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DIY Blackhead Mask: Charcoal, Honey, and Other Types to Try

DIY Blackhead Mask

Everything you need to remove blackheads is sitting right in your kitchen. Blackheads are always pesky and irritating to try and banish.

When you’ve tried all the commercial treatments and nose packs possible, it feels like you’re just wasting your money!

For cheaper, more accessible, and natural blackhead removal ingredients, just take a peek in your pantry. An ingredient like honey can be very effective!

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10 DIY Blackhead Masks to Try

1. Make a Tasty Honey and Cinnamon Powder Mask

1. Honey and Cinnamon Powder

These ingredients are yummy on any dish, but together, they make great anti-blackhead face masks! A tablespoon of cinnamon and three tablespoons of honey will create a thick paste that can battle those pesky spots in no time.

To make sure your honey and cinnamon mask is effective, BE DISCERNING when choosing ingredients. Don’t just buy the jar of honey and cinnamon you find in your nearest grocery store!

Yes, they’re natural ingredients, but there are still quality standards you can follow.

Choose raw manuka honey and the cinnamon powder that has the most antioxidants, Cinnamomum zeylanicum. Sound like a mouthful? It’s also called “true cinnamon”.

2. Save Your Face with Simple Baking Soda Paste

2. Simple Baking Soda Paste

No other ingredients are needed to maximize the numerous skin benefits. Use equal parts of baking soda and warm water to create a paste. Remember:

  • Gently apply the mixture onto your skin (or only on problem areas) and rinse off after a few minutes.
  • Alternatively, you can let the baking soda harden before you rinse it off with warm water.
  • Aside from being effective for blackheads, you can use this to spot-treat bumps and painful acne. 

Our tip? Use apple cider vinegar to neutralize the mixture and gently remove it from your skin. Baking soda and apple cider vinegar always go hand in hand when it comes to mixtures.

3. Create a Powerful Mixture of Tea Tree Oil and Bentonite Clay

3. Tea Tree Oil and Bentonite Clay

Need a miracle treatment? Mix the powerful acne-fighter bentonite clay with a few drops of tea tree oil.

You can even mix other essential oils into the paste if you want to get all the benefits possible! 

Bentonite clay has gone viral for its clarifying effect. If you have oily spots – like the T-zone or your cheeks – focus on applying the clay and tea tree mixture there!

Bentonite clay has the tendency to get EVERYWHERE.

Use a face brush and a bowl to apply the paste to your target areas. You might need to half-wash, half-peel the paste from your skin.

4. Mix Milk with Gelatin Powder for a Unique Gelatin Mask

4. Milk with Gelatin Powder

It might seem weirder than our other suggestions but trust us. You don’t want to skip over gelatin powder for acne-prone skin!

A tablespoon of gelatin powder and a teaspoon and a half of milk can do the trick.

Gelatin’s yummy, but please DON’T buy flavored gelatine powder variants. They might irritate your pores instead of healing them. Our quick tips:

  • Apply the mixture all over your face. It’s effective for clogged pores and dead skin cells!
  • Once the mask starts drying up, get ready to gently peel it off your face. Despite the mental images gelatine powder conjures – jiggly and transparent – a gelatine powder mask is tough. It can be painful.

Not a fan of peeling anything from your face? Just increase your gelatin intake! It’s MAGIC for sensitive skin!

5. Zest Up with Lemon Juice

5. Lemon Juice

Aside from being a staple summer drink, lemon juice can also boost your skin health. It has one thing: citric acid. It’s a must for healthy pores!

Citric acid reduces oil, bacteria, and inflammation in the area. It’ll greatly improve your skin quality!

BUT REMEMBER: do not let the lemon juice stay too long – it can cause more damage by staying there for too long.

6. Egg White and Tissue Paper are the Keys to Clear Skin

6. Egg White and Tissue Paper

Skeptical about that headline? Well, give us a chance.

