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How to Get Rid of Blackheads

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Girl With Pore Strip On

Blackheads are one of the biggest skin problems that most college-age women face. I’ve gotten quite a few emails asking about how to get rid of blackheads, and I have to say, I used to struggle with them myself!

I have an embarrassing story about how I found out I had blackheads in the first place. I guess you could say I was in “blackhead denial.”

It started out innocently enough – I was hanging out with my boyfriend one weekend, goofing around. All of a sudden, he stared at my face with a scrutinizing look.  Pressing his finger up against my nose, he said “by the way, how do you get rid of those things?” I think you can guess what he meant.

Yes, he was pointing at blackheads. Skin flaws that even I, Ms. Perfectionist, hadn’t  thought about before! I knew I didn’t have perfect skin, but couldn’t believe something so tiny would be noticeable! I was so upset and embarrassed that I not only chewed my boyfriend out for pointing them out, but became completely self conscious about my “blackhead problem.” From then on, I developed a complex (and an intimate relationship with my magnifying mirror) and became obsessed with getting rid of them.

Since that fateful day, I’ve done tons of research, learning what those little black dots on your nose are and how to get rid of them!  Although my boyfriend’s comment partially traumatized me, on the plus side, my skin is looking a lot better now and blackheads are no longer an issue.

If you want to get rid of blackheads yourself, or just want to know how to keep them away, read on!

Tips for Getting Rid of Blackheads

* Check your makeup – The truth is, what you put on to cover blackheads up might actually be causing more of them!  If you wear lots of heavy foundation or use thick face creams, you could be contributing to the problem with your products!  In general, if you have a problem with greasy skin and clogged pores, consider using as few products as you can.  The fewer layers of stuff that you put on your face, the better.

* Lots of water & healthy eating – Cliche’, maybe, but it’s so true.  What you put into your body shows on the outside.  Simple as that.  If you eat lots of greasy crap, your skin is not going to look as good as it would if you ate more veggies and drank more water.

* Use BHA – BHA stands for Beta Hydroxy Acid, which is an exfoliant that removes the dead layer of skin from your face.  If you’ve ever seen a skincare product that contains salicylic acid, that’s BHA.  BHA is important for getting rid of blackheads because it goes into your pores to clean out the excess oil and dead skin cells that make up blackheads.

A great BHA product that I use is Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging Anti Blemish Daily Moisturizer.  I put it on at night after washing my face, and when I wake up, my skin always looks better and better.  I have less blackheads, and as a bonus, my skin is clearer and softer than it was before!

* Do a clay mask once a week – This is only for those of you with oily or combination skin.  Dry skin, obviously, needs all the oil it can get.  Blackheads are partially caused by excess oil on your face, so if you have greasy skin, a good quality clay mask will help sop up some of the grease and keep your pores clearer.  Using it once a week is enough – you don’t want to over-dry your skin, because this could lead to even more problems!

* Don’t bother with a pore strip – First of all, they’re basically useless for getting rid of anything that’s stuck deep in your pores.  Second of all, they can actually damage your skin!  I know these things look like miracle products, but save your money because they aren’t really going to help.

* Squeeze, but do it carefully! - This is one situation where picking your face may actually help instead of making things worse.  Don’t take this as permission to pick at your face all you want!  There is a right and a wrong way to squeeze blackheads and it’s really important that you do it the right way.

First, wash your face with a gentle cleanser. (I like Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.)  Next, cover your face with a warm, wet cloth for 10 to 15 minutes.  Pat your face dry, then wrap tissues around your fingers to prevent slippage.  Use GENTLE pressure to press down then up around the sides of the blackhead.  If nothing happens after one or two tries, stop.  That means the blackhead isn’t ready to come out yet.  Whatever you do, don’t pinch, use your nails or press too hard.  This can damage your skin and might even lead to scars!

* See a dermatologist – If all else fails, a derm can really help you out.  They can prescribe things like Retin-A, antibiotics or Accutane, which can all help with blackheads.  Procedures like microdermabrasion are also said to be effective, but I recommend trying the above steps first because the problem can usually clear itself up without these extreme treatments.

At the end of the day, blackheads are kind of an ongoing battle.  For those of us who are prone to them, light makeup, gentle cleansers and BHA treatments are necessary to get rid of them and keep them away.  There isn’t any magical cure that will rid you of them forever, but taking good care of you skin on an ongoing basis will work wonders.

