Our face is the first thing everyone notices when we’re trying to make a good first impression. This is why we invest in a lot of facial washes to keep it healthy and blemish-free.
But, no matter how much care we put into our skin, there are some things we just can’t control. There’s excess oil and pollution that just make our skin look dull and tired-looking.
And then there’s blackheads.
They are those black little spots that happen when your follicles get blocked. They get their color through oxidation and they can happen whether or not you have acne.
Though genes dictate if you’re going to have them or not, good hygiene also plays a huge part in their formation. So, to keep them at bay, you’ll need something that can make sure your pores stay clog-free.
Here are some DIY face masks for blackheads that will leave you with soft, clear and irresistible skin. But though these are natural remedies, remember these can’t be done regularly. They can only be applied at least 3 times a week to avoid drying your skin out.
1. Honey and Cinnamon Face Mask
Packed with nutrients that care for your skin, honey is a popular ingredient in both cosmetic and skincare products. It is highly antimicrobial, too, making it great for acne-prone skin.
Cinnamon, on the other hand, is packed with antimicrobial properties that stop the growth of pimple-causing bacteria. It helps remove dead skin cells, too.
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Mix the two in a small bowl until well combined.
- Apply on the affected area and leave on for 15 minutes maximum.
- Rinse face with your favorite facial wash.
Note that you’ll experience a slight burning sensation but this is completely normal. However, if you have sensitive skin, you can skip adding the cinnamon.
2. Bentonite Clay Mask
This DIY face mask for blackheads is effective because bentonite clay works like a magnet to draw out impurities from the skin. This results to a cleaner, clearer complexion.
Another ingredient is Apple Cider Vinegar which is a natural astringent. Aside from absorbing excess oil, it also helps restore the skin’s natural pH levels.
- About a tablespoon of bentonite clay
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Create a thick yet spreadable paste by adding an adequate amount of ACV to a tablespoon of clay in a small container.
- Apply it on your face and leave it on for 15 minutes or until it dries.
- Once dry, wash your face and don’t forget to apply a moisturizer afterwards.
Note: ACV may irritate the skin. It can be replaced with water if you have extremely sensitive skin.
3. Egg White Mask
Who would have thought egg whites aren’t only for eating? Aside from firming and nourishing the skin, egg whites also help tighten pores and remove existing impurities in your pores.
It can prevent future blackheads, too.
- An egg
- Tissue papers (optional)
- A bowl
- A towel
- In a small bowl, start off by separating the egg white from the egg yolk.
- Start applying the egg white to your clean face. You can opt to use tissue papers or not.
- The “tissue-less method” simply means applying 5 layers of egg whites on your face. Just make sure to let each layer dry before applying another one or else it won’t work.
- For the tissue paper method, carefully place a layer of tissue paper on top of the wet egg white. Once dry, apply a second layer of egg white over the tissue paper.
4. Milk and Honey Pore Strips
As mentioned above, honey is a well-known antimicrobial. This antimicrobial property fights zits and prevents new ones from forming.
Milk is a good addition to this DIY face mask for blackheads as it replenishes and hydrates the skin to leave it soft and supple. If Cleopatra did it, why can’t you?
- A tablespoon of honey
- A teaspoon of milk
- A cotton ball
- In a small bowl, mix together the honey and milk and heat it in the microwave for about 10 seconds.
- Give it another stir and let it cool down a bit until it reaches a comfortable temperature.
- Using your fingertips, apply a thin layer over your blackheads and place a cotton ball over it. Let dry for about 20 minutes.
- Gently remove the cotton ball and wash your face with cold water. Don’t forget to apply a moisturizer.
5. Water and Baking Soda Face Mask
While baking soda technically doesn’t remove blackheads, its fine granules work great as an exfoliator to unclog the pores. Just don’t overdo it as it can dry out your skin.
And not to mention it’s a cheap alternative, too.
- Baking Soda
- Combine water with baking soda to create a thick yet spreadable paste.
- Gently massage it into your skin using circular motions.
- Wash your face with water and finish it off with a moisturizer.
6. Toothpaste and Baking Soda Face Mask
Again, this doesn’t have scientific proof that it actually works. It’s just an option for exfoliating your face and give it a deep clean to unclog the pores.
Toothpaste is present in this DIY face mask for blackheads to give skin a refreshing, tingly feel.
- Baking Soda
- Mix some baking soda with toothpaste until well combined.
- Apply the mixture on areas with blackheads. Using an old toothbrush, gently massage it in using circular motions (be as gentle as possible to avoid any redness.)
