If you have an oily skin combination like me, you will be more likely to develop those black dots on your face. These are mostly observed on the nose, corners of the nose, cheeks, chin, and forehead. If you are tired of beauty parlours or don’t have enough time to go at the last moment; Don’t worry. Here is our guide on How to remove blackheads naturally at home.
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How is Blackhead Formed? The Simple Explanation
When you take a hot water shower, the pores on your face are open. If the pores are left open, they are clogged with bacteria, dead skin cells, excess oil, and grime. When finally exposed to air, these pores are oxidized and then turned into black dots (blackheads).
These blackheads are usually found on Nose, but why? Because Nose is one of the oiliest parts of our face. On the other hand, our face is the second victim with pores clogged with grime that can easily be identified; that’s why people hate blackheads.
Other parts of the body may also have blackheads, but you can hardly find them because the oil content is lesser in those parts. I have seen cases with blackheads near earlobes, and it is common, don’t worry.
The simplest way to avoid blackheads is to take a proper skincare routine, not before a day or two, but every day.
How to Remove Blackheads Naturally at Home? [15 Proven Remedies]
Want to get those blackheads out? Here are the skincare routine and hacks that you need to follow every day. It not only avoids blackheads on your face and nose but also helps you keep your skin active and smooth.
If you are not exfoliating your face regularly, be prepared for dull skin with many pores and spots. Use an exfoliation scrub that suits your face at least once or twice a week; natural exfoliation such as baking soda paste can be used as the best home remedy.
How to prepare and use a baking soda exfoliate?
- Take a small cup with 1 spoon 🥄 of baking soda and 2 spoons 🥄🥄 of water.
- Mix it thoroughly to make a paste.
- Apply the paste on the most concentrated area of your skin with blackheads (Nose, Chin, or forehead).
- Let the paste dry for 15-20 minutes.
- Wash off the paste with lukewarm water, or gently tap the area with a soft towel.
Exfoliating your skin is one of the most important parts of a skincare routine. It helps remove the dead skin and grime from your face and prevents it from clogging the pores.
2. Skin Brush – Pamper your Skin
Skin brush is best to pamper your skin; it can remove dead skin and grime. Additionally, it relaxes your skin and improves blood flow. On the other hand, Susan Massick (Dermatologist) mentioned in one of the references that Skin brush is to be used occasionally.
Use a gentle face cleansing and a skin brush; if you have sensitive skin, avoid the skin brush in all manners possible.
3. Have a Clean laundry (Avoiding Blackheads)
Do not sleep in the same laundry every day!! Change your bed sheets and pillow cover on a daily basis.
When we are asleep, we release a lot of sweat and dirt along with dead skin cells. Sleeping on the same laundry the next day is unhygienic though it makes it look clean from the outside.
Clean your face and change your bed laundry every day to avoid skin-related issues such as blackheads.
4. Remove Your Makeup (Avoiding Blackheads)
Makeup is the next most important thing to taken care of before going to sleep. Having makeup before sleep is one of your skin’s bad choices overall and not only the blackheads.
Those with oily skin are an easy target for clogged pores and having makeup on before sleeping is no good addition to it. It only increases the clogging, and even the non-comedogenic makeup can’t avoid this situation.
Use makeup remover and clean your face with lukewarm water before going to sleep. Use a night cream to remove additional grime and toxicity from your face.
5. Milk and Honey – Homemade Pores Strip
Dermatologists suggest avoiding using chemical pores, and honestly, I have used nose pore strips, but I have not found any result. In my opinion, Nose strips are not an effective solution.
Use Milk and Honey solution to remove blackheads from your nose and face. It is effective and does not include much time, and here is the recipe for homemade Milk and Honey strip.
- Mix One tablespoon 🥄 of Milk and One tablespoon 🥄 of raw honey.
- Microwave the mixture for 10 minutes.
- Cooldown the mixture.
- Apply the mixture on your blackheads and keep a few clean cotton strips on it.
- Rest it for 15 minutes.
- Clean your face with lukewarm water and moisturize gently.
Milk has lactic acid, and honey is naturally antibacterial. These two make a great combination for your skincare, and it is always a great addition to your weekly skincare routine.
6. Multani Mitti / Fuller’s Earth (Clay Pack)
Multani Mitti is no doubt the best face pack to cleanse your skin and get a glow. It is also great to remove blackheads and, when used weekly in the skincare routine, avoid the blackheads.
It is easy to make a clay pack using Fuller’s Earth. Here is how to make a Multani mitti pack,
- Take 2-3 spoons 🥄 of Multani Mitti / Fuller’s Earth.
- Mix rosewater in a 1:2 ratio and make a thick paste of the mixture. If the rosewater is cooled down in the refrigerator, it will be the best clay pack in the summer.
- Keep it for 10-15 minutes till the paste is dry and avoid face movements. (Caution ⚠️ ) If you are making face movements with a clay mask, there are high chances of getting wrinkles in the future.
- Rinse your face with water and gently tap with a soft towel.
- Add this to your weekly skincare routine for the best results.
7. Homemade Charcoal Mask
The charcoal mask is the known solution and is tried by almost every individual who wants to eliminate blackheads. But packed charcoal paste mask might not work that great, and it didn’t work for me; I tested almost 5 charcoal mask brands, but somehow the results are not up to the mark.
