Blackheads are dark-colored bumps on the skin. These tiny black spots can cause you embarrassment as well as irritation. Blackhead-removing pore strips have made removing blackheads more simple and convenient, but, depending on how frequently you use them, they can be costly. Simple ingredients allow you to make your own blackhead-removing strips, which are just as effective and cost a fraction of the store-bought variety.

Things You'll Need

Combine the unflavored gelatin and milk in a microwave-safe bowl and stir.

Warm the mixture in the microwave for 10 seconds. Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir the mixture again.

Paint a thick strip of the mixture, using a clean cosmetic brush, on the area of your face affected by the blackheads. As the mixture dries, in about 10 to 15 minutes, it becomes clear and stiff, creating an easy-to-remove pore strip.

Grasp the end of the dried, stiff blackhead strip and remove in one swift motion. Wipe your face with a warm, wet washcloth to remove any residue. Pat dry with a clean towel.


  • Tea tree oil has antiseptic properties. Add a drop or two to your pore strip mixture to help heal your pores.

  • You can also apply the blackhead strip solution with a thin spatula, similar to the kind you would use to apply hair-removal wax.

  • The thicker the application of the blackhead strip mixture, the longer the drying time. Wait until the strips are dry and stiff before removing them.