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How to Get Rid of Visible Blackheads

How to Get Rid of Visible Blackheads How to Get Rid of Visible Blackheads

Overview

Blackheads are known as open comedones. This means that oil and dead skin cells have plugged the pore. When the light hits these areas, the skin irregularly reflects the light back, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Blackheads are often a precursor to inflamed acne, according to Medical News Today, and occur before bacteria can enter the pore. Blackheads are associated with producing excess hormones, using makeup and skincare products that contain oil, or having naturally oily skin.

Step 1

Cease using any skincare or cosmetic products that contain oil. Because your pores already produce oil--and likely an excess amount if you are experiencing blackheads--using products that contain oil can only clog your pores further, according to Medical News Today. Look for products that are labeled "non-comedogenic," as this denotes the products do not contain oil.

Step 2

Cleanse your face with a mild cleanser that does not contain oil. Rinse with warm water.

Step 3

Gather the following items: a bowl of steaming-hot water, towels, 1 tsp. of baking soda, 1 pint of distilled water, cotton squares and an oil-free moisturizer.

Step 4

Place the towel over your head and put your head over the steaming bowl of water for three to five minutes. Doing this will help to open up the pores to more easily extract the blackheads.

Step 5

Combine the baking soda in the distilled water and dip several cotton squares in the mixture. After squeezing out excess water, let the square rest over the blackhead for up to 10 minutes, according to DERMA Doctor. This is done to further loosen the pores.

Step 6

Wash your hands and wrap a cotton square around your index fingers. Your nails should not be visible underneath the cotton squares in order to protect against scratching the skin.

Step 7

Place the fingers a few centimeters away from the blackhead and gently press down--but not down and inward--on the blackhead. Reposition your fingers if the blackhead seems to be moving, yet does not come completely out. However, if you try a few times and the blackhead does not come out, refrain from pushing the blackhead any further--doing so could cause scarring.

Step 8

After extracting the blackhead, apply an oil-free moisturizer to the skin as it may be red or irritated.

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