Acne And Blackhead Healing Tomato Facial Mask

25 Mar 2010 | Skincare Recipes | 67 comments

Tomato can help to remove excess oil on the face and it’s especially suitable for people with oily skin like me. Consistent application also aids in the removal of blackheads, shrinking of pores, whitening and smoothing of the skin. Its antibacterial properties also makes it a good remedy for acne.

I’m pretty prone to having blackheads on my face. So you can imagine how excited I was when I got to know that tomato can help to diminish my blackheads. But I was warned that it is not an overnight remedy. It can take a few months to a few years. Patience and determination is a must! I really don’t mind and I would prefer taking this safe and natural route.

When I applied the tomato pulp onto my face, I felt a slight stinging and itchy sensation on my skin for the first 5 to 10 minutes. But the sensation goes away after a while and my skin felt tight. After rinsing off with water, it left my skin feeling fresher, hydrated and clean. I also feel good knowing that I am using something natural. =)

I have consistently applied tomato pulp onto my face for the past 1 month and I’ve noticed that the pores on my face seemed to have shrunk a little. And my blackheads are less obvious now, although there’s still a lot of the tiny ones here and there. I will definitely continue this natural remedy.

The whole process is actually as simple as cutting the tomato in half, rub it onto your face and neck (if you wish), rinse off with water after 15 mins and you are done. =)

If you have time to spare, you can also prepare the tomato pulp using the following ways:

A) Slice the tomato and mash it into a pulp using a fork or spoon. This is surprisingly not easy for me to do…

B) Use a mortar and pestle if you have one, it is easier to mash up the tomato into a pulp.

C) Or, if you are cooking some dish with tomato, you can first scoop out the inside of the tomato and store its juicy parts in the fridge for later use. Or apply immediately. This is a good way to not waste any parts of the tomato. =)

Enjoy the natural remedy to a healthier skin! *wink*

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  1. Mohes

    Hey , Thank you so much ! I did this , It really works , My face is getting fresher and fairer 🙂 But how to lose my face rashes ? 🙁 During holidays my face was flawless , But when school starts , I always sweat in the class , When i sweat , I always scratch my face using my nails . It feels so good ! But its a lot of disadvantages . So now my face ha alot of red red and rashes . Looks ugly :/ What kind of home remedy i can use ? Btw , I’m Mohes . From Malaysia .16 Years ! MALE =)

    • jemelyn

      i will try it start tomorrow.anywy thnks for tips i will got try this tomat0 fical mask…specially to my supeerrr hate acne n blckheads :D..hope so work it!

  2. Eloise

    How often do you wear the mask? once a day everyday? or once a week?

  3. Lee Cheng

    Hi Eloise, I do it only once in a while when I get my hands on tomatoes. If you like, you can do it daily.

    • Chelsea

      Is daily safe….I do honey (raw) mask daily…I dnt knw if its safe

  4. niki

    does this mask thin skin if apply daily?

  5. Lee Cheng

    Hi Niki, I believe it won’t thin the skin if apply daily. My aunt applies frequently and her skin is radiant no signs on thinning.

    • Blessed

      Lee cheng its surprising to see you here.Anyway is it realy helpful?

  6. Catrhine

    Using Tomatoes for acne, are incredibly healthy for skin , not just in vitamins for healthy living, but also in nutrients for your skin, such as calcium, potassium and rich in lycopene. Tomatoes are particularly helpful in acne treatment, also helps to cure and prevent pimples. You can actually apply tomatoes for acne directly to your skin.

  7. mrs.madhusmita das

    in 3 to5 dys i regularly used tamatto mask for 2times,but i cannt found any result

  8. komal

    can v apply this daily?

  9. Lee Cheng

    Yes Komal, you can apply this daily which my aunt does. No problem with that.

    • Vince Oyanib

      I have whiteheads.can i also apply this?tomatoes?

  10. Sinz

    I just started the tomato mask last night along with other masks because of some ugly blackheads … Hope this works!!! *Finger Crossed* lol

  11. eljay

    hi do you apply tomato mask? do you wash your face with soap first then apply the tomato or apllying tomato first then rinse your face with soap?? thank you..

