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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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 teresa from Shelbyville, KY

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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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December 24, 2008

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



May 19, 20050 found this helpful

I have blackheads on my nose, what would help?


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December 25, 20080 found this helpful

Read on the web about aspirin facials. Aspirin breaks down into acetisylisalic (sp?) and acetic acid.


The first is used in many mild peeling lotions and the later is what's in vinegar, also good for light
peeling. Anything that gets the skin life/death cycle going a tiny bit faster, like a cornmeal scrub, should open up pores and help with blackheads.

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By Bellard (Guest Post)
December 26, 20080 found this helpful

Don't try the toothpaste scrub! I tried it once and it stung SO bad. Just try putting toothpaste on it, and don't scrub. I've heard that that works too. Also try the goats milk. Sorry if this came in too late for you.

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December 27, 20080 found this helpful

To not get Blackheads; keep your hands clean & keep them away from your face (or wherever the blackheads are) & don't touch the area. Wash your face when it gets dirty, but don''t over-do it or you'll make more oils & each night use an astringent cleaner & on round 100% cotton pads to cleanse the pores (you'll have to rub slightly hard).


But to actually get rid of any blackheads you now have, I'd suggest going to a spa & having a facial. This is what a facial is for, to remove blackheads. These guys do it for a living! This will be the best 30 - 50 bucks you've ever spent! & don't get a facial right before a big event because it takes 2 or 3 days to have your face recover from one.

* You can also try those "Biore" pads:

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December 28, 20080 found this helpful

I saw somewhere on this site about using lemon at night on blackheads. I tried it and it works very well.
I squeeze a few drops of fresh lemon juice onto a flat cotton pad. I gently press and wipe over blackhead areas.
After squeezing juice on, I flip the pad over and use that side, that way the pulp doesn't get on my skin.


Also, about once a month, after a hot steamy shower or bath, I use a cloth or kleenex to gently squeeze them. When the pours are open and softened from the heat, the oil and dirt comes out quite easily.
When in the shower or tub, I place a warm washcloth on the areas to open and soften the pours.
The skin must be heated to get them clean.
The lemon juice breaks down the oil inside the blackheads, just like lemon is used to break apart oil particles. Same idea as using vinegar or lemon to make salad dressing. The lemon separates the oil.
I tried using apple cider vinegar but it was too harsh on my skin and turned it all red.
Fresh lemon works well for me.

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By b.d (Guest Post)
December 31, 20080 found this helpful

Try biore pore strips. It pulls the blackhead out.They sell it at drugstores. About 4 to 10 dollars for a pack of either 4, 8, or 14 .

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By Carol in PA (Guest Post)
January 5, 20090 found this helpful

Ask your doctor for a prescription for Retin A. It was formulated to remove blackheads. The tendency to having blackheads is hereditary.


Good luck.

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By Melinda (Guest Post)
January 5, 20090 found this helpful

I use the lemon juice of a fresh lemon. Just squeeze some into a glass or small jar. Use a cotton ball and dab over face. I do this after I wash my face with a vitamin c milkbased face wash, and top with a vitamin c moisturizer. I think Avalon makes it and you can get it at or a health or natural food store. I also take a vitamin b complex vitamin and drink lots of water.

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January 6, 20090 found this helpful

Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply to wet skin for a few minutes. Rinse off with hot water and then follow with cold water.

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By jessica (Guest Post)
January 22, 20090 found this helpful

I've tried nearly everything on this website and these blackheads aren't going away, some body please give me something new!

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By person (Guest Post)
January 25, 20090 found this helpful

I tried lemon juice on a cotton ball and dab all around problem areas. This works along with an exfoliation creme. It's gentle enough to use every night.

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By Hannah (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 boo (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 Kelli (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 Glue (Guest Post)
February 14, 20090 found this helpful

I am going to try the glue mask.

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February 26, 20090 found this helpful

1 Tablespoon Knox gelatin
1 1/2 Tablespoon milk

Mix, heat in microwave about 12 seconds. If it is not dissolved heat for a few seconds more. Apply to face when it is slightly warm and let it dry. Peel off and rinse face with cool water. Make sure your hair is pulled back and do not get it on your eyebrows, eyelids or under your eyes. To open pores before you start apply warm water to your face and dry with towel.

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April 19, 2011

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

By Cheyenne from Canton, GA

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January 31, 2019

I have a large and easily visible blackhead on my cheek. I have already tried Garnier cream (blackhead eliminating scrub with charcoal), but it didn't work for me. Please guide me to the best cream or treatment to deal with this problem.

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February 24, 2015

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?

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April 19, 2011

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 Kyla 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 kathleen williams

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 (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 Emily Pierce

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 Becky

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 Holly

Home Remedy for Blackheads

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

By Regina

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 christine M. Thayer

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August 12, 2009

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

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