How to Use Oatmeal to Remove Blackheads

by Traci Joy ; Updated September 28, 2017

Blackheads are clogged skin pores that can result from an overproduction of skin oil, excess dust and dirt and impurities in the air. When all of these factors get into the skin the pores become blocked and that is when a blackhead appears. Trying many over the counter remedies to remove blackheads can become costly, and the harsh chemicals in the products can irritate the skin even further. There is, however, an excellent mask you can make at home out of oatmeal and yogurt. It is very effective at removing blackheads and can save you money and time when it comes to finding a way to clear your skin.

Grind three tablespoons of yogurt in a food processor. If you find a food processor doesn't grind the oatmeal, try putting it in a blender. Pulse or blend for 10 seconds. You want it ground up but not too fine.

Add two tablespoons of yogurt, one tablespoon of olive oil and one tablespoon of lemon juice to the ground oatmeal.

Pulse or blend for five seconds, until the ingredients are slightly mixed. Put the mixture into a bowl and set aside.

Wash your face with plain hot water and a mild soap. Rinse with hot water to open your pores.

Rub the oatmeal/yogurt mixture on your face. While it is especially for treating the blackhead-prone areas, your entire face can benefit from this mask.

Leave the mask on your face until it is completely dry. Rinse off your face with lukewarm water, then do a final rinse with cold water. Repeat this mask daily until you see results.


  • If you do not have a blender or food processor, you can leave the oatmeal whole but you will need to use 5 tablespoons instead of 3 in order to completely cover your face. Adjust the other ingredients accordingly to make it a thick enough paste to stay on your skin.

    Add extra water to your diet as it will help hydrate your skin and clean the pores from the inside out.

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About the Author

A certified nutritionist who majored in health, fitness and nutrition, Traci Vandermark has been writing articles in her specialty fields since 1998. Her articles have appeared both online and in print for publications such as Simple Abundance, "Catskill Country Magazine," "Birds and Blooms," "Cappers" and "Country Discoveries."