4 Home Remedies for Blackheads, Tested

We might be able to forgive blackheads if they weren't so stubborn. But without the help of a skilled esthetician, trying to get rid of those annoying little spots is often a vicious cycle: It feels like you really have to scrub at them (or pull them out with a pore strip) in order to clear out the gunk, but that harsh exfoliation isn't doing you any favors either—in fact, it can worsen the issue. Fun, right?

But before resorting to the big guns (e.g., hardcore chemical treatments or prescription creams), we thought it wouldn't hurt to try a few home remedies for blackheads we've seen floating around the internet—many of which are labeled as "the ONLY thing that has EVER worked" or something to that hyperbolic effect. True or false? You'll have to keep reading to find out.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated. 

Next up: A celebrity esthetician explains step-by-step how to get rid of blackheads overnight.