Egg whites are PACKED FULL of collagen and protein, which are the must-have ingredients for wrinkle-free skin.

You’re not just doing DIY blackhead removal here. You’re also tightening pores, closing open comedones, and giving yourself a youthful sheen! Here’s how to do it:

  • Crack an egg and separate the yolk from the egg white.
  • Use a facial brush to apply raw egg whites onto your skin. Swipe the facial brush gently onto your face.
  • Once you have a layer of egg white on, get tissue paper. 
  • Let the tissue paper pieces stick to your skin before applying another layer of egg white. You can also mix the egg white to the tissue papers first and then apply it to your skin.
  • As far as face masks go, this one is more time-intensive. Let it dry for around 40 minutes before rinsing off. Pat dry!

7. Refresh Yourself with Aloe Vera Gel

7. Aloe Vera Gel

You might know aloe vera gel as the holy-grail moisturizer for people with oily skin. With that line of logic, it’s a great product for DIY blackhead removal. Why?

  • It helps you moisturize properly without all the grease and stickiness other moisturizers bring.
  • It’s great for sunburns with its cooling properties!
  • It neutralizes your dead skin cells by reducing the amount of excess oil on your face.

Remember: blackheads are all about that sebum and oil. They’ll go away with REGULAR USE of aloe vera juice or gel.

Try it out for fifteen to twenty minutes every day! 

It won’t hurt to focus on oilier areas where blackheads thrive, like your nose or T-zone. If it’s your first time to try out aloe vera, do a patch test first.

8. Customize Your Mask with Activated Charcoal

8. Activated Charcoal

There was a point in time where the activated charcoal powder was everywhere. You could see it in food, drinks, dental products, and yup, skincare.

But far from being just a crazy, hyped-up trend, activated charcoal PROVES its merits to removing impurities. It deserved all the craziness it got!

And it’s one of the most effective ingredients you can put into your DIY face masks out there.

It has anti-acne properties and antibacterial properties to boot. Unlock its proven benefits, whether you have oily or dry skin:

  • Get activated charcoal that has some clay in it to absorb excess oil.
  • If your face dries up easily, essential oils are your best friend.
  • Mix your ingredients, make a DIY mask, and watch your blackheads and pores improve. Rinse with luke warm water!
  • DO NOT overdo it – a couple times a week is good enough!

9. Lime Juice, Baking Soda, and Brown Sugar Make a Mild Exfoliator

9. Lime Juice, Baking Soda, and Brown Sugar

Just like lemon juice, lime juice has the necessary acids to prevent acne from arriving. It functions as an astringent, and brightening effects are guaranteed! 

When you mix those properties together with baking soda and brown sugar, you get a mixture that removes dead skin cells and helps unclog pores. Follow our quick and easy mask tips:

  • Measure out two tablespoons of baking soda and put it into a bowl.
  • Add two tablespoons of brown sugar. Try to stop yourself from getting a taste!
  • Mix in one-third cup of lime juice. If you don’t have lime juice, lemon juice will work just as well. 
  • Rinse with cold water!

Congrats, you FINALLY have a homemade blackhead mask! It’s a thick paste that’ll benefit your pores in the long run. Wash your face and rinse off with lukewarm water to enjoy the effects.

10. Treat Yourself to Green Tea, Egg White, and Lemon Juice

10. Green Tea, Egg White, and Lemon Juice

Remember: when we mention green tea, make sure to get the leaves, not the teabags. Otherwise, just have freshly brewed green tea to sip on. It’ll detoxify your body and give you a glow:

  • Mix in green tea, egg white, lemon juice, and some warm water. You’ll form a paste with anti-inflammatory properties, vitamin C, and detoxifiers!
  • Use a facial brush to apply the green tea paste and lemon mixture all over your clogged pores.
  • For blackheads and less oil production, use this mask one to two times a week. Rinse with cold water.