So, I decide to make our own charcoal mask at home with activated charcoal and essential oils. Powdered charcoal with Fevicol (desi jugaad) also makes one of the best charcoal face masks (Sister’s recipe), but momtastic has the right recipe for almost all kinds of skin.
- Mix two capsules of activated charcoal, olive oil ( 3 tablespoons 🥄 ), and 1/3 tablespoon of brown sugar.
- Apply the mixture as a scrub on your blackheads in a circular motion.
- Wipe off the mixture when you are done scrubbing with warm water and a damp washcloth.
- Refrigerate the rest of the unused mixture, and you can use it for a maximum of three weeks.
8. Face Wash Regularly (Avoiding Blackheads)
Washing your face should be the first thing you do once you come back home. Your face is covered with grime, dirt, oil, bacteria, dead skin cells, and other unwanted debris throughout the day. Facial cleansing helps you with smooth and clean skin and also gives you refreshment after a tough day outside.
If you are back from sports or the sun, it is a must to have a facial cleansing with your favourite face wash.
The right way to use a face wash
- Wet your face with warm water; this will open up the pores on your face.
- Take some amount of your favorite face wash on the fingertips and rub on the cheeks in the inward direction.
- Similarly, rub the fingertips in the inward direction on your nose and then rub them on your forehead.
- Now rinse your face with lukewarm water and gently tap using a damp cloth.
- Once dried, use a face moisturizer.
Steaming is the best way to soften your blackheads and remove them eventually. Steam twice every 4 days, it softens your skin and removes toxins and unwanted debris.
Steam with a cloth overhead for 10-15 minutes (depends on comfort) and then gently tap using a soft cloth. Apply moisturizer to avoid dry skin.
Steaming softens the blackheads and eventually, they will get loose along with other unwanted debris.
10. Green Tea Mask
Green tea is beneficial and helps to remove blackheads from your face. It is also simple to prepare and easy to use. All you need is a green tea sachet, and you are ready.
- Mix one tablespoon 🥄 of green tea with one tablespoon 🥄 of water.
- Massage the blackheads with this mixture.
- Rinse it with water and moisturize your face after each use.
- Repeat this to two-three times a week, and you can find the best results.
Green tea is a great form of antioxidant and reduces the oil production on your face. Use it twice-thrice a week for the best results.
11. Kasturi Turmeric
Turmeric has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties that help remove blackheads and debris from your skin. This is also one reason why Indian traditions include applying turmeric on the whole body; it is the turmeric properties that work great in cleansing your skin.
Regular turmeric will make your skin pale yellow after use, and you would not wish to stay for days with a yellow body. As an alternative, you can Kasturi turmeric that does not leave a pale yellow colour on your face.
To remove blackheads using Kasturi turmeric, here is a step-by-step process:
- Mix 1 tablespoon 🥄 of Kasturi turmeric with one tablespoon 🥄 of water.
- Make a soft mixture and apply it on your face or nose with blackheads.
- Let is rest for 10-15 minutes.
- Rinse your face with water and tap your face with a soft cloth.
12. Coconut Oil Scrub
Coconut oil scrub is the best for removing blackheads from other parts of your body and not just the face.
- Mix one tablespoon 🥄 of coconut oil with sugar.
- Rub it on your body that has blackheads.
- Rinse it with lukewarm water, and you are done.
Coconut oil and sugar scrub exfoliate the dead skin and debris from your skin, avoiding clogging of pores. So, you are avoiding any chances of blackheads, and it also helps in removing the already present blackheads.
13. Egg White
Well-known for its skin-cleansing properties, Egg white helps to remove blackheads from your face and nose. You can directly apply it to your blackheads or use it as a mask on your face.
Egg white shrinks the pores and it then eventually becomes easy to remove the blackheads naturally.
Use it directly or as a mask for 10-15 minutes twice-thrice a week for best results.
14. Brown sugar, Honey, and Lemon Juice
- Mix 1 tablespoon 🥄 of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon 🥄 of honey, and 2 tablespoons 🥄 of lemon juice.
- Gently apply it to your blackheads (Chin and nose).
- Massage it for 5 minutes.
- Rinse with lukewarm water.
- Use moisturizer after each use.
- Repeat 2 times per week for better results.
15. Lemon, Salt, and Honey
Lemon has grease-cutting property, and salt acts as a natural non-abrasive scrub. In addition to this, honey is antibacterial and helps to avoid clogging the pores.
- Make a paste of Lemon, Salt, and honey.
- Apply it on your blackheads and gently massage it.
- Rest it for 5 minutes.
- Rinse using lukewarm water and use a moisturizer after each use.
Frequently Asked Question
Certain products in your makeup kit can cause acne or clogging of pores. Always remove your makeup before going to sleep and exfoliate properly to clean any clogged pores.
Yes, to an extent. Baking soda can be used to clean the pores that cause the blackheads. Instead, you can use a combination of baking soda and lemon to clean the pores and then tighten them to remove blackheads.
Milk and honey face mask is a great addition to your skincare routine; Milk has lactic acid, and honey is naturally antibacterial. But they cannot be your permanent way to remove the blackheads.
Skin brush helps remove blackheads, but they are not good for all types of skin. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to avoid this tool.
This is how simple it is to avoid and remove your blackheads from your face and body. You don’t need to add the above home remedies to your skincare routine; add one best that suits your skin. Moreover, facial and exfoliation are a must. Green tea is beneficial, and you can also try coffee scrub as an alternative to it.