Feb 25, - You don't have to run to the store to find an effective solution, there are plenty of home remedies that can help reduce blackheads. Whip up a paste with equal parts baking soda and water. Massage the mixture onto skin, rinse with lukewarm water, and follow with moisturizer. Aug 21, - Salicylic acid is the preferred ingredient for blackheads and whiteheads because it breaks down the materials that clog pores: excess oil and dead skin cells. Although you still need to wash your face twice a day, try using a cleanser that has salicylic acid in it just once a day to start.