How to remove blackheads with rubbing alcohol and baking soda

Updated February 21, 2017

Considered the first phase of acne by medical practicioners, blackheads are little yellowish or blackish bumps embedded in your pores. Blackheads develop when skin produces too much oil and worsens with improper cleaning, dead skin build-up, make-up or the use of topical oils. When bacteria invades the pores, blackheads turn into pimples. Rubbing alcohol disinfects and dries out the excess oil in the area affected by blackheads. Baking soda cleans and exfoliates any build up of dead skin.

Wash your face or the affected area with a mild oil-free facial cleanser. Gently dry your face with a clean towel.

Put some rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball. Gently apply the rubbing alcohol with the cotton ball to disinfect and dry out the area affected by blackheads. Avoid applying rubbing alcohol to areas that are dry, peeling or inflamed.

Boil half a cup of water to get rid of any impurities in the water source. Add half a cup of baking soda to it to make a paste. If you have a larger area affected by blackheads, remember that the paste should always be a 1 to 1 mixture. Let the mixture cool before applying to skin.

Apply the paste to your skin with your fingers. Avoid dry or inflamed areas and any open sores to prevent irritation. Let the paste dry into a hard mask consistency on your skin.

Scrub off the mixture to exfoliate your skin and leave it soft. Rinse your face in warm water.

Splash your face cold water to close your pores and reduce any redness.


Baking soda and rubbing alcohol may take longer to see results. Always use a clean towel to dry off your face, and only use it on your face, not the rest of your body.


Do not use baking powder. If your skin becomes overly dry or irritated, reduce the frequency of treatment. If redness and dryness persists, this treatment may not be appropriate for your skin. If you have sensitive skin, apply the treatment to a small piece of skin on your inner arm and check the next day. If you don't have a reaction, this may be an OK remedy for you. Rubbing alcohol is very drying. If your skin starts to peel, use it less frequently.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Boiled or purified water
  • rubbing alcohol
  • cotton balls
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Based in Barcelona, Spain, Chris Ciolli has been writing professionally since 2003. Ciolli's work has been featured in "The Tipton Times," "The Joplin Independent" and She received Bright Flight and Curator's scholarships in 2001 and was a Fulbright finalist in 2005. Ciolli holds a dual bachelor's degree in communications and Spanish with a minor in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia.