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Blackhead Removal Basics

Woman Removing BlackheadBlackheads, also known as a comedo, occur when the combination of oil (sebum) and dead skins cells on the surface of your skin cause a partial blockage of a pore requiring blackhead removal.  They can occur anywhere but are frequently seen in areas that produce copious amounts of oil, such as the nose, chin and forehead.  Black heads can be caused by anything from poor hygiene to hormones, genetics, puberty and even environmental factors such as heat and friction.  Blackheads should be taken seriously, but if treated early and properly can be removed.

If you suffer from blackheads, it is important to implement a good skin care regimen and prevent blackheads before they happen.  If you haven’t already determined your skin type, you will probably discover you have oily skin and should use products designed to break down and wash away excess oil before it can clog pores.

Blackhead Removal Tool

It is never recommended that you pop your blackheads with your fingernails as the uneven pressure and bacteria on your fingers can cause both scarring and infection.  However there are blackhead removal tools that can be used to speed up the process of removing your blackheads.  Before using any blackhead removal tools, consult a licensed dermatologist or physician to make sure you don’t cause any permanent damage.  Essentially, a blackhead removal tool, like a blackhead extractor, uses a small and rigid wire hoop to apply even and sterile pressure to the edges of a blackhead so that it pops through the center of the pore.  It is a much safer and faster way to clear your blackheads, greatly reducing the chance of scarring and infection.
Before using any blackhead removal tool or blackhead extractor, be sure to sterilize it thoroughly with a trusted anti-septic.  The even pressure of the hoop will reduce the risk of scaring and the sterile metal will reduce the risk of infection.  Disinfect the area where you removed your blackheads afterwards with a dab of alcohol on a cotton ball, or an anti-septic toner.

Natural Blackhead Removal And Blackhead Extractors

For the most effective blackhead removal, over the counter (OTC) and prescription pore cleansers made for your skin type are best.  However, if you prefer to use natural blackhead removal methods, there are a few ingredients that you can find at home that may help remove, reduce, or prevent blackheads from occurring.  As always, you should consult with your dermatologist before trying any of these techniques.

  • Fenugreek Herb – Found in many blackhead removers, Fenugreek herb leaves can be crushed into a paste that can be applied to the face for several minutes before being washed off.  Use regularly to see results.
  • Baking Soda – Use extreme caution and cease if you sense any burning on your skin.  Mix 1 part baking soda and 1 part water into a paste and apply directly to your blackheads.  Remove with warm water after a few minutes.
  • Lemon - Lemon has been shown to show some blackhead removal properties.  Use simple lemon juice from a fresh squeezed lemon applied directly to the affected area.
  • All Natural Blackhead Removers – Face cleansers like H-Acne will effectively remove blackheads with all natural ingredients.

How To Remove Blackheads From The Nose

The nose is a particularly common area for blackhead removal to be necessary.  The skin around the nose produces a large amount of sebum which requires extra attention.  Remove blackheads from the nose the same way you would from any other part of the face, with proper pore cleansers, a skin care regimen and a blackhead removal tool to work out trouble areas.  There are however special nose pore cleansing strips that are designed to remove blackheads from the nose quickly and easily.

Best Way To Get Rid Of Blackheads

The best way to get rid of blackheads is the way that works for your skin type.  Blackhead removal is necessary for both overly dry skin, and very oil skin so choosing formula of pore cleanser is important.  Check the packaging for symptoms specific to your skin type.  For near immediate results, use a properly sterilized blackhead removal tool, and implement a good skin care regimen recommended by your dermatologist to prevent the need for blackhead removal in the future.

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