How Can I Get Rid of My Blackheads?

  • Use a gentle, water-soluble cleanser and a gentle washcloth to add a bit of manual exfoliation, but don’t overdo it. No irritating or drying cleansers should ever touch your face.
  • Avoid overly emollient or greasy moisturizers in blackhead-prone areas. As much as possible, use only gel, light fluid lotion, or liquid skin-care products because most of the ingredients that give lotions and creams their thick consistency can clog pores.
  • Use a well-formulated, leave-on salicylic acid–based exfoliant (also called BHA) that contains absolutely no irritants.
  • Absorb excess oil. Those with oily skin will benefit from irritant-free clay masks and oil-blotting papers.

Follow these steps for gentle, at-home blackhead extraction:

  • Wash your face with a gentle, water-soluble cleanser and follow with a  well-formulated toner containing niacinamide to improve the shape of the pore.
  • Place a slightly warm (not hot), wet washcloth for about 2 to 3 minutes over the area you want to squeeze, and then pat the area dry.
  • Use a comedone extractor. First, center it over the blackhead and then gently press down and pull forward at the same time.
  • Next, to get more of the blackhead out, use a tissue over each finger (to prevent slipping and accidentally tearing your skin) and then apply even, soft pressure to the sides of the blackhead area, gently pressing down and then up around the affected pore.
  • Repeat this process only once. If nothing happens, it means that the blackhead cannot be removed with this first treatment, and continuing will most likely cause a wound and scabbing. You can try again in a few days.
  • Follow up with a  well-formulated BHA  (salicylic acid) exfoliant.


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