Remove Blackheads: DIY Techniques

It is important to cleanse your face morning and evening to keep your pores clean. Once the blackheads have been eliminated, continue with the treatment to prevent them from re-forming.
Remove blackheads: DIY techniques

Removing blackheads permanently and preventing them from reappearing is no easy feat. A little patience and a few small tricks are needed.

What are blackheads?

The unsightly dots that form especially on the face, favoring the nose, chin, cheeks and the area around the lips, are made up of dead cells and sebum. They appear dark due to the oxidation that occurs when they come into contact with air.

They are not always linked to acne (unlike what you might think), but they are always caused by excessive fat production in the skin. For this reason they are more frequent in the summer months.

Female face with blackheads in the foreground

It is a cosmetic problem that affects men and women and not only during adolescence, but at any age, when  the skin produces too much sebum and is not cleaned properly. Getting rid of blackheads requires consistency, but it’s not impossible.

First of all, it is important to cleanse your face carefully in the morning and in the evening. This operation eliminates traces of sweat, make-up and air pollution that facilitate the formation of blackheads. Don’t forget hydration after cleansing.

Once the blackheads are eliminated, you must continue to take care of the skin so that they do not appear again. Try to keep the pores clean and “closed”.  To do this, always finish cleaning your face with cold water.

Every now and then treat yourself to a homemade treatment, based on oats, yogurt or sugar, all excellent exfoliants.

How to remove blackheads?

There are numerous methods to get rid of blackheads from the face and improve the skin. Here are the most effective.

Remove blackheads mechanically

  • Use blackhead patches. There are different brands, each with specific application methods. Before using them, open your pores by exposing your face to the steam of a pot with boiling water, covering your head with a towel. Alternatively, apply the patch after a shower.
  • The best way to actually remove blackheads is to arm yourself with patience (and delicacy) and squeeze them one by one. Wash your hands well, rinse your face with hot water or open the pores with steam and press gently. They should come out easily, unless they are very deep.
  • One technique that can help is to use tweezers to remove them once they “emerge” from the skin. This way you will avoid leaving marks on your face with your nails.
  • Here is a curious method: beat an egg white and apply it on the face, insisting on the areas where the blackheads form the most. Put two layers of toilet paper or a napkin and wait an hour for them to dry well, that is, until the paper has hardened.
  • Remove it gently, rinse your face with warm water and pat gently.


  • Use a gentle exfoliant (homemade or purchased) to remove dead skin cells. After cleaning the skin, place a gauze moistened with warm water on the face. Keep it for about 10 minutes: it will help soften blackheads. Spend the exfoliant with a light circular massage. Rinse and moisturize the skin.
  • The following method requires a clean toothbrush and toothpaste. Apply the toothpaste to your toothbrush and wet it, as if you were brushing your teeth. Rinse your face with warm water. Gently brush the area where the blackheads are present for a few moments.
  • Wash your face well and apply a moisturizer. When finished, sterilize the toothbrush in boiling water and always use it for this single purpose. Repeat this every day before going to sleep.

The sweetness of oil to remove blackheads

  • Prepare a lotion with lime juice, almond oil and glycerin, in equal parts. Apply it on your face every evening and leave it on for at least 15 minutes. When finished, wash your face with warm water. This will eliminate blackheads and also reduce any skin blemishes.
Female face with blackheads
  • Rinse your face with warm or hot water to allow the pores to open. Wet the corner of a cloth with a little olive oil or almond oil. Add some toothpaste.
  • Apply gently, but firmly, to the nose or areas with blackheads. Make circular massages. If you deem it necessary, you can re-prepare the oil and toothpaste mixture. Wait 5 minutes and rinse with warm water.


Heat a towel on the radiator or by boiling water. Without burning yourself, place it on your face for ten minutes, until it cools down. Wash your face with warm water and mild soap  .

Rinse with cold water to close the pores and apply a moisturizer that does not contain oils.  Finally, massage the skin with alcohol for five minutes. Rinse again.

Images courtesy of Bradley Gordon, Orin Zebest, Juan Pablo Olmo, Michael Coghlan, Javier Cohen, Eleazar

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