Blackheads In Ear: Causes, Treatment, and Prevention

Blackheads In Ear: Causes, Treatment, and Prevention

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What Causes Blackheads In Ear?

Blackheads can be annoying no matter where they are located. They can appear anywhere on your body where there are oil glands including face, ears, neck, lips, etc.

Blackheads in ears are developed the same way as those located on your face.

When a pore on your skin gets clogged with dead skin cells and excess sebum (oil) produced by sebaceous glands (oil glands), it causes a bump on your skin called comedo. When this bump is exposed to air or oxidized, it causes it to turn black, forming a blackhead.

Although dead skin cells and excess oil are the two major reasons for formation of blackheads, there are other factors that can increase your chances of developing blackheads and clogged pores in your ears. These factors include:

  • poor hygiene
  • buildup of dirt, sweat and other debris
  • residue of shampoo and other products settling on your ears
  • wearing dirty earbuds or headphones
  • touching ears frequently can attract bacteria
  • hormonal changes
  • genetics

How To Get Rid Of Blackheads In Ear?

You can get rid of blackheads in ears the same way as you would on your face. However, since you may not be able to spot blackheads directly in your ear, it can be a bit challenging to remove them and to determine how deep they are.

With consistency, you should be able to remove blackheads in your ears at home. 

Cleansing

Cleansing your face helps prevent and remove the buildup of dirt, dead skin cells, oil and other impurities that might clog your pores.

We often tend to only cleanse our face, ignoring everything else. Instead, you should also cleanse your ears with the same cleanser that you use on your face.

You can also use a cotton ball, saturate it with your cleanser, then gently rub your ears with it. 

Exfoliating

Exfoliating your skin is one of the best ways to remove dead skin cells that clog your pores. Just like your face and body, you should also exfoliate your ears.

You can look for a product containing mild chemical exfoliants such as salicylic acid and glycolic acid, BHAs and AHAs, respectively.

Alternatively, you can also use an exfoliating device such as Twisted Crate's Ultrasonic Skin Scrubber. It is an all in one tool that can help exfoliate the skin, unclog pores and extract blackheads at home. Although this product is not particularly designed for ears, you may be able to use it on outer area of your ears.

Manual Extraction

Blackheads can be stubborn and you may need to extract them manually, either yourself or with a dermatologist's help.

Instead of using your fingernails, you should look for a blackhead extraction tool. However, metal extractors or blackhead tweezers may scar and damage your skin or ears if you don't have the experience of using it. In such a case, you may need to visit a dermatologist for professional extraction.

Twisted Crate's Blackhead Vacuum can be a great way to extract stubborn blackheads at home. It is safer to use than traditional extractors, however, due to its size, you may not be able to use it if blackheads are located deeper inside your ears.

So, the best way to extract deep blackheads inside your ears is to visit a dermatologist. If you have blackheads in the ear canal, then you should avoid at home remedies and schedule an appointment with your dermatologist.

Clay Masks

Clay masks can help effectively draw out excess oil and impurities away from your pores due to their highly absorbent properties.

Use a little amount of clay mask in your ears, leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water. 

Here are some more tips to help you keep you unclog pores and remove stubborn blackheads at home

How To Prevent Ear Blackheads?

They key to preventing blackheads in ears or anywhere on your body is to ensure your skin is clean and free of debris like excess oil, dead skin cells, dirt, etc.

Here are some tips to help you keep your ears clean and prevent blackheads from forming up:

  • avoid touching your ears
  • avoid squeezing blackheads or pores
  • wash your ears every day
  • avoid residue of hair products settling in your ears
  • clean everything you put on or in ears such as earphones, pillows, etc.

What Causes Blackheads In Ear?

Blackheads can be annoying no matter where they are located. They can appear anywhere on your body where there are oil glands including face, ears, neck, lips, etc.

Blackheads in ears are developed the same way as those located on your face.

When a pore on your skin gets clogged with dead skin cells and excess sebum (oil) produced by sebaceous glands (oil glands), it causes a bump on your skin called comedo. When this bump is exposed to air or oxidized, it causes it to turn black, forming a blackhead.

Although dead skin cells and excess oil are the two major reasons for formation of blackheads, there are other factors that can increase your chances of developing blackheads and clogged pores in your ears. These factors include:

  • poor hygiene
  • buildup of dirt, sweat and other debris
  • residue of shampoo and other products settling on your ears
  • wearing dirty earbuds or headphones
  • touching ears frequently can attract bacteria
  • hormonal changes
  • genetics

How To Get Rid Of Blackheads In Ear?

You can get rid of blackheads in ears the same way as you would on your face. However, since you may not be able to spot blackheads directly in your ear, it can be a bit challenging to remove them and to determine how deep they are.

With consistency, you should be able to remove blackheads in your ears at home. 

Cleansing

Cleansing your face helps prevent and remove the buildup of dirt, dead skin cells, oil and other impurities that might clog your pores.

We often tend to only cleanse our face, ignoring everything else. Instead, you should also cleanse your ears with the same cleanser that you use on your face.

You can also use a cotton ball, saturate it with your cleanser, then gently rub your ears with it. 

Exfoliating

Exfoliating your skin is one of the best ways to remove dead skin cells that clog your pores. Just like your face and body, you should also exfoliate your ears.

You can look for a product containing mild chemical exfoliants such as salicylic acid and glycolic acid, BHAs and AHAs, respectively.

Alternatively, you can also use an exfoliating device such as Twisted Crate's Ultrasonic Skin Scrubber. It is an all in one tool that can help exfoliate the skin, unclog pores and extract blackheads at home. Although this product is not particularly designed for ears, you may be able to use it on outer area of your ears.

Manual Extraction

Blackheads can be stubborn and you may need to extract them manually, either yourself or with a dermatologist's help.

Instead of using your fingernails, you should look for a blackhead extraction tool. However, metal extractors or blackhead tweezers may scar and damage your skin or ears if you don't have the experience of using it. In such a case, you may need to visit a dermatologist for professional extraction.

Twisted Crate's Blackhead Vacuum can be a great way to extract stubborn blackheads at home. It is safer to use than traditional extractors, however, due to its size, you may not be able to use it if blackheads are located deeper inside your ears.

So, the best way to extract deep blackheads inside your ears is to visit a dermatologist. If you have blackheads in the ear canal, then you should avoid at home remedies and schedule an appointment with your dermatologist.

Clay Masks

Clay masks can help effectively draw out excess oil and impurities away from your pores due to their highly absorbent properties.

Use a little amount of clay mask in your ears, leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water. 

Here are some more tips to help you keep you unclog pores and remove stubborn blackheads at home

How To Prevent Ear Blackheads?

They key to preventing blackheads in ears or anywhere on your body is to ensure your skin is clean and free of debris like excess oil, dead skin cells, dirt, etc.

Here are some tips to help you keep your ears clean and prevent blackheads from forming up:

  • avoid touching your ears
  • avoid squeezing blackheads or pores
  • wash your ears every day
  • avoid residue of hair products settling in your ears
  • clean everything you put on or in ears such as earphones, pillows, etc.

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