Overactive sebaceous glands can cause blackheads to form inside the skin's pores. The glands secrete an oil called sebum that drains into hair follicles and pores, clogging them and forming a blackhead. Although some people think that dirt causes the dark colour of a blackhead, it actually gets its hue from excess skin pigment and particles. Blackheads can crop up on your face, neck, shoulders, chest and back. Blackheads that form in your ears can be particularly annoying and unsightly.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Cotton swabs
- Rubbing alcohol
- Hair clip
- Tea tree oil
- Baking soda
- Cotton balls
- Epsom salt
- Acne cream
Dip a clean cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and rub it gently over the blackhead. The alcohol will help dissolve the impurities and make it easier to lift out the blackhead. You can use your finger or a hair clip to gently loosen the blackhead and pop it out.
Place a few drops of tea tree oil on the blackhead right before bed and keep it on overnight if you are unable to remove the blackhead with the alcohol swab. Tea tree oil works as an antiseptic and helps absorb impurities to help clear clogged pores. In the morning, use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to try to dissolve the blackhead again.
Mix equal parts of baking soda and water to make a paste to help dissolve and wash away blackheads inside your ears. Apply the paste with a cotton swab and rub it into the blackhead for three to five minutes before rinsing your ear clean.
Soak a cotton pad or ball in a mixture of warm water, Epsom salt and iodine. Gently dab the cotton over the blackheads inside your ears to loosen the pores and make the blackhead easier to remove with your finger or a hair clip.
Use an acne cream or gel containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to clear clusters of blackheads inside your ear. Ask your doctor or dermatologist for a recommendation on what type of cream to use.
Make an appointment to see a dermatologist if you are unable to clear up blackheads in your ears or if they keep coming back. Ask your general practitioner for a referral to a dermatologist if you do not have a particular one in mind.
Tips and warnings
- Help prevent blackheads from forming in your ears by washing them with a mild soap or facial cleanser daily.
- Always wash your hands thoroughly before touching the inside of your ears to prevent excess oils and dirt from getting into the pores.
- If you use a hair clip to remove blackheads from your ears, wash it with soap and warm water before placing it in your ear.
- Be extremely careful when inserting anything in your ear and do not press objects into the ear canal to avoid injuring your inner ear.
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