zig
0

Notifications

  • You're all caught up!

DIY Blackhead Removal

by
author image Carolyn Russell-DeLucas
Based in Massachusetts, Carolyn Russell-DeLucas has been writing since 2007. She specializes in topics related to health, beauty and nutrition. Russell-DeLucas graduated from Brevard Community College with an Associate of Arts.
DIY Blackhead Removal
DIY Blackhead Removal Photo Credit Maria Trujillo/Demand Media

A blackhead occurs on your skin, often in the T-zone area, when the sebum, or oil, becomes trapped in the pore, oxidizes and forms a darkened plug. This condition affects all types of skin, but is more prevalent in those with oily skin. You can remove blackheads from your skin on your own, but at-home treatments are not a substitute for medical treatment. Consult with your healthcare provider to discuss any potential risks.

Step 1

DIY Blackhead Removal
Photo Credit Maria Trujillo/Demand Media

Mix 1 tsp. of baking soda with 1 pint of distilled water in a clean container. The baking soda mixture helps loosen up the plug in the pore that causes the blackhead to form, according to Michelle Occhipinto, staff writer for DERMADoctor.com.

Step 2

DIY Blackhead Removal
Photo Credit Maria Trujillo/Demand Media

Moisten the washcloth with warm water and place on the area where you want to remove the blackhead. You can also take a warm shower beforehand instead of using a warm compress. The steam from the washcloth or shower helps to prepare your skin area by opening the pores to loosen the blackhead.

Step 3

DIY Blackhead Removal
Photo Credit Maria Trujillo/Demand Media

Dip the cotton squares in the baking soda and water solution to saturate. Squeeze out the excess before applying to the skin with the blackhead. Apply to the skin area and leave on for approximately 10 minutes.

Step 4

DIY Blackhead Removal
Photo Credit Maria Trujillo/Demand Media

Separate an unused cotton square into layers and saturate with the astringent. Wrap each square on your index fingers and cover your nail area. Position the cotton squares on opposite sides of the blackhead, and press straight downward onto the skin while applying gentle pressure to force out the blackhead.

If you are attempting to remove a blackhead from the nose area, instead of pressing downward into the skin, place your fingers vertically while applying pressure.

In addition, a metallic extractor may be used instead of squeezing with your fingers. To use the extractor, place the hole over the follicle and apply pressure to the tool.

Step 5

DIY Blackhead Removal
Photo Credit Maria Trujillo/Demand Media

Wash your skin daily with an exfoliating cleanser that contains benzoyl peroxide. Cleansing your face helps to clean off the sebum and dirt, which helps reduce the buildup in your pores.

LiveStrong Calorie Tracker
Lose Weight. Feel Great Change your life with MyPlate by LIVESTRONG.COM
GOAL
  • Gain 2 pounds per week
  • Gain 1.5 pounds per week
  • Gain 1 pound per week
  • Gain 0.5 pound per week
  • Maintain my current weight
  • Lose 0.5 pound per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week
  • Lose 1.5 pounds per week
  • Lose 2 pounds per week
GENDER
  • Female
  • Male
lbs.
ft. in.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

CURRENTLY TRENDING

Demand Media

Our Privacy Policy has been updated. Please take a moment and read it here.