How To Remove Whiteheads And Blackheads Naturally

No one loves blackheads. Yet everyone has to deal with them at some points in their lives. These pesky black dots seem to take a life of their own and can’t be killed off too easily.

The same is true for whiteheads. They may be less obvious compared to blackheads but they are none less annoying.

Difference between whiteheads and blackheads
The thing is, both blackheads and whiteheads are quite similar. They are both comedones caused by clogged pores that occur in irritated hair follicles. Blackheads are open comedones while whiteheads are closed comedones. Dermatologists actually classify them as a form of acne.

So what’s the best way to get rid of these tiny acne? Is it possible to get rid of them completely?

From experience, they can be minimized. I’ve tried using products, using baking soda and tomato puree, nose pore strip, but nothing beats a good cleansing routine and frequent exfoliation.

In a recent episode of Get It Beauty, I picked up another simple DIY beauty tip to get rid of whiteheads shared by a Korean skin care therapist. I believe the same method can also be used on blackheads.

I tried the method on my son who has developed quite a bit of blackheads on his nose due to poor cleansing habits. It did help to reduce the blackheads but not all at once. I believe it might take a few attempts to clear them up more thoroughly.

Only two ingredients
Only two ingredients are needed and they are sterile saline solution and a regular toothpaste. Saline kills bacteria while toothpaste cleanses and exfoliate. (That’s why we use it to brush our teeth right?) But the toothpaste should contain menthol but not in excessive amount as that may cause skin irritation.

Step 1
Open up the pores by soaking the skin around the affected area with a steamed towel for a minute to open up the pores.

Step 2
Squeeze some toothpaste in a small container and add the sterile saline solution in 1 to 2 ratio. Mix the combination into a paste.

Step 3
Apply the paste on the affected area. Leave for a minute and then start to rub around the affected area.

Step 4
Use a sponge to wipe off the mixture.

Step 5
Cool affected area with a wet towel or rinse off.

Your skin should now feel cooler and cleaner with lesser clogged pores.

Ok wait a minute…isn’t toothpaste too harsh for our skin?

Beauty expert view
A Korean dermatologist who was present at the beauty show said the toothpaste should not be too irritating on the skin but it’s best not to leave the mixture on the skin for too long. If you’re worried about toothpaste being too strong, you can use children’s toothpaste.

Did it work?
I would say to some extent. Blackheads are noticably lessened but not all were gone. It might take a few sessions before the results are more visible.

Word of caution
This DIY should NOT be used on the entire face. It should only serve sparingly as a spot treatment on the nose or around the chin depending on the problem area.

You should also use this method of removing whiteheads and blackheads naturally only once a week. Once there is improvement and your whiteheads and blackheads are lessened, reduce the frequency.

After care of the affected area is important. Ensure that you use a toner and moisturize as per normal after using the toothpaste pack. And if you have sensitive skin, I would not recommend using this at all.

To watch this DIY beauty tip in action, check out Get It Beauty On Viu.


  1. Gem says:

    This is interesting! Get it beauty always have very interesting tips, I love the recipes that the main host Lee Honey makes as well ?

  2. Sesame says:

    Yes, I love that they feature DIY beauty tips often and not just commercial products.

  3. Lucas says:


    I am very interested in making my own skincare, particularly a water based niacinamide spray. Do you know where I can buy preservatives? Online or in stores in Singapore. I’m looking for germaben II or liquid germal plus

  4. Sesame says:


  5. Raw Nectar says:

    This is a great DIY! Natural is always best ?
    Natural oils are also great for toning the skin and have anti-microbial properties that naturally fight off blemishes. Oils like tamanu and moringa even have properties that help even skin tone from acne scars and their omegas and vitamins replenish skin from the inside out.
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  6. Kerry Williams says:

    Hey great article! I wonder if whitening agents in the toothpaste might disguise the tone of the blackheads. Never the less, an interesting trick! I’ll have to give it a go.

    Kerry Williams last post is: What to do if your pores are clogged and your face has clusters of tiny red bumps

  7. Pins says:

    I’m curious behind the science as to how toothpaste exfoliates or how it works to get rid of white and blackheads.. Cause in the same vein, I used to think the toothpaste to spot treat pimples remedy was some well known trick till I researched and found out how damaging it actually is.

  8. MakeupPro says:

    Thank you for sharing such natural remedies to overcome from Whiteheads And Blackheads.

  9. Saeed says:

    Hi Sesame,

    I totally agreed to your post, these remedies are best for blackheads and whiteheads, I MOSTLY SUGGEST it to my clients.

    Keep up sharing, Thank you.

  10. Khadiessentials says:

    I’d like to thank the author for writing such an insightful and informative blog post about that is not just useful to the readers but also revealing.

  11. Parc Clematis says:

    This works. Personally tried stuff.

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    Good Tips. I will try at home
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  13. Ebenezer says:

    Thanks for sharing this guide. I really have some blackheads and I want to get rid of them. Luckily, I read this post.

  14. Viva Glow says:

    Interesting. Would you say this is better than pore strips?

  15. Kylie says:

    I really loved your interesting tips! Thanks for helping us in
    Blackhead Removal process.

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