Get Rid of Blackheads

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A typical case of comedones (black heads) forming on the nose.

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Blackheads Explained

Blackheads are a chronic inflammation of the hair follicles that often occurs on the face, but can also occur in other places on the body including the feet.

Blackheads are a chronic inflammatory condition of the hair follicles that can occur anywhere on the body. This condition is caused by hair follicles producing too much sebum and clogging up skin pores on your face. You can get black heads on your face, palms, arms and legs. You can even get blackheads on your feet.

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These clogged hair follicles, that are black pin-sized blemishes, are also known as a comedones. Black heads occur when hair follicles become infected and an the oil gland at the base of the follicle overproduces an oily substance called sebum. They look black because light reflects inside of the open pore of the hair follicle, revealing the excess sebum. A whitehead is caused by the same issue, with the difference that the pore is closed, causing pus to form, giving the comedone a white raised appearance. Blackheads tend to be flat and oily in appearance, but sometimes the sebum mixes with a protein called keratin that is also produced by hair follicles to produce a hard plug that can cause swelling, redness and a dirty appearance to the complexion.

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Smoking is a big cause of blackheads because it adds grime to the face and the chemicals in cigarettes are also hormone disrupt that cause breakouts.

The causes of blackheads include:

  • The overproduction of oil in the sebaceous glands during puberty
  • Hormonal disturbances during menstruation that cause too much sebum to be produced
  • Smoking, which causes dead skin cells and poor circulation, resulting in the inflammation of hair follicles
  • Poor hygiene, which can cause blackheads on the feet, hands, neck and face
  • Shaving with a dirty or dull razor blade that causes ingrown hairs or infections can contribute to blackheads
  • Over washing the skin, which provokes the skin to produce even more oil and causes blackheads
  • Touching the skin often out of nervous habit, causing infection to spread to the pores
  • Exposure to direct sun over a period of years can cause comedones
  • Some birthmarks chronically over-produce sebum causing skin problems

There are many ways to clear up blackheads, using natural remedies, do-it-yourself home remedies and medicated products, as described in the methods below.

Get Rid of Blackheads With DIY Home Remedies

You can find many of these remedies in your kitchen or bathroom cupboard or at the corner store.

Method 1: With A Warm Compress

You can use a warm compress to steam away oily blackheads from the skin.

Steaming your face with a warm compress helps open the pores and soften the clogs in oily pores.

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    Soak a large clean rough washcloth in very hot water.
    Make sure that the cloth is big enough to cover the area that you would like to treat for blackheads.
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    Cover the area to be treated with the compress.
    Make sure that it is not to hot, as the idea is to steam the pores open.
    If you are steaming blackheads on your neck for removal then make sure that you choose a compress that is large enough to cover the area to be treated.
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    Leave the compress on your face or other part of the body to be treated for at least 15 minutes or longer if you feel you can take it.
    It is normal to feel hot and sweaty. This is helpful because it means that the oil in your blackheads that is plugging up your pores are melting.
    Leave the warm compress on the area to be treated for blackheads for about fifteen minutes so that your pores open for cleaning.
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    Wipe your face clean with a cotton puff.
    At this point you will see grime and oil being lifted out of your skin. If necessary use a comedone removal tool to extract any remaining blackheads. However, do not force the blackhead to be removed as the skin is very tender and prone to injury after this treatment. Instead, wait to steam your face again tomorrow and then attempt to remove the more stubborn blackheads.
    Use a cotton puff to wipe your face clean of grime and oil.
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    Rinse your face with very cold water.
    This helps close your pores and makes you feel cool and fresh. If your skin feels very dirty, you can wash it with a mild disinfectant cleanser or soap such as Pears soap or Neutrogena.
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    Wipe your face clean with Witch Hazel toner or Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner if you prefer.
    Both are mild but effective disinfectants that can help tighten your pores and prevent outbreaks of sebum.
    Alcohol-free toner tightens the skin.
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    You can use a hot compress on your skin to remove blackheads every day if you like.
    Steaming blackheads with a compress is one of the gentlest, least invasive ways to rid your skin of blackhead comedones.
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Method 2: With Steam

Steamed vapor can help cleanse your complexion of blackheads.

Steaming your face with a vaporizer or by leaning over a pot of hot water is one of the easiest and most effective ways to get rid of blackheads on the face. This works by opening the pores so that the skin can sweat and push the softened comedones out so that they can be removed.

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    Drape a thin cotton terry towel over your head.
    The idea is that you are going to make a hood that traps steam beneath it so that your skin can be steamed.
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    Boil water and let it cool down or use the hot vapor setting on vaporizer.
    Note that the steam you are using must be warm or the oily clogs inside of the pores will not be able to soften so that they can be removed.
    Investing in a facial steamer can be a good idea if you suffer from chronic blackheads.
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    Lean over the steam source with the towel draped closed over your face.
    Do this for about ten minutes. Do not keep leaning over the steam if you feel that it is burning your skin in anyway. It is normal for your face to feel like it is sweating.
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    Remove the towel and wipe your face thoroughly with it.
    It is typical for your face look flushed and moist after this treatment.
    Wipe your face thoroughly but gently after you steam it.
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    If your face still has blackheads, remove them with a cosmetic blackhead removal tool.
    Press the tool on the blemish and squeeze the contents of the blackhead out. Use a tissue to wipe any debris from the pores away. Do not force the contents of any pore out or pick at a blackhead as you could cause scarring. It is best to wait for the next steaming treatment before you attempt this one more time.
    Remove any blackheads remaining after the steam with a comedone removal tool.
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    Clean and disinfect your face with Witch Hazel toner.
    Witch Hazel is a natural disinfecting agent that also closes your pores. You can use another type of toner, as long as it is alcohol-free. You want to avoid using alcohol based toners and cleansers as they dry out the skin and prompt another breakout of blackheads.
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Method 3: With Crushed Aspirin

Crushed aspirin helps polish blackheads away from the skin.

