While washing your face daily can help prevent blackheads from forming, you still may have to deal with the annoying task of getting rid of them. Of course dermatologists can help, but we suggest trying this simple home remedy first.

Things You'll Need

1. Using a large pot or teapot, heat the water until it reaches a rolling boil.

2. While the water is boiling, wash your face with an exfoliating facial cleanser. Gently scrub in circular motions, paying particular attention to the area where you see blackheads. You’re trying to softly remove the dead skin that keeps the blackheads trapped in your pores.

3. Remove the pot from the burner. If you used a teapot, carefully pour the hot water into a deep pot or bowl.

4. Drape the towel over your head and place your face close to the steam. (But not too close—that steam is hot!) The towel creates a tent, or enclosure, around your head, helping to keep the steam and heat in.

The steam will help to loosen the blackheads and make them easier to remove. Stay in the steam for 10 minutes.

5. Mix 4 teaspoons baking soda with 1 tablespoon mineral water in a small bowl to form a paste.

6. Apply the paste to your entire face and let it sit for 10 minutes.The baking soda will help draw impurities out of the skin, including the dirt and debris from blackheads.

7. Rinse well with warm water to remove the paste.

For best results, treat blackheads as soon as they appear. If you aren’t successful in removing blackheads at home, consult a dermatologist.