- Continue massaging for 5-7 minutes.
- Rinse your face with a facial cleanser and use a moisturizer afterwards.
7. Tomato Mask
A natural astringent, tomatoes brighten lifeless skin and can even help fight acne. It balances the skin and is great at controlling oil because of its acidity.
- One small tomato
- Lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon honey
- Take a tomato and place it in a blender to make a paste.
- Add in the honey and a couple of drops of lemon juice and apply it to your clean face.
- Leave it on for around 20 minutes.
- Rinse off with cold water and apply your favorite moisturizer afterwards.
Alternately, you can slice a whole tomato and leave it in the freezer. After washing your face with a face wash, rub it using circular motions.
The tomato juice will eliminate blackheads and acne while the cold temperature will minimize the pores.
After rubbing for 5 minutes, let it sit for 15 minutes more. Then, wash your face and apply your choice of moisturizer.
8. Green Tea Mask
Green Tea is widely used if you want to lose weight. However, it can also make skin brighter, look more flawless and can even help ward-off acne.
This mask’s olive oil component will help moisturize the skin to leave it soft and supple.
- Olive Oil
- Green Tea
- Put leftover green tea leaves from used green tea bags in a mixer. Mix the coffee and slowly add in the olive oil until you get a thick paste.
- Apply the paste on your face and let it sit for around 15 minutes.
- Rinse your face with your regular face wash. You can also opt to run an ice cube on your face to close the pores.
9. Honey and Lemon Face Mask
We all know lemons as natural skin lighteners. But, just like tomatoes, their high acidic content is effective at keeping oil at bay.
Honey is a known antimicrobial. It is secret to flawless, blemish-free skin.
- A teaspoon of honey
- A small lemon
- Mix some lemon juice with honey and stir until well combined. If the honey is semi-solid, you can try putting it in the microwave for a couple of seconds to turn it into a liquid.
- Apply it on your face and let it sit for 20 minutes.
- Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
10. Yogurt and Oatmeal Face Mask
Oatmeal is known for its cleansing and moisturizing abilities. It also acts as a great exfoliator to help unclog the pores.
On the other hand, yogurt is secret to smooth and smooth skin as it is also an exfoliant. It also brightens and hydrates the skin and can help in evening the skin.
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil
- 3 tablespoons yogurt
- 1 tablespoon of oatmeal
- Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl.
- Apply it on your face and leave for around 25 minutes.
- Rinse off with water and your regular face wash. This recipe is ideal for sensitive skin.
For oily skin, simply replace olive oil with 2 tablespoons tomato juice with lemon juice being optional. Apply it on your face and leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing.
11. Aloe Vera and Charcoal Face Mask
Activated charcoal works by trapping impurities and is a natural alternative for treating acne. Compared to absorption, it works through adsorption when elements cling to another element.
Aloe Vera is known for its antimicrobial and antifungal properties. It aids in the skin’s healing process and can help improve the skin’s overall condition.
- 1 capsule of activated charcoal
- 2 teaspoons of Aloe Vera Gel
- Combine the two ingredients in a bowl until you form a paste.
- Apply it on your face and let it dry for around 15 minutes.
- Rinse it off completely.
12. Charcoal and Bentonite Clay Peel-Off Mask
As mentioned above, charcoal is known to be a powerful acne treatment. It is also effective against blackheads as it acts like a magnet to attract all the impurities deep down the pores.
Another important ingredient in this mask is Bentonite Clay. Just like charcoal, it “sucks out” all the dirt and grime in your pores to leave you with blemish-free and clear skin.
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/2 teaspoon bentonite clay
- 1 teaspoon activated charcoal
- 1 tablespoon gelatin
- Combine and mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Make sure not to use any metal spoons or whisks to avoid making a reaction with the activated charcoal.
- Place it in the microwave until the mixture thickens. Microwave it for a total of 30 seconds, 10 seconds at a time.
- Let it cool down a little. You’ll notice that it’ll actually thicken while it cools down, and this will help the mask become more effective.
- Wear your hair in a ponytail and slowly apply the mask. Make sure to avoid the eyebrows or any facial hair because this mask can also take them off.
- Leave it on for at least 45 minutes to an hour (this might seem like a long time, but we promise you it’s going to be worth it.)
- Gently peel the mask off your face starting from the bottom upwards. Wash your face with a face wash and don’t forget to apply moisturizer.
13. Charcoal and Glue Peel-Off Mask
Charcoal is a popular ingredient in face masks and it’s all for the right reasons. Activated charcoal is a natural way of unclogging your pores of all the gunk and sebum.