Crushed Aspirin contains salicyate, which helps polish and resurface the top of the dermis. This helps soften and remove the oily plugs at the top of the skin pores. Aspirin is also a potent anti-inflammatory, which helps get rid of redness in the skin as well as any pain or swelling that might be associated with having blackheads or attempting to remove them.

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    Crush six to seven aspirin in a small bowl.
    The aspirin should easily shatter into a fine powder. You can use a fork or an actual mortar and pestle to crush the aspirin if you like. If you are treating a large area of your face you might want to use more aspirin.
    Crush aspirin into a fine powder with the bottom of a spoon.
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    Add three teaspoons of water to the crushed aspirin and mix the two ingredients.
    The idea is to create a spreadable paste.
    Add water to the crushed aspirin and mix well.
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    Use a cotton ball to supply the crushed aspirin mixture to the area of your face that is suffering from blackheads and leave it on for about ten minutes..
    Scrub the area as you apply it to help exfoliate the top layer of skin cells.
    Apply the crushed aspirin with a cotton ball or pad.
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    Rinse the aspirin mixture from your face.
    In most cases, all of the blackheads will have been removed. If not, you can try removing the blackheads with a comedone tool. You use the tool by pressing the ringed end of it against the blemish and letting the contents of the blackhead expel themselves.
    A selection of comedone tools.
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    Wipe any excess skin cell debris from your nose with a tissue and then cleanse with warm water and a glycerin soap such as Pears or Neutrogena.
    Make sure that any cleanser that you use is alcohol-free as alcohol can dry out your skin and provoke a new breakout of blackheads.
    Pears Soap can help you
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    You can use the aspirin to remove blackheads from your face every day if you like.
    Stop using it on a daily basis if it is causing your face to peel or if it becomes irritated and red.
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Method 4: Get Rid of Blackheads With Glue

Elmer's Glue can be used to remove blackheads from skin.

A reliable DIY folk-remedy for getting rid of blackheads is to use white glue. The brand most recommended is Elmer's Glue. This is a drippy white glue that does emit mild fumes. If you are allergic to glue, it is very important to note that this is not a recommended blackhead removal method for you. However, most people do not react because the glue is used in schools and presumably very safe for kids. This method is primarily used on the face, although you can easily use it on any part of the body. After you use this method it is best to let your pores air out for a while. There is no need to apply any heavy creams or moisturizers.

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    Purchase white Elmer's Glue at a stationary store.
    Many drug stores and grocery stores also carry it in their stationary section. Do not buy a generic brand or any other brand of glue as your results may not be the same.
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    Untwist the nozzle of the glue and apply the white glue over the affected part of your body.
    You can use your fingers or a popsicle stick to apply the thick white glue. If this is too messy for you can also apply it with a small cosmetic brush or cosmetic spatula. The idea is to make sure that the glue coats the skin evenly so that it can be peeled off of your skin in one piece.
    Elmer's Glue can be used to remove blackheads from your nose.
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    Leave the glue on your skin for at least fifteen minutes.
    That is normally how long it takes for the glue to dry on your skin. It is normal for your eyes to water a bit, thanks to the fumes of the glue, which are irritating for some. If you want to shorten the drying time of the Elmer's glue then take a blow-dryer to the treated areas. Do not hold the blow dryer too close to your skin.
    It is possible that the application of this glue results in a bit of a drippy mess.
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    Peel the glue off your skin.
    It is fine to scratch at the hardened to glue if you need to do so to get it off your skin. This is the point at which you will see the blackheads being removed on the back of the hardened glue.
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    Wash any remaining glue off of your skin with a mild cleanser.
    This will get rid of the sticky feeling left by the glue residue. Make sure that the cleanser you use is alcohol-free to prevent your skiing from getting too dry. If the treated area of your skin still feels very sticky after the application you can apply some rubbing alcohol to remove any glue residue that remains.
    Wash any remaining glue off with a cleanser.
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Method 5: With Rubber Cement

This remedy is a bit toxic because of the fumes. It is best to apply this remedy quickly to avoid the watery eyes and slightly dizzy feeling that can come with using it. If you are at all a sensitive type or are prone to headaches or breakouts from exposure to latex materials or products, then stay away from using this blackhead removal method.

