Natural Blackhead Remedies: Clear Skin Solutions

| Modified on Jan 21, 2024
Castor Oil
Posted by Carolyn (Northwest, OH) on 11/08/2008

My husband has been plagued with blackheads. I just looked past them, of course but he couldn't. Pore strips were painful and didn't get all the pores clean cause the gunk was in too deep. I did a little research and found that blackheads are oxidized (rancid) oil in the pore and will not be washed out no matter how much scrubbing with soap you do. You must dissolve the oil in the pore with oil! Castor oil works best. Here's what you do:

Smear a thin layer of castor oil onto the nose/blackhead plagued area right before you take a shower. Use nice hot water to steam the pores. Exfoliate as much as you can with a washcloth or body poof towards the end of the shower.

It will take several applications to dissolve the blackheads. After they are gone, it is easy to keep pores clean by repeating the castor oil treatment regularly to dissolve any oil before it turns rancid. My husband's nose looks clean and healthy now!

General Feedback
Posted by Jennifer (Long Island, N.y) on 05/19/2010

in response to anonymous manitowoc, winsconsin- yes u are absolutely right! i am a holistic lifestyle coach and work with ppl including myself to rid themselves of fungus. there is such an ailment called Candida. it is a yeast overgrowth that starts in the gut and intestine and expresses its self as different fungal infections such as dandruff, rosecea, psoriasis, dermatitis, stomach bloating, yeast infections, athletes foot, allergies, ibs, nail fungus. another side effect of candida is that you dont process fats properly so it comes out of your pores. u will never rid yourself of these infections without addressing the roots cause of candida. candida is a precursor to cancer which means if you do not take care of your present state of illness it will at some point in your life turn into some form of cancer. cancer is a fungus! i encourage everyone who reads this to plz look this up and understand it as most ppl have it b/c of excess usage of antibiotic, processed foods, and sugar. i hope this helps :)

General Feedback
Posted by Nahlo (Clearwater, USA) on 12/16/2012

If you really think about it science doesn't prove anything! Most science is just trying to out smart nature! You cannot out smart nature I think ever body would agree that regardless of what cancer really is WE cause it WE bring it upon ourselfs from all the bull everybody has some how come to believe it's okay to eat and things we do to out body as simple as putting lotion on in the morning. We are created from the earth we should be using it not going against it. Sorry if you disagree but science means nothing when it come to most health issues it just makes it so complicated when everything is so simple and right in front of your face on the ground you walk on. Earth is the answer whether it comes to a black head or cancer!

General Feedback
Posted by Greystone (Portland ) on 03/14/2017

it is fungus that why Dr. Simoncini can cure it breast cancer in two weeks. Now, think about this every time someone finds a cancer cure, the cure will be purchased by a pharmaceutical company and buried, or the person who found the cure disappears. We have seen this same thing with anyone who created free energy or the guy who created a car that runs on water.... see they could give a rip about better life for people . The name of the game is money. Now the CDC is really self- interest driven and they own patents to the vaccines. This is the fox guarding the hen house. Vaxxed revealed the CDC knew full well that MMR vaccine can cause Autism. so they skewed the number or use a different . test method that really is not applicable for that vaccine . One of the CDC doctor/scientist said that people getting the flu shot were duped. and "It is like telling people to get iron umbrellas in case toasters start falling from the sky! It appears that these company work is self -interest based

Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Sara (Colorado) on 04/03/2019

After watching a video of a women getting a 55 year old nickel sized blackhead removed, I decided to do something about the small blackhead on the upper side of my nose that had been there for a few years. I bought some extraction tools and made a list of all the remedies listed on Earth Clinic, thanks to you, Tea Tree Oil being one of them. First, I exfoliated the area with a wash cloth. After then poking and prodding it with the tools and getting nowhere, I decided to give it a rest and try one of the Earth Clinic remedies.

Since Tea Tree Oil was within reach, I tried it first, just applying a drop to the area, then went to bed. In the morning, the area was raised up like a tiny scab and I attributed it to all the poking around I did the night before. However, that night when I went to exfoliate the area again so I could reapply tea tree oil, the “scab” came right off and ended up being the actual blackhead. I was amazed. Just one application and that pesky thing was finally gone. I reapplied the tea tree oil the next two nights just in case, but have seen nothing growing back since and the area returned to normal.

