How to Pop a Black Head

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Blackheads occur when open skin hair follicles on your face get clogged with keratin and sebum. Because the follicles are open, the fatty secretions oxidize and turn black, hence the name. This occurs naturally. Dermatologists advise people not to pop blackheads but rather, to see a professional. However, if you must absolutely get rid of a blackhead, be sure to take the necessary precautions so your skin condition does not worsen.

Things You'll Need

  • Washcloth or hand towel
  • Blackhead extractor (available in most drug stores)
  • Acne treatment (benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid)

Dampen the washcloth or hand towel with warm water and press it to the affected area on your face. This will help open your pores and loosen the fatty cells that have built up and solidified inside them. It also helps to fill a basin with hot water and hold you face over it with a towel over your head.

Press the circular side of the extractor against the blackhead and press down gently. Slowly applying pressure to the skin around the blackhead will eventually force it out of the hair follicle. Once the mass is out, wipe it away with a tissue.

Apply acne treatment to the area to help it heal and prevent more clogging of the follicle.

Sanitize the extractor.

Tips & Warnings

  • For blackheads rooted deep in the follicles, consult a dermatologist. Do not do it yourself, as you could cause permanent scarring. Do not use your fingers to pop a blackhead as the natural oils on the fingers could worsen the situation or block other follicles on your face.

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