11 Easy DIY Blackhead Removal Masks You Must Try

Try out easy-to-make home remedies to eliminate blackheads and get flawless skin.

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Blackheads are a mild form of acne that develops when your skin pores become clogged due to the oversecretion of oil and sebum. Further bacterial action and neglect may cause a blackhead to develop into painful acne. If you don’t know where to begin, we have a list of natural remedies in the form of DIY face masks for blackheads you can concoct at home. So, what are you waiting for? Scroll down to know all about these amazing skincare masks!

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A blackhead is not made of trapped dirt but looks dark because of oxidized melanin.

DIY Face Masks For Blackheads You Can Try At Home

1. Milk And Gelatin Powder Mask

Gelatin is a protein that is derived from collageni  XProtein found in connective tissues, skin, tendons, and ligaments that tighten the skin and provides other health benefits. . It is mostly used for making desserts, candies, etc. However, it is also a common home remedy for blackheads. Milk contains lactic acid, so it may help brighten the skin and keep it soft.

What You Need
  • 1 teaspoon of gelatin powder
  • 1 teaspoon of milk
What To Do
  1. Mix the ingredients until the gelatin powder dissolves completely. You can also microwave milk and gelatin for 5-10 seconds.
  2. Allow the mixture to cool down.
  3. Spread the mask on the affected area and let it dry.
  4. Peel it off.
How Often

You can do this once a week.

2. Egg White And Lemon Juice Mask

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Egg white is believed to absorb excess oil from the skin and have skin tightening effects, making this mask suitable for oily skin. It also contains nutrients that are vital for skin health. Lemon, on the other hand, contains citric acid and vitamin C and has an astringent effect on the skin, which helps to clear the skin.

What You Will Need
  • 1 egg white
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Facial brush
What To Do
  1. Mix the egg white and lemon juice. You may dilute it with a teaspoon of water.
  2. Apply the egg and lemon mixture all over your face with a facial brush. Do not apply it near your eyebrows or eyes.
  3. Stick a thin layer of tissue paper on it.
  4. Apply some mixture on the tissue paper with the brush and layer it with another piece of tissue. Make sure the tissue paper pieces stick to the skin. You may use 2-3 layers of tissues.
  5. Let it dry. Peel the tissue papers off.
  6. Wash your face with cool water.
  7. Follow up with a moisturizer.
How Often

You may do this 2-3 times a week.

Note: It is not always safe to apply raw egg on your skin as it increases your vulnerability to salmonella bacteria. However, many people use it for blackhead removal.

3. Honey And Raw Milk

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Honey has numerous skin benefits. It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties (1).

What You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon milk
What To Do
  1. Mix a tablespoon each of honey and milk in a bowl.
  2. Heat the mixture in the microwave for 5 seconds until it attains a thick consistency.
  3. Allow it to cool down and then apply the paste to the affected area.
  4. Let it dry for half an hour.
  5. Peel it off gently and wash your face.
How Often

Follow this recipe 2-3 times a week.

4. Oatmeal And Yogurt Mask

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Oatmeal is a good substitute for store-bought exfoliators. It has a coarse texture and is often used for skin exfoliation. The lactic acid present in yogurt helps to cleanse and brighten the skin.

What You Will Need
  • 4 tablespoons oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
What To Do
  1. Coarsely grind the oatmeal and add two tablespoons of yogurt to it. Let it sit for a while.
  2. Apply the mixture to your face and gently massage on the areas where you have blackheads for 5 minutes. Let it dry.
  3. Wash it off.
How Often

You can do this 2-3 times a week.

5. Gelatin And Lemon Juice

This is a basic homemade blackhead removal and pore cleansing beauty mask you can try.  Gelatin can help cleanse your skin, while lemon juice has astringenti  XProperty of a natural substance or medicinal drug to constrict skin cells and tissues by drawing water from them. and brightening effects.

What You Will Need
  • 3 tablespoons gelatin
  • 1 bowl milk cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
What To Do
  1. Mix the gelatin in milk cream until it dissolves completely.
  2. Add lemon juice to the mixture and stir it once.
  3. Warm it in the microwave for 3-4 seconds, stir it once, and warm it for 4 seconds.
  4. Allow it cool down and then apply the mask evenly on your face.
  5. Leave it to dry for 30 minutes, and once you feel tightness (as it dries), peel it off.
  6. Wash your face with water.
How Often

Do this 2-3 times a week.

6. Charcoal Face Mask

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Activated charcoal is mostly used in emergency cases to deal with overdoses (due to its superior absorbing properties). It can help draw bacteria, dirt, and other impurities from your skin (2).

What You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon bentonite clay
  • 1 teaspoon activated charcoal powder
  • 1 teaspoon water
What To Do
  1. Mix a teaspoon each of bentonite clay, activated charcoal powder, and water.
  2. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it to dry.
  3. Wash off with warm water.
  4. Follow up with a moisturizer.
How Often

Do not do this more than once a week. Overusing charcoal may damage the natural barrier of your skin.

