15 Natural Anti-Blackhead Face Masks that work wonders

Blackheads are one of those recurring skin problems that just never seem to go away. If you are one among the people who have a frequent and continuous outburst of them every once in a while, fret not. We have some DIY face masks for blackheads that can be made with simple natural ingredients and are efficient in their removal. Give it a read and try these masks at home before you go ahead and get yourself some harsh physical treatments.

Why Do We Get Blackheads?

Blackheads are nothing but skin pores that get clogged with dirt, sebum and dead skin cells. Sometimes,  bacteria is also involved which make the blackheads bigger and infectious. Usually cells exfoliate themselves but the clogging makes the exfoliation inefficient which will then have us intervene in the process. These are some of the most common reasons that we usually get blackheads on the skin.

  • An extreme exposure to pollution and dirt on a daily basis.
  • An oily skin.
  • A difference in the ph of the skin.
  • An improper diet with highly oily foods.
  • Lack of necessary hydration of the skin.

No matter how small the blackheads are, it is important that we attend to it before they get big and turn into a pimple or worse yet, an acne breakout.

15 Simple DIY Face Masks for Blackheads

Upon regular use, these natural remedial face masks for blackheads can work efficiently. You should however be patient for atleast two to three weeks for the anti-blackhead action to show.

1. Egg whites and honey face mask

Egg whites and honey together can be used in the form of a face mask effective in removing blackheads as it dries the skin up, removes the oil and opens up the pores of the skin. In addition, honey is also an anti-bacterial that can help kill the bacteria that form the blackheads. This is how you make this face mask for blackheads

Ingredients :

  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Teaspoons of honey

Remedy – Making of the mask:

  • Take the eggs and beat them into a bowl.
  • Add the honey and mix it well.
  • Apply this paste all over your face and leave it on for a while.
  • It will harden up eventually.
  • After about 15 minutes, peel it off your face and wash your face.
  • Repeat this everyday for quick removal of blackheads.

2. Aloe vera and cinnamon face mask

Aloe vera and cinnamon can be used in the form of a hydrating and cleansing mask for clearing blackheads. Aloe vera is hydrating as well as removes oil from the pores and can therefore be great for removing blackheads. Cinnamon is known to calm down the inflammation that is involved in blackheads along with killing the bacteria in the region of the skin affected. Here is how you make and use this simple mask.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons of aloe vera gel
  • Cinnamon powder of about 1 to 2 teaspoons.

Remedy – Making the mask

  • Take some aloe vera gel into a bowl
  • Add a few spoons of cinnamon powder into it and mix it well.
  • Apply this mixture onto your face and leave it on for about 15 mins.
  • Wash it off and rinse your skin thoroughly.
  • Use this mask once a day for the anti-blackhead action to show.

3. Bentonite clay mask

Bentonite clay one another great face mask ingredient that is commonly used for blackheads and acne for immediate and effective results. It is easily available in the market these days too. It unclogs the pores and removes the dirt and sebum in them by opening them up. Here is how you make a simple bentonite clay face for blackheads at home.

Ingredients:

  • Bentonite clay : 1 to 2 tablespoons.
  • Water

Remedy – Making the mask

  • Take the Bentonite clay into a bowl and add the water to it.
  • Mix the two of them together and make a uniform mask.
  • Apply this mask all over your face and leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Peel it off your face and rinse your face after that.
  • Using this mask every day or every alternate day can be of great help in getting rid of blackheads and pimples.

4. Milk + Gelatin face mask

Gelatin, which hardens upon application to the skin, is one of the most commonly used face mask ingredients as it can be peeled off easily. We use milk in this face mask as it can be an effective means fight the blackheads on our skin as well as a great way to hold the gelatin together. They open up the pores upon hardening and cleanse the pores. Here is how this anti-blackhead face mask is made.

Ingredients:

  • Milk
  • Gelatin – 1 to 2 tablespoons.

Remedy – Making the mask:

  • Take the gelatin into a bowl and add the milk to it.
  • Mix the two of them such that it forms a uniform mixture which has a paste like consistency.
  • Apply it all over your face and leave it on for about 15 minutes.
  • Peel it off once it hardens and wash your face.
  • Using this mask everyday can fight blackheads.

