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How To Use 3 Simple Ingredients To Banish Your Blackheads

Homemade Blackhead Remover

Nobody likes having blackheads. They’re unattractive, seemingly impossible to remove, and can morph into inflamed pimples that make you want to hide your face forever. I still get blackheads (so unfair,) so when I tried this homemade blackhead remover, I knew I wanted to feature it here on the blog. I’m sure I’m not the only one who struggles with stubborn blackheads, so I hope you find this as useful as I did!

How It Works

There are three main cleansing ingredients in this treatment: lemon, honey, and baking soda. Each of these ingredients has its own unique properties that can benefit your skin. Lemon juice is antibacterial and can help even out your skin tone. Honey moisturizes the skin and soothes and heals irritation. And finally, baking soda adds some exfoliation into the mix, helping to slough off dead skin cells and expose the fresh and bright skin underneath.

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After the mixture is applied to the skin, you use a warm, wet towel to steam your face. The steam relaxes your pores, allowing the mixture to move in and dislodge dirt, bacteria, and those pesky blackheads.

Here’s how to make and use this homemade blackhead remover.

Homemade Blackhead Remover

Homemade Blackhead Remover

You’ll need:

  • A lemon
  • Good-quality honey
  • Baking soda
  • Wash cloth
  • Hot water

Homemade Blackhead Remover


Start by cutting your lemon in half. Store one of the halves away for later use.

Homemade Blackhead Remover

Spread honey across the cut side of the other half of the lemon, and then sprinkle a bit of baking soda over the top of the honey.

Homemade Blackhead Remover

Holding the skin end of the lemon, rub the honey and baking soda onto your face, paying special attention to problem areas.

Soak the wash cloth in hot water and wring it out. Lay the hot, damp towel over your face. The steam will open your pores so that the mixture of honey, lemon, and baking soda can work its magic!

Homemade Blackhead Remover

When the towel has cooled considerably, use it to wipe the honey mixture off of you’re face (gently, of course).

Homemade Blackhead Remover

Now your skin out in the bathroom mirror, or better yet, use a magnified mirror. If blackheads remain, you can very carefully attempt to extract them using a couple of Q-tips or an extractor tool. If your blackheads are stubborn, keep doing the process once or twice a week until they clear up.

Our Production Manager Brittany, who gamely agreed to be the “model” for these photos, only had good things to say about this process. “This is amazing!” she said. “I always have a ton of blackheads, but after the lemon, honey, and baking soda treatment, I really had to search to find any blackheads left to extract.” I hope all of you find it just as useful! :-)

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  • Can certain medications cause your skin to have more problems with – blackheads and acne. My mom had to have her Thyroid removed about 2 months ago. And has been having problems with her skin breaking out.

  • I use pure Goat Soap. It made a world of difference and skin is soft and glowing. I got it for 5 bucks and it last a long time. I know this is a old post but thought I would comment any way. Thanks

  • Hi Jillee:)
    I love all your fabulous DIY ideas and have incorporated many of them into my daily routine. I’m a vegan who is into essential oils and keeping the family healthy. I was wondering, do you have a book (or e-book) filled with your most popular ideas that I can purchase on-line? I work fulltime and would love to be able to look up stuff by category (ie: cleaning, skin care, recipes, etc.) and have the instructions right there when I need them.

    • I do have a book! It’s called One Good Life, and you can find it on the righthand side of the webpage. While it does include some tips and tricks, it is mostly a book about me and getting to this point in my life after suffering from an alcohol addiction. I would love to release an e-book with tons of tips, but for now, Pinterest is probably you’re best bet! Thank you Cathy :-)

  • Another quick way to remove blackheads is to use Elmers white glue (you know, the kind you send to school with your kids). What I do is wash my face and dry my face. then I put a squirt of glue like over my chin area, not the whole face, let dry, then gently pull it off my face. It’s sort of like the poor woman’s biore strips.

  • Geez do you not have anything better to gripe about. Thanks for sharing this. I’m like Jillee. I still struggle with my skin . I may have to send this to my Sisters. We all had acne as teenagers and had to go to a dermatologist for help.

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