How to Naturally Get Rid of Blackheads

by Celeigh O'Neil ; Updated July 18, 2017

Dry blackheads out naturally and ditch the temptation to squeeze them yourself.

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People who are plagued with blackheads know that the visibly clogged pores make skin care a puzzle. They typically appear on sensitive, oily and acne-prone skin, so formulas with multiple ingredients can make breakouts worse. It is best to deal with the issue directly, using natural products that won't anger your skin even more. Step away from the bathroom cabinet and look to the kitchen instead for a weekly mask and spot treatment that will solve your blackhead woes.

Moisten your skin with warm water.

Work a dime-sized amount of tea tree oil face wash into your skin, using an upward circular motion. Tea tree oil-based soaps are available in both bar and liquid form and help to naturally cleanse the skin without over drying it.

Gently pat your skin dry. Use a fresh paper towel sheet instead of a towel. It is bacteria free and won't irritate your skin further.

Pour 1 teaspoon of orange juice into a bowl. Use freshly squeezed juice if possible.

Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to the bowl.

Use a spoon to mix the ingredients together until they form a paste.

Tie your hair back tightly to keep it off your face. If you have short hair, use a hairband to pull it back.

Apply one layer of the mask to your face. Add an extra layer to any blackheads or breakout prone areas.

Allow the mask to set for 20 minutes.

Run your fingertips under warm water and gently massage the area covered by the mask. This will exfoliate to bring blackheads to the surface while removing dead skin.

Rinse the mask from your face using warm water.

Dampen a clean cotton cloth and use it to remove any difficult-to-remove pieces of the mask. This provides extra exfoliation in the process.

Rinse your face with warm water and pat it dry with a paper towel.

Pat a dime-sized-amount of lightweight noncomedogenic moisturizer onto your skin. Oily skin needs to be hydrated to prevent it from overproducing oil on its own, which leads to breakouts.

Tips

  • Use this routine at night, as your skin may become a bit red and sensitive afterward.

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About the Author

Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.