Home remedies for blackheads often work just as well – or better than blackhead remedies from your dermatologist. Here’s the thing: Dermatologists are in the business for the big money skincare makes them. They don’t think twice about prescribing a $100/month treatment that may or may not work for your blackheads. What they won’t tell you is that many natural ingredients have the same impact – and cost a lot less besides.
So here are a few ideas to start you off right. These home remedies for blackheads can usually be found in your refrigerator or cabinet. If not, make a trip to your local grocery store and pick up something good to eat at the same time!
- Lemon juice: Lemon juice is used for a lot of things. From bleaching hair to lightening freckles, the acid from the lemon juice tends to have a profound effect for beauty. The same thing goes for its use as a blackhead remedy. Squeeze some lemon juice onto a cotton ball, then smear it on your blackheads. To amplify the effect, mix it with a little honey, then wash it off after 15 minutes.
- Organic honey: Pick yourself up a bottle of organic honey in the organic/natural section of your local grocery store or organic goods market. Smear some on your blackheads, let it sit for 15 minutes, then rinse it off.
- Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil removes a lot of “black” skin problems, like black warts and blackheads. Dab a little on your blackheads and let them dry. No need to wash it off. This remedy, which is one of the most effective home remedies for blackheads, will work the clogged sebum out of your pore, eliminating the blackish look of the holes on your skin.
- Tomato pulp: Acidic stuff really works quite well as a blackhead remedy. Tomato juice is no exception. Squish some tomato pulp onto your blackheads, then rinse it off after several minutes. Always use warm water and a soft, clean washcloth when washing off any blackhead remedies.
- Witch hazel: Witch hazel has been known to calm a lot of skin problems, especially those owing to irritation. Witch hazel dries on it own, so it doesn’t act like a blackhead removal mask as the previous home remedies for blackheads do. To apply, douse a cotton ball or cotton pad in witch hazel liquid. Dab it all around your blackheads, then pitch the cotton ball. This will help dry out those pores and improve the look of the skin.
When you’re finished with one of these treatments, you might consider using a blackhead removal tool to extract the comedones. This is helpful for pores that don’t respond as you’d like them to after the mask. Sometimes the blackhead is just stuck and needs a little help from you to break free. Just go at the skin with a light touch, or you could get a scar!
- You may apply warm honey on blackheads, leave it for 10 minutes. This softens the deposits on the pores and allows easy removal.
- Using a bitter gourd as a scrubber is a useful way for blackheads removal.
- You may apply a mask of oatmeal, almond powder, and rose water. This mask is to be kept for half an hour and then rinsed off. This will allow easy squeezing out of blackheads.
- Boil a glass of water with half teaspoon Epsom salt and a few drops of iodine. Once the solution is cooled, it may be used to dab on blackheads. This will loosen pores and allow a painless removal.
- Steam the face for 40 minutes. This will open up the pores. The next step would be massaging the blackheads-rich region with tea tree oil. This allows the smooth removal of blackheads.
- Applying a mask of fuller’s earth or bentonite clay is an excellent treatment for blackheads. It would clean the clogged pores by absorbing the excess oil.
- Blackheads can also be treated by means of a face wash made by adding 4-5 drops of lime juice to a glass of boiled milk.
- Apply a mask made out of the paste of fresh fenugreek leaves. It has to beleft on the skin for 15-20 minutes and then washed. This is an effective cure for blackheads.
- Beaten egg white may be applied to the skin. This treatment too drags outoil and deposits from congested pores.
- Make a scrubber by mixing salt, honey, and lemon juice. Scrubbing the blackheads rich regions with this homemade scrubber exfoliates and effectively cleans the skin pores.
Baking soda is another effective remedy for extracting your blackheads. Make a solution of baking soda and water in equal amounts and apply it to the affected area. Let it stay over that area for several minutes and after that rub in gently. You will be able to extract the blackheads quite easily with this remedy. It is also advised to have a hot shower or apply some steam to the affected area before applying any sort of blackhead extractor. What this does is help soften the area and make it easier to extract the blackheads.
Make a paste by mixing sugar and fresh lemon juice. Use it as a scrub on the affected area and wash it off with cold water. The rough texture of sugar helps remove the dead skin and lemon juice works as a cleansing agent by removing excess oil.
Make a paste out of nutmeg powder and buttermilk. Rub it onto the affected area like a scrub. The nutmeg powder will remove the excess oil and work as an exfoliating agent, and the buttermilk will help loosen the dead skin and remove it.
A clay mask is a good old way of rejuvenating the skin and it also helps in getting rid of blackheads. Take a facial clay that you like, it doesn’t have to be expensive. Mix it with plain water or fruit vinegar and apply to the affected area. Let it dry. Then wet it with a damp sponge or cloth and rinse off with cold water. Regular use will definitely help remove blackheads by checking excess oil and clearing the pores.
Mix a teaspoon of turmeric powder with some milk. You can also add some chickpea flour or sandalwood powder to this. Make a paste and apply it all over the affected area. Turmeric is a great antiseptic and it also cleanses and improves the skin. Chickpea flour works like an exfoliating agent and milk help loosen dead skin. Sandalwood powder adds that extra touch and imparts fragrance along with giving a cooling effect.