How to extract blackheads and what is the way to do it properly are a couple of questions that there are many answers to online – some of them are more sensible than others!
The fundamental thing to remember is that in order to eliminate blackheads, you not only have to remove them in the first place, you have to stop them from coming back again. So, I suggest a two step approach.
The first step in how to extract blackheads has got to be, prepare your skin to make the process as easy as possible. To do this, follow these simple steps:-
- Thoroughly cleanse your skin to eliminate bacteria on the surface of your skin and prevent any infection. After this, exfoliate, to help clear dead skin cells from the surface and start the process of unblocking your pores.
- Open your pores and soften the plug of sebum and dead skin debris that forms the blackhead, do this by using a facial steamer.
An alternative to steaming is to use a very warm washcloth, well wrung out and placed on the area for five minutes or so or, attempt blackhead extraction after a hot shower or bath.
- Choose the method you want to use to extract blackheads.
On this site, you will find lots of information and videos to watch that demonstrate the best way to go about it but basically, you need to decide whether you are going to choose a vacuum blackhead remover or a tool like the Revlon Blackhead remover. Alternatively, you might decide that you would prefer to try using the ‘squeezing and popping’ method between your fingertips described in the post on blackhead popping.
A Helpful Video on How To Extract Blackheads
If you have any difficulties with the above methods, you could try a blackhead dissolver, pore strips (which can be effective provided your skin is not sensitive to the adhesive in the product), or a product you take orally for instance Acneticin which helps clear the skin from within.
Because the problem arises due to pores becoming blocked with excess oil and dead skin cells, some oral products can be very beneficial in helping to regulate the body’s sebum production and providing vitamins and minerals that strengthen the skin and help to clear the complexion.
Once you have found out how to extract blackheads, you need to stop them coming back – there are lots of helpful tips on this site about how to establish a good skin care routine and also the best products to use.