How to Get Rid of a Big Blackhead that Hurts

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How to Get Rid of a Big Blackhead that Hurts
Proper skin care helps reduce the formation of blackheads. (woman's side view washing face image by Jane September from Fotolia.com)

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.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

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

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Instructions

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

    How to Get Rid of a Big Blackhead that Hurts
    Clay masks draw the clogs out of a blackhead and remove dead skin. (facial mask image by sasha from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

    How to Get Rid of a Big Blackhead that Hurts
    Use ice to reduce swelling and puffiness at the site of the blackhead. (Ice image by Eagle from Fotolia.com)

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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