You wash, you scrub, you tone, and you cleanse but no matter how hard you try you still can’t get rid of those pesky clogged pores. Most people associate acne and blackheads with adolescence but research suggests that being plagued with clogged pores knows no age bias.
While blackheads can really appear anywhere on the body, the majority of issues that you see blackheads are consolidated on the face, and particularly the nose and cheek area. There are countless prescription medications for getting rid of blackheads, but treating them naturally can be equally beneficial and significantly cheaper in the long term. Check out the blackhead home remedies below
How To Get Rid of Blackheads Naturally
#1 - Bentonite Clay
Never heard of bentonite clay? You’re not alone. Natural Bentonite clay is a centuries old healing remedy for skin made from the ash of volcanoes. This clay does an amazing job drawing out oils, debris, and other impurities that are clogging your pores.
When you apply this mask, you will notice the speed at which it goes into action adhering to your skin thus sucking out your blackheads. The mask will make your pores seem brand new. Here is the Bentonite Clay that we recommend.
- Scoop 3 fingers worth, or a half dollar sized worth of clay in one hand
- Combine mixture into the other hand briefly and then start applying to face
- Make sure to apply enough over the area that you can’t see your pores through the mixture
- Let it sit on your face until it becomes completely dry and starts to flake off
- This is important, wash off with a warm wash rag scrubbing gently
- Once it’s completely gone, apply a toner to ensure all your pores get emptied
#2 - Baking Soda
Isn’t baking soda the best? It’s almost always available, it remedies a ton of things, and it’s cheap as could be. When it comes to getting rid of blackheads baking soda is one of the best and least abrasive ways to cure them.
Baking soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) can be used in two ways to treat your blackheads either in a paste (mask) form, or a mildly abrasive scrub to help remove dead skin that eventually will clog your pores. You can use both, but we recommend starting with the scrub and then using it as a mask.
- Mix a ½ cup of baking soda and filtered water until the consistency is that of a gritty scrub
- Rub gently against the skin with a wash rag lightly exfoliating the blackhead areas
- Let it sit for a few minutes, and then rinse with warm water
- Mix ½ cup of baking soda and filtered water until the consistency is a clumpy paste.
- Apply a thick coat over the affected blackhead area and let it sit until it becomes dry and flaky
- Once dry, scrub the baking soda mask off your face gently and apply a toner to ensure your pores are completely clear.
#3 - Lemon Juice Toner
Since blackheads are caused by debris clogging open pores, wouldn’t it make sense to shrink the size of your pores in the first place? You can buy OTC synthetic toners to help minimize your pore size, but why waste your money when you probably have exactly what you need in your refrigerator?
Lemon juice acts as the ultimate astringent toner shrinking pores to act as a preventative for blackheads.
- Squeeze Lemon juice into a small bowl
- Make sure the affected area is recently cleansed with warm water so the pores are open
- Dip a cotton ball into the juice and apply to the affected area
- Let it dry onto your skin
#4 - Egg Whites
These aren’t just for making omelets! If you’ve done any type of baking you know eggs are what you use to bind mixed ingredients together and when applied over clogged pores and blackheads it does the exact same thing.
Egg whites are a great solution for users who have sensitive skin as the time to dry is less than that of the other masks and provides your skin with essential nutrients
- Separate the egg yolk and the egg white putting the egg white into a small bowl
- Wash your face with warm water opening your pores
- Take a small paint or makeup brush and dip into the mixture and then paint onto your face.
- Once the egg mixture is evenly distributed take some tissue or toilet paper and apply over the top of the whites to ensure it stays in place
- Once the mixture has dried you’ll be able to pull off the yolk by ripping off the tissue
- Once you rip the blackheads off, apply a toner to the area to shrink your newly emptied pores
#5 - Toothpaste
Toothpaste is not only a great remedy for blackheads but one that 90% of the people reading this will have in their medicine cabinet. Make sure that you have toothpaste not toothgel as the results will not be the same.
- Apply a thin layer of toothpaste to the affected area
- Let it dry completely until it dries and starts to flake
- Scrub off gently with a washrag and pat dry with cool water to close the pores
#6 - Sweat it Out
Working out and Sweating may seem counter intuitive to eliminating blackheads, and it is, if you don’t do it our way. When you work up a good healthy sweat, it pushes out anything clogged inside your pores to the surface and out. (This is why sometimes you leave the gym and all of the sudden you have a brand new white head). To make this remedy work you need to follow the directions below to avoid having bad effects.
- Wash your face before working out. Scrubbing the dead skin cells makes it easier to dislodge other debris from pores
- Workout until you sweat from your head and face
- After you cool down wash your face with warm water to keep your pores open to ensure your face wash gets to the bottom of the pot
- DO NOT workout in any kind of makeup. This will more than likely make your blackheads worse!
#7 - Clean Up Your Diet
If you ever want to make any progress in eliminating your blackheads then preventing them from showing back up all starts from the inside. This is a time to be honest with yourself, and make the decision what is more important to you, your looks or a crummy diet.
