- Take a warm shower or bath.
- Apply body scrub to the area where you have blackheads. w/ wet hands, massage the body scrub over and around the blackhead plug(s). Rinse and then dry the skin with a towel.
- Wet one cotton ball w/ witch hazel or rubbing alcohol and apply over the blackhead site to disinfect the skin.
- Wet 2 more cotton balls w/ witch hazel or rubbing alcohol. Flatten each cotton ball and wrap one around the tip of each of your middle fingers.
- Looking into the mirror, place the tips of your middle fingers on either side of the blackhead and press toward the plug using gentle, rocking movements.
- Stop as soon as the plug is fully showed.
- Moisten a cotton ball w/ witch hazel or rubbing alcohol and apply to the site to disinfect the pore.
- Allow to air dry before dressing.
If you do not want to take a shower or bath prior to removing blackheads, you can wet a washcloth with warm water and hold it to the area for 3 to 5 minutes. The moist heat loosens the blackhead plug.
Do not use fingernails to pick at or press a blackhead. These can cause scarring or bacteria to the site, causing an infection. If the blackhead is red or swollen, it may be infected. If so, apply an antiseptic cream or ointment to the site after the plug is expressed. Stop pressing as soon as the plug is removed. Never press until blood appears. Blood indicates that the walls of the follicle have been hurt, and this increases the likelihood of infection and prolongs healing time.
Things You'll Need
- Body scrub
- Cotton balls
- Witch hazel or rubbing alcohol