How to use a blackhead extractor

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How to use a blackhead extractor
Black head removal can be done at home. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Who doesn't want to know how to get rid of blackheads? Blackheads are more than annoying, they're gross and embarrassing. Blackhead extractors-- tools used by professional beauty therapists to gently lever out blockages and blackheads from the skin--are intimidating for those new to the tool. But you don't have to visit a professional to have your blackheads removed. You can get rid of them yourself, at home, with this pimple treatment that's designed for blackhead removal.

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Things you need

  • Towel
  • Blackhead extractor
  • Antiseptic cream

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  1. 1

    Sterilise the blackhead extractor before each use by soaking it in rubbing alcohol for a couple of minutes. Remove and dry.

  2. 2

    Prepare your skin by softening it with a hot shower or by placing a warm damp towel on your face until it cools. Run more warm water on the towel, ring it out and place it on your face again. Repeat each time it cools.

  3. 3

    Press the hole of the extractor over the offending blackhead and press gently. The dirty contents should come out through the hole without damaging the surrounding skin.

  4. 4

    Use the side of the scoop to remove oily skin debris at the side of the nostrils, the dip of the chin and in the ears.

  5. 5

    Immediately after using the extractor, apply a soothing antiseptic cream to kill any bacteria that may enter the open pore.

Tips and warnings

  • Always be gentle when using a blackhead extractor because pressing too hard can damage the skin and cause scarring.
  • When applying a warm towel to your face or taking a warm shower, make sure the water is not too hot. This can damage or even burn your skin.

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