Very happy with the results. The tea tree oil I used was from the health food store, but the cheapest brand there. I think exfoliating first helps to make sure the oil makes direct contact with the blackhead.

Lugol's Iodine
Posted by Princess (Ca) on 12/31/2015

ACV is ok for blackheads, but dries the skin. I use Lugol Iodine solution 5% I applied to my nose overnight every night and in a few days blackheads are gone from my nose. It may burn your skin.To avoid that you can put some facial cream before or after you apply Lugol's Iodine. Hope this info will help some of you. Blessings

General Feedback
Posted by Thomas (Ann Arbor, Mi) on 09/15/2012

To Jenn from Long Island, I understand that naturopathy is a new thing for the modern world, but we need to maintain some degree of scientific perspective. The statement that "cancer is a fungus" is wholly unsupported by any reputable scientific establishment, and even stronger, there is solid evidence that cancer is not a fungus though the two may co-occur, or increase the liklihood of one another, OR even be treated with similar medications. I can treat many things with the same medications but that doesn't amount to saying they are equivalent.

I wholly respect this community and naturopathy, but for it to be respected by others and developed further we need higher standards that are in accord with our scientific process, and I would at least appreciate sources when making radical claims.

Castor Oil
Posted by Tim (Berkeley, Ca) on 01/24/2010

Castor oil as Blackhead Remedy

After reading about castor oil for reducing wrinkles and improving complexion, I tried it and found that it is wonderful for reducing blackheads and making skin feel soft and clean. What I do is take a facecloth and wet it with hot water. I put the cloth on my face for a few minutes and let the steam open the pores, then apply the castor oil all over my face. I let the castor oil soak in for about 15-30 minutes and then remove it with the facecloth and hot water. After the oil has been removed I then splash cool water on my face to close the pores. This leaves my face feeling clean and smooth. I repeat this process every 3-4 days.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Veronica (Spring Lake, Mi) on 10/31/2011

I've not only had blackheads, but also whiteheads and a bumpy face. After having used ACV after my regular facial cleanser, and moisturizing with Coconut Oil for 5 days, not only are my blackheads gone, but also the whiteheads and the bumps have gone down considerably. I will continue including this in my 'bedtime ritual' as it has worked far better than any beauty products I've tried.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 02/08/2014

Hello Misty,

Have you ever used Bentonite clay (green clay) to apply as a mask to get rid of blackheads? I have found to be very effective as a cleanse. Also on the bottle of Bentonite I have, it talks of the use of the clay by also using a capful of ACV to make the mask as very beneficial also. That fits in with your ACV usage.

General Feedback
Posted by Pi (Anon) on 01/22/2013

After all these years, what has science done in regards to cancer? We have more cancer than ever and look at how unnatural the modern Western lifestyle has become and is spreading in the world. Most of our food is either adulterated or crap and most of us rarely get out in nature except to go to work or shopping. We're too busy on the net or TV or other electronic gadgets. Doctors hardly study any nutrition and more just push pills. I know because my bf is a doctor and he agrees.

I think there is some link with the pimples and blackheads on the body and the high sugar and processed foods many eat all the time. It's like clogging us up and blocking our hormones or something. I think fungus/candida is the root of it. I had what semed to be hidradenitis suppurativa, boils under the breast, on the tummy, in the groin, on the buttocks and even the strange blackheads in the groin area that some people with HS have talked about.

If I took acidophilus capsules, I would have stuff coming out from under my breasts and it was like bread dough. I think it was the dying candida. My whole body broke out in a rash and itched for weeks, an Id Reaction (Autoeczematization): The body got allergic to its own toxins coming out. If you take care of the fungal infection, this secondary ones goes away.

I especially had one groin boil that wouldn't go away from half a year, it would be a marble beneath the skin and them come to head and close back up and cycle like this for months. It was so painful. It disappeared magically one day and all I did was spray an OTC anti-fungal spray on it. In fact, I sprayed it on the other pimple like bumps and they dried up and went away. There is some connect to all of us this HS and candida and bad diets. I don't know why now it's all coming to a head (no pun intended) or why not everyone on a bad diet has this. I do know as a teen I was more prone to acne when I hit puberty, amybe some of us are more sensitive to bad diet over time.

