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Blackhead Removal DIY: 7 Make-At-Home Products For Removing Blemishes

Blackhead Removal DIY: 7 Make-At-Home Products For Removing Blemishes
Amy Baum Apr 30, 2017
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Blemishes are something that many people struggle with throughout their entire lives. Some people only experience an occasional whitehead or a pimple popping up now and again. Others – like myself – combat blackheads regularly.

Needless to say, this can get both frustrating and expensive. Fortunately, there are plenty of frugal DIY treatments for blackhead removal and other blemishes.

In this post, I’ll be discussing some popular DIY remedies for blackheads, acne, and whiteheads. You may have several of these ingredients in your pantry already.

The other ingredients are very inexpensive and easily accessible. There’s no need to spend $40 on a face mask when you can whip one up for mere pennies. Let’s take a look at the seven options below to see which ones suit you.

1. Cinnamon For Blackheads, Acne, and Eczema

About Cinnamon For Skincare

Ground cinnamon is a common ingredient in DIY skincare recipes. This fragrant spice is known for treating acne and eczema and eliminating blackheads while promoting a healthy glow.

How To Use

There are numerous ways you can use cinnamon for treating blackheads. Create a simple paste with equal parts ground cinnamon and water, and use this as a gentle exfoliating scrub. You can also use it as a face mask or topical treatment for acne. Mixing it with raw honey is another great way to use it, and this adds great antibacterial properties. However, cinnamon can irritate skin if it’s used too frequently, so only use it about once per week.

Money Saving Comparison

On Amazon, a 5-ounce cinnamon face mask and scrub costs about $19. If you already have cinnamon in your pantry, you can make this mask for free. Even if you purchase an 18-ounce container of cinnamon, you’ll still save about $14.50!

2. Bentonite Clay For Blackhead Removal Mask

About Bentonite Clay For Skincare

In the natural skincare community, bentonite clay is a go-to product for its numerous benefits. The clay is known for absorbing toxins, being rich in nutrients, and much more. It’s a personal favorite of mine, and I use it regularly for gentle yet powerful blackhead treatment.

How To Use

In most cases, a jar of bentonite clay will have directions for use on it. For example, you mix Molivera Organics Bentonite Clay using one parts clay and two parts water or apple cider vinegar. I typically use water, and it creates a very thick paste. You can apply it using your fingers, but I prefer using a cheap cosmetics brush.

You can leave the mask on for 10-20 minutes and remove it with warm water. In my experience, you’ll instantly notice clearer, smaller looking pores.

Money Saving Comparison

One 16-ounce jar of bentonite clay costs about $11.50, and you can make hundreds of blackhead clearing masks with a single jar. A seven-ounce jar of pre-made clay mask for blackheads costs about $25. You can make several more masks with the DIY option and save yourself $13.50.

3. Gelatin For BlackHead Removal Mask

About Gelatin For Skincare

Gelatin face masks are incredibly popular on Pinterest and numerous DIY beauty sites. Gelatin makes an excellent base for peel-off face masks. These masks cling to your skin, and they gently but effectively remove dirt, oil, and makeup from pores. This makes them a beloved ingredient in blackhead removal mask recipes.

How To Use

You can use unflavored gelatin by itself or combine it with other ingredients. Using gelatin and milk together is a very popular option. This recipe on Udemy says to combine one tablespoon gelatin with two tablespoons of milk.

Mix well and microwave for 15 seconds, then apply to your skin using a face mask brush or popsicle stick. Allow it to dry for 15 minutes, peel it off, and reveal smoother skin with smaller looking pores!

Money Saving Comparison

A bottle of peel off facial mask costs anywhere from about $7 on Amazon. A single box of gelatin only cost $1 or $2, and you won’t even use the entire box for one mask. You can get several more masks using this DIY recipe, and you’ll cut your costs by up to $11.

4. Honey and Sugar For Whitehead Clearing Scrub

About Honey and Sugar For Skincare

I mentioned above that honey has antibacterial properties, and that helps clear up blemishes and prevent them. Raw honey also has antioxidants, moisturizing properties, and clarifying properties. Sugar of any kind works as an exfoliant, and salt works just as well. You can combine either of these with raw honey for a powerful yet natural treatment.

How To Use

Combine equal parts raw honey with sugar or salt. One or two tablespoons of each ingredient is plenty. I enjoy using brown sugar in natural remedies like this. After using your preferred face wash, massage the scrub into your skin for about 30 seconds. Rinse using warm water, pat your skin dry, and apply a moisturizer. Using this treatment a few times a week can help clear whiteheads and blackheads.

Money Saving Comparison

Assuming you have sugar or salt in your pantry, you’ll only need to pay about $11 for a 32-ounce jar of raw honey. An 80 mL jar of pre-made sugar and honey scrub – less than three ounces – cost about $11 as well. You can make several dozen masks with raw honey while paying the same price.

