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Things You Should Know about a Blackhead Remover

Updated on April 30, 2012

A blackhead remover is quite simply that: a tool that removes blackheads. If you’re considering getting one, there are a few things you should know, so let’s have a look at whether it’ll be worth your time to invest in one of these little complexion-saving gadgets.

What are Blackhead Removers?

There are a number of gadgets on the market today that claim to remove blackheads, but the most well-known and common of these is a steel pen with a small metal loop on one end and a pointed tip or needle on the other. Initially this tool may seem a little intimidating, but once you know how it works it’s fairly straightforward.

How Do Blackhead Removers Work?

The loop and needle have separate functions. The loop is dragged across the skin to help scrape and ‘squeeze’ out blackheads. The needle is used to loosen any stubborn sebum plugs and blackheads before using the loop to clear the pore. Which one you use, depends on where the blackhead is located and how deeply it’s embedded in the pore.

Is it worth the investment?

Blackhead removers are fairly affordable and you could get one online for a few dollars, but if you’re wondering if it’s really worth the investment, you should look at the type of blackheads you have first. A traditional blackhead remover works best for someone who has a lot of very large, protruding blackheads. If you do not, then you probably don’t need a black head remover. It doesn’t work too well on deep blackheads or smaller ones. It also does not work too well on clogged pores. Exfoliating on a regular basis, is likely to get you better results if you have multiple, small, deep blackheads or if you struggle with clogged pores.

If you do go ahead and invest in a blackhead remover, apply a warm facecloth to the affected area first or steam your skin for a few minutes to help loosen the blackheads. It just makes them easier to remove. Always sterilize the remover with benzalkonium chloride before using it. You can get that in wipe or liquid form, but both work equally well.


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