Blackheads are small, dark pimples that form on the skin when the opening of a pore becomes clogged. In addition to being unsightly, blackheads can also lead to acne. A common place for blackheads to form is on the face, often around the mouth. Treatment by a dermatologist is one way to remove blackheads, but many people prefer to simply treat them at home. Removing blackheads from around the mouth with home treatment is usually just as effective as seeing a dermatologist.

Things You'll Need

Cornstarch and Vinegar

Sprinkle a small amount of cornstarch into a bowl. Add just enough white vinegar to the cornstarch to form a thick paste.

Wash your hands with soap and water. Apply the paste to the blackheads around your mouth.

Allow the paste to sit on your face for about 20 minutes. Wash clean with a washcloth and warm water.

Epsom Salts and Iodine

Mix 1/4 cup hot water and 1 tsp. Epsom salts into a bowl. Add 4 drops of iodine to the mixture. Combine the ingredients well with a spoon.

Allow the mixture to cool to a tolerable temperature to apply to your face. Dip a cotton ball into the mixture and rub it into the blackheads around your mouth.

Let the mixture dry onto your skin. Wipe it clean with a rag and warm water.

Yogurt and Oatmeal

Combine 2 tbsp. oatmeal and 3 tbsp. of yogurt into a bowl. Add 1 tbsp. of lemon juice and 1 tbsp. of olive oil to the mixture. Stir the ingredients well with a whisk.

Wash your hands with soap and water. Apply the mixture to the blackheads using your fingers. Apply the mixture to the rest of your face as well.

Allow the mixture to sit on your face for about five minutes. Rinse your face with cold water.


Peel a whole cucumber. Place it in a blender and blend until it is the consistency of a paste.

Wash your hands with soap and water. Apply the cucumber paste to your face using your hands.

Allow the cucumber to sit on your face for about 25 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

Comedome Blackhead Extractor

Purchase a comedome blackhead extractor. These are available at most pharmacies and beauty supply stores. Disinfect the extractor with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol prior to use.

Moisten a wash rag with warm water. Lay the washcloth over the blackheads for a few minutes. If possible, use the extractor right after a hot shower as the steam will make them easier to remove.

Place the looped end of the extractor on top of the blackhead. Press down on the extractor slowly, using a light, even pressure until the blackhead oozes.

Wipe the area gently with a warm rag. Follow up with an exfoliating face wash.


  • Drink plenty of water and maintain a healthy diet to help prevent blackheads from forming.

  • If you have oily skin, apply a clay mask once a week to absorb some of the oil from your face.