Have you ever had a problem with blackheads? How do you get rid of blackheads? Do you recommend any products to help with the problem?  Let me know in the comments!

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181 Responses to “How to Get Rid of Blackheads”

  1. 1
    March 24th, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    After you remove the blackhead, clean the area. The pore can get infected, and that’s NEVER pleasant. A Q-tip with rubbing alcohol works fine for me.

    Also, if the towels-on-face thing doesn’t work out for you, it actually works best if you try to remove them after a shower.

  2. 2
    March 25th, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    great advice!

  3. 3
    March 26th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Cadi – Good point. In general though, if you remove the blackhead with really clean hands and use tissues so you don’t touch your face, you’ll probably be fine. At least that’s what I’ve always heard. And that’s true, after a shower is good. You just shouldn’t ever “steam” your face, because then you can weaken your skin and cause conditions like rosacea!

  4. 4
    March 27th, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Agree with Cadi, that you should be very gentle with your skin so not to injure it. causing broken capillaries. Which is why professional facials are great, once a month if you can afford it, with a facialist who knows how to clean the pores gently without damaging your skin. Products to use, according to my dermatologist, include cetaphil to cleanse, Renova everynight (a prescription cream that will slowly eliminate blackheads), and staying out of the sun/wearing sunblock. Sun increases oil production and makes the skin look rough, long after the tan has faded. Blackheads are due to excess oil, which is genetic, so you can’t change the oil, just the way it looks. Facials and gentle treatment is key.

  5. 5
    April 12th, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Thanks for the advice! it seems like i have the worst blackheads in the workd! i hate them

  6. 6
    June 9th, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    cool.thank you

  7. 7
    August 11th, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    You can buy inexpesive tools in the cosmetics sections that help remove balckheads without the worry of fingernail scratches. Light makeup probably isn’t enough. Oil-free foundations, powders, acne concealers, and blushes could be better.

  8. 8
    August 11th, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Oops! Typos! I meant “inexpensive” and “blackheads.” I usually check for typos prior to submitting comments. LOL

  9. 9
    August 14th, 2008 at 8:48 am

    thanks but iv tryed every thing i dont wear makeup and i drink lost of water i dont know what else to do =( i hate them please help mee !!

  10. 10
    August 19th, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Great article. Very informative. I had pimples, nothing that bad, but bad enough to make me self concious, right from hi school to now. My friends say I have great skin but they have no clue what I went thru. Im 39 now, and still see every flaw. I tried so many different things. When I was younger I was so obsessed and would squeeze in front of the mirror with my nails leaving my face red with Nail marks. At times I would squeeze so hard Id go to school with 2-3 random band aids on my face and lie I cut myself shaving. The obsession got worse and worse. Id squeeze promising to stop after I got 1 more good one. Id wash with soap, which often did nothing or made worse. I used Retin-A when I was younger, which did help, but led to other irritations and dry mouth. The one thing I did that seemed to work wonders was microdermabrasion. I went once a month for 2-3 months, and suddenly women were complimenting how flawless my skin was. It was expensive. I paid $300 each time, but my confidence was soooo high, it was worth it. You notice the difference by the second month. I went to aplace in NYC called Ling in Soho. They were expensive, but they did the job. The first time I went, I walked out with $300 of product, which, honestly,as a str8 man, I just couldnt be bothered to use, and really didnt need to despite them telling me. Skip the product, get the microdermabrasion, and you should be good to go. Best to all.

  11. 11
    September 23rd, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    yeah..im younger and everything but like my blackheads are horrible. I use Sea Breeze and all it does is burns. Maybe this advice will help.

  12. 12
    November 5th, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    I’m glad I found this. I’ve had horrible blackheads on my nose for the longest time, but I had no idea how to get rid of them. Like Zephyr said, those pore strips aren’t worth buying because they don’t work! I will have to try the Cetaphyl though, because I have been looking for a mild face wash since I also have rosacea on my cheeks. (I was using things like Sea Breeze and witch hazel but found out I shouldn’t use those because they’re bad for rosacea.) I will have to try Zephyr’s suggestions and see if they help!

  13. 13
    November 28th, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    hey im going to try all of those steps because i hate when people look at me and i know my self it looks gross. black heads are the most horrible thing and yes i am a self concious about them all the time. so hopefully these things will help
    peace

  14. 14
    November 29th, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Yeah.
    I always scratch the blackheads on my nose, and it causes skin to kind of stick straigh up. Then I take tweezers and grab and pull out as many as I can.
    I immediately clean with a Q-tip covered in Blackhead Remover stuff by Clean n’ Clear I think. It’s in a purple bottle.
    It’s kinda cool to see the giant hole in your nose that was filled with the black and yellow stuff. Sometimes it gets rid of the black head, sometimes more come. It just really depends.