  12. Lee Cheng

    Hi Eljay, you can wash your face first with soap and then apply the tomatoes.

  13. sin

    I hope this really works.

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  15. Emily Smith

    I do this one every day, and it works amazingly! How long should we leave it on?

    • Lee Cheng

      Hi Emily, you can leave it on for 20 – 30mins until it has dried up on your face.

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  17. Dernesia

    I have a problem with my complexion,does applying the tomato mask going to help me gain complexion in anyway n how long is it gona take?

  18. KayCUBE

    i just started the mask today…

    hope it works like you guys are saying cos my face looks kinda ******…lol


  19. dipali

    Can I use tomato as overnight mask ??
    It’s healthy or not????

  20. strawberry

    Hi Today i tried to used tomato as a facescrub and leave it for 15 minutes and it was effective. i have tries oatmeal mask,cucumber mask but so far this is the most effective scrub.

    • strawberry


  21. samuel

    is it ok to leave it all tru d nite

    • Ler Lee Cheng

      It is not necessary to leave through the night. Best to rinse it off.

  22. Delali

    Can u put any facial cream on your face after rinsing the tomato of your face please

  23. Alex

    Can i mash a large amount of tomato into a pulp then store it in the refrigerate for farther usage. Can i just take away the juicy parts of the tomato and store it, do i really have to do all the extra work……i’ll try it….i’ll be waiting for an answer… 🙂

    • Ler Lee Cheng

      Hi Alex, I would recommend using it as fresh as you can, and if you want, make a small batch that last maybe 2-3 days.

  24. Alex

    After 15 minutes do i have to wash my face with soup are just rinse it with water.

    • Ler Lee Cheng

      Simply rinse off with water will do.

  25. Alex

    Why cant i leave the tomato over night…

  26. Destiny

    Hi, I was wondering, how long does it take for the tomato mask to actually start clearing your face??? Days, months, years??????

    • Ler Lee Cheng

      Hi Destiny, depending on individual, it may take months. It also depends very much on your diet. If you have a clean and healthy diet, it will reflect that on your skin too.

  27. Milly

    This looks like so much fun! I love making natural clay masks with my friends. Nothing beats putting on a face mask and watching a good movie with the girls! Thanks for this.

  28. Ramya

    my skin feels soooo itchyyy after applying tomato juice on face …..wat should I do overcome frm tat????

  29. nancy

    Hope this works for me… Av really tried many things.. Nothing has worked soo far… Got hope on tomato…. My beauty will flourish if this favors me… Thanx fr yur info.. Xoxo

    • Ler Lee Cheng

      Sometimes the use of commercial facial cleanser could cause facial issues. Do some elimination method. Go back to using the most basic and natural stuffs, like barley cleanser etc.

  30. Sarah

    first day trying this , my skin has been breaking out for no reason lately:( will this help prevent acne scaring ? I feel like my acne always leaves marks on my face and take forever to fade

    • Ler Lee Cheng

      Hi Sarah, for acne scaring, you may want to read up more about using Vitamin E oil and try it.

  31. paschal

    Hi pls how often can u apply the tomato facial mask. Is it daily or weekly. Pls i need to know

    • Ler Lee Cheng

      You can apply daily.

  32. talitha

    my face gets red in the cheeks and chin after using tomato mask. is it normal?

  33. Renuka

    Hi. I m blackheads, white heads and pimples on my neck and hole face. Can the tomatoes help me to get rid of from all these???

  34. Renuka

    Please advice please please

  35. Chaska

    I read an article a few days ago about a tomato mask. I started having hormonal breakouts on my forehead after I had a baby in my late 30s. I tried all kinds of creams, scrubs, and masks. I’ve been using the tomato mask for only four days and have honestly notice some diminishing of the bumps on my forehead. Not only is it great for acne, but it is also a natural antioxidant. I usually leave mine on for about 40 minutes and then simply rinse my face with water and I do this on a daily basis now. I just take a tomato and cut slices and rub the slices on my face and then dispose of the outer part. One tomato is lasting me one week. I zip lock the rest of the tomato in a plastic baggie for the next night.

