Blackheads are the buildup of an over secretion of oil and sebum in the skin, and they essentially block our pores. Eventually, the buildup fills the pores and blackheads become more visible and prominent.
If you suffer with breakouts of blackheads, help is at hand!
DIY Face Masks to Beat Blackheads
1. Milk and Honey Mask
¼ cup milk 2 tablespoons honey Cotton balls or swabs
Mix milk and honey in a bowl. Dip a cotton ball or swab in the mixture and coat your face with it.
If you prefer, you can use thin cotton strips and soak them in the mixture before applying and leaving on your face.
Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse clean with warm water. Do this 1-2 times per week.
Milk contains lactic acid, which is a natural, mild exfoliator. It is easily absorbed into the skin, where it removes dead cells and helps unclog pores. Honey helps your skin to look bright and radiant.
2. Egg White and Lemon Juice
1 egg white 1 tablespoon lemon juice Facial brush
Mix the egg white and lime juice, and apply the mixture over your face with a facial brush, avoiding the eyes and eyebrows.
Leave on for around 10-15 minutes, and you will feel your skin tighten as the mask dries. Wash it off with cool water and follow up with a moisturizer. Do this once a week.
Egg white is a natural astringent, and works well as a toner. It shrinks your pores, and makes your skin look clear and blemish-free. Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent, and helps to brighten your skin.
3. Cinnamon and Honey
1 tablespoon cinnamon powder 3 tablespoons honey
Mix the cinnamon powder and honey in a bowl until a thick paste forms. Apply the paste to your face, focusing on specific problem areas.
Leave it on for 20 minutes, then wash off with warm water. Do this every other day for two weeks and you will notice a change for the better in your skin.
Cinnamon and honey have antibacterial qualities that are beneficial for treating acne and blackhead-prone skin. The astringent nature of cinnamon helps to shrink your pores, making your skin look clear and smooth.
4. Mint, Lemon and Gelatin
Handful of mint leaves 1 tablespoon gelatin powder 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Boil the mint leaves in a little water, or pulse hard in a blender. Let the leaves cool. Microwave one-third of a cup of water in a glass bowl for 15 seconds, and add the gelatin powder to the warm water. Mix until all lumps have gone.
Mix the lemon juice and mint liquid or paste into the gelatin. Apply the mask to your face and leave on until completely dry. Peel off carefully and rinse your face with cold water. Do this once a week.
Lemon is a natural astringent that brightens and tones your skin. The antibacterial properties of mint help to soothe skin and remove dead skin cells. Gelatin contains collagen and a polymer that helps hold the mask together.
5. Green Tea, Cucumber and Gelatin
1 tablespoon gelatin powder 2 tablespoons green tea 2 tablespoons cucumber juice
Microwave one-third cup of water in a glass bowl for 15 seconds before mixing gelatin into it. Add the green tea and cucumber juice to the gelatin, then mix and apply over your face.
Leave on for 20 minutes before peeling off, and wash with cold water. Do this once a week.
Gelatin improves the skin’s elasticity, and it makes an effective peel-off mask at home. Cucumber is a coolant that rejuvenates your skin and helps to hydrate it. Green tea has antioxidant effects that reduces redness and inflammation.
6. Baking Soda and Honey Face Mask
2 tablespoons baking soda 2 tablespoons honey Facial brush
Mix baking soda and honey in a glass bowl, and apply the mixture to your face with a facial brush. Leave on for 15 minutes maximum. Baking soda can be harsh on your skin, so don’t leave it on longer than this.
Wash it off with cool water, and use this mask at least once a week.
Baking soda is an exfoliator that removes dead skin cells while neutralizing the pH of your skin. Honey acts as a brightening agent that helps your skin to look fresh.
You can use this mask just on your T-zone areas if you have oily/combination skin, or use it all over your face. Don’t use this mask if you have sensitive skin as baking soda is quite a harsh ingredient.
3 tablespoons bentonite clay Water Lavender oil (optional)
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until they form a paste that isn’t too thick or runny. Apply to your face and leave on for 20 minutes, or until it dries.
Wet a cotton cloth in water and gently remove the mask, then rinse your face with cold water. Do this once a week.
Bentonite clay unclogs your pores and removes the blackheads. It can also help reduce the appearance of acne scars, and helps combat redness and inflammation.
8. Oatmeal, Yogurt and Lemon
2 tablespoons oatmeal 1 tablespoon yogurt 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Soak the oatmeal in the yogurt for a few minutes to soften it, then mix lemon juice into this paste. Apply the mask to your face and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cold water. Use twice a week.
Oatmeal helps to exfoliate your skin and acts like a mild abrasive on blackheads. Yogurt contains skin-cleansing lactic acid, while lemon juice tones the skin.
9. Green Tea and Aloe Vera Face Mask
1 tablespoon aloe vera gel ¼ cup green tea
Steep the green tea and allow it to cool down, then mix with the aloe vera gel to make a runny paste.
Apply to the face with a cotton pad and leave on for 20 minutes, before rinsing off with cold water. Use 1-2 times a week.
10. Orange Juice and Gelatin
1/3 cup fresh orange juice or pulp 1 tablespoon gelatin powder
Microwave one-third cup of water for 15 seconds and add gelatin powder to it, then the orange juice. Mix until blended, then put it on your face without touching your eyebrows or eyes.
Let the mask dry completely for around 15 minutes, then peel off gently. Rinse with cold water. Do this 1-2 times per week.
Orange juice is full of skin-friendly vitamin C, as well as other beneficial antioxidants. The citric acid in orange juice also clears dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin.