Tomatoes and lemons are ideal to treat blackheads without any side effect. Make a paste of tomato and rub it into your face, especially around and on the nose and leave it overnight. Mix lemon juice with honey and salt and rub it in. You can mix lemon juice with sugar.
Honey is an effective remedy on its own or when mixed with lemon juice, cinnamon, turmeric powder and baking soda. Make a thick paste and rub it into your skin and leave it overnight. Wash with mild soap the next day.
Steaming is a nice and effective way to get pores open. A simple kettle will do and ten minutes of steaming alternating with a scrub using a wet towel will take care of the matter.
Take multani mitti (fuller’s earth) and mix with turmeric powder, some milk and a little bit of lemon juice. Multani mitti absorbs oil. Turmeric is a known antibacterial as is lemon juice. Lemon juice also serves the purpose of bleaching and removing dark spots. Leave the paste on your face for an hour. If you have the time you can do it in the morning and at night. If you can get hold of it, use hydrogen peroxide and add only a couple of drops. Peroxide kills bacteria and clears your skin of infection.
Another remedy you can try is white of egg mixed with some lemon juice and honey. You can apply this mix or add turmeric and cinnamon powder for added effect. One hour and then you can wash off the layer.
Fenugreek leaves and leaves of neem are also effective in that they contain ingredients that absorb oil and kill bacteria. Make a paste, apply to your face and let dry. Wash off after an hour.
Fine sand, toothpaste, oatmeal and cornmeal have been tried with varying degrees of success. Use a formula that works for you and that’s it.