  36. NokieBoy

    Hi! Just wanna share my experience using s tomato. Im a 24 yr old male and I havnt had any problem with my face when I was in my teenage years, but suddenly had changed when i turned 21 acnes starts appearing on my face, not severe but i guess i had 5-8 spots every week and when it disappears another spots will come out again. And also i have melasma on my cheek due to frequent sun exposure, been battle with acne and melasma for about 3 years, i had used various creams,toners,face wash and i even went to a derma just to clear my acne up but nothing happened, untill i researched natural home remedy then luckily i found tomato and read all its contents and started to rub its skin on my face before going to bed and wash it in the morning, but i washed my face first with vaseline face wash for men, i think it took me 1 month of daily rubbing a sliced totamo on my face and it really cleared up my skin, after that i havnt use any kinds of creams,toners just facewash and tomato, it also removed my melasma i guess its because of its vitamin c content.

  37. ruth

    Hi. Please Is the tomato mask suitable for dry skin? Please reply thanks

  38. Gina

    Hi, I just started using the tomato renedy:)
    I used lime and i did not like how it irritated. Actually I applied shea butter on my face after the lime remedy
    Can I also apply the shea butter after I rinse off the tomato from my face?

    • Ler Lee Cheng

      Lime is phototoxic. So it is not advisable to use on skin. Yes you can apply Shea butter on your skin after rinsing off tomato.

  39. Symone

    If I made too much can I save it for later ? And how long can I keep it stored before it expires ?.

  40. steph

    This Actually Really Works !!!!! I Been Using This For Almost A Week And I’m Seeing Results Already!!!

  41. Morgan

    Tried this last night. It works!!!

  42. harmeet

    Hello, i want to know that can we apply almond oil on face after rinsing off tomato..i have large pores on my face

  43. Cerelia

    Thanks for the article!
    Can I peel it, or the skin of the tomato is necessary?
    I will try it for a couple of weeks and see if it bring any result.

    • Ler Lee Cheng

      Sometimes I only use the pulp. So the skin is not really necessary.

      • nazia

        does it work to get rid of acne spots

  44. Bry

    Is tomato can remove the dark spots or the acne spots made by pimples? I have that in my both cheeks and i want to make them gone. While im having it, im very afraid of going outsides of the housr because it is so ugly. Please reply as soon as possible if i can use this tomato as the removal of acne marks. Please thank you.

  45. sangeetha

    When I applied tomato scrub on my neck, small red rashes were developed.
    But when I applied it on my hands & feet, it looks fine.
    Is this common or should I need to discontinue on neck?
    (My skin-fair type & is quite sensitive in nature).

  46. Arra

    Hey,here’s a great tip to use all of the tomatoes flesh without wasting it ,first core the tomato to get rid of the white and hard part,the put it into a bowl filled with hot boiling water for about 5-10 minutes,then you can peel out the skin of the tomatoes easily and also mashes it with a fork easily without struggle,after this step you can store this tomato mask in a jar and keep it in the fridge for about 1-2 weeks and please do keep the jar covered or closed to avoid it from being dry in the fridge.
    Have fun and good luck,btw thanks for telling us the benefits of tomato mask.

  47. sheershika

    HI, I m actually using tomato daily. After I rinse it off for 15-20 min, I really find a glow .But very next day, I find my skin looking a bit darker. So what is dat I need to do for the glow to remain on my skin for the very next day also. Could you please help me out in this case.

    And I also heard that using tomato daily, Leaves skin sagging in future. So is it true dat such things happen in future.

    Can I use tan pack, scrub and face pack when I am using a tomato daily?Can I use a tomato daily after using all these products?Does it cause any damage to the skin?

  48. Nicole

    tried this, 5min on my face, rinse it with a semi hot water , dried it off with a soft towel and it works literally.. 2days my newly big pimple is gone the small ones gone also.. plus my skin is so smooth my friends kept asking me how.. tip i do it everymorning and night. 🙂

  49. Blessed lucky venuh

    Thank you very much for the tips.I hope to see some changes on my skin in the days to come.

  50. Binish

    hi dear i used this mask for a week
    when i didnt use this there were only blackheads on my face but after using this for few day there is pimple on my face plz tell me i do countinue use this mask or leave it


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