Blackheads On Cheeks: Causes, Home Remedies, & Preventive Tips

Easy home remedies to help you control blackheads and keep your skin blemish-free.

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Preethi Nagaraj, MD DVL
By Monomita Chakraborty

Blackheads on the cheeks are not uncommon. They mainly occur when the oil, sebum, and dirt in the skin pores push through it, exposing the tip, which oxidizes and turns black. You might have seen blackheads on the nose. However, they can appear anywhere on the body, especially the oily surfaces and the cheeks. Luckily, you can get rid of them with simple home remedies and other treatment options.

In this article, we have explored why you get blackheads on the cheeks, some remedies you may try, and professional treatment options for blackhead removal. Keep reading to learn more.

What Causes Blackheads On Your Cheeks?

Young woman with blackheads on cheeks

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Common causes of blackheads on your cheeks could be:

  1.  Clogging of hair follicles by dead skin cells
  2.  Production of excess sebum (oil)
  3.  Hormonal changes during puberty, menstruation, and pregnancy (they might affect sebum production) (1)
  4.  Excess sebum production triggered by medications like lithium, steroids, and anticonvulsants (2)
  5.  Exposure to sunlight and humid weather (3)
  6.  Stress (4)
  7.  Unhealthy diet (foods rich in animal products, and fatty and sugary foods) (5)
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The bacteria associated with frequent acne and blackhead breakouts is called Propionibacterium acnes.

Wondering how to get rid of blackheads? They can be removed with the right use of ingredients. Here are some natural blackhead removal methods and home remedies.

Home Remedies To Reduce Blackheads On Your Cheeks

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1. Egg White Face Mask

Egg whites are high in nutrients and may help tighten pores temporarily. An egg white mask not only replenishes your skin with nutrients but may also help remove blackheads. Though the benefits of egg whites for skin have no scientific backing, they are a popular DIY skin care ingredient.

What You Need

  •  3-4 eggs
  •  3-4 tissue papers
  •  A bowl

How To Use

  •  Cleanse and wipe your face dry.
  •  Separate the egg white from the yolk.
  •  Apply the egg white to your skin, place tissue paper on the top, and let it dry.
  •  Apply a second layer of egg white to the tissue and gently press it down (you can continue to apply 3 to 4 layers, but make sure each layer is dried before you move on to the next).
  •  Remove the tissues and wash your face.
  •  Apply a moisturizer after patting your face dry.

2. Sugar Scrub

Sugar is abrasive and works as a natural exfoliating ingredient (6). It helps clear clogged pores on the skin while also eliminating dead skin cells. Add any skin-friendly oil (like coconut, olive, almond, or jojoba oil) to sugar to make the scrub. This scrub may also boost and preserve skin moisture.

What You Need

  •  1 cup of white/brown granulated sugar
  •  3 tablespoons of any skin-friendly oil

How To Use

  •  Mix the white/brown granulated sugar with the skin-friendly oil.
  •  Scrub for a few minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water.

3. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree essential oil can be effective against blackheads

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Tea tree oil helps dry out blackheads. Its antimicrobial qualities may fight acne-causing germs (7).

What You Need

  •  Tea tree oil
  •  Cotton ball

How To Use

  •  Wash your face with warm water and a cleanser. Pat your face dry.
  •  Dab the oil to the skin with a cotton ball.
  •  Rinse off after 15 to 20 minutes.

4. Raw Honey Scrub

Honey is known to prevent microbial growth on the skin (8). It contains humectants, which moisturize the skin and assist in removing blackheads and whiteheads (9), (10). It also nourishes and exfoliates the skin.

What You Need

  •  1 spoon sugar
  •  1 teaspoon lemon juice
  •  1 teaspoon raw honey

How To Use

  •  Mix the sugar, lemon juice, and raw honey.
  •  Scrub your face and wash off with cold water.

5. Steam

Using hot steam on your face will open up your pores (11). This makes it easier for you to remove the blackheads and whiteheads. Steam also cleanses your pores by removing dirt, germs, oil, and other contaminants.

