Yet another downside of having oily skin, besides a sticky face and uninvited acne, are the blackheads that pop out every once in a while to make our life a living hell, beauty-wise!  Yes, it is those tiny, pesky black spots around your nose area that you hardly notice until of course, someone points out mercilessly. The excess oil on your skin, which is actually white, settles into open pores and oxidizes, and becomes black in colour. These oil clogged pores appear like tiny blackheads cracking out of the skin surface, and thus the name.

If you are blessed with oily or combination skin, then you must be fed up with clogged pores and annoying blackheads too. While keeping your skin clean helps you big time, it is necessary to get rid of the clogged oil that seeps its way into your pores. Now you can’t get rid of pores and you definitely can’t stop the oil mine in your skin, but what you can do is get rid of blackheads once and for all. How do you do it, you ask? By treating your skin with effective blackhead removal masks! We have here easy homemade face masks that you can try, using the natural ingredients from your very own kitchen and get rid of blackheads and get smooth, clear skin.

So take a look at the 10 most effective homemade blackhead remover masks and how to prepare them and get flawless, blackhead free skin...


1. Oatmeal and yogurt mask

Oatmeal and yogurt mask

Prepare a mask using oatmeal, olive oil and yogurt to have clear and spotless skin. Oatmeal serves as an excellent exfoliator and gets the blackheads off of your skin. Yogurt cleanses the skin of dirt, thanks to lactic acid present in olive oil that helps moisturise the skin. You can add drops of lemon juice to better clear out the skin of dirt and oil.

You need:

  • Oatmeal powder
  • Plain yogurt
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice

How to use: Grind oatmeal into a crumbly powder. Take two tablespoons of ground oatmeal and mix it with one-fourth cup of plain yogurt, one tablespoon of olive oil and juice of half a lemon. Mix it well for a minute and keep aside. Wash your face and pat dry and then apply the mask on your face. Leave it for 20 minutes and wash off with a mild cleanser.


2. Gelatine and lime juice

Gelatine and lime juice

Lime juice is a powerhouse of Vitamin C and thus helps clear out all the dirt, oil and dead skin cells from the skin. Gelatine powder, on the other hand, when mixed with any liquid becomes sticky and gooey that holds the mask together and works wonders as a peel. It is also rich in collagen that improves skin elasticity and makes skin firmer and younger-looking.

You need:

  • Gelatine powder
  • Lime juice

How to use: To make this effective blackhead removal mask, start by mixing one tablespoon of gelatine powder in one cup of warm water. Stir it continuously and add one-third cup of freshly squeezed lime juice and mix. Apply the mixture on your T zone and let it dry for at least 15 minutes. Rinse once it is dry and follow up with an oil-free moisturizer. Repeat this two times a week.


3. Charcoal face mask

Charcoal face mask

Charcoal peel-off masks have been in the beauty news for quite some time now. It is known as the best and quickest remedy for blackhead removal. Activated charcoal is a detoxifying agent that helps unclog pores and make skin smoother and spotless. It clears out deep-rooted blackheads and whiteheads and helps zap excess oil from your face too. This hero ingredient will give you squeaky clean, glowing skin instantly.  

You need:

  • Activated charcoal
  • Gelatine powder
  • Tea tree oil
  • Water

How to use: To prepare a charcoal peel-off mask at home, mix a teaspoon of non-flavored gelatin half a tablespoon of activated charcoal in one bowl and mix. Add some warm water and stir to make a thick paste. Put some drops of tea tree oil into the mixture and mix. On a clean and dry face, apply a thick layer of the mask on the areas barring eyes with the help of a face brush. Allow it to dry completely for 25 minutes. Carefully peel off the mask. Wipe with a soft cloth dipped in lukewarm water to get every last bit of the mask from your face. Rinse your and face and moisturize.


4. Honey and cinnamon mask

Honey and cinnamon mask

Honey mixed with cinnamon powder makes for a most effective blackhead remover mask as both the ingredients have antibacterial and cleansing properties. Cinnamon is an astringent ingredient that helps shrinking pores and doesn’t let oil and dirt settle in. It also removes the dead skin cells and makes skin clear and smooth. Honey is a natural moisturiser that hydrates the skin and makes it bright and glowing.

You need:

  • Cinnamon powder
  • Honey

How to use: You can make the mask by simply mixing one tablespoon of cinnamon powder into three tablespoons of organic honey. Make a thick paste and apply it on your face with the help of a brush. Stick to the T zone or only the nose area as cinnamon can be irritating for sensitive skin. Leave it on 10 minutes and scrub while removing. Splash the mask off with lukewarm water. Pat dry and moisturise.


5. Turmeric and sandalwood mask

Turmeric and sandalwood mask

A mask made from turmeric and sandalwood is an excellent remedy to treat blackheads. Sandalwood powder cleanses the skin and turmeric has antibacterial properties that help eliminate bacteria and reducing acne.

