How to Get Rid of a Blackhead Bruise

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Blackheads are a type of acne caused by the skin producing too much oil in the pores, according to Medical News Today. People often try to remove blackheads at home, just as they do with other forms of acne. However, StylebakeryBeauty.com notes that attempting to remove blackheads too often or improperly can cause bruising. You then are left to get rid of a bruise on your face and there are a few things you can do to speed the healing process.

Step 1

Rest and relax, The Stretching Institute says that by keeping the injured area as still as possible you slow down blood flow and prevent further damage. It is important to get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids to aid your body's natural defense and healing system.

Step 2

Apply ice or an ice pack to the bruise. American Health & Beauty notes that ice will constrict the blood vessels in the area and reduce bleeding. The Stretching Institute says that the ice also helps to control swelling and pain. Try to keep the ice on for the first two days after you get the bruise. Put it on for 30 minutes at a time and then keep it off for 30 minutes, and repeat this on/off cycle throughout the day when you are awake.

Step 3

Elevate your face and bruise above your heart at all times, even when you are sleeping. You can sleep propped up or with a few extra pillows to ensure that your face is elevated. According to American Health & Beauty, elevation will reduce blood flow, prevent blood pooling and reduce the severity of the bruise.

Step 4

Apply arnica to the bruise. According to The Stretching Institute, arnica is an ointment that is effective at treating bruises and it is available at health food stores. American Health & Beauty notes that arnica contains a compound that reduces inflammation and swelling.

Step 5

Apply a mixture of vinegar and warm water to the bruise. American Health & Beauty says that vinegar increases blood flow near the skin's surface and that can help to break up pooled blood in a bruise.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice or ice pack

  • Arnica

  • Vinegar

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