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Remedies for Blackheads

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For many people, blackheads are part of life. They can be unsightly though and can lead to further skin issues. This page contains remedies for blackheads.


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By 12 found this helpful
May 13, 2010

Remove blackheads easily with plain old white glue. Yes, not only is it fun to peel dried glue, it works great on areas such as the nose, chin, and forehead to remove blackheads and is much more effective than the usual peel off mask and it's less expensive. Happy peeling!

Source: Beauty secrets from Hollywood as shared on some talk show last year.

By liknmylife from Shelbyville, KY

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May 17, 20100 found this helpful

I was reading this tip about using the white glue to remove blackheads. Would this work on boil type blemishes my son has these, but mainly on the back of his neck. Also is it ordinary craft glue? Many thanks. Helen xx

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By 13 found this helpful
May 9, 2012

Here is a simple way to make your own blackhead removing strips. I used to spend $10 per box (which lasted me 2 weeks) for many, many years.



Mix together gelatin and milk in a small bowl then microwave it for 10-15 seconds. Make sure it's not scalding, then apply a thin coat on to your nose or your T-zone with your fingers. Wait 10 minutes until the mixture dries completely. The gelatin is opaque when wet, and will be translucent when dry. Carefully peel the gelatin strip off your nose. Blackheads and dirt will stick to the gelatin, clearing your pores!


Note: if you don't like the smell of warm milk, try adding a drop of essential oil!

By attosa from Los Angeles, CA

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By 0 found this helpful
July 19, 2016

What kind of food can make blackheads?

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July 23, 20160 found this helpful

Foods high in fat can contribute to blackheads: cheese, chocolate, fried foods ....

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December 24, 20080 found this helpful

I am suffering from black heads. Can someone give me advise to avoid getting them?


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By guest (Guest Post)
January 26, 20090 found this helpful

I have tried boiling milk and adding lime juice, and it doesn't work. It just makes a white, gooey mess. I hope this helps.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 6, 20090 found this helpful

The baking powder does not work it hurts A LOT! DO NOT use it with water said before. it stings and fizzes on your face BADLY! try bicarbonate of soda and cleanser. this is recommended by a makeup artist called Rae Morris.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 10, 20090 found this helpful

Wash your face with WARM water. NOT HOT water. This will help to open your pores without drying out your skin. Then mix 3 tsp. honey and 1 tsp. ground cinnamon. Then put it on your trouble spots. Make sure not to put on too much, or it will continue to drip off. Just put on enough to make it stick to your face.

Lemon juice on a cotton ball works really well too. Remember to wash your face before putting anything on your face.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 14, 20090 found this helpful

I am going to try the glue mask.

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February 24, 20150 found this helpful

I am suffering from skin problems. My nose is surrounded by black marks. Whenever I pinch them, white colored small material comes from it. What kind of treatment should I use or which kind of doctor should I consult?

By johnsonmoon

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February 24, 20150 found this helpful

A dermatologist is the doc for you. Before you spend all that money try very warm water on a cloth and just hold it on your face for a few minutes. Ask your local pharmacist about a soap which will help you. The blackheads will eventually go away so don't risk permanent damage by picking at them.

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February 25, 20150 found this helpful

Biore makes strips to remove blackheads, I too have this problem. I use a Biore strip once a week and it does seem to help.

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February 28, 20150 found this helpful

There are many over the counter remedies that work quite well for some skin problems. You can consult a pharmacist first, and she could help you select a product to try. If such products do not help, you can consult your family doctor, who likely has a lot of experience with such a common ailment. A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in skin disorders, and you could go directly to one if you feel your skin condition is quite serious.

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By 0 found this helpful
April 19, 2011

What is the easiest way to get rid of black heads?

By Cheyenne from Canton, GA

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April 21, 20110 found this helpful

White Elmer's glue. Put it on kind of thick, but not so much that it runs down your face. Allow it to dry, and then peel off. It will peel some blackheads out when you peel it off. I'd do it as often as you can stand. I have a little tool that I bought at Wal-Mart that has a little wire loop on one end, it removes blackheads too.

