Blackheads are common in all ages but can be found frequently in the ears of small children. A blackhead happens when dirt and oil invade the pores of the skin and is the first stage of acne. There can be a surge of blackheads found in children that are going through puberty as well as those that have very oily skin.
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The blackheads in your child's ear are the same type of blackheads found on the nose or other parts of the face. There are a number of reasons why these black bumps appear. Medical News Today reports that when the skin in the ears is not cleaned regularly, skin cells, oil and dirt can start to accumulate inside of the pores of the skin in the ears. Another common reason for blackheads is excessive sweating. As your child sweats it can become trapped in the sebaceous gland bumps.
There are several ways to treat blackheads. According to "Ayushveda" magazine, an easy way to loosen the dirt and oil is to mix equal parts lemon juice with boiling milk and applying it carefully to the blackheads in the ear. Once this has been done, lightly squeezing the blackhead will often unclog the pores or glands. Avoid scraping or rubbing with your fingers or nails as this may make the problem worse or cause infection. If you feel uncomfortable doing this or are unsuccessful at your attempt, contact a dermatologist for quick extraction.
To prevent blackheads from returning or worsening, don't pick at them or rub them aggressively. Keeping your child's skin clean with a mild soap and making sure that the area is rinsed thoroughly after washing will help to reduce blackheads. If you find that your child's ear blackheads continue to be a problem, consult your physician or dermatologist. He may prescribe a topical cream or face wash to help with the skin issues.
Keeping blackheads from coming back is quite simple. Wash your child's ears daily with a mild, oil-free soap. It may, however, take several washes before you start to see a difference. Do not pour water into your child's ears to wash the skin. Instead, use a clean washrag or cloth that is moistened with water and soap to clean the area.
Wash your hands prior to cleaning your child's ears. Avoid pinching and squeezing the blackheads too hard as this can cause the pores to become infected. Do not insert any extractors or tools into your child's ears; this could damage the inner ear and cause serious damage. If you are concerned about the way to clear up blackheads in your child's ears, contact your child's physician or dermatologist for further instructions.