You’ve probably seen this method all over the internet. But we should warn you it’s going to hurt so if you have super sensitive skin, you might want to test it out on a small area first.
- 1 capsule of activated charcoal
- White glue
- Your choice of essential oil (optional)
- Add crushed activated charcoal into a small bowl and mix it with an adequate amount of white glue to form a paste. Put in a few drops of essential oil for scent.
- Then, using a popsicle stick, mix them all up. Apply the paste on your face (avoiding facial hair) and wait for it to dry (around 30 minutes.)
- Slowly peel the mask starting from the bottom upwards. Wash your face with a face wash and don’t forget to apply your favorite moisturizer.
14. Milk and Gelatin Peel-Off Mask
Milk is known for its moisturizing abilities (why do you think Cleopatra used it in her baths?) It softens skin to restore its bounciness and suppleness.
Gelatin is an ingredient commonly used in desserts, but you can use it for blackheads, too. It penetrates deep into the pores to lift up all the gunk and impurities.
- 1 tablespoon of gelatin
- 2 to 3 tablespoons of milk
- Mix in all the ingredients in a bowl. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes to allow the gelatin to “bloom,” while stirring occasionally.
- Microwave it for 30 seconds or until it gets creamy. Let it cool down a bit and slowly apply it to your face, again avoiding any facial hair.
- Let it sit for about 30 minutes and peel it off using an upwards motion. Wash your face with a face wash and finish it off with a moisturizer.
15. Turmeric Mask
Turmeric is known to stain anything it touches, but did you know it’s highly antibacterial as well? This property fights pimple-causing bacteria and can even help prevent acne scarring.
Another ingredient you’ll need is mint juice. Commonly used in skincare products, mint is known as a powerful cleansing agent.
- 2 to 3 teaspoons of turmeric
- Mint juice
- Mix the two ingredients in a bowl until you make a paste. Apply it on your face and let it sit for 20 minutes or until it fully dries.
- Wash your face with a face wash and warm water.
16. Fenugreek Leaves Face Mask
Fenugreek leaves are widely used in Indian cuisine. But aside from their taste and aroma, they are also known for their medicinal properties.
One of them is their skin benefits. When applied topically, they’re effective against pimples, blackheads, and wrinkles.
- Fenugreek leaves
- Put in some fenugreek leaves into a mixer and grind them. Add in some water to make a paste.
- Apply it to your face and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water.
17. Honey and Flour Face Mask
Antimicrobial, honey is packed with skin-loving nutrients to keep skin in its best condition. It is great for acne-prone skin since it helps control pimple-causing bacteria.
There are, however, no scientific studies showing flour is great against blackheads. However, it acts as a great binder to make this mask work.
- 1 tablespoon of flour
- 1 teaspoon of water
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- Mix all three ingredients in a small bowl until you make a paste.
- Take some post-its and cut it into three parts. Dip the strips into the paste and apply them on your face.
- Let the strips sit for 10 minutes. Then wash your face with warm water.
18. Hydrogen Peroxide Treatment
Hydrogen peroxide is known as an antiseptic. It is used to prevent burn, scrapes, and minor cuts from getting infected.
But did you know it can also be used for acne? Its germ-fighting properties make it great at fighting bacteria that cause pimples.
- 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
- A cotton ball
- Moisten the cotton ball with 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Apply it all over your face.
- Apply a moisturizer afterwards to avoid drying your skin out.
Note: using hydrogen peroxide on your face isn’t really recommended by doctors. Consult with them first before starting a regimen.
19. Cinnamon and Honey Face Mask
Cinnamon isn’t only good for making pastries and desserts. It is antifungal and antibacterial, too, and may help fight pimple-causing bacteria.
On the other hand, honey is highly antimicrobial. Together, these two make a great combo to fight acne and deliver clear skin.
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder
- Combine the two ingredients in a small bowl. Mix them together until you make a thick paste.
- Apply it to your face and massage for around 5 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water.
20. Chickpea and Mint Face Mask
Chickpea flour, also known as besan, is widely used in Indian cuisine. But it can also help solve a number of skin troubles like acne and controlling excess oil.
Mint, as mentioned above, is a great cleanser. It cleans the pores and can help eliminate acne and blackheads.
- Mint leaves juice or paste
- 1 tablespoon of chickpea flour
- Combine the two ingredients in a small bowl. Mix until you form a smooth paste.
- Gently massage it on your face for about 5 minutes. Let it sit for another 20 minutes before rinsing it off with a face wash.