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How to Get Rid of a Big Blackhead that Hurts

Blackheads form on the skin as the result of pores clogged with oil and dead skin cells. In addition to being embarrassing, blackheads can hurt, too. Though it's tempting to squeeze blackheads to get rid of them, this can cause scarring and actually make the blackhead look even worse. Gentle removal of blackheads, using products safe for skin breakouts is best.

Squirt a pea-sized amount of facial cleanser onto a clean, wet wash cloth. Gently wash the skin on and around the blackhead, then rinse with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel.

Dab clay facial mask onto the blackhead and the area of skin immediately surrounding the blackhead. Leave the facial mask on until it dries and begins to crack.

Wet a clean wash cloth and wipe the dried facial mask off the blackhead. Leave the skin damp.

Place a blackhead-removing strip over the blackhead and press down so that it sticks to the skin and blackhead. Pull the strip off the blackhead in one swift motion, removing the blackhead and the oil plug and dead skins that caused it to form.

Wrap a clean cloth around an ice cube and hold it against the site of the blackhead for five to 10 minutes to reduce swelling from the blackhead removal.

Tip

Use eye drops to get the red out of the skin where the blackhead was if you're going out and don't want to have red, irritated-looking skin. Follow a regular skincare regimen to keep your skin as free of blackheads and pimples, as possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Facial cleanser
  • Wash cloths
  • Towel
  • Clay facial mask
  • Blackhead removal strip
  • Ice cubes
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About the Author

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.