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April 22, 20110 found this helpful

Wash face and open pores with warm water. Apply a paste of baking soda and water. When it begins to dry rinse with hot water, then splash with cool water. Perfectly clean!

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April 23, 20110 found this helpful

I tried the Elmers glue think and it didn't work.

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April 24, 20110 found this helpful

I wanted to pass on what works for me -try using Ichthammol iointment. It is a black drawing salve and is available at any / most drugstores, just ask the pharmacist & it cost under $5.00. But it smells awful, like tar , but it works. steam your face & wash with a cleanser, take a small dab & I mean just enough to put on it, kind of thick, cover with a bandaid and in the morning most times the blackhead is up to the surface and ready to pop. If not do this for a few nights. It never fails me. Oh and this ointment works on Boils & etc.. Great stuff.

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February 18, 20140 found this helpful

I have blackheads mainly on my nose. What can I do to get rid of them?

By Anon

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February 22, 20140 found this helpful

I have heard that if you put a thin coat of Elmer's glue on your nose, let it dry then peel it off, that the blackhead contents will peel off with the glue. Can't hurt to try! Good luck!

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April 1, 20140 found this helpful

Biore strips, which are overpriced, will do the trick, but so will duct tape. With your skin clean, just press it on, leave for about a minute, and peel off. Use an astringent to shrink the pores afterward because oil clogs the pores and builds up to form blackheads.

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August 2, 20110 found this helpful

How do you get rid of blackheads on your face?

By Teresa from Davison, MI

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August 3, 20110 found this helpful

When I was younger, I washed my face with phisoderm and a buff puff it cleared them up. It's a ph balanced face wash in a bottle not medicated by the clearasil. Don't know if it's still sold.

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August 5, 20110 found this helpful

Apply a paste of baking soda and water. Let sit a few minutes then rinse off with hot water, following up with cold. It's natural and not damaging to your skin.

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August 10, 20110 found this helpful

How do you get rid of blackheads?

By Shilpi M.

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August 12, 20110 found this helpful

Smear Elmer"s glue on your face with your fingers. Let it dry completely, and then peel it off. Or you can buy little blackhead tools at any beauty supply store that will help remove them.

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April 19, 20110 found this helpful

Does anyone know an easy and quick blackhead remover? I get them pretty badly, and I need some way to get rid of them. Please, and thanks so much.

By epiclykyla from Boston, MA


Home Remedy for Blackheads

All you have to do is mix baking soda with water (make it into paste), leave it for as long as you wish, then wash your face with water until all of the baking soda is off. Good luck.

By kffrmw88

Home Remedy for Blackheads

Well, the first thing that comes to mind is to keep your hands off your face. In fact, get in the habit of never touching your face without first washing your hands. Of course, you need to wash your face and keep it clean, but don't over-wash it or your face will put out even more oil for dirt to stick to.

You need to help shrink the pores with a non-alcohol astringent after cleaning your face with a gentle cream or lotion or foam cleanser. Once or at most twice a week you can use a scrub like St. Ives apricot scrub for acne. It's the one that also has salicylic acid added. If you don't over-do it, you can use benzoyl peroxide to keep the bacteria down, but I would be very careful because too much of the benzoyl peroxide (or too much salicylic acid, like in Stridex wipes) can make your face peel, be very dry, and extra-sensitive to the sun.

If you have the money, it would greatly benefit you to spend around $50 and have a facial once a month. Most people don't know what a facial is and just think they put some steam and creams on your face, but "facials" are really for getting rid of blackheads and also exfoliating your face as well as toning the pores so they can shrink as much as possible.

The steam is to open your pores so they can easily and gently remove the blackheads. These beauticians, if they know their stuff can remove your blackheads in a facial with practically no pain. If you get a lot of blackheads, it's worth the money to have a facial once a month or every other month. Call around and check on prices at different places. But by all means do not go to a beauty college where they train people to do facials. Also, don't schedule a facial the day before you are going somewhere important because your face will most likely need a few days to heal afterward.