5. Tea tree oil + Baking soda face mask

Baking soda and tea tree oil are both great natural remedies for fighting blackheads and can be used together in a mask to fight the condition promptly and successfully. They tend to hydrate the pores while also causing the removal of excess sebum and dirt from the pores of the skin. They can also fight the bacteria that could cause blackheads and retain the balance in the ph of the skin. Here’s how you make this simple mask.

Ingredients :

  • Baking soda – 2 teaspoons
  • Tea tree oil – 2 – 3 teaspoons

Remedy – Making the mask:

  • Take the baking soda and add enough tea tree oil to make a paste out of the two.
  • After making sure that the paste is uniform, apply it all over your face and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
  • Wash it off after that.
  • Using this mask every alternate day is a good idea so that there is no excessive drying up of the skin.

6. Tomato mask

A tomato mask is one of the most inexpensive as well as a simple means to fight blackheads and acne on the skin. The juice of tomatoes can balance the Ph and works as an anti-oxidant which can remove the dead cells, dirt and sebum and thereby cleans out the blackheads. It also contains salicylic acid which is commonly used against blackheads and acne. Here’s how you make a simple anti-blackheads face mask out of it.

Ingredients :

  • A few tomatoes
  • Water

Remedy – Making the mask:

  • Take some tomatoes and make a paste out of them by peeling off the skin.
  • Add very little water only if you think that the paste is too thick.
  • Apply this paste over your skin and leave it on for about a half an hour.
  • Wash it off post that.
  • Using this mask everyday can make your blackheads eventually disappear.

7. Orange Peel Mask

 

A mask made out of orange peels has been used for numerous purposes one of them being the removal of blackheads and acne. It can act against the blackheads by cleansing the pores with its strong anti-oxidant action. It can also help remove the excess sebum by drying up the pores. Here is how you make this simple mask at home.

Ingredients :

  • Peels of about of 5 to 6 Oranges
  • Water

Remedy – Making the mask

  • Put these orange peels up for drying in the sun for a few days.
  • When they are hard enough, grind them into a fine powder.
  • Add some water to this powder and make a fine paste out of the two.
  • Apply this paste all over your face and leave it on for about 15 minutes before you wash it off.

8. Epsom salt and Iodine mask

Epsom salt and Iodine are two of the most commonly used ingredients for removal of blackheads both as a natural remedy as well as in cosmetics. Together, they can help clear the clogged pores that cause the formation of the blackheads and cleanse the skin of bacteria that causes the blackheads. Here’s how you can make this solution at home with some Epsom salt and some Iodine which you can get from a drug store near your home.

Ingredients

  • Epsom salt – 1 to 2 teaspoons
  • Water
  • Iodine – a few drops
  • Cotton ball

Remedy – Making the mask

  • Take some water and bring it to boil.
  • Add some Epson salt to the water until it dissolves.
  • To this solution, add a few drops of Iodine.
  • Mix it well and with a cotton ball, apply it all over your face.
  • Leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes and wash it off thoroughly.
  • If there are no adverse effects or reactions, you can use this mask every day for removal of blackheads.

9. Turmeric and gelatin mask

One of the effective means to use turmeric for the removal of blackheads is to use it with gelatin which makes for a great peel off mask for the turmeric to show its action. Turmeric acts mainly by calming the inflammation and by removal of the microbes from the skin. Gelatin on the other hand, helps in the drying of the pores and the removal of sebum. Here is how you can make this simple face mask for blackheads at home.

Ingredients:

  • Turmeric – a few teaspoons
  • Gelatin powder – a few teaspoons
  • Water

Remedy – Making the mask: 

  • Take a few spoons of gelatin and turmeric and add water to them enough to make a paste.
  • Make sure that this paste is uniform and apply it all over your face.
  • Leave it on for about a 15 minutes and peel it off.
  • Wash your face with warm water.

10. Apple cider vinegar and mint mask

Mint used either in the form of its essential oil or in the form of the paste of the leaves can be a great way to fight the blackheads because of its anti-oxidant action. Apple cider vinegar helps in balancing the ph and killing the bacteria that causes the blackheads while also acting as a base for the mint leaves paste. Here is how you make and use this mask.

