6 Home Remedies for Blackheads and Pimples

While there is limited scientific evidence that home remedies for getting rid of pimples are effective, there are some that might give you good results. So, what are they and how should you use them? Keep reading...
6 Home Remedies for Blackheads and Pimples
Karla Henríquez

Reviewed and approved by the doctor Karla Henríquez.

Last update: 30 May, 2022

If you want to clear your skin and get rid of pimples, it’s important to first see a dermatologist. While there are plenty of over-the-counter and natural remedies that help, it’s important to figure out the root cause of the problem so you can treat it effectively.

Skin blemishes can be caused by bad hygiene, hormone imbalance, and other underlying issues. That’s why it’s so important to figure out the cause before you try a new remedy. That being said, if you have a few pimples or a mild case of acne, some home remedies might help.

While these aren’t miracle cures by any means, consistent use could give you some good results. They are also cheap and tend to be safe when used correctly. What are you waiting for, try them today!

The 6 best remedies for blackheads and pimples

Most home remedies for pimples and blackheads lack scientific evidence. There is usually plenty of anecdotal evidence, but study results are limited. That being said, many people consider them a good option for treating skin problems.

That’s why we wanted to take the opportunity to share six remedies that you might find helpful. Remember that you won’t see immediate results, and you should always be careful when applying them, especially if you have sensitive skin. If you have any kind of bad reaction, stop using it immediately and rinse with plenty of water.

Are you ready to try them?

1. Baking soda

Baking soda’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties can help reduce pimples. However, many dermatologists and doctors don’t recommend it because it can cause irritation and dryness on some skin types.

If you want to try using this remedy to deal with pimples, just use a small amount a few times a week.


  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda (20 g).
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon (5 g).
  • 5 tablespoons of cinnamon (50 g).


  • Mix all the ingredients in a container until you get a thick paste.


  • Clean your face and spread the mask on evenly with your fingertips.
  • Leave it on for 10 minutes, and rinse.
  • Repeat twice a week.

2. Papaya

Papaya can help you deal with blackheads and pimples.
Aside from being a delicious and very healthy fruit, papaya is also amazing for the health of your skin. Because papaya is rich in water and antioxidant compounds, it helps your face stay hydrated. It is also a popular folk remedy for pimples.


  • 1 slice of papaya
  • 2 tablespoons of honey (20 g).


  • Mash a piece of papaya into a paste and mix it with the honey.
  • Apply it to your clean, dry face. Leave this mask on for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse and apply a moisturizing cream.

3. Green tea

According to a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, green tea contains an antioxidant known as epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG, which has been shown to be helpful to fight acne. It can reduce excess oil production and bacterial growth.


  • 2 tablespoons of green tea leaves (10 g)
  • 1/2 cup of water


  • Add the green tea leaves to half a cup of boiling water.
  • Let it steep, and then strain.


  • Apply the green tea to your face with a cotton ball.
  • Leave it on for ten minutes, then rinse.
  • Use it every night before bed.

4. Oats

An oat mask can help you deal with blackheads and pimples.
In addition to being another very healthy food choice, oats are also a natural remedy that promotes healthy skin. They help remove dead skin cells and eliminate excess oils. In fact, a study published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venerology, and Leprology highlights the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help in the treatment of skin conditions.

Avena can help remove the dead skin cells that accumulate on your face and helps get rid of pimples more easily.

Also Read: A Healthy Breakfast – Oats, Banana, and Cocoa


  • 2 tablespoons of oat flour (20 g)
  • 1 slice of tomato
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (10 g)


  • Put the oat flour and tomato in a container and smash the tomato with a fork into the flour.
  • Add the honey and mix well. You should have a paste.


  • Apply the mask everywhere that you have issues with pimples.
  • Leave it on for 30 minutes, then rinse.
  • Repeat the treatment three times a week.

5. Cinnamon and honey

As with many natural remedies, there isn’t enough scientific data about its effectiveness. Nevertheless, it is a popular folk remedy for treating pimples.

Why is that? Well, one study shows that cinnamon has antimicrobial and healing properties. Another shows similar characteristics in honey, in addition to anti-inflammatory properties.


  • 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon (5 g)
  • 2 teaspoons of honey (10 g)


  • Mix honey with ground cinnamon until a paste is formed.


  • Apply it to the affected areas of your skin and leave it on for 15 minutes.
  • Rinse, and repeat three times a week.

6. Banana peel

Banana peels can help you deal with blackheads and pimples.
Banana peel to treat pimples is a folk remedy that doesn’t have any scientific data to back it up. Nevertheless, since it’s safe, many people decide to try it.

How should you use it?


  • Ripe banana peel


  • Take a banana peel and rub the inside of it on any areas of your skin that are affected by pimples and blackheads.
  • Leave the paste on for at least 30 minutes, at a minimum.
  • Rinse well with warm water.

Finally, don’t forget that you should talk to your dermatologist about any skin problems you are having before starting treatment. With their help, these remedies, and a little patience, you’ll be able to get your blemishes under control.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.