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How To Get Rid of Blackheads Forever

Updated on January 20, 2011

Can I Really Get Rid of Blackheads Forever?

If you want to get rid of blackheads, then you have come to the right place. Blackheads, medically known as open comedones, are basically a type of acne, which occur most frequently in the facial and shoulder portion. They are closed follicles containing keratin and other secretions of the sweat gland. After oxidization, these accumulated materials turn yellowish black. Blackheads are similar to whiteheads, except that in the latter case there is a minute opening and the accumulated materials remain white due to absence of oxidization. So, without further ado, lets get rid of your blackheads!

Blackhead Causes
Blackhead Causes

What's Causes Blackheads?

Blackheads are tiny plug like bumps, caused due to the deposition of excess oil, dirt and bacteria that get clogged in the pores of our skin. This clog also contains dead skin cells. When all of this clogged matter reacts with the air chemically and leads to oxidation of melanin, blackheads are formed. However, the clogs which do not get exposed to the air, remain white, called whiteheads. Blackheads and whiteheads are both types of acne. Sometimes bacteria also gets collected in the pores which causes acne. Blackheads are actually the forerunners of acne. They are hard to prevent but not impossible to keep away. Let us see how to get rid of blackheads.

Blackhead Removal Tool

The Easiest Way To Get Rid of Blackheads

There are many tools used to remove blackheads. While selecting a tool, you must select one that is effective in blackhead removal and at the same time gentle to the skin. The use of these tools should not cause damage to the sensitive facial skin. The following are some generally used blackhead removal tools.

Metallic Spoon Extractor

These long and thin tools, which are usually made of stainless steel, possess spoon-like ends with small holes. This tool comes in different sizes and is used to gently press the blackhead with its spoon-like end. The pressure causes the extraction of the blackhead from the pore, though the hole in the tool. Sometimes, this tool is fitted with a lancet-like structure on one side, to open the head of the pore, which houses a stubborn blackhead.

Metallic Loop Extractor

This tool is almost like the metallic spoon extractor but lacks the spoon-like structure. Metallic loop extractor has small loops on both ends, which is more precise in extracting a targeted blackhead. Place the loop over the blackhead and apply pressure. The blackhead will come out of the pore instantly.

Suction Guns

This tool uses suction method to pull out the blackheads. The tube-like end of this tool is placed over the blackhead and the slide attached to the tool is drawn upwards. This creates a suction, which is helpful in extracting a blackhead. This method is not as effective as others. It can give better results, if used after steaming the face for five minutes.

Blackhead Removal Strip

This is considered to be one of the best ways to remove blackheads. These strips contain a glue which helps in the extraction of blackheads. Wet the concerned area of the skin and stick this strip on it. After ten minutes pull it off slowly. The blackheads are lifted out of the skin, along with the strip. However, this method of blackhead removal may cause rashes in people who have sensitive skin.

Blackhead Removing Scrub

There are blackhead removal scrubs available for the purpose of removing blackheads. The granules in such scrubs are found to be effective in removing acne. The important thing to remember while using such scrubs is that over scrubbing may cause problems in people with sensitive skin. In some cases, the pressure used for scrubbing may cause the blackhead to move deeper into the skin, which can lead to infections. However, if done in the right way, this is also a best way to remove blackheads.

Get Rid of Blackheads Naturally
Get Rid of Blackheads Naturally

Get Rid of Blackheads Naturally

In The Comfort of Your Home

Here are some good ways to get rid of your blackheads without any tools at home.

Wash Face

The most effective way to get rid of blackheads on chin or any other body parts is to prevent the cause. As oily skin is the primary factor for causing too many blackheads, it is essential to wash your face regularly by using a mild cleanser. You can wash and clean the affected areas as soon as you feel the build up of oil.

Apply Clay Mask

Another popular blackhead removal home remedy is using a clay mask on a daily basis. The clay mask absorbs excessive oils from the blacked skin pores and helps in reducing blackheads. Apply the clay mask and leave for the stipulated time (as mentioned in the product). Rinse off the skin with slightly warm water and pat it dry.

Use Exfoliates

Using exfoliates or scrubbers is also one of the effective blackhead removal tips. Carefully follow the instructions provided in the manual for getting rid of the dead cells that are clogging the skin pores. Do not use pore strips to get rid of blackheads on nose, rather you can go for regular facials.

Take Steam

One of the best blackhead removal home remedies is exposing the face and affected areas to hot steam. Add a few drops of tree tea oil in the hot water and take steam for about 5 minutes, doing so will open up the clogged pores and treat blackheads. Do not squeeze and remove blackheads, as it can lead to swelling and redness.

Reduce Makeup

Applying too much cosmetics on the face has a tendency to exacerbate blackheads and whiteheads, especially in those who have oily skin. Also, the condition is worse if you apply poor quality products. Hence, apply minimum makeup (of superior quality) to reduce the development of blackheads.

Use Good Products

Avoid using creamy and very thick creams, as they cause clogging of the follicles. Rather, you can apply natural products that contain essential oils and plant based products. If you are not sure about the brand, consult a qualified dermatologist for good products that suit your skin type. Read more on acne skin care products.

Natural Ways

Cut a lemon into half and squeeze the juice into the blackheads. The acidic property of lemon juice helps in reducing excess oils and preventing bacterial infections (if any). Leave for 30 minutes and wash with cold water. Another method is to apply a paste of baking soda and water over the blackheads. Allow the paste to stay for 20 minutes and then wash it off thoroughly. If available, wipe your affected skin with witch hazel extract to get rid of blackheads. Read more on natural treatment for blackheads.

Check Diet

Along with proper skin care and hygiene, it is also important to check the diet plan, so as to get rid of blackheads permanently. Some food items, particularly those containing refined carbohydrates and fats, enhance the production of sebum secretion, thus worsening blackheads. In order to keep the skin hydrated, you should drink an ample amount of water and at the same time, include lots of fruits and vegetables that are enriched with vitamins and minerals.

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    • avigarret profile image

      avigarret 4 years ago

      I suffer from blackheads all the time and these tips along with the products you recommended are very promising, thanks for sharing :)

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      ChristopherNguyen2012 4 years ago

      Great article on blackheads. I like how you put details on blackhead extraction.

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      peoplesearcheng 5 years ago

      Great lens. Like the tips at the end. Happy to see you teach people to drink lots of water. I think that is one of the most important things for having a clear skin.