Let’s be honest, we all struggle with blackheads. They affect every skin type, mainly cropping up in the oilier T-zone on our foreheads, noses, and chins—another thing to thank your hormones for—although sometimes daily residue from the environment is to blame. No matter the cause, they are simply pores clogged with excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria that have oxidized, turning them black.

With proper care, you can deep cleanse pores and minimize the appearance of blackheads. Try our quick tips and easy natural remedies at home to see what works best for you. When you find your favorites, repeat weekly for regular upkeep and to keep improving your complexion.

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1 tablespoon Bentonite clay

Water or apple cider vinegar

Mix enough water or ACV to form a paste that is thick, but still applicable. Using clean fingers, cover your face with a thin layer of the paste, and let it sit for 10-25 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water, tone, and moisturize. The clay’s minerals will help the overall skin tone while also drawing out the impurities and blackheads. If you have sensitive skin, skip the ACV or test it out on your arm first to make sure there’s no redness.

 

MILK AND HONEY PORE STRIPS

Honey has antibacterial properties, and the lactic acid in milk helps keep skin soft and supple. When mixed together, they act as an adhesive, making a perfect natural pore strip.

1 tablespoon organic raw honey

1 teaspoon organic milk

Clean strip of cotton

Mix all ingredients together, heat for 5-10 seconds in the microwave or on the stove. Remove from heat and stir again. When the mixture has cooled to a comfortable temperature, apply a thin layer over blackheads, and then gently but firmly pat a strip of dry, clean, cotton onto it. Let it dry for 20 minutes, and then carefully peel the strip away. Rinse with cold water, tone, and moisturize.

 

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