You need:

  • Sandalwood powder
  • Turmeric powder
  • Plain yogurt

How to use: To make this blackhead removal mask, mix one teaspoon of sandalwood powder and half a teaspoon of turmeric powder in a small bowl. Next, add two tablespoons of plain yogurt and whisk into a smooth paste. Wash your face and pat dry and gently apply the mask on the problem areas like nose, forehead and chin. Leave it for around half an hour and scrub it off in a circular motion. Wash the residue with lukewarm water. Cleanse your face properly and apply a moisturiser to hydrate the skin. Apply this mask once in a week. 


6. Egg white mask

Egg white mask

This blackhead removal mask has been tried and tested by many has proved to be extremely effective. Egg white not only strips off the deeply settled blackheads from the skin but also tightens the pores. It is an excellent ingredient that removes dead skin cells, brightens skin tone Lemon on the other hand tones and brightens the skin, making it spotless and firm.

You need:

  • Egg white
  • Lemon juice
  • Tissue paper

How to use: To prepare this mask, start by beating an egg white into a foamy paste. Add a few drops of lemon juice and mix again. Now get hold of a tissue paper and place it on your nose. With the help of a facial brush apply the mixture onto the tissue, pasting it firmly to the skin. Steer clear of eyebrows and around eyes. Let it dry for 15 minutes. When your skin starts to feel tight, peel the tissue papers off.  The blackheads and dirt will come off with it. Rinse with cold water and moisturise. Repeat this once a week.


7. Bentonite clay

Bentonite clay

Another ingredient that effectively works on blackheads is bentonite clay. It has the ability to absorb oil as well as pull out all the dirt that clogs your pores and makes your blackheads more visible. Focus on the t-zone while blackheads tend to appear more in this area. 

You need:

  • 3 tablespoon bentonite clay
  • Water
  • Lavender oil (optional)

How to use: Add all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well until you get a smooth paste. Apply evenly all over the face and leave on for about 20 minutes or until it dries off completely. To remove the mask dip a soft cotton cloth in water and gently wipe it off. 


8. Green tea and gelatin mask

Green tea and gelatin mask

Green tea has many health benefits, but when applied topically on the skin it can address a lot of skin problems. It has skin-soothing, calming properties that also balances sebum production thereby preventing excessive oily skin. 

You need:

  • 1 tablespoon green tea
  • 1 tablespoon gelatin

How to use: Take a tablespoon of freshly brewed green tea and add a tablespoon of gelatin to it, mix the ingredients well and place them in the microwave for 10 seconds. Remove from the microwave and mix again making sure the gelatin has dissolved. Once it cools off a bit and turns into a thick paste apply evenly on the face after it dries off peel the mask. 


9. Baking soda and apple cider vinegar

Baking soda and apple cider vinegar

Baking soda scrubs away dead skin cells and removes deep-set impurities inside pores. It also helps neutralize your skin’s natural pH which means your skin will start to produce less oil and therefore fewer blackheads. Apple cider vinegar on the other hand has mild astringent properties which closes open pores.

You need:

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • Diluted apple cider vinegar

How to use: Start by mixing baking soda and water to get a paste, keep it aside. Wash your face with warm water or steam it to open your pores. Apply the baking soda paste to your face concentrating on the t-zone, softly massage the paste into the skin to exfoliate. Leave on for a minute and rinse off with warm water. Finish off with a splash of cold water. Lastly use the diluted apple cider vinegar as a toner to bring your skin back to its natural pH.


10. Gram flour and yogurt

Gram flour and yogurt

Gram flour is one of the best exfoliators found in nature, also known as besan it has the ability to mildly exfoliate the skin and remove impurities, dirt and oil from the face which are often responsible for clogging pores and making blackheads more visible. Curd on the other hand contains lactic acid which is again a mild exfoliator that helps improve skin tone.

You need:

  • 2 tablespoon gram flour
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Pinch of turmeric

How to use: Mix all the ingredients well to form a thick paste, apply evenly all over face and neck and leave on for at least 20 minutes. While washing it off scrub gently to get rid of impurities set inside the pores. 


FAQs about how to get rid of blackheads

FAQs about how to get rid of blackheads

1) Can face masks remove blackheads?

A. One of the reasons for blackheads is poor skincare habits, using face masks can remove deep-set impurities thereby preventing blackheads and clogged pores. Ingredients like clay, charcoal, green tea, gelatin and more can help remove blackheads.

2) How to get rid of blackheads in a day?

A. One of the quickest ways to get rid of blackheads is with the help of extractions or clean up. Steaming your face to open pores and then removing blackheads with an extractor can help get rid of them instantly. However, don't try it yourself as you may end up scarring the skin. Visit a trained professional.

3) Is toothpaste good for blackheads?

A. Toothpaste contains certain chemicals and bleaching ingredients to whiten your teeth, applying this on the skin can dry it out and also leave you with dark patches. Never use toothpaste on your face.