Note: The key to having smooth and clear skin is to maintain a regular facial cleansing routine. Cleanse your skin every day and exfoliate once or twice a week.

Keep in mind that simple skin cleansers may not be able to remove blackheads. Look for salicylic acid in creams, lotions, or gels (12).

What if your blackheads don’t clear away despite trying these home remedies for several weeks? Seek professional treatment from a dermatologist. Here are some of the professional treatment options for blackheads.

Professional Treatment Options For Blackheads On Your Cheeks

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1. Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a popular technique used to treat several skin conditions, including acne and acne scarring (13). This treatment involves using a handheld abrasive device. The device exfoliates the skin using a stream of fine crystals and a vacuum to remove dead skin cells from the face. This procedure might help open up blocked pores and remove blackheads.

2. Chemical Peeling

Chemical peeling is another widely used procedure in the management of acne and acne scars (14). It involves the application of exfoliating chemical solutions like salicylic acid and trichloroacetic acid to the affected skin areas. These chemicals help remove damaged skin cells and regenerate new ones.

3. Comedone Extraction

Blackheads are medically known as open comedones. Your dermatologist may consider extracting the comedones gently using an instrument called a comedone extractor. Since this is done at a doctor’s clinic, you can be sure that the instruments are sterilized and free of bacteria. Your dermatologist may prescribe topical preparations containing retinoids to prevent further appearance of blackheads.

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Prescription medications to treat blackheads may contain Vitamin A, tazarotene, adapalene, or tretinoin.

Prevention is better than cure. Taking a few simple skin care steps can help prevent blackheads on your cheeks. Here is a list of tips you can follow.

Tips For Preventing Blackheads On Your Cheeks

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  •  Wash your face at least twice a day.
  •  Remove all your makeup with appropriate cleansers before going to bed.
  •  Use physical exfoliants like sugar or salt scrubs to keep oily skin clean.
  •  Avoid comedogenic cosmetics and skin products.
  •  Use clay or charcoal mask once in a while.
  •  Maintain a healthy diet, drink lots of water, and protect your skin from the sun.
  •  Avoid smoke and other contaminants.
  •  Avoid touching your face unnecessarily.
  •  Wash sheets and pillowcases regularly.
  •  Use over-the-counter products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to dry out excess oil (15).
  •  Avoid squeezing blackheads. Squeezing may aggravate them.

Blackheads are a type of acne caused when dirt and dead skin cells clog the skin pores. They can, however, appear everywhere on the body, particularly on oily skin and the cheeks. Blackheads can be removed and prevented by using easy home treatments with the appropriate components. It is important to remember that the skin doesn’t clear up overnight. If the above-mentioned home remedies do not work for you, get expert assistance in determining the best treatment choice. Keep in mind that prevention is always preferable to treatment. To keep blackheads at bay, follow these simple preventive techniques.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do blackheads go away naturally?

It depends on how deep your blackheads are. If the blackheads are closer to the surface, they might go away on their own. If the blackheads are deeply embedded in your skin, you can use natural remedies or medical treatments to reduce blackheads.

Do blackheads leave holes?

Blackheads can leave open and enlarged pores post removal. You can use a toner and gentle moisturizer to keep your skin smooth and hydrated.

Key Takeaways

  • Blackheads on cheeks can occur due to excessive oil production, stress, hormonal imbalances, or clogged pores.
  • The right blend of ingredients combined with simple home remedies can help remove and prevent blackheads.
  • Blackheads on the cheeks can be prevented by regular exfoliation, following a healthy diet, and practicing good hygiene.

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Monomita has a graduate degree in mass communication and video production from St. Anthony's College, Shillong, and a master’s degree... more

Dr. Preethi Nagaraj

(MD DVL)
Dr. Preethi Nagaraj is the medical director and senior consultant dermatologist at Twacha Skin and Hair Clinic, Kakkanad, Kochi, India.... more

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