    I don’t know, it’s probably not very good for your skin.

  15. 15
    November 29th, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    *straight, sorry.

  16. 16
    December 14th, 2008 at 12:39 am

    haha, katy, i do the exact same thing… it gets addicting picking them out, doesn’t it?!

  17. 17
    January 1st, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Great article, I found it very informative…

    I hate blackheads too!!

  18. 18
    January 3rd, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    hey i hate them to, they are the one thing that makes me feel ugly. :( but i do have a great dermatologist who gave me a perscription called (Stievamycin) i’ve used it for a year now and it helped my skin improve so much it really made a difference. its stinks and can burn if you have dry skin, but just dont apply as much. its a gel that has tretinoin and erythromycin in it. i dont know what that is but its great!

  19. 19
    January 20th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Great tips! I will definitely try a clay mask on my t-zone since the rest of my face is normal/dry. I completely agree with the comments about nose strips. They work to get rid of two or three blackheads, but when you have a lot, it really doesn’t make a difference; it just makes you fill silly to have paper on your nose. My only worry about this article is that accutane is recommended before trying microdermabrasion. Accutane should be the absolute last resort for any type of acne treatment, but especially blackheads. I took accutane for 6 months and it helped me get rid of my cystic acne, but not the blackheads. But the main reason, I would really recommend not using accutane is that there are many unlisted side effects with the prescription (not to mention all of the listed ones like suicidal ideation, depression, hair loss, among many, many more). I didn’t have any problems while taking accutane, but a month after stopping, i started having serious changes in my PMS which are actually characteristic of PMDD and can be extremely serious (vomitting, nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, migranes). It’s horrible and I’m guessing that I will be dealing with these symptoms every month indefinitely.

  20. 20
    January 22nd, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Thanks for the tips. I have horable black heads!
    I’ve tried Clean and Clear blackhead clearing scrub but it didn’t help.
    Clay masks really helped with my acne but not black heads.

  21. 21
    January 22nd, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    I have the inbetween skin somedays oily and somedays dry! My skin is perfect except for my nose area! I have all these really little blackheads all over my nose! Ive tried proactiv and it made it worse! So i started to use pore strips by bior!they made my nose look better for awhile! Then i finally switched to clean n clear morning burst/detoxifying facial cleanser! Then a pore strip then clean n clear moisturizing lotion that doesnt clog pores! I do this every other day but use the lotion whenever needed!and when my skin is oily i use clean n clear astringent! And my skin is cleaner and my blackheads are smaller and arent black! And ive only been doing this for a week! I hope this helps because it did for me!

  22. 22
    January 26th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    do not pick at blackheads! it does leave a gaping hole and some of them will never close up. I know this from experience, as I used to get them a lot more as a teenager and picked at them and I still have some scars. So just try to keep a clean face and be gentle with your skin.

  23. 23
    January 27th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    take a steam shower it works everytime. the facial pours get clogged and the steam opens them up and the sweat cleans the out

  24. 24
    January 27th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Carrie,
    PMDD does not exist. It is not listed as a disorder in the DSM (the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). Sounds crazy I know, we all experience it right? Well, not quite. The pharmaceutical companies produce advertisements to repackage an old drug for a new use, in this case they marketed Sarafem (which is pink coated Prozac) to treat PMDD. They remarket these drugs because its easier for them to find a new use for the drug, than to create a new drug which would take years to gain approval by the FDA. Also, advertising directly to the consumers, women will identify themselves with a disease that doesn’t exist and prod their doctors to prescribing it. What’s the point of this pill then? It may make you feel better, if you’re depressed. With extended use it will negatively affect the production of naturally occurring neurotransmitters in your brain that regulate mood. And well, most importantly the pharmaceutical companies make more money!
    Here’s the article we studied in my premed/psychology classes. Read it for yourself: http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2002/07/disorders.html
    If you are having those horrible problems (nausea vomiting etc), talk to your doctor. Get a correct diagnosis. Get a second opinion. And most importantly, feel better!

