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How to Treat Black Heads at Home

How to Treat Black Heads at Home How to Treat Black Heads at Home How to Treat Black Heads at Home

Overview

Blackheads are common to almost everyone's skin, at one point or another. These visible, dark spots develop on the skin as a result of sebum oil that is produced in the skin and excreted through the pores. Sometimes, this oil can get clogged into the pore, creating a blockage that fills the pore. The top of the blockage is then exposed to the air, where it oxidizes, resulting in the black head for which the skin blemish is named. You can visit a dermatologist or beauty salon to have a blackhead professionally extracted, but there are several things you can do at home to loosen and remove the blemish.

Step 1

Apply a hot compress to your skin where the blackheads are located. Use a clean washcloth soaked in hot water. Hold the compress onto the skin for five to 10 minutes. The heat will help open up your pores, making it easier to access and remove the blackheads.

Step 2

Place a blackhead strip onto your skin. The strip end bonds to the skin and the blackheads with the intent of pulling them out when the strip is removed. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for the blackhead strip to fully bond with the blackheads, then pull the strip off in one quick motion. You will notice the pore blockages on the adhesive side of the blackhead strip. Not all blockages will be removed, and many blockages will only have the black tops removed--this makes the blackhead less visible but does not get rid of the blockage. However, even partially removed blockages will still be easier to remove with further treatments.

Step 3

Clean your skin twice weekly with an exfoliating scrub. This type of scrub removes dead skin cells and blackheads from the skin's surface. However, do not use this treatment more than twice a week; excessive exfoliating can damage the skin.

Step 4

Clean the skin with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid -- both are known skin- cleansing medications that help remove dead skin cells while breaking down accumulated sebum oil. They are also capable of penetrating into the pore and clearing up partial blockages that persist underneath the surface of your skin.

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