How To Get Rid Of Stubborn Blackheads?

How To Get Rid Of Stubborn Blackheads?

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How To Get Rid Of Stubborn Blackheads?

Blackheads are one of, if not the, most stubborn and most common skin conditions. Blackhead is a mild type of acne that develops as a result of clogged pores, when dead skin cells and sebum (oil) combine.

Stubborn blackheads can be referred to as the blackheads that you're not able to get rid of despite your continued efforts as they never or barely change in their formation. 

If the plug hardens, you may not be able to remove the blackhead. These blackheads can also be called Deep Blackheads.

Read on to learn some of the best ways to get rid of stubborn blackheads at home.

1. Avoid Squeezing Your Blackheads

We really didn't want this to be Step 1, but it is so imperative because people often overlook it. Avoid squeezing out your blackheads at all costs.

It can be tempting to pinch or squeeze out pesky blackheads with your hands or a metal extractor, but it can easily cause unnecessary damage to your skin resulting in a scar. It can also bruise your blackhead.

Squeezing out your blackheads or pores can also cause your pores to be enlarged and may cause more blackheads.

2. Cleanse Your Face

Whatever you do, do not skip cleansing your face!

Cleanse your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser. Once when you wake up and once right before you go to bed. If you work out during the day, you should wash your face again post workout.

Cleansing your face helps clear out excess dirt and oil, that might be clogging your pores, without harming your skin's moisture. It also softens the plug around follicle walls making it easier to remove blackheads.

Avoid over-cleansing as it can easily dry out your skin and may cause more oil and dead sin cells and you may find it harder to get rid of your stubborn or deep blackheads.

3. Steam Your Face

Steam is an effective way to remove the gunk and grime that could be clogging your pores. You can either use a Facial Steamer or use traditional steaming method by heating some water.

Steaming helps in opening up your pores and helps loosen the buildup of impurities in your pores. Opening your pores softens the blackheads, making them easier to remove.

4. Exfoliate With AHAs and BHAs

Gently exfoliate your skin with a product containing both AHAs and BHAs (salicylic acid). Exfoliating helps to remove sebum, dead skin cells and other impurities that might be clogging your pores.

Apply your preferred exfoliator and gently massage it on your skin for 60-90 seconds.

Follow the product instructions and leave it on your face for a few minutes, then rinse it off completely.

5. Apply Clay Mask

Using either clay or charcoal mask deeply cleanses the pores by getting rid of excess sebum and dirt.

Even though steaming and exfoliation helps a lot in getting your pores ready for extraction, adding in clay mask is a great idea to extract deep or stubborn blackheads with even more success.

Apply your chosen clay mask evenly on your over your face and leave it on for 10-20 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water.

6. Using An Extraction Tool

Steaming, exfoliating and applying a clay mask gets your skin ready for extraction by loosening your pores. It is now safe to extract those pesky stubborn blackheads.

Using a blackhead extraction tool like Twisted Crate's Pore Vacuum is a great way to extract those deep blackheads off your pores.

Here's a guide showing how to use blackhead vacuum to safely extract the blackheads.

Alternatively, you can also use a traditional steel blackhead extractor tool to extract blackheads. 

Be careful while using a blackhead tweezer as it could cause damage to your skin if you're not careful while using it.

Sterilize the extractor, then press the loop facedown on the edge of the target blackhead. (avoid pressing directly on the middle of blackhead)

Once the head of the tool is in place, gently sweep it to the other side of the pore.

You may not be able to remove the blackhead in your first attempt, so repeat the process 1 or 2 more times. Limit the use of the tool to 2-3 times as aggressively using it on the same spot may aggravate the skin.

Follow the same process for other blackheads. Sterilize the tool each time you use it to prevent transferring dirt and bacteria to other pores.

7. Use A Soothing Serum or Cooling Gel

To prevent inflammation after you have removed blackheads, it is important to soothe your skin and close the pores.

Using a cooling gel or a soothing serum, containing ingredients like almond oil, green tea and vitamin E, helps to soothe the skin and prevents inflammation after extracting blackheads.

8. Topical Retinoids

If you have stubborn blackheads, using retinoids such as tretinoin or retin-A, is another effective way to clear out blackheads by unclogging clogged pores.

Tretinoin and other retinoids are only available by prescription. So, you should speak with your dermatologist before trying retinoids.

9. Visit A Dermatologist Or Aesthetician

If you have still not had any luck removing stubborn blackheads off your face, consider visiting your dermatologist or aesthetician.

A dermatologist or aesthetician can use advanced techniques to remove deep blackheads like:

  • Laser therapy
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Chemical peels

Conclusion

Even though the aforementioned methods to remove deep blackheads or stubborn blackheads should be enough for most people, there can be situations when you might not be able to get rid of such blackheads at home.

If you don't see any improvements within 4-6 weeks, we highly recommend you make an appointment with your dermatologist or aesthetician for more treatment options.

