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How to Eliminate Blackheads

How to Eliminate Blackheads How to Eliminate Blackheads How to Eliminate Blackheads

Overview

Blackheads happen when your skin follicles have a larger opening than they usually do. When this happens, it is easier for oils and dead skin cells to get trapped in your follicles. The oil in the follicles then has a reaction to sunlight, which gives blackheads their black color. Typically, blackheads form on your nose, cheeks, forehead or back. The key to eliminating blackheads on your skin is to take the right vitamins and medication.

Step 1

Create steam. Hot steam pushes out all the dirt and oil built up on your skin to eliminate blackheads. Put a pan filled with water on the stove and boil some water. Pour the boiling water into a bowl and put your face close enough to feel the heat but far enough away so that you don't scald your skin. Put a towel over your head so that it forms a tent-like structure over your head and the bowl. Let your skin soak up the steam for at least five minutes. You can also use the steam from your bath or shower; however, the steam may not be strong enough to remove the oil from your skin. MayoClinic.com says your should wash your skin with a mild soap to remove the oil that escapes from your blackhead. Do not use a soap that contains chemicals or astringents.

Step 2

Visit your esthetician. An esthetician can eliminate your blackheads in a safe manner. Make sure you visit a professionally trained, licensed esthetician. She will use a tool called an extractor, which will remove all the dirt and oil that is built up in your blackhead. The extractor looks like scissors, but with loops on either end.

Step 3

Put aloe vera gel on your blackheads. Aloe vera contains an enzyme that gets rid of the oil and bacteria that builds up in your skin cells. Aloe vera also reduces the swelling that comes with blackheads. You can either buy an aloe vera plant, break off a leaf and squeeze the liquid onto your skin, or buy a bottle of aloe vera gel.

Step 4

Visit your dermatologist. Your doctor can prescribe a medication that will eliminate the blackheads that are hard to reach, such as on your back. Retinoid, the vitamin A derivative, can kill the bacteria inside your blackheads. The brands your dermatologist may prescribe include Retin-A, Tazora and Differin.

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