Most of us know all too well how pesky blackheads are. They clog and enlarge pores, and seem almost impossible to get rid of. And just when you think they’re all gone, another appears.
So what causes these little skin clogging monsters?
“A blackhead is a wax plug in a pore made up of dead skin cells, debris, and bacteria,” says dermatologist Zoe Draelos to Cosmopolitan. “What causes them is blockage in the pore that prevents the gland from secreting and shedding what it needs to (oil, dead skin cells, etc). Then, as the wax plug slowly gets pushed towards the surface, it comes in contact with air, which oxidizes it and turns black.”
The good news is, there’s a solution — and it can be found in your pantry or nearby grocery store!
Use these 5 DIY masks as part of your skincare regime. Just make sure to remove makeup with your facial cleanser ahead of time and exfoliate daily. Depending on your skin sensitivity, use one of these pore cleansing masks on a weekly basis.
Two ingredients: Milk and unflavored gelatin
- Mix two tablespoons of milk with one tablespoon of unflavored gelatin.
- Heat over low heat in a saucepan.
- After the gelatin has completely resolved, remove from heat and allow to completely cool.
- Apply the mask, making sure to cover the blackheads completely.
Wait time: Leave the mask on for about 30 minutes. As you peel off the mask, you will notice that you are also removing the blackheads.
Honey is a natural moisturizer and helps with the overall appearance of the skin and elimination of blackheads. Using this nightly works best as part of a natural skin regiment.
One ingredient: Honey
- Apply one cup of honey to your face.
Wait time: Leave on for 20 minutes. Gently wipe off the mask using warm water and a washcloth, making sure to remove all honey.
This acts as a facial scrub and cleanser. The sugar exfoliates, the honey has anti-bacterial properties, and the baking soda is used to unclog your pores while removing dead skin and bacteria.
Four ingredients: Honey, baking soda, granulated sugar, water
- Combine 1 tablespoon of honey, one tablespoon of baking soda, one tablespoon of granulated sugar, and one tablespoon of water.
- Gently massage onto skin.
Wait time: Rinse thoroughly after five minutes. For best results, use this once a day.
According to Home Remedies for Life, "lemon contains alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), which help to remove dead skin cells and clear blackheads. It clears dead cells from the skin’s surface and controls oil production, preventing oil build-up.”
Two ingredients: Honey and lemon
- Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon with 1 tablespoon of honey.
- Apply to face.
Wait time: 10 minutes. Remove thoroughly with warm water and a washcloth.
Blackberries contain a natural salicylic acid, a common ingredient found in acne medications.
“After using a salicylic acid product for several weeks, many of the blackheads will resolve, but others will just loosen," dermatologist Rachel Nazarian told Allure.
Two ingredients: ¼ cup of mashed blackberries and ¼ cup of plain yogurt
Substitution: Blueberries and strawberries also contain a natural salicylic acid.
- Mix the blackberries and yogurt together and spread onto face.
Wait time: Leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and a mild cleanser.
Expert tip: Berries stain, so be careful not to get these on your clothes. (Yeah, maybe avoid wearing your favorite white shirt.) Eat as many berries as you like, though!