How to Make a Blackhead Remover Mask at Home:

How to Make One

There’s more to a blackhead mask than mixing ingredients together. Find out more below:

Step 1: Choose the Mask Ingredients That Will Benefit Your Situation

Look at the ingredients above. Each one of them is great at preventing blackheads, but you can make their other properties work for you as well!

  • If you’re looking to spot-treat, brighten your face, or for any ingredients that offer skin-soothing effects, review the ingredients you will use. 
  • Our skincare routines are HIGHLY subjective and circumstantial. Make sure you judge whatever you put on your face first and foremost!

Step 2: Care for Your Skin Right After

Many of these ingredients are great for blackhead removal, but they can also dry or irritate your skin. Be on the LOOKOUT for potential irritants! We have some tips:

  • Spread the mask evenly.
  • Once you rinse it off with cool water, dry it with tissue paper or a microfiber towel. 
  • Then, apply serums and moisturizers as needed onto your skin.
  • Massage it in a circular motion and you’re done for the day!
  • Do a patch test with the ingredients

Step 3: Integrate It Into Your Regular Routine

Blackhead removal won’t be successful on its own. Plus, you can’t exactly do it every day – not with the strength some of the ingredients have.

To lessen your acne, minimize your pores, and keep away blackheads for longer, set up a good skincare routine. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy to keep your skin blemish-free! You can simply:

  • Cleanse to remove dirt and impurities,
  • Moisturize to hydrate your skin,
  • Exfoliate every week, or as needed, and;
  • Apply sunscreen to keep your skin youthful and heal those dark spots.

You can schedule a day to fight blackheads when you do your exfoliation. Or, you can set up a unique schedule yourself. This way, you have the best possible strategy for your skin!

What are Other Ways to Treat Blackheads?

What are Other Ways

Want to speed it up? Use DIY techniques with strategic skincare moves, like our tips below!

#1 Look for Ingredients Like Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, and Niacinamide

Both glycolic acid and lactic acid are present in nutritious food. Along with niacinamide, they’re the GREATEST exfoliators and peels you can try a couple of times a week!

We suggest you try out a Glycolic acid product and use it once a week. It’ll help detoxify dead skin cells and keep blackheads at bay.

Anything that contains Lactic acid, like pimple patches, is also good since it’s a very mild exfoliant. We recommend it for newbies.

#2 Prevent Blackheads from Forming and Use Makeup Remover

If there’s nothing to clog your pores, you’ll reduce blackheads. Use makeup remover and double-cleanse!

You can also lessen your makeup-wearing days. The more you wear makeup, the more your skin starts getting irritated.

Don’t worry. There are ways to cover pimples without wearing makeup!

#3 Exfoliate Dead Skin Cells and Clogged Pores

Do what your mask does – get all that dirt, oil, and leftover makeup out! Exfoliate at least once a week, and have a separate day for your mask.

The Verdict

DIY blackhead removal has never been easier. Follow our tips and you’re sure to reach clear, glowing skin!

If over-the-counter products frighten you, then you truly can’t go wrong with a homemade blackhead mask. It’s a great and effective home remedy that anyone can make.

The same goes for any uneven texture you might have on your skin. You can definitely go for a DIY acne scar recipe too.

Now, time to open up your ingredient cabinet and create your perfect concoction! 

Bye bye, blackheads!


September 6, 2021 – Updated article formatting and content

July 16, 2021 – Reviewed and updated article links

Paola Diaz
Paola Diaz

Hi, I'm Paola! A skin care enthusiast and nature lover. Creating content that promotes proper skin treatment and keeping a healthy glow is my way of sharing with the world how healthy skin can go a long way. I’m a firm believer of natural beauty that radiates inside all of us. All we need is the right kind of nourishment that inspires our wellness from inside out. So it’s really not about physical beauty alone – it’s the beautiful life we can create for ourselves when we connect with our own nature and see there is beauty that shines from every one of us.