And if some people keep sticking to backwards thinkings and wanting to rely solely on science who looks at medicine as more of a business than permanant cure, we will just keep getting sicker and sicker.

General Feedback
Posted by Om (Hope Bc Canada) on 01/10/2014

Jeri from Colorado from Om:

Thank you for your post which will help many people, I hope. As an addition, I just want to mention the ayurvedic way of making beautiful skin by using turmeric powder or juice. It is available in detail on youtube. Age old remedy and now being discovered by the West.

Also read: A favourite of mine. A gift from God. Can be found in India everywhere especially in the temples. Good luck in your endeavour to look like a goddess asap. Om

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Cured (Niceville, Fl) on 01/28/2010

I continue to be amazed with more and more home remedies I try. Last night I made a paste out of baking soda and water to use as a natural exfoliator on my face. It worked beautifully but with a side effect. I did use it twice, last night and this morning. I thought I was seeing things last night but was definitly confirmed this morning after using this paste again just because it was there in the shower. My blackheads are gone! I can't find a single one.

I must add details of my current daily regimine. I use:

- ACV as a toner - if too strong then dilute half with water and use on a cotton ball
- VCO as a moisturizer
- Turmeric capsules I make myself for anti-inflammatory

This regimine was and still is working great for the last 2-3 months. All three listed above also are great for acne and evening out skin tone. Before last night my acne was gone except these pesky black heads. Two washes with the baking soda paste and my face is completely clear, pores even look a little better I think. Plus when I applied the VCO this time it was oh so smooth. I plan to continue with my daily routine and add the exfoliator in 1-2x maximum per week. My paste was 3T baking soda and about 1 1/2T water. The first time was a bit runny. I forgot to close the lid last night and this morning it was a nice thicker paste. The thick paste will be perfect to use on the rest of my body again no more than 2x a week.

Bicarbonate of Soda
Posted by David J (UK) on 01/15/2021

I've had tons of blackheads for years and nothing shifts them apart from pore strips. But even the strips leave some behind and the removed blackheads will reappear within 24hrs. But I started to use bicarbonate of soda as a facial scrub and its great! I mix some of the power with water or facial cleanser and gently rub over my wet face. Then I rinse it off. My pores look a lot cleaner afterwards. Plus bicarb of soda only costs a few pounds for a pot that will last ages.

Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Brent (Florida) on 07/06/2016

I use tea tree liquid soap (a few drops) directly when washing my face. I just noticed this week that all the blackheads I had have disappeared from my pores. Nothing else in my skincare regimen has changed, so I think this was the silver bullet for my lifelong blackhead issues.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Jack (Ny, 60115) on 03/19/2012

Do you want to get rid of blackheads because you have an upcoming date, or else you have a party to take care of, or just simply want the face and nose appear and feel blemish free? Largest is, there are several remedies for blackheads. You'll find sophisticated ways of to get rid of blackheads fast which of course needs you to have a very trip to the skin doctor. Nevertheless, there are simple remedies available which can be done at home. Results vary with regards to the severity of your blackheads, but the good thing about these simple remedies is because are cheap nevertheless effective for a lot of people.

A good way to get rid of blackheads fast is by using a pore stripper. This can take out the blackheads which can be caused by trapped dirt and other oil on the skin's pores. Use a readymade one that can be bought at the drugstore. You may also use washable and non-toxic PVA glue to take out blackheads, especially for the nose, as an alternative. First is usually to open up your pores by using towel that has been drizzled with warm water for a minute or so. Get a small amount of glue, and apply it thinly on the blackheads' surface. Leave it for a few minutes to dry and peel it well afterwards.

Another way to do away with blackheads fast is always to mix a small amount of ordinary toothpaste with salt. This type of remedy targets blackheads on the nose. Use this mixture and put it to use on the nose, leave it on for about 5 minutes before massaging it gently. The next thing is to wash it off with lukewarm water, afterwards apply a piece of ice or wash it with cold water so your pores will close. Utilize a mild toner or moisturizer so that your nose will smoothen and help get rid of blackheads fast.