If you’re apprehensive about making such a drastic change we recommend making the change for just 1 week and seeing if your skin doesn’t show drastic improvement.
- Eliminate as much sugar from your diet as possible. Sugar causes inflammation and leads to acne problems.
- If you aren’t at least drinking 8 cups of water a day you need to. Do this for a week and see how your skin glows
- Eat all your meals with at least one fruit and one vegetable. This will not only improve your skin, you might see some pounds drop rather quickly.
#8 - Sugar Scrub
Even though sugar consumed through the body isn’t great for skin, that doesn’t make it completely useless in treating your blackheads. Scrubbing your skin is a really important step in getting the dead skin cells away from open pores, and the texture sugar provides is an awesome home remedy for getting rid of those blackheads, especially on your nose!
- Pour ¼ cup of sugar into a small bowel
- Add warm water to the mixture until it resembles a white paste
- Start with a pea sized portion and gently scrub over your blackhead
- Try and exfoliate at least every other day
#9 - Steam Clean
Of all the remedies mentioned in this guide steam is the only one that will literally open up the pores on your face, and eliminate the clog all in one step.
- Take a medium to large sized pot and bring 5-6 cups of water to a heavy boil
- Pull the pot from the head and place on a pad on a countertop
- Keep your face at least a foot above the top of pot and let the steam go to work
- For a really effective treatment, drape a towel over your head and pot (like a tepee) so no steam escapes.
- After it cools wipe some astringent on your blackheads and pat dry, do not wipe
- Repeat several times per week as needed.
#10 - Apple Cider Vinegar + Peppermint Oil
You can make your own toner/astringent to tighten the appearance of your pores while cleaning them out with Apple Cider Vinegar and Peppermint Essential Oil. The Apple cider vinegar naturally cleans and eliminates the bacterium that causes the clogged pore and blackhead in the first place, while the peppermint oil’s natural menthol counteracts the inflammation of the apple cider vinegar.
- Combine 3-4 tablespoons of the Apple Cider Vinegar and 3-4 equal drops of peppermint essential oil in a bottle.
- Then add 6-8 oz. of purified water depending on how potent you want the mixture
- Place the bottle in the fridge overnight before use, and keep in there between uses
- Apply to cotton balls and wipe on face in the morning and the evening.
- If you have sensitive skin rinse off the cleaner with purified water.
#11 - Epsom Salt & Honey Mask
With an Epsom salt and honey are both great natural remedies for blackheads on their own, but combined they are excellent at eliminating clogged pores and black heads altogether. Honey is naturally antimicrobial and great at reducing skin inflammation, while Epsom Salt will help exfoliate dead skin cells as well as flushing toxins out of the skin.
- Add 2 TBSP of Epsom Salt and 2 Tbsp. of Pure honey to a bowel and mix thoroughly
- Add Water as needed if you need to add more elasticity to the mix
- Apply completely over the effected area and let it dry.
- Gently scrub off the mixture and apply toner.
#12 - Green Tea
Green tea not only tastes great, but it also can help eliminate blackheads because of its high antioxidant count, but it helps to naturally reduce clog causing oil from the skin.
- Brew two bags of natural green tea and leave the bags in the hot water at least 15 minutes for maximum potency
- Keep the mixture in the refrigerator for maximum freshness and apply it as needed over your blackhead area.
#13 - Fenugreek
For those that don’t know what fenugreek is, it’s an herb related to clover with very natural anti-inflammatory properties.
- Take 2 tablespoons of the fenugreek seed and add lukewarm water and let it soak overnight
- The next morning add the mixture to a bowl and grind into a paste
- Add a couple tablespoons to the mixture to help it adhere to your face
- Leave the mixture on your face for 20-30 minutes
- Repeat a few times per week as needed
What Are Blackheads?
A blackhead is a blocked sweat/sebaceous duct of the skin known medically as an open comedo. The difference between a blackhead and a whitehead is that blackheads are simply clogged pores that are open and white heads are clogged pores that are closed by the skin.
What Do Blackheads Typically Look Like?
Blackheads basically look like dirt filled pores on your skin.
Are Blackheads Dirt in the pore?
No – a common misconception because of the color of the blackhead that it is dirt that is in the pore. A Blackhead is simply a pimple that turns black on the top because of the oxidation that occurs when the bacteria interact with the air.
Blackheads and Whiteheads (Pimples) are different?
Whiteheads are made up of the same mix of sebum and dead skin cells, but, because the opening to the surface is so small, it does not oxidize causing the black color of blackheads.
Can you shrink your pores?
No – unfortunately you cannot actually shrink the pores on your skin, they are not that elastic, but what you can shrink is the appearance of the pores giving a clear vibrant look.
These remedies are tested and reviewed remedies that have helped countless people treat their blackheads naturally. To see real results we recommend sticking with a remedy for long term results. If these don’t seem to work for you, you may try OTC pore strips or consult a dermatologist for a medical grade regimen.