Blackheads are blemishes on the skin recognisable by their black tops. Blackheads can appear anywhere on the body but are more visible on the face and head. Blackheads can be sore and appear red. Sometimes the best way to get relief from a blackhead is to extract it. If the sore spot is located in your ear, this is a bit more difficult. You will need an extra pair of hands to remove a blackhead inside your ear.
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Things you need
- Warm cloth
- Cotton swabs
- New hair clip
- Blackhead vacuum
Place your clean cloth under warm water. After the cloth is wet, wring the excess water from it by twisting it. Then apply the warm cloth to the area of the skin where the blackhead is. This will open the pores and make it easier to remove the blackhead. Leave the cloth there until it gets cool. Use the mirror if you have no one to help you.
Dip the cotton swab tip into the antiseptic. Dab the swab on the blackhead area. If the blackhead is deep in your ear, then skip this step.
Pour a little of the antiseptic into the bottle cap. Dip the curved end of the hair clip into the antiseptic to sterilise it. Wipe it clean with a clean cloth.
Place the round end of the hair clip around the blackhead. Ask a friend for help if you cannot see it in the mirror. Push down gently, applying pressure around the blackhead. The blackhead will push out of the skin.
Remove the blackhead with the warm cloth. Dab a clean cotton swab into the antiseptic and rub the area with the swab tip to clean it.
Use a blackhead vacuum on stubborn blackheads. Place the tube over the blackhead and pull the plunger out to suction out the blemish. Dab the area with antiseptic.
Tips and warnings
- Prevent further blackheads in the ears by washing the area daily with a gentle oil-free cleanser.
- Be gentle when using a hair clip. A forceful push can cause skin abrasions.
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