10 Easy DIY Blackhead Removal Masks You Must Try

Medically Reviewed By Dr. Zeel Gandhi, Ayurvedic Doctor , BAMS, Ayurvedic Doctor, Ayurvedic Doctor
Written by Ramona Sinha

Blackheads are a mild form of acne. They are formed when your skin pores are clogged due to the oversecretion of oil and sebum. Further bacterial action and neglect may cause a blackhead to develop into painful acne. All you need is a little TLC to combat this problem. If you don’t know where to begin, we have a list of DIY blackhead removal mask recipes for you. Take a look!

DIY Face Masks For Blackheads You Can Try At Home

1. Milk And Gelatin Powder Mask

Gelatin is a protein that is derived from collagen. 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

Egg white is believed to absorb excess oil from the skin and have skin tightening effects. 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

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

Oatmeal is a good substitute for store-bought exfoliators. It has a coarse texture and is often used for exfoliating the skin. 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 mask you can try. Gelatin can help cleanse your skin, while lemon juice has astringent 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

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

Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties (3). Along with honey, it can help fight blackheads and prevent acne.

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 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.

10. Green Tea, Aloe Vera, And Gelatin Mask

The consumption of green tea has many benefits (due to the polyphenols 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.

Taking care of your skin starts with using the right products. However, it also involves tackling it from every angle – diet, exercise, and topical applications. Sometimes, you may end up applying too many products on your face in the hope of repairing your skin. What you don’t realize is that most of them contain chemicals that can be counterproductive to your skin’s health. That’s why you must follow a skin care regimen that contains natural ingredients. How do you deal with blackheads? Let us know by dropping in a message in the comments section below.


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