Warmer weather is on its way and with it comes spending time on the beach, at backyard barbecues and in the pool. Wearing heavy make-up (or any make-up at all!) is uncomfortable and unnecessary— so it’s all about your skin.
You want to make sure your face is looking as flawless as possible; now is the time to start prepping to make sure you’re Instagram-ready this summer, #nofilter needed.
Blackheads are one of the most common (and annoying) skin issues that can seem impossible to clear up. But fear not! There are so many ways to get rid of blackheads— and all of them are completely natural! We’ve rounded up the 15 best DIY face masks for blackheads for you to try before you hit the beach.
What are blackheads and why do you get them?
Blackheads happen when your pores get clogged by excess dirt and oil. Once that oil is mixed with dead skin cells and exposed to the air, they turn black.
Whatever you do…
Don’t squeeze them! It’s hard to resist the urge to pop those pimples, but your fingers and the skin around the blackhead are carrying their own dirt and oils that can cause your current blackheads to get worse.
15 Best DIY Face Masks for Blackheads
Egg White Face Mask for Blackheads
You’ll see your blackheads literally peel away with this egg white mask. Strangely satisfying, for sure.
- 2 egg whites
- 1 tsp lemon juice
Whisk egg whites and lemon juice together in a small bowl. Apply the mask to your face and let sit for 30 minutes. Peel off with your fingers and rinse your face. Tone and moisturize as you normally would.
Activated Charcoal and Clay Face Mask for Blackheads
Once regular charcoal is heated to a certain temperature in the presence of gas, it becomes porous. Those pores attract dirt and toxins out of your skin, leaving it clear and glowing.
Bentonite clay is a highly absorbent clay that becomes mildly electrified when it is saturated with water. The result is that it helps absorb toxins and pull out impurities from your skin naturally!
- 2 activated charcoal capsules
- 1/2 tsp. bentonite clay
- 1 1/2 tsp. water
Twist capsules apart and empty into a bowl. Mix with the other ingredients until smooth. Spread over your (freshly washed!) face and let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and tone and moisturize as you normally would.
*this mask is super oil-absorbing so it may make your face feel tight/dry while it’s on.
Honey and Lemon Face Mask for Blackheads
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
1 tbsp raw honey
First, fill the bowl of your skin with hot water from your tap. Put a towel over your head and get your face as close as you can to the water without touching it. Let the steam open your pores. Mix the lemon juice and honey together in a small bowl and apply the mixture to your face. Let sit for 30 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Follow up with toner and moisturizer.
Baking Soda and Honey Face Mask for Blackheads
- 2 tbl baking soda
- 1 tbl honey
Combine ingredients in a bowl until they become stiff and sticky. Apply to face and let sit for 20 minutes and rinse. Follow up with your favorite toner and moisturizer!
Cinnamon Honey Facemask for Blackheads
- 3 tsp. honey
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Mix ingredients together in a bowl and spread evenly. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse. Follow up with a moisturizer.
Oatmeal and Honey Face Mask For Blackheads
by Noob Cook
- 1 tbsp oatmeal
- 2 tsp honey
- 3/4 tsp water
Grind the oatmeal into a powder with a coffee grinder. Mix oatmeal, honey and water together in a small bowl until a thick paste forms. Apply to face for 20-30 minutes and then rinse off using warm water. Follow up with your favorite toner and light moisturizer!
Activated Charcoal Green Matcha Facemask for Blackheads
- 1/2 tsp Matcha green tea powder
- 1/2 tsp Bentonite clay powder
- 1/2 tsp Activated Charcoal (Buy It Here)
- 2 tsp Rose water (or filtered water)
- 2 drops Tea tree essential oil (optional)
In a small bowl combine all the ingredients except the Rose Water. Slowly add the Rose Water until you achieve the consistency you desire.
Allow it to set for 15 minutes before washing with warm water.
Green Tea Face Mask For Blackheads
- 2 green tea bags
- 2 tbsp honey
Steep tea bags in hot water for 2 minutes. Remove from water and cut the tea bags, collecting the tea leaves in a small bowl. Add the honey and mix to form a paste. Massage onto your skin and leave for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water; use a toner afterward to tighten up your pores and moisturize.
Honey and Milk Pore Strips For Blackheads
- 1 tbsp Honey
- 1 tsp Milk
- Cotton strip
Mix honey and milk in a small, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 10 seconds and mix. Pat mixture in a thin layer over blackheads and firmly press a cotton strip over it. Let sit for 20 minutes and peel away.
Turmeric, Mint and Gelatin Face Mask For Blackheads
- 2 tbsp mint tea
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1 tbsp gelatin
Boil a bunch of mint leaves in water and strain. Add the turmeric and gelatin to the hot mint water and let cool. Apply to your face and let dry for 15 minutes until it’s hardened and then peel off.
Orange and Baking Soda Face Mask For Blackheads
2 tbsp baking soda
6 tsp fresh-squeezed orange juice
Mix ingredients together and apply over whole face. Let sit for 20 minutes or until mask has hardened. Wet hands with lukewarm water and gently scrub your face while you take the mask off to get the exfoliating benefits of the baking soda. Tone with witch hazel and moisturize immediately afterwards.
Milk and Gelatin Pore Strips For Blackheads
- 1 tbsp milk
- 1 tbsp gelatin
Mix gelatin and milk together in a microwave safe container; microwave for 5 seconds, stir and microwave again until it is fully combined. Layer mixture over blackheads and let dry completely before peeling off. Rinse your face with warm water and follow up with your favorite moisturizer!
Avocado, Honey and Olive Oil Face Mask for Blackheads
1/2 an avocado
1 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp raw honey
Scoop the avocado into a bowl and mash to a relatively smooth consistency. Pour in honey and olive oil. Mix well. Apply the mixture to your face and let sit for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water and follow up with toner and moisturizer.
Carrot and Egg Face Mask for Blackheads
- 2 medium-sized carrots
- 1 egg yolk
Grate the carrots into a bowl. Add the egg yolk and mix together. Apply to your face. Let sit for 20 minutes. Remove with a cotton ball soaked in rose oil.
Coconut Oil, Tea Tree Oil and Baking Soda Face Mask
2-3 drops tea tree oil
2 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp melted coconut oil
Mix ingredients together with cool water. Scrub onto your face and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and follow up with your favorite toner and moisturizer.
Aspirin Face Mask for Blackheads
- 6 aspirin tablets
Crush aspirin tablets in a bowl and add water until a paste forms. Apply all over your face and let sit until the mask starts to harden and crumble off your skin. Gently rinse off with warm water and follow up with your favorite toner and moisturizer.
5 Easy Ways To Prevent Blackheads
Once you’ve cleared up your blackheads with one of these awesome face masks, use these simple tips to keep them from popping back up ever again.
- Drink water! H20 will help flush out the toxins from your body and help prevent oil and dirt from seeping into your pores.
- It may seem counter-intuitive to put lotion and oil on your already oily skin but keeping a consistent moisturizing routine will help regulate your body’s oil production. Drying out your skin will make your body produce excess oil to make up for it, perpetuating the oily skin cycle.
- Use a natural exfoliator like baking soda or activated charcoal to slough off that first layer of dead skin. With it will go all the oils and bacteria that have built up over the day, keeping your skin clean and clear.
- Wash your pillowcases every week.
- Don’t touch your face!
- Use oil-blotting tissues throughout the day to absorb excess oil on your t-zone.