When a pore clogged with dirt and oil -- is exposed to the oxygen in air -- the pore contents darken, becoming a blackhead. The dark blemishes are unattractive on the skin, so most people want to remove them as quickly as possible. Saunas are a great benefit to the skin; by opening the pores and allowing them to drain, the skin and the blackheads are softened. At that point, the blackheads are easier to remove.
Fill a pot with water and place it on the stove. Put two teaspoons of baking soda in the water. Bring the water to a boil. An alternative is to use a facial sauna purchased from a drugstore or online.
Lean over the pot of boiling water for up to 10 minutes. Putting a towel on your head, to concentrate the steam on your face, is optional. The steam deep cleans the pores.
Move away for the facial sauna or stove. Clean your hands with regular soap.
Stand or sit in front of a mirror. Squeeze one of your blackheads, using your index finger and thumb. Continue to gently squeeze until the blackhead emerges. Squeeze all the remaining blackheads until they pop out.
Push the round end of the blackhead extractor down on the blackhead until it pops out. The extractor removes difficult blackheads.
Pour a liberal amount of hydrogen peroxide onto a cotton pad. Wipe the entire face. Hydrogen peroxide is an effective disinfectant.
Turn off the stove before leaning over the pot of boiling water.
Tips and warnings
- Turn off the stove before leaning over the pot of boiling water.