  25. 25
    January 30th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I’ve recently started doing the oil cleansing method. . .I was skeptical about putting MORE oil on my face but even after the first time trying it I noticed a huge difference. Read what to do and the logic behind it here . . .http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/ Seriously you will be amazed! I am and have been struggling with blackheads for more than 10 years.

  26. 26
    March 2nd, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Recently, I got so fed up with this one blackhead on my nose that I just spent around an hour trying to pop it. I hadn’t read this or any other FAQ sites, etc. before I attempted it. I’m worried that it will scar… You see, a while ago, I got the “beginning blackhead” as I call it— the kind that starts off small and more like a pimple than a real blackhead (it’s not an actual hole yet, is what I’m saying). I popped that and it reacted the way other acne would, except that it left a bigger spot than before! Now it was looking problematic. I didn’t do anything dramatic, but I did wash my face with Clearasil and wipe it off with the Clearasil cleansing pads for a month or so before I went to bed. A couple days ago I asked my sisters what I should do and both told me to either pop it or leave it alone. “HOW?!” is what I wondered! It’s a hole, not a bump, so how in the heck do you know when you’ve popped the little monster? I managed to squeeze it for a while but it only oozed a little (clear stuff) and caused any other 1st stage blackheads on my nose to pop. Now my nose is shiny and there is a little bit of glistening red skin around where the problem is. Any people with the same problem? I would really appreciate some help, here.
    Thanks.

  27. 27
    March 6th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    great advice i think i am going to this.

  28. 28
    March 14th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Karrie, that is nasty! But I know where you’re coming from.

  29. 29
    March 15th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    i have no idea if it works, but i’ve heard of people using white glue (the kind from kindergarten) and using it as a mask over your blackheads, letting it dry and peeling it off, i guess it would be kind of the same as using the strips, but cheaper, so if you wanted to try it, its a cheap alternative.
    I haven’t done it personally, but a friend heard about it one of those “diy skin care/make up tips” kind of things.

    i have them on my nose, i try not to bother with them, mine arent horribly noticeable, they actually kind of look like freckles because there not really black, if im going out i just cover them up, i think i have given up, the only thing that has worked, is squeezing them, but they always come back. they are a curse. lol.

    best of luck everyone!

  30. 30
    March 20th, 2009 at 6:59 am

    I’ve read so many articles about looking after black-head prone skin and they all said different things… I trust what this article says though, I’ve already found that clay masks help my skin a lot, so I’m going to take it one step further and try a salicylic acid exfoliator. I already drink a lot of water but I’m not so much a healthy eater.. Still working on that!

    I just need to learn not to pick them – mine get worse after squeezing them, no matter what I do to sterilise the pore afterwards.

    Thanks for the advice!

  31. 31
    March 28th, 2009 at 12:05 am

    I have a huge black head problem. I have them on my nose and chin and cheeks and back and chest. They are the most horoble things! Mine are huge you can see them from 5 meters away litteraly. Ive tried steaming my face each night for a couple of weeks. Ive tried pro active and all clean and clear and clearasil and avon products but nothing works. Can someone help me out here i would really appricate it

  32. 32
    April 2nd, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    I have terrible blackheads on my chin, nose and in between my eyebrows. they STINK. i believe i am getting the clean and clear blackhead eraser sometime this week. i hope that helps

  33. 33
    April 7th, 2009 at 5:35 am

    i would not use retina A, as i was prescribed it and it completly dried out my skin skin on like day 3 of using it it took 2 week for my skin to return to normal (with me slathering hydating serums, tuns of cream and galllons of water), even now i notice my skin dries out where i had put the Retina A on.

  34. 34
    April 15th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    I’ve had asne and blackhead problems for as long as I can remember. My sister has beautiful skin but I was the chosen one to receive this curse. My mother makes fun of me for it and it really tears me down. I go through so many tubes of concealer to try and cover them up. It helps but I wish I didn’t have to in the first place. You see all of these beautiful women on tv that appear flawless and it just makes me feel worse about myself. I definately will try this and hope that it works. Thank you for taking the time to do this, it means a lot.

  35. 35
    April 15th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    oops, I meant acne =)

  36. 36
    April 21st, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I don’t have time to read all the comments, so if someone else put this sorry for the repeat…but here’s a great recipe to get rid of black heads!!!