Ingredients :

  • Apple cider vinegar – A few teaspoons
  • Mint leaves – about a few bunches of them

Remedy – Making the mask:

  • Take some mint leaves and make a paste out of them.
  • Add apple cider vinegar to this paste such that the paste like consistency is still retained.
  • Apply this mask all over your face and leave it on for about 15 minutes.
  • Wash it off and rinse your face with warm water.

11. Cucumber and peppermint oil mask

Cucumbers are yet another highly effective natural remedy for clearing out blackheads. Using them along with a strong essential oil like peppermint oil as we do in the mask above can make the mask all the more effective. Here’s how you make this simple cucumber and peppermint oil mask.

Ingredients:

  • Cucumber : about 2 to 3
  • Peppermint oil : A few teaspoons.

Remedy – Making the mask:

  • Peel the cucumbers and grind the pulp into a paste.
  • Add a teaspoon or more or peppermint oil to the paste and mix it well.
  • Apply this paste all over your face and leave it on for about a half an hour.
  • Wash it off and rinse your face.

12. Basil leaves and Yogurt mask

Basil leaves that are often used as a spice in foods can be an effective agent in removing blackheads. We use yogurt as a vehicle for this mask where it also helps by acting as an anti-microbial agent. This basil leaves and yogurt mask can be greatly helpful in clearing the clogged pores and getting rid of blackheads as well as pimples and acne. It can be made in this simple procedure.

Ingredients :

  • Basil leaves : A few bunches
  • Yogurt : A cup

Making the mask:

  • Take the basil leaves and make a paste out of them.
  • Add the yogurt to the paste and mix the two of them to make a fine paste.
  • Apply it all over the face and leave it on for about a 20 minutes.
  • Wash it off and cleanse your face with warm water.

13. Green tea + Honey mask

Green tea leaves or powder can work wonders not just for our body but also on our skin. They can be an effective blackhead remedy as they act as anti-oxidants that cleanse out the clogged pores removing the dirt and sebum out of them. Honey acts as the vehicle as well as the moisturizer. It also absorbs the sebum and kills the bacteria. Here is how this simple natural face mask for blackheads is made.

Ingredients:

  • Green tea leaves or powder – About a few teaspoons
  • Honey – 3 – 4 teaspoons

Making the mask:

  • Take some green tea leaves or powder into a bowl.
  • Add honey that is enough to make a paste out of the two.
  • Apply this mixture all over your face and leave it on for about half an hour.
  • Rinse it off your face and wash your face with water.

14. Witch Hazel mask (with egg whites and lemon)

Witch Hazel is a herb that is used for its effectiveness in clearing blackheads. One of the primary reasons we use it is that it can draw out all the excess sebum from the pores of the skin and thereby cleanse them. Egg whites and lemon which are both good for fighting blackheads on their own while also making great peel-off-mask ingredients are useful in this mask. Here is how you make this anti-blackhead mask.

Ingredients:

  • Witch Hazel – a few twigs
  • Beaten eggs
  • Lemon juice

Making the mask:

  • Take a few witch hazel twigs and add them to a mix of beaten eggs.
  • Squeeze some lemon juice into this and mix the three of them up well.
  • Apply this mix over your face and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Peel it off when it hardens and wash your face.

15. Pineapple mask

Pineapple is a fruit that is rich in Bromelain, a compound that makes it act as a rejuvenator to all the cells that it interacts with both internally and externally. This makes it clear the cells that are clogged up and thereby clears blackheads and acne. We make a simple pineapple mask in the following procedure and use it as a remedial face mask for blackheads.

Ingredients :

  • A pineapple
  • Water

Making the mask

  • Take a pineapple and peel the skin off.
  • Make a fine paste out of the pulp and add water to it to make a finer paste.
  • Apply this paste all over your face and leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Wash it off and rinse your face with warm water.

Since most of these anti-blackhead masks are made out of natural ingredients, we don’t have too many precautions to be wary of, however, you should be careful that none of these ingredients is particularly harsh on your skin. We would also advise against an over-use of any of these remedies. Do leave us your review after your tried these face masks for your blackheads.

Sources :

  • http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/71615.php
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0025361/
  • http://www.top10homeremedies.com/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-blackheads.html

 

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