When you remove your own blackheads you should always hold a hot, clean washcloth to your face for about 5 minutes (to the blackhead area) beforehand so the hot steam can open your pores and the steam from the hot cloth helps the blackheads get softer. If you use the hot-washcloth/steam method, your blackheads will come out much easier. After removing your blackheads or after washing your face, be sure to "tone" the skin with astringent ("toning" helps to deep-clean and shrink the pores back to normal), use with a non-alcohol astringent on a 100% cotton round pad (they have these cotton pads at most dollar stores, only buy the 100% cotton ones).

I would also recommend you use light-colored pillow cases that you can bleach every time you wash them. The bleach will kill the germs. Use your pillow case for only 2 nights: sleep on it once on the front-side, then turn it over and sleep on the back side the second night, then wash it and get a clean one. Also, use light colored towels and washcloths that you can also bleach.

Here's some more info to read: (08/12/2009)

By Cyinda

Home Remedy for Blackheads

I use the round part of a safety pin to squeeze them out. Don't use the actual pin, which can scar your face, but push down the circle around the blackhead and it will pop right out. It sounds gross to write, but that is the nature of the topic. (08/12/2009)

By emilykate84

Home Remedy for Blackheads

I found this remedy on another website:

How to Make a Homemade "Biore" Pore Cleasning Mask
by Christen Henderson

It's as easy as 5 minutes! You can make as much as you want and it's lots cheaper, and in my opinion works a lot better!


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You'll Need:

  • 1 T Knox unflavored gelatin
  • 1-1/2 T milk

Not very hard to find at all!


  1. Mix two ingredients and microwave for 10 seconds to slightly warm. Using a clean
    cosmetic brush or a Q-Tip works fine, apply to nose and chin area.

  2. Avoid delicate eye area. Rinse brush immediately. Allow mixture on nose and chin to
    dry for 10-15 minutes.

  3. Mixture will dry quite stiff and form a "stiff film." Peel off the film and stare
    at all the little porcupine quills that used to be in your nose pores (one of the chief
    entertainment factors with Biore Strips).

There's a step-by-step demonstration and pictures on my blog: (The picture I included here is the result.) (08/13/2009)

By jabawam

RE: Home Remedy for Blackheads

Home Remedy for Blackheads

Use Serious Skin Care Glycolic Cleanser (, ebay, ...). It's expensive, but a little bit goes a long way. Put it on a dry face with dry hands, let it set until it starts to sting, rinse off gently and use 2xd. The acids in the cleanser will help to exfoliate the dead skin cells. They have a nice anti-acne set of serums, worth checking out. (08/14/2009)

By cookwie

Home Remedy for Blackheads

An Omega-3 supplement after each meal helped me a lot, and quickly too. (08/14/2009)

By Reginainqc

Home Remedy for Blackheads

You want a cheap way of keeping the skin nice and tight? After washing, rub in and let dry white vinegar. It's acidic and tightens the pores. After a shower, or washing with really warm water, squeeze the blackheads and get the pore empty, then use the vinegar. You might want to dilute the vinegar to a 10% amount and over time make the vinegar stronger, so you can get used to it.

I found this out by accident. Keep the pores as empty as possible and use the vinegar or mix, regularly and over time the pores shrink in size till they are tight again. The vinegar also disinfects the skin and kills bacteria. It's pretty good on pimples that come up and cause redness. Just use the vinegar on it during the day, maybe 4x or more a day. Put on just a fraction of a drop and rub in, then let dry. It's amazing how well it works and it sure is cheap. (08/14/2009)

By c t

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August 12, 20090 found this helpful

Does anyone have a home remedy for getting rid of blackheads?

By Sherry Evans from Deming, NM


Home Remedy for Blackheads

My daughter has recently been prescribed BenzaClin (Clindamycin-benzoyl peroxide gel) and it's working great. Maybe plain old benzoyl peroxide would work? (03/28/2009)

By JoBear

Home Remedy for Blackheads

The only remedy I know of for blackheads that works is a prescription called Retin A. It's a creme. Its inexpensive and generics are available. I wouldn't waste time and money on things that don't work. You don't want scarring. (03/29/2009)

By Carol in PA

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