    1/2 Teaspoon Knox unflavored gelatin (should be available in the Jello aisle most likely sold on the top shelf above the flavored gelatins)
    1 Teaspoon of milk
    Stir together and microwave for 10 seconds to warm. Using a clean cosmetic brush (I use my foundation brush) apply the mixture somewhat heavily to your nose and chin avoiding your eyes. Wash out your brush right away so that it doesn’t harden and ruin the bristles. Let it dry for approximately 20 minutes to completely harden. Once its completely dry simply peel off the strip and voila…clean pores at next to NO cost at all!

    that is from megsmakeup.com

  37. 37
    May 3rd, 2009 at 12:02 am

    thanks, i have had blackheads for a long long long time, and i have tried everything. when i do the mask, they seem to pop up again in the morning, sometimes they are gone but they come back again. it is so annoying and so embarrasing. i am going to try the heated face thing, and the popping, aha, that sounds gross, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

  38. 38
    May 12th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    DO NOT popp the black or white heads on your face, expecially nose!!! NEVER!!!
    I used to do that all the time when I was younger. It would help for a while but black heads would always come back anyway.
    But the worst thing is now, after years of doing all that popping, I damaged the skin on my nose and now it is covered with hippible RED thread veins and there is big RED spot (broken cappilaries). I hate myself for all that popping, it was stupiest thing to do. Tomorrow I am going to dermatologist for laser treatment !
    Everybody should be extremly gentle with your skin. Also need to be careful if your wear glasses and sunglasses, they must not be too tight on your nose, it will cause broken thread veins or broken cappelaries.

  39. 39
    May 20th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Awesome advice my mom and me just spent over like 2 and half hours trying to get a black head in my ear out. Do you know how painfull it is to have a black head in your ear?! IT HURTS, and the sad thing about this was we still didnt get it out. I will try that clay mask thing because my skin is super super oily.

  40. 40
    May 30th, 2009 at 3:40 am

    Wow.
    i thought i was the only one experiencing this problem!
    I never get to notice anyone who has it, or atleast not as bad as mine that it actually become noticeable.
    My friends kept teasing me just because the ‘black dots’ in mi nose :(
    Anyway, thanks for the post! I really like this site. So awesome.

  41. 41
    June 7th, 2009 at 8:05 am

    I try b4,but my blackheads like it too deep that won’t come out…..
    Even, I use the like metal that can take out the blackheads too, also can’t!

    My nose really looks worst cause the blackheads is covering on!!!!!
    Any suggestion for it??

  42. 42
    June 15th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    I found that the only way I get rid of blackheads is by using a seaweed mask from The Body Shop. I’ve tried other masks, I’ve used the clean and clear blackhead scrub, the biore strips, the st. ives blackhead clearing scrub, etc …. this is the only thing I found to work.

    Thanks for addressing such an issue though! I always secretly hated people when they told me the biore strips worked for them! lol

  43. 43
    June 26th, 2009 at 2:06 am

    blackheads are my biggest skin problem, and it’s true, pore strips are useless. the best solution is to have a facial, they prick the blackheads out. nothing else ever works for me. don’t underestimate those little suckers, they’re actually very noticeable. my trauma moment was when my friend told me to use this cream because i had black dots on my nose. ever since, i’ve been getting a facial once a month.

  44. 44
    June 27th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Hello, I had a hard time with blackheads and I tried everything in the store and was prescribed a fix by my doctor which failed greatly. I then found Mary Kay online at http://www.marykay.ca/llafrance/ and within a week I found a major improvement. I have used and am using velocity which is a cleanser & exfoliant, 3 in 1 cleanser, moisturizer, bronzing cream, eye cream and several other body washes and creams that have rid myself of blackheads AND left my skin soft and glowing. Highly recommend to everyone as they have products for all skin types!

  45. 45
    July 2nd, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Hey, Im kinda really stuck here, cos, basically, I (like the story here!) didnt think I had any blackheads, until my sister, who was looking over my shoulder one eem suddenly turned ehr head to look at my face, and said you’ve got nose blackheads, and I was like argh!? Cos they suddenly became really noticable ad I relasied I had HUNDREDS of them ALL voer my nose, down in the corners, etc, I have tried the trick with baking soda and wate,r on my nose, then follwed by a bit oif aloe er awhioch I use in palce of a mostoriser and it mostorises anyway apprm and I drink lotsa water etc. But can some1 PLEASE give me a tip, Ive tried the whole egg white, thing too and so far NOTHING has wrked, tried 2 pore strips, lol, but have vowed to not try them again a have read they rip your skin. I am….debating weather to try honey? Anyone ttrid this and had any luck?! Please reply, need help! xxxxxxxxxx