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A bottle of Rubber Cement.
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    Use the brush that comes with the bottle of rubber cement as an applicator to apply a thin layer of the rubber cement to the area of your skin affected with blackheads.
    If you apply the rubber cement too thickly it will not be dry enough for you to remove within two minutes, which is essential so that you do not get overwhelmed by the smell of the glue. If you feel dizzy during this treatment, remove the glue immediately with an abrasive skin cleanser and water.
    Apply the glue to your face with the attached brush in the lid.
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    Leave the glue on your skin for two minutes and then start peeling it off.
    Sometimes the rubber cement will come off of your skin in one piece, like a skin mask. Other time it may roll up on itself and you may find yourself rolling many little ball of dried up rubber cement on your skin. If you do end up with a ball of rubber cement you can use it to pick up any other glue residue on your skin.
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    Rinse your skin with warm water and wash gently with a mild disinfectant soap or cleanser.
    Let your skin air out and do not apply heavy moisturizers or make up for several hours after the treatment.
    Rinse skin well with warm water after treatment.
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Method 6: With Duct Tape

Duct Tape can be used to remove blackheads in the same way as a commercial Biore strip.

Duct tape is very gummy and sticky and you can use a piece of duct tape in the same way you would a commercial Biore strip. Be careful of using this method on areas of your body that are very hairy, such as your underarms or in the crotch area, as you could pull out a lot of hair along with the blackheads. Also pulling out hair could be very painful.

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    Cut a square piece of duct tape that is big enough to be used on the area treated.
    It is a good idea to treat one area at a time so that you can focus on what you are doing. Covering your entire face or a big area of skin with duct tape could get uncomfortable. This treatment works best on skin that is clean and very dry.
    Cut a piece of duct tape that is large enough to use on the area to be treated.
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    Use the tips of your fingers to press down hard on the tape in the area to be treated.
    You can depress the tape right into the flesh with a deep stroking motion. Most people find that duct tape is very effective for treating blackheads on your chin, nose, palms and feet.
    Duct tape can be used to treat blackheads on the feet.
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    Leave the tape on for two minutes and then peel it quickly back.
    Remove the tape in one swift motion for best results. A look at the underside of the tape should reveal the black heads you have pulled out of your skin. Discard the tape.
    Tape the tape down on the area to be treated and then leave it on or two minutes so the blackheads can stick to the underside of the tape.
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    Cleanse your face gently with a mild cleanser.
    A glycerin-based disinfectant product by Neutrogena or Oil of Olay Foaming Cleanser is preferred as these products will not dry your skin out.
    Cleanse your face with a mild cleanser such as Oil of Olay Oil Free Foaming Face Wash to remove any residue from the duct tape on your skin.
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    Pat your face dry and let your pores dry out for several hours.
    Do not apply a heavy or oily cream after this treatment or you could clog your pores again. Conversely, do not apply a drying agent like rubbing alcohol, or you could provoke your skin pores into producing more sebum and begin the whole cycle of chronically breaking out in blackheads again.
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Method 7: With Scotch Tape

Scotch Crystal Clear Tape is the stickiest and therefore the best kind of Scotch tape to use for removing blackheads.

Scotch tape can help remove blackheads fast, especially if your skin is a little dryer. If your skin is very oily, scotch tape may not be as effective as duct tape for removing blackheads. Avoid putting the scotch tape on areas of your body that are hairy as removing the tape could be quite painful. It does not matter whether or not you use clear or translucent Scotch tape although the clear transparent type might be a bit tackier than the translucent type.

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    Cut strips of Scotch tape that are big enough to be used on the area treated using the blade that comes on the dispenser.
    You may have to cut several strips to cover the whole area. It is recommended that you use one strip only once, as Scotch tape does not stay sticky enough for you to use it repeatedly over the same area and in fact, reuse of a strip could spread bacteria and infection from comedones that have already been pulled.
    Scotch tape comes in a dispenser with a sharp blade that can help you measure the right size o tape to put on your skin.
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    Press the Scotch tape on the area to be treated and press hard with your fingers.
    Make sure your skin is very dry. As this type of tape is transparent you may actually be able to see the comedones of the blackheads poking out of your skin as you smooth the tape down over your skin.
    Apply the Scotch tape on your skin and press down hard, making sure it clings to the skin.
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    Leave the tape on for about a minute and then peel it quickly back.
    Remove the tape in one swift ripping motion the blackheads out of your skin.. A look at the underside of the tape should reveal the black heads you have pulled out of your skin. Discard the tape.
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    Cleanse your face gently with a mild cleanser.
    A medicated cleanser like Neutrogena or a medicated cleansing cloth from Oil of Olay works well to remove the sticky residue of the Scotch tape.
    Neutrogena Medicated Cleanser is a good choice for washing your face after you remove
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    Pat your face dry and let your newly cleaned pores air out for a while.
    Do not apply heavy moisturizers, powders or make up until your face no longer feels sticky to the touch.
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Method 8: With A Home Waxing Kit

Wax strips can be used to remove blackheads in the same way they are used to remove hair.

Home waxing kits were originally developed to remove hair. As the wax reaches deep into the skin follicles to pull hair out by the root, it also manages to pull out the comedones from clogged up pores. You can use this type of waxing treatment in many places on the body including the face, neck, shoulders and back. This is also a good treatment to use on any part of your body that also has hair, such as your toes, chin or your underarms.

