13. Yogurt and orange peel
- 1 tbsp of yogurt
- 1 tbsp powdered orange peel
Massage your face using this mask for 5 minutes then leave it to dry for another 15 minutes. after 15 minutes wash your face and pat dry.
Remember: To make orange peel powder, the orange peels must be dried by keeping in the sun and then grind it to a powder.
14. Potato mask
This is one fun way to remove blackheads. Boil a potato until it becomes soft. Cut a pencil size piece from the boiled potato. Place this on the blackheads and cover with a bandage. Leave it overnight. In the morning peel off the bandage and the potato.
15. Yogurt and lemon juice
- 2 tbsp yogurt
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
Mix the two ingredients and apply to your face. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then wash your face. This mask is great for skin lightening too in addition to removing blackheads.
16. Almond and gram flour
- 2-3 almonds soaked in water or milk overnight
- 1 tbsp gram flour
- 1 tbsp milk
Soak almonds at night in milk or plain water. In the morning, grind it to form smooth paste. Add gram flour and enough milk to form a paste. Cleanse your face and exfoliate using this mixture. Wash your face with lukewarm water.
Remember: For better results, leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes.
17. Pumpkin and egg mask
- 2 small cubes of pumpkin
- 1 egg white
Blend the pumpkin with the egg white. Apply this mask on your face concentrating more on the blackhead affected area. After 15 minutes remove the mask using a wet wash cloth. Then using milk, cleanse your face once again.
18. Rice scrub
- Rice grains
- Rose water
Take few grains of rice and grind it to a powder. Add a little rose water to make a paste. Now using this mask, scrub your face gently to remove blackheads.
Methods to get rid of blackheads using non-natural substances
The above mentioned methods to remove blackheads used natural substances that you already have at home. The following methods can also be done very easily at the comfort of your home, the only difference is that we use artificial substances, that you already have at home.
19. Gelatin pore strip
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1 tbsp gelatin
Mix milk and gelatin, stirring until the mixture is nice and smooth. Then place the mixture in the microwave and microwave it for about 30 seconds to heat it up. Apply the mixture liberally to your face using a makeup brush or your fingers. Keep it for 10-15 minutes and then peel off the gelatin mask.
Remember: When heating the mixture in the microwave, do not bring it to a boil. Just heat it. Make sure the mixture is not too hot before applying on your face. Also don’t keep it long before applying or else the mixture will solidify. Also remember not to keep the pore strip on the affected area for too long, as it will hurt when peeling off.
20. Baking soda mask
- 1 part baking soda
- Fresh water
Take baking soda in a small bowl and add enough water to make a paste. Apply the mask to the affected area. Leave it for 10-15 minutes or until it dries out and then wash it off with warm water. For better results scrub gently and then wash it off.
Remember: Do this only once a week, otherwise your skin will become really dry.
21. Toothpaste and salt
- 1 tbsp of salt
Make a mixture using the two ingredients. Apply the paste to your skin. Rub it for one minute and then wash your face with lukewarm water. This mask will show instant results on blackheads.
Remember: Moisturize your skin really well after using the mask as this will dry out your skin.
22. Toothbrush technique
Take a small amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush (preferably white) then very gently scrub the blackhead affected areas with the head of the toothbrush. Later, wash your face with warm water.
Remember: Dedicate a toothbrush just for removing blackheads. Do not use the one you use for brushing your teeth (obviously). Also remember to be gentle while scrubbing, Just gentle circular motions. Use this method only once a week not more.
23. Bentonite clay mask
- 1 tbsp bentonite clay
- Apple cider vinegar or fresh water
Add ACV or water to the clay and mix it to form a smooth paste. Apply this mask on your face and leave it for 15-20 minutes.
24. Aspirin tablet
- Aspirin tablets
Make a paste by crushing aspirin tablets and adding water. Apply to the blackhead area.
- A bowl
Bring water to a boil. Drape a towel over your head and hold your face over the water. Then steam for 5-10 minutes. This will open your pores, hence, removing white and blackheads.
Remember: You can add any essential oils to the water if you prefer.
Applying a toner containing salicylic acid is very beneficial to your skin, not just in removing blackheads, but also removes excess oil, reduce acne and tighten pores. You can use natural ones too.
Check out one easy diy toner HERE.
27. Products containing benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid
When choosing your facial cleansers and other products, try to find out products containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide as active ingredient to keep blackheads at bay.
28. Pore strips and other extracting tools
- Pore strips or
- Extracting tool
Steam your face first to open pores and loosen blackheads. Then if you are using pore strips place the strip on affected areas and keep it for 10-15 minutes and then peel it off. If you are using extracting tool, then remove blackheads by applying slight pressure. But remember whichever method you choose, do not squeeze. Since squeezing is required when using extracting tool, I recommend not using this method!
- DO NOT squeeze or pop blackheads, this will worsen the situation.
- While exfoliating is a great method to remove blackheads, make sure to scrub gently.
- Wash your face twice daily.
- Always use clean pillow cases.
- Do not touch your face.
- Remove your make up completely before going to bed.
- Keep your face clean.
- Avoid close clothing and cosmetics that block your skin.
- Sweat it out, but not too much because too much sweating can also cause blackheads.
Hope you find out the best method to get rid of blackheads (which works best for you). Stay beautiful!