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How to Remove Blackheads Without Damaging Your Skin

Updated on February 2, 2015
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What Are Blackheads, Anyway?

Blackheads occur when overactive sebaceous glands produce excessive oil (sebum) that fill up the skin's pores. Along with dead skin cells, the sebum clogs the pores, forming a blackhead. Overactive sebaceous glands a high dead skin cell rate can make it challenging to control blackheads.

Blackheads occur when overactive sebaceous glands produce excessive oil (sebum) that fill up the skin's pores. Along with dead skin cells, the sebum clogs the pores, forming a blackhead. Overactive sebaceous glands a high dead skin cell rate can make it challenging to control blackheads.

Fortunately, there are ways to remove blackheads that is not only effective, but will not cause damage to your skin. Follow these steps for painless and gentle blackhead removal.

Don't Squeeze! You Might Get Scars.

Honestly, when you think of how to remove blackheads, are your fingernails involved? We have all had blackheads at least once, and the urge to squeeze with our fingernails to go along with it. But if you want to prevent scarring, and possible infection, you would avoid squeezing with your fingers at all costs. Your fingernails may harbor bacteria that can infect your blackheads, which could turn into full blown acne lesions.

Even squeezing with a blackhead extractor (a metal wand with a small wire loop to press the blackhead) is not generally recommended. This technique can lead to scarring too.

Step One: Steam

Warm steam is excellent for deep cleaning your pores. This is because the steam opens the pores, improving the skin's circulation and loosening up the trapped dirt and oil. There are several ways to do a steam facial. First, you can invest in a facial steamer, which would be an excellent choice for anyone who suffers from persistent acne problems. However, if you're on a tight budget, you can simply fill up your sink or bowl with steaming hot water, place a towel over your head to form a tent, and place your face comfortably over the steam. If you're pressed for time, you can make a warm compress instead, and place the warm washcloth over your face.

Step Two: Exfoliate and Cleanse

Exfoliation is absolutely necessary to further remove dead skin. Unfortunately, not all exfoliators are created equal and some products on the market may cause more harm than good. If you can't find a gentle exfoliator in the beauty section of your local drugstore, try baking soda. Baking soda is very effective, and it won't cause long term damage to the skin. The video above offers tips for a great baking soda mask.

Another great exfoliator that can be found in your kitchen is oatmeal. Oatmeal is great because it not only exfoliates, but also softens the skin. When you exfoliate the skin, do so lightly in a circular pattern.

After exfoliation, you must cleanse your skin. Choose a mild cleanser, not one that is too harsh with surfactants and detergents such as sulfates. Make sure you rinse your face thoroughly after cleansing.

Step Three: Strip Blackheads Away

There are a lot of nose strips and facial strips on the market that are very effective at removing blackheads. The video above offers tips for how to make nose and pore strips more effective by incorporating a clay mask.

A gentler way to remove blackheads is by lightly covering your problem areas with Milk of Magnesia. Once the Milk of Magnesia dries, clean it off with a clean, warm, damp cloth.

Step Four: Rinse and Moisturize

Your final rinse should be with cold water to close your pores after removing the blackheads. Gently apply aloe vera gel to moisturize your skin. Aloe vera is a non-irritating moisturizer that soothes and calms the skin. It is also antibacterial, which will help inhibit bacteria from spreading and more blackheads from forming.

No Greasy Creams

So there you have it: four steps to gently remove blackheads. Do not apply any greasy creams or lotions to your face after cleansing!

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      melany 2 years ago

      I hate my blackheads and I want to take them off permanently without damaging my skin before I go back to school but I don't know how could you guys give me any advice on how to take them off easy ways please I don't like them im embarrassed because I don't want people to just look at my nose anyone????

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      aashka 3 years ago

      I have been suffering from blackheads since ages .. Literally many years. I just tried out the method in the video and was amazed at the amount of blackheads that got sucked out!!!! Thanks so so much! I have just one question, i have big pores so what would be the best way to close out these pores?

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      Kayleyana 3 years ago

      Nothing will ever work for me , mine is everywhere I will never have no boyfriend or anything I'm just an ugly person

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      Saxena 4 years ago

      yesterday i went for whiteheads revomal.But the person who is cleaning my nose use tight and hard hands instead of using soft hands on nose. Due to which my nose skin id being damaged and become red very much . suggest something

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      sam 5 years ago

      Oatmeal is great because it not only exfoliates, but also softens the skin. When you exfoliate the skin, do so lightly in a circular pattern.

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      Ray - Comedone Extractor 7 years ago

      I had to buy a comedone extractor because I can't stand leaving blackheads on my skin. I get them mostly on my nose. But yeah, I like the extractor. I think as long as you're careful it's a good option.

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