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    Purchase a home waxing kit.
    Be sure to buy a type of wax that allows you to warm it for a few seconds in a microwave. If the kit does not come with applicator sticks, you must buy popsicle sticks, plastic knives or a cosmetic spatula to apply it yourself. Good brands to buy are Veet, Nads and Nair.
    Veet is a good brand of wax strips to buy.
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    Open your facial pores by steaming your face over an open steaming pot of water on the stove.
    This is best accomplished by covering your head with a towel, holding your head about six inches above the pot and letting the vapors from the hot water steam your face. You can also use a commercial facial vaporizer appliance that is set to a warm setting this to accomplish this. It is not recommended that you use a hot humidifier as they are too temperamental and it is too easy to burn yourself if the unit suddenly shoots a spout of steam.
    Open your facial pores by steaming it over a vaporizer.
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    Dry your face well with a towel.
    Make sure your face is very dry before you start. Wax will fail to stick to oily skin and dirt will interfere with the pulling action of the wax.
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    Heat the wax in the waxing kit according to the manufacturer's directions.
    For most brands this means melting the wax in the microwave for three to four minutes. Some brands will also give you instructions for melting the wax over a double boiler on the stove.
    Melted wax can be applied with a popsicle stick.
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    Apply the warm wax to your skin with an applicator.
    You can also use the flat side of plastic knife, a popsicle stick or a cosmetic strip. Some people prefer to wear gloves as they apply the wax a it allows them to reach a more specific area.
    It is fine to apply the wax with gloves on if it better ables you to treat the area covered with blackheads.
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    Press one of the paper strips that came with the waxing kit on top of the wax and rub it firmly.
    If your kit did not come with these you can use a piece of very thin muslin, very thin cotton or a piece of cheesecloth. The material that makes up a wrap around bandage also works well for this. Just make sure you cut the material into strips that will fit the area to be treated.
    Press the paper strip against the area of skin covered with wax.
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    Gently, yet quickly pull the strip away from your skin.
    This should dislodge any of the blackheads lodged in your pores.
    Remove the blackheads by pulling the paper strip off off your skin.
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    Rinse your face with cold water and apply a gentle, oil-free moisturizing lotion.
    If your skin is known to be very oily, then skip the moisturizing and instead dab Witch Hazel toner lightly on the treated area.
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Method 9: With A Lemon and A Toothbrush

Blackheads can be removed with lemon juice and a toothbrush.

One of the simplest and quickest ways to get rid of blackheads is to scrub them away using lemon juice and a toothbrush. The lemon juice is astringent and thoroughly cleans oily skin. The toothbrush is used to scrub away the tops of blackheads that you have gently steamed with a hot damp cloth.

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    Soak a towel or wash cloth in very hot water and hold it like a compress over the area of skin to be treated.
    This helps open the pores so that it is easier for you to remove the top hard oily plugs that make up the blackhead.
    Press a hot washcloth to your face to steam away the blackheads.
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    Slice a lemon in half and rub a clean toothbrush in the fruit fibers.
    You could juice the lemon if you want, but it is not necessary. You could also use bottled lemon juice if you like but it the most effective juice you can use is from a freshly sliced, organic fruit.
    Slices of organic fruit work best for performing this method of blackhead removal.
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    Vigorously scrub the area that you need cleaned of blackheads with the brush.
    Keep dipping the brush in the fresh lemon juice to replenish it. It is fine if the juice is running down your skin into unaffected areas, just as long as you make sure you are scrubbing the area affected with the blackheads.
    Use the tooth brush to clean your face of blackheads.
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    When you have removed the blackheads, wipe the lemon juice, along with any oily debris from the comedones off of your skin.
    If any of the comedones in your skin do not come lose, you can work at them some more with a blackhead removal tool.
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    Rinse your face with water.
    If it feels oily at all from the blackhead removal you can wash it gently with a medicated cleanser or soap such as Neutrogena or with Oil of Olay cleansing pads.
    Wash your face with an oil free cleanser like Neutrogena if your face feels oily.
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Method 10: By Working Up A Sweat

You can soften the tops of blackheads so that they can be removed with your own sweat.

Warmth and bodily secretions from sweating can help work up enough slickness on the skin to actually soften and loosen the tough oily top plugs on the blackheads. It is the equivalent of steaming pores open, but it is effective because it is from your own system and from the inside. Before you become overheated by working yourself up into a drippy sweat, it is important for you to make sure that your body can handle your exertion, so check with a doctor first.

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    Indulge in jogging, running or Hot Yoga until you are sweating hard.
    You want your skin to be slick with sweat. Working out on a stair climber or thirty minutes or attending a cycle-fit class should also accomplish this.
    Working out on a stairclimber can help you work up a sweat.
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    Remove the blackheads from your face with a cotton ball or pad.
    Any blackheads that do not allow themselves to be removed immediately with a swipe of clean cotton can be tackled with a cosmetic comedone removal tool. Press the looped end of the tool down on the blackhead and eject its contents. Wipe the cellular debris and oil from the pore expulsion with a tissue.
    Wipe the blackheads away from your face with a cotton pad or cotton ball.
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    Shower well, be sure to lather your body with medicated cleanser or soap, such as Oil of Olay or Neutrogena and dry it well.
    It is important to wash any of the oils expelled from your body off of your skin to prevent bacterial reinfection.
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Tips and Tricks

Add fresh mint to your steaming water for blackheads to also create a relaxing aromatherapy experience.
  • You can cast a handful of mint, eucalyptus or a few drops of citrus or lavender essential oil in the steaming water to enhance the experience of steaming your face.
  • You can use a normal humidifier to steam your face or you can buy small vaporizors that are specifically meant for use on the face.
  • Be aware that some people suffer from salicylate sensitivity that may cause their skin to suffer from an allergic reaction
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Get Rid of Blackheads With A Homemade Pore Strip

A strip of cotton or cheese cloth pressed into a sticky substance drying on the skin can serve as a homemade blackhead removal system.

