Homemade Remover for Hardened Oil Plugs on the Face

Remove blackheads to keep your skin clear and young looking.
Remove blackheads to keep your skin clear and young looking. (Image: Dougal Waters/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Hardened oil in skin pores – commonly referred to as blackheads – can occur almost anywhere on the face, but most often on the nose and cheeks. Ideally, blackheads should be removed with a special blackhead removal tool, but this may not always be an option. You can still remove blackheads without the specialized tool, but you must properly prepare your skin to prevent the chance of scarring. You must thoroughly exfoliate and open the pores of your skin before you attempt to remove hardened oil plugs.

Things You'll Need

  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • Liquid face soap
  • Bowl
  • Pot
  • Water

Mix equal parts salt, olive oil and liquid face soap in a bowl. Stir the ingredients with your finger until thoroughly combined.

Rub the mixture on any part of your face with blackheads. The salt will exfoliate the skin, the olive oil will moisturize and the soap will clean it. Rinse the mixture off your face with warm water.

Fill a pot with water and place it on the stove at high heat. Let the water come to a boil.

Hold your face over the pot, but not close enough that the boiling water can splash you. If necessary, stand on a chair so your face is at least 18 inches above the water. Keep your face above the steam for five minutes to open your pores.

Wash your hands and stand in front of a mirror so you can get a good look at the blackheads.

Position your thumb and forefinger on either side of a blackhead and squeeze gently, just enough to get the blackhead out of your skin. Repeat the process for all blackheads.

Rinse your face with cold water to close the pores.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not squeeze hard if the hardened oil plugs do not come out easily. Excessive pressure is more likely to cause scarring.

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