  46. 46
    July 6th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    You guys should try an asprin face mask!
    Asprin actually contains salicylic acid and it won’t ruin your skin. The great part is you can pick asprin up really cheap (Just make sure you get the uncoated stuff).
    First wash your face and then all you need to do is sprinkle a few drops, and I mean only a few drops of water on about 3 asprin tablets and then mix it with some honey. The honey forms a glue but is also really good for your skin. Apply on your face and leave for about 15 minutes, when you wash it off, gently exfoliate at the same time because there will be little grainy bits from the asprin which will help lift out those blackheads. Once you’ve washed it off don’t forget to close your pores with some toner or ice and then moisturize. Your skin will feel super soft and look a lot clearer. I recommend you use it about once a week, I do and it’s helped me a lot!
    Good luck guys and keep up the awesome blog!

  47. 47
    July 8th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Thanks for the advice, hope it works. I didnt even know you could squezze blackheads. fingers crossed i can get rid of mine.

  48. 48
    July 9th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Ive been reading all of the comments and its made me feel better that im not the only person with this problem. i hav loads of blackheads and i cant get rid of them. so im going to try and drink loads of water and detox and buying some good product that will hopefully work!

  49. 49
    July 24th, 2009 at 7:06 am

    Hey, I’ve been reading almost everything and theres all this conflicting advice.
    I’m 15 and I’ve got really bad blackheads they go all the way to the top of my head to the bottom of my chin everywhere. My mom and I have done almost evrything.
    Steaming
    Pore Strips
    Honey mask
    Egg mask
    Clay mask
    nothing gets rid of it and the only way now seems to be a very expensive treatment which we just do not have the money for . This is sad I know.Theres just no end to them.

  50. 50
    August 17th, 2009 at 5:59 am

    Im 13 and i have such terrible blackheads I often end up just staying inside all day with either a heap of makeup on or none at all, it really depends on how much my acne is showing. I have tried everything i can, my mom says that if i just leave them alone and keep washing my face they’ll go -obviously they wont, i find myself glued to the mirror all the time, picking at even the tiniest of impurities. Scrubs, washes, nothing seems to work on me. Am I immune to all types of treatment or something?! Aha I hope not, does anyone know if theres a cheap acne/blackhead cream that still works but thats not like $30 even though thats not really that much when you think about it, if it doesnt agree with my skin, I rather spend $5-$10. Thanks for the advice anyway though.

    Oh and can i get the names of some Oil-free foundations, powders, acne concealers, and blushes please anyone? x

  51. 51
    August 22nd, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    thanks so much i am only 13 but ur advice helped alot and i am sorry about ur boyfriend pointing them out that had to of sucked i would have died but if he wouldnt have pointed them out you wouldnt have helped me so thanks so much!!!

  52. 52
    August 29th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    iam 13 years old and i have a ploblem with blackheads since i was 11! my mom says to put mexican sugar with lemon and scrub that will help the wash it but dont go out in the sun after you do it

  53. 53
    August 29th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    First time I became extremely self-conscious about my blackheads is after one night of not scrubbing my face. It was at school and I met one of my friends at her locker and she was grabbing stuff, then turned to me quick all up close to say something. She looked at me and said “Whoa! Your nose looks like a strawberry with all those black heads”

    I was sooo mortified!

    I now religiously scrub my face. :P

  54. 54
    September 25th, 2009 at 5:45 am

    hey i’ve got a question… when Cadi said to rub your nose with alcohol after squeezing your blackhead i was just wondering what type of alcohol i’m still quite young so i dont know what types of alchol to use so some one reply me please!!

  55. 55
    October 2nd, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    all i have to say is that ive been using proactive for months and i may keep pimples away but it does absolutly nothing for blackheads.

  56. 56
    October 7th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Great artical.
    Contary to many of these replies,Biore strips work for me. Last night.. or the night before. (forgot.. XD) I used a Biore strip,kept it on for 15 minutes,took it off and it was amazing how many it removed. :)

  57. 57
    October 8th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Thank you for the advice. I’ve always been asking around on how to get rid of blackheads but always the same answer; eat well, wash your face with soap and water but all of that didnt seem to work but now I know the cure to my blackhead nightmare. Thanks alot.

