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How to Remove Small Blackheads

How to Remove Small Blackheads How to Remove Small Blackheads How to Remove Small Blackheads

Overview

Blackheads form on your skin when a hair follicle enlarges and oil and bacteria invade the follicle. That oil and bacteria can become trapped inside the follicle, become infected and form a small bump on your skin. The most common places for small blackheads are your nose, forehead, chin and cheeks. You can remove those small blackheads by using an extractor, applying the right medicine and washing your skin.

Step 1

Apply aloe vera to your small blackheads. Aloe vera has an enzyme that works to reduce inflammation and kill infection. You can find aloe vera gel at almost any pharmacy, but ensure that the aloe vera has a high percentage of aloe vera juice. Many products claim that they have aloe vera gel, but sometimes they have little of the active enzyme. Rub the gel into your blackheads and let evaporate.

Step 2

Create steam to remove the small blackheads. The heat from the steam makes your hair follicles enlarge, allowing all the oil and bacteria trapped inside to release. Once the bacteria is out, your blackheads can heal and will eventually disappear. Boil water in a pot and pour into a shallow bowl, placing your blackheads over the steam close enough so you feel the heat but not too close so that you burn your skin. Trap the skin with the blackhead under the skin by placing a towel over the skin forming a tent-like structure on your head. If your blackhead is in an awkward place on your body, you can take a shower and use that steam to release the bacteria.

Step 3

Use an extractor to remove the small blackheads. An extractor will get rid of your blackheads by removing the bacteria trapped in your skin. The extractor looks like scissors with loops on both ends. Disinfect the extractor, place the loops around your blackhead and apply pressure. Squeeze the blackhead firmly until the bacteria releases from your blackhead. Wash your face with a mild soap right after to remove the bacteria from your face.

Step 4

Visit your dermatologist. If none of these methods work, make an appointment with your dermatologist, who can prescribe a stronger medication. According to the Mayo Clinic, a dermatologist will recommend a medicine that contains a retinoid, which is a vitamin A derivative. Retinoids help increase the rate at which your skin cells produce, which will help heal your blackheads faster. The most common prescriptions your doctor will prescribe are Tazora, Retin-A, and Differin.

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