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How to Remove and Treat Blackheads

How to Remove and Treat Blackheads How to Remove and Treat Blackheads How to Remove and Treat Blackheads

Overview

Blackheads are ugly acne-like sores that pop up when your skin produces too much oil. Blackheads start to form when your skin follicles become larger than normal. This allows more dirt, oil and bacteria to get inside the hair follicle; your skin reacts by creating a blackhead. The most common places for blackheads to form are on your chin, cheeks, nose and forehead. Take the right medication and seek professional treatment to remove and treat blackheads.

Step 1

Rub aloe vera onto your blackheads. Aloe vera is full of an enzyme that will treat the infection in your blackhead. Buy aloe vera gel at the pharmacy, or squeeze aloe vera juice from the leaf of an aloe vera plant. Rub the gel onto your blackheads and let it evaporate. If you choose to buy aloe vera gel, make sure you buy a product that contains a high percentage of aloe vera. Many products actually contain very little.

Step 2

Use steam to remove and treat blackheads. The heat from steam flushes out and cleans your pores of dirt and oil built up inside. Once the dirt and oil is released, your blackhead should shrink and disappear. Boil a pot of water and pour it into a bowl. Place your face close to the bowl, but not so close that you scald your face. Put a towel over your head so that you trap the steam around your face. Keep the blackheads exposed to the steam for at least five minutes. Wash your face afterward with a mild soap to remove all the oil and bacteria you just released from your skin.

Step 3

Use an extractor to remove the infected material inside your blackhead. Purchase a tool called an extractor, which looks like a pair of scissors but with loops on both ends. Boil the extractor in hot water to disinfect it. Encircle your blackhead with the extractor, putting pressure with the looped side to remove the infected material inside. Be very careful; if the extractor is not used correctly, it can leave permanent scars.

Step 4

Make an appointment with your dermatologist. Medications with the chemical retinoid, which is a vitamin A derivative, work by increasing the rate at which your cells produce, and helps prevent your hair follicles from becoming plugged with bacteria. The most common types of retinoids your doctor will prescribe are Differin, Retin-A and Tazora.

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