How to Remove Blackheads From Breasts
Blackheads are dark spots that are actually small plugs in your pores, notes Medline Plus. Although blackheads are common on the face, you may notice them on other parts of your body as well. Blackheads on the chest and breast area can be embarrassing, especially when you're wearing a low-cut top or swimsuit. Banish the blemishes by properly removing the blackheads and then taking steps to ensure that you don't have another breakout in the future.
Wash your chest with a body wash that contains at least 2 percent salicylic acid, suggests "Marie Claire" magazine. Salicylic acid works as a mild exfoliant to dissolve dead skin cells, dirt and oil that can clog pores and cause blackheads. Avoid body washes that contain fragrances and colors, because they may irritate your skin. Look for a body wash specifically labeled non-comedogenic, which means that it does not clog pores.
Dab a benzoyl peroxide ointment right on the blackheads once a day. Benzoyl peroxide has a tendency to dry out skin, so watch for signs of drying or peeling. If the ointment is too irritating, reduce your applications to every other day until your skin acclimates to the ingredients and can tolerate more frequent applications.
Soften the blackheads by wetting a washcloth in warm water for 30 seconds and then squeezing out the excess. Fold the washcloth and apply directly to the affected area on your breasts. Hold the washcloth there for a minute. This will help soften the material clogging the pores so that it's easier to remove with a lancet.
Position the circular portion of the lancet directly over the blackhead so that the blemish peeks through the hole in the lancet. Gently apply pressure in a downward motion until you see the material squeeze from the pore. Remove the lancet. Apply a cotton swab on either side of the blackhead and press gently until the pore has excreted all the material. Never use your fingers or fingernails to pop and drain a blackhead, warns the AcneTalks website; it could spread bacteria and even cause infection.
Schedule an appointment with your dermatologist if the blackhead doesn't pop with mild to moderate pressure. Exerting more pressure on the blackhead could cause permanent damage to the surrounding tissue. Your dermatologist can use tools in her office to extract the blackhead, and then offer tips about how to keep your chest clear in the future.
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