Another way to get rid of blackheads fast would be to mix an egg white with honey. Before you apply the mixture, make sure to open up your pores by washing the face with warm water. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and wash it well. The mixture removes excess oil that's the reason it is great in removing blackheads. Addititionally there is another way to get rid of blackheads fast which is ideal for people who have sensitive skin, and that is through green tea. Combine teas leaves and teas powder in equal amounts, and after that add a small amount of warm water for a thick mixture. Apply a combination on the surface where there are blackheads by scrubbing. Wash it well with lukewarm water, then cold water, and finally pat your skin dry. This mix is not only to get rid of blackheads fast, but is also healthy for the skin too.

There is no 100% guarantee that they may be effective to all users, but it's definitely worth the try. These remedies to get rid of blackheads fast are made from ingredients which are not harmful to the skin. Regular application or inclusion of these remedies in your beauty routine will help you achieve optimal results during a period of time.

Posted by Ryan (Redlands, California) on 01/27/2012

I didn't see a section for lemons or lemon juice on blackheads so I wanted to contribute.

The acidic compounds found in lemon juice are amazing for breaking down oils and clearing up those embarrassing blackheads. I have been using the following remedy for about 3 days now and have noticed quite a difference in my complexion!

I take a warm shower (opens pores) every morning before work and every early evening. After shower, I push up on my nose from underneath to try and clear out as much loosened blackhead 'plugs' as possible.

I then apply lemon juice to a cotton ball and dab it on my nose and around the 'T-area'. It may sting a bit at first and direct sunlight should be avoided for about 30 minutes after applying.

This has netted me substantial results, although people with sensitive skin may have reactions to the nature of the acidity.

General Feedback
Posted by Andie (Aurora, Co) on 06/15/2013

I'm sorry, but "what has science done in regards to cancer"? What about early and more advanced recognition so that someone with cancer can be treated, as opposed to less than a century ago when cancer went unnoticed and just killed the patient. And what about advanced treatment that is saving more and more people daily? Yes, some of the technology we have today is harmful, but hopefully that will change with the much needed rise of alternative energy industries (and hopefully not nuclear energy).

I agree that as a culture we need to look more to herbal or natural remedies, and I even agree that the addatives in food are harmful to the body and rediculous, but losing the scientific progress and abandoning the scientific method would be even more detremental than continuing on the path we are on now.

Cancer is not a fungus. Cancer is a mutation of a body cell so that it reproduces without regard for whether it needs to reproduse or not. A fungus can become an infection, which would damage cells and reak havock on the body, but it is not a cancer.

General Feedback
Posted by Brad (Ft Galloway, Tx) on 12/14/2013

To Thomas, Cancer is a fungus. MSM well kept secret.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Marie (Crowthorne, Berkshire) on 04/07/2010

Please can you tell me what VCO stands for? Looking forward to trying it.

EC: VCO is the acronym for Virgin Coconut Oil.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sp (Nashville, Tn) on 11/25/2009

Apple cider vinegar works to clear out my blackheads and help shrink my pores. After washing your face, apply the ACV. Wait for it to dry before applying moisturizer. If you are using ACV for the first time, you may want to dilute it with some water as it may be too strong for your face. I do this once a day and within a few weeks my pores look so much better. I have used so many commercial products and this works the best and it so much cheaper that the commerical products. Good luck.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Misty (Indiana, Usa) on 02/08/2014


Every night, I apply undiluted ACV (organic unfiltered is best but the grocery store stuff will work in a pinch) to my face with a cotton ball. I don't wear makeup on most days, so I usually don't wash my face. I wear mineral makeup, which doesn't clog my pores, on days I bother, so I can get still away with not washing my face. When it dries, it's important to apply a good moisturizer because dry skin can clog pores when it mixes with sebum. I use either extra virgin coconut oil or a mix of 50% castor oil (the cheap pharmacy stuff will work) and 50% extra virgin olive, jojoba, or hemp oil.

This may not get rid of stubborn blackheads, so once or twice a week, I wash my face with medicated apricot scrub (St. Ive's will work, but I just use the store brand) and Dr. Bronner's peppermint. To a dime size dollop of facial scrub, I add a few drops of Dr. Bronner's peppermint soap, then apply to wet face and scrub in circular motion for at least 1 minute, then rinse and apply moisturizer.