Homemade pore strips mimic the action of the commercial product called Biore Pore Strips that removes blackheads from pores. These are simply pieces of cotton, cheesecloth that are pressed against the area that has blackheads and then pulled away to pull the comedones with them. The area is usually coated with some kind of sticky substance to help pull the blackheads out of the pores,

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Sometimes homemade pore strips are made from sticky substances that form a film or mask once it is left to dry on the face. These homemade pore strips for blackheads can be used anywhere on the body but are mostly used for removing blackheads on the chin and nose.

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Method 11: With a Honey and Milk Homemade Pore Strip

Honey and milk can combine to make a homemade Biore style blackhead removal strip.

The honey in this mask helps the pore strip stay sticky and the milk has lactic acids in it that helps resurface the top layer of skin and tighten and close the pores. This simple recipe for a homemade pore strip dries into a thin film that you can peel back from the skin to remove blackheads.

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    In a microwave-safe bowl, combine 1 teaspoon of honey with 2 teaspoon of milk and warm it for five seconds.
    You want to make sure that the mixture is cool enough to apply to your skin but still warm before you apply it to your face. Be sure to test this as every microwave is different when it comes to heating liquids. You can also warm this substance up in a small metal pot if you like.
    Warm up the milk and honey together, along with the honey in a small bowl or pot.
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    Use a make-up brush, cotton ball or your fingers to apply a thick film of the mixture over the area that needs treatment for blackheads.
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    Leave the mixture on for fifteen to twenty minutes until it dries into a film.
    The milk and honey will have become like a very thin fabric and you will feel the mixture tightening as it pulls the oily clogs out of your pores.
    Let the mask dry until it is a fine film that can be removed.
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    Peel the filmy mask off once it has dried.
    You should be able to see the comedones pulled out from pores on the film. If it does not come off in one pull, you can pull it off in sections.
    Pull the mask off to reveal the blackheads stuck in the milk and honey mask.
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    Rinse your face well with cold water.
    If your face feels sticky you can wash it with a mild oil-free cleanser, preferably a medicated one like Neutrogena.
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Method 12: With a Gelatin and Whipped Cream Pore Strip

Gelatin and cream can be mixed together to create a blackhead removal mask.

Gelatin and any dairy product can help create a sticky, almost elastic mask that can be used to pull blackheads out of the skin. The cream contains lactic acids that help clean and resurface the skin and the gelatin has a hydrating quality. The fats in the cream and the gelatin work together to help the mask cling to the skin. This mask works best on the face, neck and top of the hands.

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    Mix one packet of unflavored gelatin into ¼ cup very hot water.
    The gelatin will "bloom" to create a thick gel.
    Add unflavored gelatin to hot water and let it "bloom".
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    Add two tablespoons of whipping cream to the mixture and blend well.
    You want to simply mix the ingredients into a thick mixture by whipping it with a fork to give it a little body.
    Whipping cream has lactic acids that help resurface the skin and remove blackheads.
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    Chill the mixture for about fifteen minutes.
    You want the cream and gelatin mixture to be cool, but thick enough to spread on the skin.
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    Apply the gelatin and whipping cream mask with a popsicle stick, brush or cosmetic tool over the area of skin where you want to remove blackheads.
    The thicker you apply it, the longer you will have to leave it on before it dries. If the blackheads that you have on your skin are very tiny, use a thinner layer of the mask mixture on your skin.
    Apply the mask thinly over the area that you want treated for blackheads.
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    Let the mask dry on your skin for about twenty to thirty minutes and then peel it off.
    It should come off in one section, but if it doesn't it is fine to remove it in portions.
    After the mask dries you should be able to remove it in one section.
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    Wash your face with a clean, roughly textured washcloth to remove any small strings of milk and gelatin strip from your skin.
    It is normal for the treated areas to look a little pink after treatment as the shrinking mask also draws blood to the surface of the skin.
    Wash your face with a textured washcloth to remove any debris from your skin.
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    Repeat this treatment every day until your blackheads are gone.
    If your blackheads get worse, discontinue the treatment or slow down to only doing the mask every couple of days.
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Method 13: With a Honey and Cinnamon Pore Strip

Honey and cinnamon can be used to make a blackhead removal mask.

This particular blackhead removal strip requires a strip of cotton or a piece of tissue paper applied on top in order to work. The honey supplies the stickiness and the cinnamon stimulates the circulation, causing the pores to open up and sweat out their contents. Honey is also an anti-bacterial substance that helps stop the chronic cycle of skin-inflammation by killing off skin environments that lead to the overproduction of sebum.