Related Links

Twisted Crate's Pore Vacuum

Bruise on Nose From Squeezing Blackheads

About Enlarged Pores

Blackheads are one of, if not the, most stubborn and most common skin conditions. Blackhead is a mild type of acne that develops as a result of clogged pores, when dead skin cells and sebum (oil) combine.

Stubborn blackheads can be referred to as the blackheads that you're not able to get rid of despite your continued efforts as they never or barely change in their formation. 

If the plug hardens, you may not be able to remove the blackhead. These blackheads can also be called Deep Blackheads.

Read on to learn some of the best ways to get rid of stubborn blackheads at home.

1. Avoid Squeezing Your Blackheads

We really didn't want this to be Step 1, but it is so imperative because people often overlook it. Avoid squeezing out your blackheads at all costs.

It can be tempting to pinch or squeeze out pesky blackheads with your hands or a metal extractor, but it can easily cause unnecessary damage to your skin resulting in a scar. It can also bruise your blackhead.

Squeezing out your blackheads or pores can also cause your pores to be enlarged and may cause more blackheads.

2. Cleanse Your Face

Whatever you do, do not skip cleansing your face!

Cleanse your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser. Once when you wake up and once right before you go to bed. If you work out during the day, you should wash your face again post workout.

Cleansing your face helps clear out excess dirt and oil, that might be clogging your pores, without harming your skin's moisture. It also softens the plug around follicle walls making it easier to remove blackheads.

Avoid over-cleansing as it can easily dry out your skin and may cause more oil and dead sin cells and you may find it harder to get rid of your stubborn or deep blackheads.

3. Steam Your Face

Steam is an effective way to remove the gunk and grime that could be clogging your pores. You can either use a Facial Steamer or use traditional steaming method by heating some water.

Steaming helps in opening up your pores and helps loosen the buildup of impurities in your pores. Opening your pores softens the blackheads, making them easier to remove.

4. Exfoliate With AHAs and BHAs

Gently exfoliate your skin with a product containing both AHAs and BHAs (salicylic acid). Exfoliating helps to remove sebum, dead skin cells and other impurities that might be clogging your pores.

Apply your preferred exfoliator and gently massage it on your skin for 60-90 seconds.

Follow the product instructions and leave it on your face for a few minutes, then rinse it off completely.

5. Apply Clay Mask

Using either clay or charcoal mask deeply cleanses the pores by getting rid of excess sebum and dirt.

Even though steaming and exfoliation helps a lot in getting your pores ready for extraction, adding in clay mask is a great idea to extract deep or stubborn blackheads with even more success.

Apply your chosen clay mask evenly on your over your face and leave it on for 10-20 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water.

6. Using An Extraction Tool

Steaming, exfoliating and applying a clay mask gets your skin ready for extraction by loosening your pores. It is now safe to extract those pesky stubborn blackheads.

Using a blackhead extraction tool like Twisted Crate's Pore Vacuum is a great way to extract those deep blackheads off your pores.

Here's a guide showing how to use blackhead vacuum to safely extract the blackheads.

Alternatively, you can also use a traditional steel blackhead extractor tool to extract blackheads. 

Be careful while using a blackhead tweezer as it could cause damage to your skin if you're not careful while using it.

Sterilize the extractor, then press the loop facedown on the edge of the target blackhead. (avoid pressing directly on the middle of blackhead)

Once the head of the tool is in place, gently sweep it to the other side of the pore.

You may not be able to remove the blackhead in your first attempt, so repeat the process 1 or 2 more times. Limit the use of the tool to 2-3 times as aggressively using it on the same spot may aggravate the skin.

Follow the same process for other blackheads. Sterilize the tool each time you use it to prevent transferring dirt and bacteria to other pores.

7. Use A Soothing Serum or Cooling Gel

To prevent inflammation after you have removed blackheads, it is important to soothe your skin and close the pores.

Using a cooling gel or a soothing serum, containing ingredients like almond oil, green tea and vitamin E, helps to soothe the skin and prevents inflammation after extracting blackheads.

8. Topical Retinoids

If you have stubborn blackheads, using retinoids such as tretinoin or retin-A, is another effective way to clear out blackheads by unclogging clogged pores.

Tretinoin and other retinoids are only available by prescription. So, you should speak with your dermatologist before trying retinoids.

9. Visit A Dermatologist Or Aesthetician

If you have still not had any luck removing stubborn blackheads off your face, consider visiting your dermatologist or aesthetician.

A dermatologist or aesthetician can use advanced techniques to remove deep blackheads like:

  • Laser therapy
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Chemical peels

Conclusion

Even though the aforementioned methods to remove deep blackheads or stubborn blackheads should be enough for most people, there can be situations when you might not be able to get rid of such blackheads at home.

If you don't see any improvements within 4-6 weeks, we highly recommend you make an appointment with your dermatologist or aesthetician for more treatment options.

Related Links

Twisted Crate's Pore Vacuum

Bruise on Nose From Squeezing Blackheads

About Enlarged Pores

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