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How to Remove Blackheads at Home

How to Remove Blackheads at Home How to Remove Blackheads at Home How to Remove Blackheads at Home

Overview

Most people are self-conscious of any blackheads on their skin, but almost everyone gets them at one point or another. They occur when the sebum oil that is excreted by your skin forms a blockage in your pores. When the oil is exposed to the air, it oxidizes and turns it black, creating the blackhead. Getting rid of a blackhead permanently requires removing the entire blockage, not just the black, oxidized section. You can do everything you need to clean out your pores and remove blackheads at your home.

Step 1

Apply a hot compress to your skin, using a soft cloth and hot water. The heat will open up your pores, making it easier to remove blackheads and blockages. Keep the compress on your face for five to 10 minutes before you remove it.

Step 2

Apply a blackhead removal strip or pad onto your face while it is still damp from the compress. The moisture on your skin will help the strip to bind to your skin and blackheads. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for the strip to bond itself. Pull the strip off. You should have blackheads removed from your skin to varying degrees of success. In some cases, the entire pore blockage will be removed; in other cases, only the black head of the blockage is torn from the pore. Some blackheads may not have moved at all.

Step 3

Squeeze your skin gently with your fingers--not the fingernails--to remove your blackheads. If they do not come easily, do not squeeze harder. Hard squeezing could damage your skin. Instead, you could try applying a hot compress and squeezing once more immediately after removing the compress. If you cannot get the blackheads out on the first or second squeeze, they likely cannot be removed safely with your fingers.

Step 4

Apply a salicylic acid liquid or paste onto your skin. Salicylic acid breaks down sebum oil and can get deep into your pores where your fingers cannot. After using salicylic acid, apply another hot compress. Try to squeeze out more blackheads. You should do this daily until you are satisfied with your blackhead removal.

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