Unless done by a professional, most methods for removing blackheads can be dangerous.
A blackhead mask is actually the safest way to remove blackheads for those doing a DIY blackhead removal treatment.
After prepping your face, there is really only one or two steps involved in using a blackhead mask at home.
Some people are sensitive to ingredients in facial masks, so it’s best to test the mask out first or have your blackheads removed professionally. You can just do a patch test on a small area of the delicate skin on your arm before applying the mask to your face.
For best results, before applying the mask, you should give yourself a little facial.
A partial facial consists of three steps.
- Wash your face.
- Use a facial scrub.
- Do a facial steam.
- Dry your face.
Homemade Peel-off Charcoal Mask
This recipe has a lot of great ingredients for the skin. You may have to go further than your local supermarket for some of the ingredients, but once you have them, then you can whip up a batch every other weekend if you like.
Ingredients and tools:
- Activated charcoal
- Bentonite clay
- Unflavored gelatin powder
- Non-metallic microwave-safe bowl and non-metallic spoon, measuring and stirring utensils (it’s important that they all be non-metallic).
Start by mixing two tablespoons of water with a tablespoon of gelatin powder. Then, add a teaspoon of activated charcoal powder and a half teaspoon of bentonite clay.
Stir this mixture until completely smooth, and then microwave for 10 seconds at a time until the mixture is thick enough to spread thinly over your face.
You probably won’t need to microwave it for any longer than 30 seconds in all.
Make sure the mixture is a comfortable temperature before applying. It will get a little thicker as it cools.
Applying the Mask
After confirming that this mask is safe for your skin, apply it to your face while completely avoiding your hair line area, lips, eyebrows and eye area.
Removing the Mask
Once the mask has dried, roll the edges to get a grip on it, and peel it off your face in an upwards direction. Don’t be alarmed if it hurts a little.
This is a sign that it is a good blackhead removal mask. Follow with rinsing your face and applying coconut oil. If removing this face mask is just too painful, then you can always just wash it off with warm water, and try the blackhead removal mask recipe below or purchase one.
Egg White Blackhead Removal Mask
Ingredients and tools:
- 1 egg white
- Tissue paper
- New, clean makeup applicator brush
Place the egg white in a bowl, and whisk it until frothy. Apply the egg white to your face after having done a partial facial.
Next, apply tissue paper to your face. It will stick easy, so make sure there are no bubbles and that the paper lies flat against your skin. Avoid applying egg white to your brows, eye area, lips and hairline.
Once you have applied the paper on top of the layer of egg white, add another layer of egg white using the makeup brush again. Allow the egg white and tissue to dry completely, and then peel it off in an upwards direction.
You can add a few drops of lemon juice to the egg white mixture to lighten any blemishes you may have.
Buying a Blackhead Mask
If making your own mask is not something you are interested in and you just want to do a DIY blackhead removal at home, then there are several highly effective and easy to use blackhead masks you can purchase. Instead of going out and buying a random brand, read some blackhead mask reviews to help you decide by seeing which ones have worked well for others in the past.
Look for masks with a key ingredient, such as bentonite clay, activated charcoal or natural Dead Sea mud. If you have sensitive skin, stick to face masks for sensitive skin.
Follow the above facial preparation tips and the manufacturer’s directions when using a store bought face mask.
To minimize the appearance of blackheads, exfoliate at least twice a week, and use good quality makeup.
Wash your makeup off thoroughly before going to bed too.
Try to do a pampering facial at least once a week, and use other nourishing facial masks regularly.
Blackhead masks may only be necessary once or twice a month, but you can always just do your T-zone if you feel like you absolutely need one.