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    Mix one tablespoon of honey with one tablespoon of cinnamon in a small bowl until it becomes a thick paste.
    Mix well. You can use any type of honey but liquid honey works best. If your honey seems to thick you can liquefy it by warming it up for a few seconds in a microwave.
    Mix honey and cinnamon together in a bowl to make this pore removal mask.
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    Use a cosmetic spatula, brush or your fingers to apply the honey and cinnamon paste to the area of your skin that is affected by blackheads.
    Spread the mixture as evenly as possible and as thinly as possible. If it is too thick, it may not dry.
    Be sure to spread the cinnamon mask over every part of your face that needs treatment.
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    Press pieces of tissue or cotton cheese cloth on top of the layer of cinnamon and honey paste .
    Press your fingers over the tissue or cheese cloth and press hard. The paper or tissue will stick to your skin and harden as the honey mixture dries.
    Cut up cheesecloth into strips to press into the honey and cinnamon mixture.
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    Leave the cinnamon and honey strips on your face for about twenty minutes or until it feels stiff and dry.
    You should be able to feel the mask tightening and pulling oil out of your pores as it hardens.
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    Peel the blackhead removal strips back from your skin in one quick, but smooth motion.
    It is normal for your skin to appear a bit pink after treatment. If it does not separate from your skin in one piece that is fine.
    The oils in cinnamon stimulate circulation and can make your skin appear to be a bit pink afterwards.
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    Cleanse your face with warm water and gentle cleanser and then pat dry.
    Use an oil-free glycerin soap like Pears or Oil of Olay cleansing pads for this purpose.
    Wah your face well with warm water and a cleanser.
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    You can do this blackhead removal treatment two to three times a week if necessary.
    Some people are sensitive to cinnamon or cassia oils, so if your problem with blackheads becomes worse after doing this mask, this could be the case. If so do not do the mask at all.
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Tips and Tricks

Starting off with very clean, dry skin helps the pore strips to remove blackheads more efficiently.

  • Always make sure that your skin is very clean and dry before applying the homemade pore strips to the skin as strips will not stick very well
  • If for any reason the two-ingredient pore removal mixtures are not tacky enough to stick together on their own, you can always thicken them by pressing toilet tissue or cheese-cloth over the applied mixture to strengthen it and let it dry; then use the applied tissue or cloth to peel it off and remove the blackhead comedones
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Get Rid of Black Heads Naturally

Method 14: With Silica Gel

Silica Gel can be rubbed directly on your face to help prevent blackheads.

Silica is a granular magnesium substance that is both a gel and a scrub. As well as being an exfoliant, silica gel is full of magnesium, which helps calm inflammation of the pores and halt the production of sebum. The high magnesium content in silica gel can also help soothe follicles that have been traumatized by hormonal disrupting environmental poisons and natural changes in hormones in the body. This remedy for blackheads is also hydrating and helps the skin retain its integrity. If you are worried about your chronic blackheads causing scars, then silica can help with the continual process of the skin's cell renewal and repair, especially if you use it every day.

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    Purchase a bottle of natural Silica Gel at a health food store or drug store.
    If you plan to do this blackhead removal ritual every day, then get a larger size.
    Silica gel can be used anywhere on your body to remove blackheads, including the hands.
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    Shake the silica bottle well before use.
    Silica is both gel and flakes and before applying it, you need to make sure that both substances are merged together or the mask will be too thin.
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    Apply a thick layer silica to the area needing treatment for black heads.
    Massage the silica gel into your skin to help pop off the heads of the comedones as you apply it.
    Apply Siica Gel to your face in a thick layer.
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    Let the silica sit on your skin for about fifteen minutes.
    As it dries, you will feel it tightening your skin pores and pulling at the oily clogged pores of your dermis.
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    Rinse the silica gel off of your skin with very cold water and pat dry with a towel.
    There is no need to wash your face after this treatment as it is very cleansing on its own.
    Rinse the silica gel supplement from your face with very cold water.
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    You can do this treatment every day.
    Magnesium is very nourishing for the skin and over a period of days you will see your skin become smoother and your pores will become tighter and smaller.
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Method 15: With An Iodine and Epsom Salt Scrub

Iodine is an antiseptic that can be used in a scrub to remove blackheads.

Iodine is a deeply healing, restorative substance that helps balance the environment of the dermis so that it is not as sensitive to chemicals, hormones and other things that cause skin pores to produce too much sebum. Iodine also stimulates the skin cells to help them fight off disease and also assists the skin in removing toxins and bacteria. Epsom salt is a mineral rich exfoliant that is used to help soften and open up clogged pores. Epsom salts contain magnesium, which also helps to calm and soothe red or abraded skin.

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    Mix five drops of Iodine solution with 1 cup of Epsom salts.
    Blend these two ingredients together to create a facial scrub.
    Mix the iodine with the epsom salts to make a paste.
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    Scrub the area of your skin that is affected by blackheads with an iodine and salt scrub.
    In most cases, this mixture will just seem to magnetize dirt and oils to the surface of the skin.
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    Rinse your skin thoroughly with very cool water and then pat it dry with a towel.
    You do not want to wash your face after this treatment as you want the minerals and healing constituents from the mask to continue to permeate your face right afterwards for a few hours.
    Rinse your skin thoroughly with very cool water after you apply this mask.
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    You can use this scrub every day to help remove your skin.
    Used daily this scrub will also help improve your skin's immunity and susceptibility to bacterial and fungal infections.
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Method 16: Get Rid of Blackheads With Milk of Magnesia

Milk of Magnesia can help remove blackheads from your skin and nourish it with healing minerals.

