Blackheads are like ants. They’re oh, so tiny – so tiny that you wouldn’t think twice if you saw just one – but like ants, there is never just one blackhead.
Both tiny buggers are pesky, arrive in droves, and seem impossible to get rid of.
The operative word being: seem.
Blackheads, though persistent, are not impossible to get rid of. And you can start eliminating them with simple, natural ingredients you have right at home! There are a number of items that you eat or use everyday that can be combined to make a powerful homemade blackhead remover in just a matter of minutes.
Ready to raid your kitchen? Here are the best home remedies for blackheads that actually work!
Clay and Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
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There are a whole lot of blackhead remedies, but when you take two potent ingredients and combine them together – you get a homemade blackhead remover that’s stronger than the sum of its parts!
Take, for example, this clay and apple cider vinegar mask you can whip up in less than 2 minutes.
Clays have been used for health and beauty purposes forever. And so has vinegar. Combine the two together and you get a incredibly potent blackhead-fighting mask that is fatal to blackheads.
Clays are excellent for drawing out impurities and toxins from your pores. There are about a gazillion clays but for blackhead-infested pores, we highly recommend calcium bentonite clay or Rhassoul clay since both of these clays are highly absorbent and capable of literally “drinking” oils, toxic substances, and impurities from your skin. That’s why these super pore de-gunking clays are always included in every best blackhead facial mask list out there.
Note: Apple cider vinegar is great for the overall tone and quality of your skin when taken internally as well. Mix a tablespoon or two into warm water with honey and try it for a month – you’ll notice your skin begin to glow.
Baking Soda and Yogurt
The best thing about natural remedies for blackheads is that you have everything you need right in your fridge. Yes, we’re talking baking soda and yogurt. Two simple ingredients that when mixed together, form a lovely, creamy paste that does a phenomenal job in scourging your skin of blackheads.
Baking soda is an ingredient often used in microdermabrasion as a method of exfoliating since it greatly minimizes the appearance of blackheads, especially when used regularly. The little baking soda granules are super fine and gentle enough to use on your face and when mixed with a little bit of lactic-acid-containing yogurt, forms the ideal blackhead fighting paste.
Use non-flavored, plain yogurt for this – the natural lactic acid present in the yogurt helps break down skin cells while the baking soda gets to work purging your face of blackheads.
Whip some up now and get to work!
Note: Don’t use every day as the baking soda does a very good job exfoliating and when used too frequently, can irritate your skin. We recommend once or twice a week for best results.
Lemon and Activated Charcoal
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You know that stuff that’s in your water filter? Yea, we’re talking about charcoal – well, water’s not the only thing it detoxifies. Activated charcoal is amazing for your skin as well.
Activated charcoal has long been used for its healing, medicinal properties and is often the first thing prescribed to treat poisonings since it’s capable of trapping and absorbing impurities and chemicals, which it also does for the skin. When applied topically, it acts as a magnet to draw dirt, excess sebum, and other crud out of your pores.
Mix it with a natural astringent like lemon juice and you just got yourself a powerful blackhead mask that will leave your pores junk-free and clean!
Cinnamon and Manuka Honey
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Not only does cinnamon and Manuka honey taste wonderful in your coffee, they’re some of the best remedies for blackheads. Yummy cinnamon is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and its tiny little granules work as the perfect blackhead exfoliator.
Now add in Manuka honey, which has up to 100 times more natural hydrogen peroxide than other honeys as well as methylglyoxl, a potent antibacterial that speeds up wound healing and prevents infections – and you’re looking at a blackhead home remedy that pulls out stubborn blackheads and deep cleans your pores so you don’t wind up with infested blackheads. Ain’t no one got time for those!
Milk and Oatmeal
Got some leftover milk and oatmeal from breakfast? Use it to scrub your pores.
Or better yet – blend your raw oatmeal for a minute to make a home blackhead removal powder that you can use to gently exfoliate your blackheads.
Oatmeal is one of the best ways to remove blackheads naturally – not to mention it’s an amazing oil absorber – especially if you have really sensitive skin, since oatmeal is gentle and soothes irritation while soaking up the gunk in your pores.
Milk holds everything together and is also wonderful for your skin – did you know that plain old milk actually contains AHAs that do a fantastic job loosening dead skin cells and exfoliating your skin? Gentle and effective – this is as good as natural blackhead removal gets!
Turmeric and Green Tea
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A funky combination, to be sure, but they actually help balance each other out. Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory that’s chock full of lovely antioxidants for your skin and comes with a whole host of benefits. Turmeric is known to clear out blackheads, break up excess oil, and even lighten your skin!
That being said, turmeric can come on a bit strong and this is where soothing green tea comes in. Green tea is also jam packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, but it’s very, very gentle on your skin, helping to balance out turmeric’s slight sting.
Just keep in mind that the turmeric powder you use in your curry can stain your skin a strange shade of orange, so if you don’t care to look like a oompa loompa, do yourself a favor and get Kasturi turmeric. It’s non-edible and non-staining.
Home Remedies for Blackheads to NOT Try
When you’ve got a lot of pesky blackheads hanging around in your pores, you might be tempted to try anything – anything – to get rid of them.
Scrubbing your face with large, hard and sharp granules like table salt and sugar can scratch your skin, which can damage and make your pores look even bigger. Stick to using only powdery exfoliants on your pores when you’re doing blackhead extraction at home.
While we’re at it, here are a few more tips to get the most out of your blackhead home remedies:
- Baking soda makes a great exfoliant, while clay and charcoal are ideal for masks.
- When exfoliating: less is more. Don’t go crazy on the pressure no matter how badly you want to purge your pores of those pesky blackheads. Exfoliate in light, circular motions. Use a light touch.
- Exfoliation should last for around 3 minutes, maximum. Don’t scrub your skin raw!
- Tip: If you want your masks to stay longer on your face, mix in a little bit of yogurt into the mix. It’s awesome for soothing the skin, breaking down dead skin cells, and leaving your skin baby soft.