16 Best ways to Remove Blackheads

: April 29, 2015
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You are getting ready for a party and have selected your best attire, your best hair do and suddenly you notice in the mirror small black spots on your nose and you panic as you know you have been attacked by the annoying blackheads. You try to hide them by dabbing a little more make up but deep inside you know that applying more make up is not the solution.
Blackheads are very small elevations on the skin which are formed when the hair follicles on the skin are clogged. This clogging happens due to the accumulation of dust and oil at the opening of the hair follicle. They are black in color hence they are called blackheads. Though not painful they appear ugly and affect our appearance and skin.

Common causes of blackheads are:

  • Secretion of oil in large amounts by the sebaceous glands
  • Hormonal changes in women especially if one is use oral contraceptives.
  • Hereditary
  • Stress and insufficient sleep
  • Use of cosmetics with chemicals that are harmful to skin
  • Reactions due to certain medications.
  • Poor hygiene
There is no need to feel low because blackheads can be eliminated using a little care and some useful household remedies.


1. Avoid Stress and follow healthy lifestyle:

Avoid stress
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Lead a stress free life Get enough sleep so that you do not generate fatigue. Lead a healthy lifestyle and make sure to have a good diet.

2. Cosmetics and medications:

Choose the cosmetics that you use carefully .Also check if you are not allergic to the medicines that you may be taking for other aliments

3. Don’t prick them:

Our first reaction on seeing blackheads is we try to prick them using sharp objects. Avoid doing this as you will be left with permanent scars.

4.Stop thinking about them:

Yes you need to get rid of blackheads but stop thinking about them all the while it only adds to your stress.

5. Your beauty sleep:

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Always remember sufficient sleep does wonders for your skin.
There are several ingredients in your kitchen which can be used in treating blackheads. These substances are safer than the market products as they are natural and devoid of harmful chemicals and also not expensive

Home remedies for controlling blackheads:

1. Steam :

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The steam from boiling water opens the pores and removes the dirt and excess oil. This cleansing effect is useful in eliminating blackheads and whiteheads.
  • Boil water in a huge bowl.
  • Steam your face for two minutes
  • Clean it well with a natural home made scrub.
 You can take steam twice in a week.

2. Salt Water:

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Salt water works on black heads by drying out the excess oil.
  • Mix a little salt with water.
  • Apply it to the face.
  • Wash face with clean water after 5 minutes.
  This treatment can be followed everyday.

3. Baking Soda:

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Baking soda is a good exfoliating agent and antifungal agent hence it controls itchiness and dandruff.
  • Mix baking soda and water
  • Apply to affected area black heads.
  • Leave it for 20 minutes.
  • Wash with water.

4. Egg White and honey:

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Egg white removes black heads and honey has anti inflammatory properties and is widely used in skin infections.
  • Mix egg white and honey
  • Leave it on face for half an hour
  • Wash with water for clean radiant skin
You can use this remedy once in a week.

5. Lemon:

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Lemon has antiseptic properties and hence can be used against infections. There are three methods of using lemon juice on black heads:

Method 1:

  • Mix yogurt and lemon juice in a bowl.
  • Apply it on the face
  • Let it dry for half an hour
  • Wash with water.

Method 2:

  • Mix honey and lemon juice in a bowl
  • Apply it on the face
  • Leave it for half an hour
  • Wash with water.

Method 3:

  • Mix salt ,yogurt and honey in a bowl
  • Add lemon juice to this mixture
  • Scrub face gently with this mixture for 5 minutes.
  • Wash with water.
All the three remedies can be followed daily.

6. Aloe Vera:

Aloe vera
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Aloe vera has soothing effect on the skin and is also antiseptic in nature.
Applying aloe gel juice to blackheads is found to give relief from blackheads.

7. Almonds:

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The nutrient rich almonds are very good for the skin. They are good moisturizers as well. An effective home made scrub can be made using almonds.
  1. Crush a few almonds.
  2. Mix it with besan which is also very good for the skin.
  3. Use this scrub to clean your face.
This scrub can be used daily.


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Turmeric has healing properties. You can use it in two ways:

Method 1:

  • Mix turmeric powder with juice of mint leaves in a bowl.
  • Apply it to the face for 15 minutes
  • Wash with water.

Method 2

  • Mix turmeric, milk and sandalwood powder in a bowl.
  • Apply it on face for 15 minutes
  • Wash face with water.
Both these methods can be used daily for clean skin.

9. Oatmeal:

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     Oatmeal is readily available in Indian markets and it exfoliates the skin.
  • Make a powder of oatmeal.
  • To it add rose water.
  • Apply it to the face.
  • After 20 minutes wash it off with water.
This scrub can be used daily to wash face.

10. Cinnamon powder:

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Cinnamon powder can be used as an exfoliating agent.
  • Mix lemon juice and cinnamon powder.
  •  Scrub face to remove black heads.
 Before using the scrub make sure you are not allergic to cinnamon.

11. Milk:

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Milk is good skin cleanser. Apply milk to the blackheads and gently rub with a towel to remove blackheads.

12. Fenugreek Seeds:

Fenugreek seeds
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Fenugreek has antiseptic and anti inflammatory properties and hence is used in skin infections.
  • Grind fenugreek seeds with water.
  • Apply it to face for 15 minutes.
  • Wash with water to get relief from blackheads

13. Mint toothpaste:

 Toothpaste has ability to remove blackheads. Apply some mint toothpaste to the blackheads .Once it has dried wipe it with a wet cloth to remove the blackheads.

14. Tomatoes:

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 Tomatoes are good antiseptics and have a cleansing effect.
  • Crush a tomato.
  • Apply tomato juice to the blackheads.
  • Leave this overnight or till the juice dries.
  • Wash with water
This method can be used at least once in a week

15. Green Tea:

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Green tea has antioxidants and it prevents accumulation of dirt .Applying green tea to the affected part is very effective in eliminating black heads.

16 . Water:

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Drink plenty of water so that skin is hydrated and the toxins are removed from our body.
Blackheads can be cured and you can look your best. Just a few precautionary measures and home remedies can give you flawless beautiful skin without any mark of blackheads.


Sarjita Pradhan

Sarjita Pradhan

Sarjita Pradhan born and brought in Mumbai has a degree in Masters in Analytical Chemistry and a wide work experience in various fields...

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