How to Get Rid of a Blackhead Bruise

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How to Get Rid of a Blackhead Bruise
Squeezing inflected blackheads can lead to bruised skin. (woman in towel image by Nikolay Okhitin from

Blackheads are a type of acne that are caused by oily skin and clogged hair follicles. You can extract blackheads yourself with a sterile blackhead remover, but you must first be certain that there is no sign of infection in or around the blackhead area. Squeezing your blackheads when they are inflamed can lead to more infections and bruising. If you have extracted a blackhead and are now left with bruised skin, you can reduce the swelling or get rid of the bruise with a few easy steps.

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Things you need

  • Face wash
  • Ice cube
  • Clean cloth
  • Warm compress

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  1. 1

    Stop taking any oral supplements or applying skin creams that contain vitamin E, aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs can cause increased bruising.

  2. 2

    Keep your head elevated above your heart to keep the blood from pooling in the bruise.

  3. 3

    Wash your face with a pore cleaning cleanser so that your skin is clean.

    How to Get Rid of a Blackhead Bruise
    Wash your face with cleanser to make sure your skin is clean. (woman washing her face image by Jarek Miarka from
  4. 4

    Place ice in a clean cloth and apply it to the bruised area to minimise swelling. Leave the ice on the bruise for 15 minutes.

  5. 5

    Continue applying ice to the bruise every hour for 20 minutes.

  6. 6

    Apply warm compresses after 48 hours if the swelling has not subsided. Keep the warm compress on your bruise for 20 minutes and repeat this three times per day.

Tips and warnings

  • Use acetaminophen rather than aspirin or ibuprofen for pain relief while trying to get rid of a bruise.

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