Milk of Magnesia is one of those stand-alone natural drug store products that helps minimize redness, inflammation and skin irritation. It is a bit of a drying agent that eliminates blackhead comedones by drying them out. Milk of Magnesia also helps prohibit excessive oil production in the skin pores. The magnesium in this product, usually used for indigestion, also nourishes the skin and helps prevent it from scarring.

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    Rub about a tablespoon of Milk of Magnesia all over any areas of skin that are populated with blackheads with a cotton ball or pad.
    Massage it vigorously into your skin until you fee it tighten.
    Apply the Milk of Magnesia to your face with a cotton pad.
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    Let the Milk of Magnesia dry out on your skin for about fifteen minutes.
    If the mask feels a bit itchy that is a sign that it is working to pull the blemishes out of your pores.
    Milk of Magnesia can work to draw dirt and oil out of your pores.
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    Rinse the Milk of Magnesia out of your pores with cool water.
    There is no reason to wash your face after performing this cleansing action. If your skin feels dry, then apply a few drops of oil-free moisturizer to the treated area.
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Method 17: Get Rid of Blackheads With Apple Cider Vinegar

Rubbing your skin with apple cider viengar helps remove blackheads.

One of the simplest remedies for removing blackheads is to cleanse the skin with pure undiluted apple cider. The apple cider is very alkaline in nature and helps prevent bacteria from spreading on the skin. Apple cider vinegar is also an astringent.which helps tighten the pores.

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    Steam your face over a pot of steaming water.
    Drape a towel over your head. You could also take a very hot shower and steam the area of the body to be treated for blackheads.
    Steaming your face prepares them for treatment with apple cider vinegar.
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    Pat your skin gently dry with a soft towel.
    This prepares the pores for the Apple Cider vinegar treatment.
    Pat skin dry with a towel before applying the apple cider vinegar.
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    Pour pure organic apple cider vinegar onto a cotton pad or a cotton ball.
    Rub the area afflicted with the blackheads vigorously with the pad.
    Apply the apple cider vinegar to your face with a cotton ball.
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    Rinse your face with very cool water and pat gently dry.
    Do not wear makeup, heavy creams or lotions after this treatment. Let the enzymes in the vinegar sink into your skin to do its work of ridding your skin of the bacteria that causes blemishes like blackheads and whiteheads.
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Method 18: Get Rid of Blackheads With Dried Green Tea Leaves, Sugar and Olive Oil

You can remove blackheads with a green tea scrub.

You can use this Green Tea scrub to exfoliate the blackheads from your skin. The green tea is crumbled into the scrub and used as a gentle abrasive that pops off the hard oily caps on the comedones. Green tea is also full of potent antioxidants that help fight bacteria on the skin. The sugar in this scrub helps attract moisture to the skin and prevent inflammation. It is best to use a soft, organic white sugar, so the skin is not treated too roughly. The olive oil acts as a moisturizer that draws out other oils from deep within the pores. Honey is added to the mixture to make it sticky and to help fight the bacteria that causes the formation of blackheads in the first place.

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    Crumble dried green tea leaves into a bowl.
    Green tea leaves can be bought loose or you can use two to four tea bags in the scrub. The more green tea you use, the more abrasive and powdery the scrub will be.
    Crumble dried green tea leaves to make this mask.
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    Add one cup soft white cane sugar and ½ cup of virgin olive oil to the tea leaves, followed by two tablespoons of raw honey.
    It is best to use liquid honey in this recipe. Mix everything together well.
    Mix olive oil, green tea, sugar and honey together to make a blackhead removal mask.
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    Pick up about a tablespoon of the mixture and gently massage the area of your skin that is affected by blackheads for about a minute.
    Exfoliating other areas of skin will result in a greatly improved looking complexion that glows, thanks to scrub stimulating the circulation just beneath the skin.[[Image:green tea_71697.jpg|center|frame|After you are done exfoliating leave the mask on for a few minutes.]
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    You can use this scrub every day to keep your skin very clean and free from blackheads.
    If your skin begins to look red, skip a day or two of use with this scrub. Inflammation due to abrasion could cause your skin to break out again.
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Method 19: With Rice and Rosewater

Rice powder helps polish the skin and rid it of blackheads and scars from blemishes.

Rosewater is nicely scented, but it is also a potent healer of the skin, helping to calm inflammation and subdue any redness that may occur as the result of exfoliation. The rice powder in this recipe is a nutritious, efficient and anti-allergenic exfoliator that takes out the oily plugs in the blackheads.. You can use any type of white rice in this blackhead removal scrub recipe. It is ideal for use on the face, neck and upper part of the hands and feet.

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    Soak a half a cup of white rice in pure spring water for about four hours.
    Soaking it overnight is fine; the idea is to soften the outer kernel so it is easier blend into a powder.[[Image:soaking_85672.jpg|center|frame|Soak the rice in water before you grind it into a powder.|]
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    Grind the rice into a powder in a blender.
    The rice should resemble a fine dust. The coarser the white rice is, the more abrasive it will be on the skin. If your blackheads are tiny, a coarser grind on the rice works best.
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    Add two tablespoons of rosewater to the mixture.
    Blend it into the rice mixture well.
    Ground rice powder.
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    Massage your skin vigorously with the rice scrub, paying special attention to the area that is afflicted with blackheads.
    You can use toothbrush with very soft bristles to accentuate the exfoliating action of the rice.
    Apply the rice scrub to the area of your body that needs treatment.
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    Rinse your face well with cool water and pat gently dry.
    There is no need to wash your face after using this scrub as the rosewater is moisturizing without making your skin oily.
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Method 20: With Raw Tomato Slices

Raw tomato slices can be used to wash your skin clear of blackheads.

Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is a potent antioxidant and healer of the skin. Tomatoes contain Vitamin A, which helps fade scars and smooth out rough skin. The Vitamin C in Raw Tomatoes helps build new collagen and keep the skin elastic and taut. The minerals calcium, potassium and magnesium in tomatoes help the top layers of the skin renew and repair themselves. Tomatoes are also plentiful in B vitamins and fight off the free radical damage caused to the skin by pollution and infections.

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    Cut a raw tomato in half.
    You will be using this as a kind of sponge to wash your face. Using a very fresh, organic tomato is best.
    Cut a raw tomato in half.
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    Use the tomato half thoroughly and swab your skin with it.
    Treat the tomato like you would a sponge. Do this while leaning over a sink or basin, or even in the shower as this can be a drippy, messy process. It is fine to squeeze the juice all over skin and wash with it.
    Get rid of blackheads by rubbing raw tomato directly on your skin.
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    Rinse the tomato juice and debris off of your skin.
    Depending on the area of your body that you used this on, you might have to shower it off.
    Rinse the tomato juice off of your skin.
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    If you like you can wash your skin with a very mild glycerine soap like Neutrogena.
    If your skin does not feel sticky, do not wash your skin at all. The tomato smell on your skin will soon go away if you decide to omit this step.
    If your face feels sticky use a mild oil free cleanser like Neutrogena to clean it.
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    You can wash your skin with a tomato every day.
    Over time your pores will appear cleaner and smaller.
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Tips and Tricks

Mint helps enhance the experience of steaming the blackheads off of your face and turns the experience into aromatherapy.

  • You can cast a handful of mint, eucalyptus or a few drops of citrus or lavender essential oil in the steaming water to enhance the experience of steaming your face.
  • You can use a normal humidifier to steam your face or you can buy small *vaporizors that are specifically meant for use on the face.
  • Be aware that some people suffer from salicylate sensitivity that may cause their skin to suffer from an allergic reaction
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Method 21: Using Medicated Products

Using medicated products can help clear up blackheads fast.
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    Skin Medical.
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    This is a strong, professional remedy with an antiseptic that fights and eliminate bacteria, speeds up healing and eradicate breakouts.
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    Proactive.
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    This powerful, prescription=class cleanser contains benzoyl peroxide, which rapidly penetrates straight into pores to dry them out and eliminates microbes. It works to be a prescription class supplement produced by two major dermatologists.
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    Oxycerin.
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    Oxycerin is an all-natural formula containing a clinically proven blend of 5 percent tea pine oil and also other active ingredients.
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    Acneticin.
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    Acneticin contains 30 natural ingredients and many vitamins that work to help naturally detoxify the entire body, which helps eliminate the acne and hormonal disruptions that can cause blackheads. And it will let you simultaneously nourish your body with necessary vitamins even though also assisting you to balance out and about natural human hormones.
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    Pronexin.
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    This proprietary formula, composed of 33 of the best acne and blackhea fighters, disinfects and shrinks pores, as well as nourishing the top skin layer with natural oils. The product promises to eliminate blackheads within 72 hours of use.
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Tips, Tricks, and Warnings

Using a natural glycerin soap can help prevent blackheads.
  • Use a mild glycerin-based soap on your face to keep it free of surface oils.
  • Get advice from a doctor and a dermatologist about how to treat the blackheads, especially if you suspect they were caused by an underlying medical condition
  • Use oil-free mineral based cosmetics to avoid clogging up your pores
  • Make sure you get plenty of rest and relaxation as stress can provoke outbreaks
  • Never squeeze your blackheads as it causes enlarged pores and skin infection
  • You can strip the comedones of their surface oils by using medicated strips that you stick onto the affected area
  • Use an organic face polish or scrub for eliminating dead skin on your face so that sebum and dead skin flakes do not clog your pores
  • Wash your with warm water to help open up the pores and then rinse your face with cold water to close them
  • Always drink fruit juices and water together because the liquids hydrate your epidermis and the Vitamin C in the juices protect from infection
  • Keep your towels, pillow and all linen very clean to avoid infecting your skin pores
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Questions and Answers

What does the black head or black comedones on palms signify?

Blackhead or black comedones on palm, what and why does it appear? One of the black head ended up as a pustule which had to be drained. What can be the reason for that?

It was probably a small splinter or cut that got infected and not a blackhead. While you can get a blackhead on your hand it is usually rare because the pores on the palm of a hand are different than those on the face or rest of the body.

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Clear/gray bumps that itch are a result of an allergic reaction so if they itch then you touched something you are allergic to. Wash your hands frequently and if you work around wood, wear gloves to avoid splinters which can get infected.

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Can duck-tape remove blackheads?

Can duck-tape remove blackheads or make it worse?. I have tried: Nothing. I think it was caused by: Dirt

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