How to Remove Embedded Blackheads
Acne problems like pimples and blackheads affect between 17 to 45 million Americans, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Typically, blackheads are easy to remove, but embedded blackheads do not extract effortlessly. Embedded blackheads are virtually impossible to remove with tweezers or by wiping them away with medicated pads. However, with the right technique and extraction tool, it's possible to remove even the deepest embedded blackheads.
Clean the area thoroughly with antibacterial soap and water. When an embedded blackhead is removed, the open pore is susceptible to infection if the nearby area is not clean.
Steam treat your skin. Steam opens up your pores, making it easier to extract blackheads, according to Medical News Today. You can get a steam treatment at a spa, or you can treat at home by holding your face over a bowl of hot water for several minutes.
Place a "comedone extractor" around the blackhead. Comedone extractors are available at salons and department stores. This extraction tool helps you place even pressure around a blackhead for easier extraction. Not only are embedded blackheads hard to remove with your fingers, using your fingers can spread germs to the blackhead site. The blackhead should be visible in the center of the comedone extractor's looped end.
Apply pressure to the comedone extractor. You can expect some discomfort, but a sharp shooting pain means that you are pressing too hard. Avoid bruising your skin, as this will make healing difficult. You may need to apply pressure for several seconds before the embedded blackhead emerges through the steam-treated pore.
Wipe away the blackhead debris with a cotton swab.
Apply over-the-counter bacitracian ointment to the site. This common antibiotic will help prevent infection.
Wash the area with antibacterial soap twice every day to further prevent infection. Avoid washing more frequently, as this will leave the skin raw and irritated, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.. The blackhead site should heal within just a few days after the blackhead has been removed.
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