It's also important to eat a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and keep sugar, dairy, and wheat to a minimum (I am on the paleo diet with one splurge day a week). Overall, this routine has completely cleared up my face except for maybe one or two pimples near my menstrual cycle.

Borax, Apple Cider Vinegar, Homemade Serum
Posted by Beatrice (Vancouver, Bc/canada) on 01/05/2012

The only thing that has ever helped me to disolve blackheads is borax ( used on wet face as an exfoliator - gentle circular motion and wash off). After that I follow with straight apple cider vinegar ( just a few drops on my palms an tap on my face). Then I moisturize with a home-made serum (equal parts of lemon juice, rose water and vegetable glycerine). My acne-prone has never felt better.

General Feedback
Posted by Om (Hope Bc Canada) on 01/10/2014

Jeri from Colorado from Om: just wait the nose dive is coming soon.

Castor Oil
Posted by Absa (Salmiya, Kwt) on 12/24/2011

Tried this method today and it does help :) ....

Grapeseed, Lavender and Bergamot Oils
Posted by Pb (Halifax, Ns) on 01/16/2010


Just thought I would share this as I was surprised to see how much it helped me. I ran out of moisturizer and decided to try using an oil blend. After some research online I mixed about 30 ml of grapeseed oil (available in some grocery stores or organic food stores) with about 4 drops of lavender essential oil and 2 drops of bergamot essential oil (available at most pharmacies). I applied it to my face, chest and back every morning (shake before using). It does feel greasy on the face but if you have to apply make-up you could blot after 15 min or so to get rid of the excess. Anyway, I was surprised to notice that after a few days my existing blackheads seemed to dry up completely or were greatly loosened, and there have been no new breakouts of acne in general. I'm in my mid-30s and have had acne all my life so find this quite remarkable & hope it helps someone else.

Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Celeste (NY) on 06/09/2023

I'd like to point out that professionals state to never apply Tea Tree Oil directly to the skin without a carrier oil. When dealing with essential oils it's crucial to do research before recommending possible dangerous uses.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jackmac (La Florida, Spain) on 12/07/2014

Eighteen months ago I started oil pulling for one month, then had a breakout of black & whiteheads. I have tried Apple Cider Vinegar & hydrogen peroxide cleansing, I have now started drinking Apple Cider Vinegar over the last 6 months. However, the whiteheads have increased, what should I do next?

Borax, Apple Cider Vinegar, Homemade Serum
Posted by Mortyscastle (Queen Creek, Arizona) on 06/15/2013

When I was younger I would use Borax (or baking powder), then rinse with Hydrogen Peroxide. I will now use ACV. Thanks.

Borax, Apple Cider Vinegar, Homemade Serum
Posted by Emy (San Francisco, California) on 06/26/2014

Hello Earthclinic,

I love your site. Thank you for giving us free access to such great info. I just noticed one of the replies from Mortyscastle under "Borax, ACV and Homemade Serum" remedy. This suggestion putting hydrogen peroxide after using baking soda on your face will burn your skin and could be damaging. Please alert readers.

Thanks, Emy

Aspirin and Honey
Posted by Regulator555 (Grand Rapids, Mi, Usa) on 06/02/2010

Blackhead Remedy

I'm 30 and have been suffering from blackheads for years. Aside from extraction, nothing worked. Nearly every pore on my face was blocked. Gross. Anyway, I heard about using aspirin and honey as a remedy on and thought I'd give it a try. I either use two large aspirin or four low dose aspirin and add a few drops of warm water. Let them dissolve (try to use the uncoated kind otherwise you have to peel the coating off). Add about a tablespoon of organic honey to the dissolved aspirin and mix thoroughly. Gently apply the mixture to a clean face (I use an SLS/paraben/prop. glyc. free soap) on the problem areas and leave on for about 15 minutes. The honey helps the aspirin stay put, or else it will just flake off. After the 15 minutes, wet your hands and gently massage the problem areas and then rinse off with plenty of warm water and your hands. Follow up with a moisturizer. I use just plain hazelnut oil.

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