Blackheads are the bane of most teenagers' existences and they can continue to plague people throughout their lives. Ingrown hairs plague much of the shaving population. For anyone striving for clear skin, blackhead and ingrown hair removal is a must. But squeezing them with fingers can be ineffective and scarring. What's the best way to deal with unsightly blackheads? Use what the professionals use.
The proper clinical term for a blackhead is a comedone. And of course it's trying to get them to come undone that's the real trick. Dermatologists have a specific tool for this. The end is the shape of a loop and in many case, the other end is a small lancet--or needle-like stick with is meant for use with whiteheads or infected pimples.
This tool may help with ingrown hairs--but it is not meant for that as there is no dermatology tool specific to ingrown hairs.
Comedone extractors are sold online and at medical supply stores. Prices vary by manufacturer, quality and size.
How It Works
Before treating blackheads, it's best to have the face warm and moistened. Ideally, prepping the face by relaxing under a warm washcloth or by taking a warm shower will make treatment more effective.
The comedone extractor is very simple to use. Place the tool's loop on the area around the blackhead so that it encircles it. Press down against the skin slowly and firmly. In most cases, as pressure is applied, the contents of the blackhead will burst loose. This is forcing the trapped sebum and dirt out of the follicle.
In some cases, with ingrown hairs which are not too deeply ingrown, this may also force them to come loose and reopen.
Once the trapped contents of the follicle are released, clean the area thoroughly. Repeat the process for any and all blackheads or treatable ingrown hairs.
If a blackhead does not release relatively easily, do not continue to put more pressure on it. That spot may not be treatable and may have to wait, or heal on it's own.
In most cases, ingrown hairs will not respond well to treatment with a tool. By and large, ingrown hairs correct themselves in their own time. Because ingrown hairs are follicles trapped beneath skin which then curl back into the epidermal layer, the best course is to prevent them. Shaving with proper shave gel or cream, shaving with the grain of the hair, using aftershave and exfoliating skin can prevent ingrown hairs.
If you are having serious problems with blackheads or ingrown hairs, it's always wise to consult a doctor or dermatologist before taking on your own course of treatment.