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Painless Blackhead Removal

Painless Blackhead Removal

Overview

Removing a blackhead without causing pain or infection requires a bit of finesse. It also takes a commitment to backing off once the job is finished. Continuing to pick at or squeezing the skin after removing the plug can create a bigger problem than the blackhead itself.

Blackheads form in hair follicles when the opening to the skin becomes clogged. As long as the plug remains, oil collects in the follicle and pressure builds. The pressure itself can cause pain, but, if the wall of the follicle tears, infection can result, causing even greater discomfort

Step 1

Use a hair wrap to hold it away from the face.

Step 2

Wash your hands carefully with antibacterial soap. Pay extra attention to the underside of the nails.

Step 3

Wash your face with cleansing milk or cream. Less drying than traditional soaps, either product is generally gentler on the skin. Rinse.

Step 4

Apply facial scrub to your face. Follow the scrub's quantity instructions.

Step 5

Wet the middle and fourth finger of each hand with water. Use these fingers to massage the scrub over the face, including the blackhead area.

Step 6

Wet facial sponges or a washcloth with warm water. Use either to gently wash away the scrub.

Step 7

Moisten two cotton balls with witch hazel. Squeeze out excess liquid.

Step 8

Wrap a cotton ball around the tip of the fourth finger of each hand.

Step 9

Position the side of each fourth fingertip (not the top of the finger) on either side of the blackhead.

Step 10

Squeeze inward, using gentle pressure, until the blackhead plug slips out. Stop pressing as soon as the plug is fully expressed.

Step 11

Moisten the tip of a cotton swab with witch hazel. Apply to the blackhead site.

Step 12

Apply facial moisturizer to skin according to the product manufacturer's instructions.

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