7. Honey And Cinnamon Mask

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Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties (3). It may also help fight blackheads and prevent acne. A blogger who had a lot of blackheads shared how she got rid of them using a natural exfoliator mask. She writes, “I hate when I look at myself in the mirror and I realize that I have horrible blackheads around my nose. I hate them, and living in a city with so much pollution in the air doesn’t help (i).” She added that she removed the blackheads using a natural method, writing, “This is my ultimate natural exfoliator. Mix some honey with cinnamon and use it as an exfoliator, rubbing it in a circular way for a few minutes.”

What You Will Need
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey
What To Do
  1. Mix half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and two tablespoons of honey.
  2. Spread the mixture on your T-zone and chin and leave it on for 20 minutes.
  3. Wash it off with warm water.
How Often

You can use this mask two times a week. Note that cinnamon may sting a bit. If it causes a burning sensation, avoid using it.

8. Turmeric And Sandalwood Mask

Turmeric offers therapeutic benefits when applied to the skin. It can help improve many skin conditions, including acne (4). Sandalwood oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-infective properties. It is non-irritating unless you are allergic to it (5). Hence, ensure you do a patch test before trying this beauty mask out.

What You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2-3 drops pure sandalwood oil
What To Do
  1. Mix a tablespoon of yogurt, half a teaspoon of turmeric, and 2-3 drops of pure sandalwood oil.
  2. Apply the mixture to the affected area. Let it dry.
  3. Wash it off.
How Often

You can do this 2-3 times a week.

9. Bentonite Clay Mask

Bentonite clay is often used as a skin cleansing agent and is known for its skin healing properties (6). It can help keep the skin clean and remove impurities, thus preventing blackheads.

What You Will Need
  • 2-3 tablespoons bentonite clay
  • Water
What To Do
  1. Mix 2-3 tablespoons of bentonite clay with water to make a paste.
  2. Apply the paste to your face and let it dry.
  3. Wash it off.
How Often

Use this recipe 2-3 times a week.

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Age, heavy sweating, or hormonal changes may increase your chances of developing blackheads.

10. Green Tea, Aloe Vera, And Gelatin Mask

The consumption of green tea has many benefits (due to the polyphenolsi  XNaturally occurring micronutrients in plants that possess antioxidant properties that can be acquired either through supplements. in it). However, there are no proven benefits of topical application of green tea. It is believed to offer skin-soothing effects. Aloe vera has anti-acne properties, and it also helps to improve your skin quality (7).

What You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon gelatin powder
  • 2 tablespoons aloe vera juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly brewed green tea
What To Do
  1. Mix the gelatin powder, aloe vera juice, and freshly brewed green tea.
  2. Heat the mixture in the microwave for 10 seconds.
  3. Take it out, mix it again, and allow it to cool.
  4. Apply the mixture to your face and let it dry.
  5. Peel it off once it dries.
How Often

Use this recipe 2-3 times a week.

11. Apple Cider Vinegar

The presence of lactic acid in apple cider vinegar (ACV) has the potential to alleviate acne. Research has shown a decrease in acne among individuals who applied a lactic acid-infused lotion on their facial skin (8). It may also have the ability to promote clear skin, eliminate impurities, and thereby thwart the development of blackheads.

What You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of water

What To Do

  1. Mix apple cider vinegar and water.
  2. Dip a clean cotton ball into the solution.
  3. Gently dab the cotton ball onto the blackhead-prone areas of your face.
  4. Leave it on for about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Rinse your face with cool water and pat it dry.

How Often

Once or twice a week, depending on your skin’s sensitivity and needs.

Oversecretion of the oil glands in your skin can lead to clogged pores. These oily pores may result in minor acne called blackheads. Instead of opting for products in the stores, you can make your own DIY face masks for blackheads with organic ingredients in your kitchen. You can use honey, milk, cinnamon, charcoal, tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar or gelatin to make your favorite face mask to fight blackheads. Applying these face masks twice or thrice a week will reduce your blackheads over time and improve your overall skin health.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will peel-off masks remove blackheads?

Yes. Peel-off masks are effective in removing blackheads by unclogging your pores and getting rid of the extra dirt and oil.

Is toothpaste good for blackheads?

No. Toothpaste contains ingredients such as baking soda that may dry out the skin and worsen breakouts.

Can Vaseline get rid of blackheads?

Currently, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that vaseline can get rid of blackheads. However, many experts believe that vaseline may clog the pores further, worsening the condition.

Key Takeaways

  • Milk and gelatin powder masks can help remove the blackheads and brighten your skin tone.
  • Charcoal masks help remove bacteria and impurities from your skin.
  • Applying a bentonite face mask twice or thrice a week can reduce your blackheads and keep your skin clean.
DIY face masks for blackheads

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References

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