How to Pop a Blackhead in Your Ear
Just like the rest of your skin, the skin inside of your ear can sometimes become clogged with dead skin cells, dirt and oil, resulting in an ugly and often painful blackhead in the ear, notes AcneTalks.com. Before you attempt to squeeze the blackhead in your ear, remember that the skin inside your ear is more sensitive, and removing a blackhead can be painful and difficult in the small area. By preparing properly before popping the blackhead, you can limit pain and increase your chances for success.
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen or acetaminophen about 30 minutes before you intend to pop the blackhead in your ear. Follow the dosing instructions on the package. This will help to dull some of the pain associated with popping a blackhead in the ear.
Wash out your ear with a mild acne wash before you attempt to pop the blackhead. Not only will this kill any germs inside the ear, but it can also dissolve dead skin cells, unplug debris and make the blackhead more easily visible for better precision, notes DermaDoctor.com. Never pour acne wash into the ear canal. Instead, use a wash cloth to gently apply the acne wash and a clean wash cloth to rinse it away and pat it dry.
Wet a washcloth with warm water and apply it to the blackhead for a minute or two. This will help to soften the hard outer edge of the clogged pore so it's easier to push out the excess dirt, oil and debris clogging the pore.
Position a sterilized lancet over top of the blackhead. You may need to use a magnifying mirror or have a friend help you find the right place. The blackhead should poke through the hole in the head of the lancet. Gently press down on the lancet so that the blackhead is forced through the hole. Exert pressure until the blackhead pops and you see material excrete from the pore.
Wipe away the excess material from the inside of your ear with a clean cotton swab and dab a small amount of antibacterial ointment over the open pore to help prevent infection in the ear.
Schedule an appointment with your dermatologist if mild pressure doesn't pop the blackhead or the blackhead is inside the ear canal. You should never insert a lancet or any other foreign object into the ear canal. A dermatologist can offer a variety of treatment options, notes the American Academy of Dermatology, including medications and professional removal.
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