5. Tea Tree Oil For Whitehead Topical Treatment

About Tea Tree Oil For Skincare

I’ve mentioned tea tree oil in a few DIY beauty articles before. That’s because this powerful oil has antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. This combination makes it ideal for all sorts of skin problems. I use it religiously to treat acne and whiteheads, and it can also be used in blackhead treatments. I find that it’s incredibly effective as a whitehead topical treatment.

How To Use

1-2 drops of tea tree oil can be directly applied to whiteheads and acne with a cotton swab. This usually clears my blemishes up after about three nightly uses. However, this option may sting a bit and can be too strong for some people. If you’d prefer, you can dilute 3-5 drops of tea tree oil with about one tablespoon of almond oil. Store the mixture in a small jar, and use a cotton swab to apply it nightly to blemishes.

Money Saving Comparison

A 0.35-ounce tube of tea tree oil based acne gel is about $8 on Amazon. The therapeutic grade tea tree oil linked above is .33 ounces and cost about $6. One small bottle lasts for several months, so you can get more from the DIY treatment while saving $2.

6. Turmeric For Whitehead and Acne Mask

About Turmeric For Skincare

Turmeric has recently surged in popularity when it comes to DIY skincare. That’s because this ingredient has antifungal properties, antibacterial properties, anti-inflammatory properties, antiseptic properties, and antioxidants. It also works as an analgesic, so it may relieve the pain associated with large pimples.

How To Use

I found dozens of turmeric mask recipes for whiteheads and acne. I decided to stick with a simple recipe using just two ingredients. Mix two tablespoons of plain yogurt with ¼ to ½ teaspoons of turmeric in a small container.

Apply this mixture to clean, dry skin and allow it to set for 20 minutes. Rinse it off with cool or lukewarm water and follow up with your favorite moisturizer. You can use this gentle recipe up to three times per week until you see skin-clearing results.

Money Saving Comparison

On Amazon, you can get a bottle of 60 turmeric capsules for just under $9 or $0.15 per capsule. A two-ounce bottle of pre-made turmeric face mask costs about $16. Create your own gentle, natural turmeric mask while saving $7.

7. Aloe Vera For Acne Topical Treatment

Aloe Vera For Skincare

As you may know, aloe vera is commonly used to treat sunburns and other skin irritations due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, aloe vera contains two naturally occurring hormones called Auxin and Gibberellins. Aside from having anti-inflammatory properties, these promote new skin cell growth. These benefits make aloe vera a very potent, gentle and affordable topical acne treatment.

How To Use

In an airtight container, combine about five tablespoons of pure aloe vera gel with essential oils of your choice. Some essential oils that have antibacterial and skin healing properties include tea tree oil, clove oil, and lavender oil. Keep this container stored in your refrigerator. Use a cotton swab to apply the gel mixture to acne each night.

Money Saving Comparison

The cost of a 32-ounce bottle of pure raw aloe vera gel is about $9, and the cost of a bottle of essential oil is about $6 to $8. This upfront cost is a bit high, but you can make several dozen batches of acne gel – possibly more.

Compare that to a small tube of natural acne spot treatment that cost $16. You can get significantly more product while spending about the same amount of money.

Dos and Don’ts Of DIY Blackhead And Blemish Treatment

Before we wrap things up, I’d like to cover a few dos and don’ts of DIY skincare. These tips are fairly simple to implement, so keep them in mind as you try out your favorite new recipe.

  • Do perform a patch test if you’re using any new ingredients. The ingredients featured in this post are typically gentle and natural. However, perform a patch test if you haven’t used an ingredient in a recipe you’re eyeing. Read this article on how to perform a skin patch test. It’s simple and can save you from irritation and allergic reactions!
  • Don’t pick at blackheads or whiteheads. It’s very tempting to pick at blackhead and whiteheads to get rid of them. Picking can lead to scarring, redness, and other unsightly skin problems. Additionally, your fingernails may carry oil that can actually worsen blackheads, whiteheads, and acne. If you feel you must pick, use a sterilized extractor tool. Clean the tool with rubbing alcohol before and after each use.
  • Do wash your hands with antibacterial soap before applying any DIY treatments. If you’d prefer to apply a treatment with your hands, make sure that they’re clean. Transferring bacteria and oil to your face certainly defeats the purpose! Make sure to thoroughly wash your hands before applying your DIY blemish treatment.

Budget Friendly DIY Blemish Treatments: Save Money And Look Your Best!

Needless to say, there are plenty of unique and effective DIY blackhead and acne masks for you to try. Whether you’re focused on whitehead removal or want the perfect blackhead mask, we’ve got you covered. Have some fun experimenting with the options on this list, and enjoy the monetary savings as well.

Do you enjoy DIY remedies that are super inexpensive? Then check out 8 DIY Beauty Recipes For Frugal Pampering for even more excellent recipes. We’ve also covered ways to save money on your beauty routine in posts like 17 Popular Makeup Products Under $5. When it comes to being frugal and looking your best, we’ve got you covered!

Amy Baum


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