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DIY Blackhead Removal Mask with Turmeric, Peppermint & Frankincense



Blackhead removal mask - Dr. Axe
Everyone wants to get rid of blackheads. Not only are they unsightly, but they could be an indication of a food allergy or some other problem like leaky gut.

What are blackheads exactly? The American Academy of Dermatology tells us that oil that collects on the surface of the skin combined with dead skin cells and bacteria — which can come from dirt and pollution —then form what we call blackheads. The blackheads block pores and can cause tiny bumps due to being clogged. (1) 

Additionally, they can occur due to sebum, excess secretion often found in greasy hair, that collects in open pores. Most often, they start as a yellow/brown color, but as the excess oils collect inside the pores, these pores oxidize and cause them to turn black. 

Blackheads are usually found on the nose, sides of the nose and the cheek area of the face. While these little guys can be annoying, they can be removed using this super easy DIY blackhead removal mask recipe.

Let’s get started making this wonderful and effective blackhead removal mask!


Place ⅛ cup of water in a small pan on the stove and bring to a slight boil. In a small dish, place two tablespoons of the hot water and the peppermint essential oil.

Peppermint oil has amazing benefits for your skin. It rejuvenates while providing antimicrobial properties to help rid the skin of those blackheads.

Now, add the gelatin and blend well. If you think of Jello-O when you hear gelatin, you are on the right track. Sort of. Gelatin provides amino acids that our bodies need and is a type of protein that comes from collagen. In fact, it’s amazing for cell regeneration, minimizing wrinkles and providing that healthy glow!

Now that you have combined the peppermint and gelatin, add the frankincense oil. Frankincense is one of my favorite essential oils. Did you know that it was one of the first natural remedies given to baby Jesus? Frankincense is an incredibly versatile oil and perfect for this mask since it offers acne-fighting benefits! It contains astringent properties that will protect skin cells while reducing the appearance of large pores, slow the aging process, and even tighten and lift the skin.

And for our last ingredient, add the turmeric and and stir, making sure all ingredients are well blended. They don’t call it liquid gold for nothing! We know that turmeric has amazing benefits for the body but what about the skin? Because turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, it not only will help reduce the appearance of blackheads, it can help prevent them in the first place. Also, the antioxidants within it helps keep the skin elastic and give it youthful glow.

Now that you have combined all ingredients, simply apply the mixture on the nose and cheek area or on the entire face and neck with a brush. Leave it on for about 15 minutes making sure it dries completely. Gently peel the mask and the blackheads will come right off of your face!

To complete the process, wash your face with warm water and pat dry. Your skin should feel amazingly soft! For an added touch, apply my DIY lavender and coconut oil face moisturizer. You can do this mask at night before you go to bed or in the morning.

DIY Blackhead Removal Mask with Turmeric, Peppermint & Frankincense

Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 1–2 applications


  • 1 tablespoon gelatin
  • 1 drop peppermint essential oil
  • 1 drop frankincense essential oil
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric


  1. Heat 1/8 cup of water in a pan. Place the warm water in a small dish.
  2. Add the peppermint essential oil. Stir.
  3. Add the gelatin. Blend well.
  4. Add the frankincense. Stir.
  5. Add the turmeric. Stir until well blended.
  6. Apply to the nose and cheek area or you may apply to the entire face and neck area. Allow it to dry, then gently peel it off. Rinse with warm water.

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  1. Ann Loveless on

    Some people and companies label two different essential oils as peppermint. Mentha arvensis or Mentha piperita. Which plant are you referring to?

  2. Rabiya Mumtaz on

    You haven’t mentioned the quantities of the ingredients (gelatine, turmeric, pepper mint and frankincense oil) for this turmeric black head removing face mask. Could you please let me know?

    • JANE on

      I wrote it down. To one eighth cup boiling water add one Tablespoon Gelatin, I drop peppermint Essential oil, 1 drop frankincense, one half teaspoon turmeric. Make a paste ( I am sure you cool it a bit,) mix together apply to face, let dry. About 15 minutes. Wash says blackheads will come out and leave your face soft..

  3. Tracy on

    Hi I’m new to using essential oils. And I’m enjoying you articles and recipes for using them. I just purchased some oils from Edens Garden and not knowing which oils are the best especially at this point being a beginner just wanted to know is this a good brand for the price point? Thanks

    • Nancy Armstrong on

      Hi Tracy, I have never used Eden’s Gardens oils before so I don’t know anything about them but I do know this… You want at least therapeutic grade essential oils, or organic is best. If the company offers a gc-ms report on their website for any oil that you buy this will tell you that they’re pretty legit. if you don’t know what a gc-ms report is it’s an analysis done on the oil by a third party it gives you the chemical breakdown of the oil so you know chemically what’s in it, fly-by-night companies will not offer this report. I hope this helps.

  4. Linda Oosthuysen on

    There are many essential oil brands. DoTerra advises that they have have the purest oils compared to other suppliers. They are extremely expensive. What other brand is just as pure however better priced. Could you please send me the Kingsame Media Chest again. I accidently clicked out of mine and was busy reading it.


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