How to Use a Blackhead Remover Effectively

November 13, 2012By

Facial Treatments and Blackhead Remover ToolsBlackheads are primarily caused by clogged pores. Pores get clogged with dirt and debris if there is too much oil on the skin’s surface. Blackheads usually form around areas where there is excess oil and dirt like the nose and forehead. They are, however, the easiest of skin problems to remove without causing unsightly scars. First thing you have to do is get the right blackhead remover and then you need to know how to use it effectively.

What are Blackheads?

Blackheads, often called open comedones, are either a yellow or black plug on your skin’s pores. They are not caused by dirt, but form when excess sebum (oil) gets in your pores and are then oxidized by exposure to air. This oxidation causes them to harden and turn yellow or black. Pimples, on the other hand, are called closed comedones, and because the pore is closed, the oil, dead skin and bacteria do not oxidize and usually become infected as red blemishes. Blackheads are fairly easy to treat compared to other skin problems like pimples. You just need to keep your face clean and follow a good daily skin regimen that will help control excess oil buildup.

The Right Tools for Blackheads

When you develop blackheads, your first instinct is probably to squeeze it out. This can cause more problems with your skin by driving the plug deeper or even creating scarring if you are not careful. Scars are more difficult to treat and oftentimes require expensive treatments so it is never a good idea to squeeze out your blackheads.


If you do develop blackheads, the best thing to do is get a good blackhead tool remover. You can usually find or purchase them from beauty shops or online for no more than $10. Most of these tools are long thin devices with a plastic or wire loop at each end. The reason for a loop at each end is that one end has small loops for clusters of small black heads while the other loop at the other end is larger for bigger blackheads.

Using a Blackhead Tool Remover

It is always best to have a dermatologist or certified skin expert remove your blackheads. But if you want to do it yourself here are the some simple to follow steps:

  • Cleanse your face before you start your blackhead extraction.
  • Steam your face to open up the pores. To do this place your face over a sink of hot water till it feels moist and loose. To get maximum steaming effect you can drape a towel over your head to form a tent.
  • Lightly dry your face by patting with a clean towel.
  • Immediately use the blackhead tool remover in a light circular motion to remove the blackheads.
  • Cleanse your face again after you remove the blackhead to prevent infection.
  • After washing, you can apply a cold compress over the treated area to close your skin’s pores.

Removing blackheads can be a bit tricky at first. It is important to remember to clean the tool properly before using it on your face or affected areas. Once you have cleared your face of unwanted blackheads you can keep it clear and clean by following a good daily skin regimen with the right type of skin care products best suited for your skin.

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