How to Treat a Blackhead
A blackhead is basically a plug on a pore. It is caused by an excess of dirt or oil that accumulates on a certain area of the skin. This can be due to anything, from environmental pollution and smog to makeup that is not properly cleaned . Blackheads can affect anybody, no matter their age or sex. They are relatively simple to treat and can be easily prevented as well.
Reduce any swelling present by applying some toothpaste (not the gel type) directly on the blackhead before going to bed. Left overnight, it will act as an anti-inflammatory and contract the pore. You can also make a paste using fenugreek leaves. Simply grind the leaves using a morter and then mix with water to form a paste. Apply over the skin and leave in place for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water. This will open up pores and make it easier to remove the blackheads.
Make a paste mixing equal parts of warm water and baking soda. Apply over the blackheads and leave in place for a few minutes. When you wash it off, the blackheads should come out. This method will not remove all the blackheads, but should considerably reduce their numbers.
Gently squeeze the blackhead. If you exfoliated and cleared the pores before using baking soda or fenugreek leaves, it shouldn't take much effort for the blackhead to pop out. Avoid squeezing in delicate areas prone to marks, like your cheeks. Using this method for your nose should be fine. A metallic extractor can also be used to plug out blackheads.
Try topical retinoids. Products used to treat acne can clear the skin of oils and remove blackheads as well. They also control the formation of new ones by keeping oil secretion down. Products containing benzoyl peroxide also clear the skin and remove dead skin cells, cleaning pores.
Look for pore strips at your local pharmacy or beauty shop. They look like small pieces of white tape and are used by pressing on the area to be treated and allowing the product to stick to the skin. When you pull out the strip, the blackheads should come off with it.
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