Blackheads are small, dark spots on your face and body that frequently appear in groups. They typically have a dark appearance that can be mistaken for dirt, but the color is actually due to combined oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria that get trapped in the pore, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
They are irritating to look at and can spoil your pogi mug. While there are several products in the market that promises to get rid of these annoying black spots, they're often expensive. Luckily, there are a number of DIY remedies from around the web which provides quick and easy alternative solutions for those who need it.
Beauty blogger Huda Kattan posted her secret mix for removing blackheads on Instagram, which has already garnered one million views as of this writing. She is seen slathering Elmer's glue on her nose using a cotton bud. When it dried, she slowly peeled it off and her nose turned blackhead-free. If you want to try this hack, make sure to use a non-toxic formula.
Apply a thick coat of Vaseline or petroleum jelly on the affected area, suggests beauty editor Kristina Ioannou of Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily. Keep the skin wrapped with plastic and apply a hot damp towel on the skin for five minutes. The hot damp towel will help make the pores soft and unclog them. Remove everything then gently squeeze the affected skin to remove the blackheads.
Gelatin + milk
Mix unflavored gelatin powder with milk and stir until a thick paste is produced. Heat the mixture in the microwave for a few seconds. Apply the warm mixture across your face or problem area. Once it's dry, peel the contents away from your skin to see those dark dots removed.
Baking soda + toothpaste
Make a homemade paste using baking soda, water, and toothpaste. Apply it on your face then use a clean toothbrush to scrub it in. Finally, use a warm towel to wipe off the paste.
Egg + tissue
Egg whites not only can remove blackheads; it can also tighten your pores to prevent breakouts. Simply separate the white from the yolk and begin layering it on your face. Place a facial tissue on top of it and allow the first layer to dry. Apply a second layer. Leave the mask on for about 15 minutes and then peel off the tissue.
Activated charcoal is similar to common charcoal, but is made specifically for medicinal use. Pour some water and gelatin on the bowl. Microwave for 15 to 30 seconds then add charcoal and mix quickly. When cool enough, apply onto skin. Wait until it completely dries before peeling it off.