  58. 58
    October 11th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    I used to pick at them with my nails and did end up with some worse, more noticable blemishes because of it. just this morning i used the new neutrogena deep clean cleanser. then i used a blackhead removal scrub by neutrogena and i just kept scrubbing and scrubbing. all of a sudden, i had no more blackheads. which is amazing because ive been struggling with them for …forever! and now, just today, in one use, it is gone! amazing! im so happy.

  59. 59
    October 12th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Amanda,
    PMDD does exist and is included in the most recent version of the DSM-IVTR under the category, Depressive Disorder – not otherwise specified.

    Also,
    I use a Blackhead Removal Tool to get rid of my blackheads and it works great, especially on my nose where it can be hard to squeeze with my fingers. I usually use it after I take a shower so my pores are open. Years ago I tried to use one by Revlon, and it didn’t work well, but recently I got one by Japonesque from ULTA and it is amazing! I started by doing a small area each night until they were all gone. My nose is so much clearer since I started using it. =)

  60. 60
    October 14th, 2009 at 2:26 am

    This is the best method for my skin and I’ve tried everything!
    I read about using mineral oil and It worked incredibly. First, before any face treatment you attempt, steam your face to prepare the skin. My particular blackhead problem is difficult because I live in the desert and even so, dry skin is my genetics. So all the recommendations about the cleansers to clean out blackhead were just aggravating my skin.
    I steam my face, with a washcloth or soft papertowel I massage in mineral oil especially where the blackheads are. The mineral oil softens the sebum and when I just wash my face the blackheads aren’t black anymore and my T-zone looks instantly better. This is a good time for the blackhead spoon; it wont drag and scratch your skin.After that, using a clay mask will draw more of the blackheads or sebum out. I use witch hazel as the astringent. Diluted apple cider vinegar works well too.
    The rest of the problem is my big pores which will not get smaller if the blackheads do not come out.
    My doctor wrote a prescription for a tube of .5% Retin-A. 1% is pretty strong.
    I use the cream after everything else and before my moisturizer and sometimes to bed.
    Eventually, the routine of softening the blackheads, the removal, and the cream will clean out my pores and allow them to shrink up pretty well.
    I have tried every thing there is, even proactive to dermabrasion treatments and absolutely none of it works.

    I was on my way to my first chemical peel at 31 because the blackheads could not be remedied. This at home process will certainly buy me some time.
    The Retin-A cream also helps improve the appearance of fine wrinkles.
    If you look closely in bright lights, after applying the cream, it will look like oil is rising from your pores. Kind of like when you microwave cheese. Its melting that schmeg jammed in your pores.

    I do not use expensive face wash or lotion. Olay works best for me. Traditional wash and face lotion for sensitive skin. As far as makeup, I use bare minerals, never a liquid.

  61. 61
    October 19th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    never mess with blackheads on your nose. you will end up either having red spots or actually taking off some skin which will leave to scaring (experience) im experimenting with ways to prevent blackheads right now. i heard that actually shaving cream helps. (weird i know) u just pick out any shaving cream put it on the infected spot leave it on over night and rinse in the morning. im not sure if it will work
    if i find a method that works really good i will be sure to let you guys know.

  62. 62
    October 21st, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    My mum used to be a beauty theripist, and she seems to think that its okay to squeeze out the blackheads, as long as you do it properly. Clay masks and steaming both work, and for some reason ( idont know why as you would think that it would have the opposite effect), applying E45 cream each night. :s, anyone know why???

  63. 63
    October 23rd, 2009 at 6:40 am

    IM wondering,
    i have a sauna in my house. Will that be good for spots and blackheads?

  64. 64
    October 25th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    I’m 29 years old and I’m battling acne. I have never had it before has spent thousands of dollars on products that do not work. I’m so ready to give up..
    My husband says that I’m beautiful no matter what. I want to feel the same way.
    I just tried a new product by Neutrogena, its called Blackhead Eliminating scrub.
    but its almost like it made my face worst. I am really lost here, and I know what works for some people may not work for others. I’m not trying to complain, I’m just wanting my clear skin back..lol

  65. 65
    November 11th, 2009 at 12:47 am

    How do you close your pores after squeezing the blackheads out?!

  66. 66
    November 11th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Try Aspirin. Put two in your hand and a little bit of water (a little bit!) and a bit honey or aloe vera. Put the paste on your face, leave it for 15-20 minutes and massage it for 5 minutes and then wash it out. Don’t forget moisturizer.

    Some people think this works. It might, but to me it just makes me backheads lighter and smaller, and makes my skin smooth like silk. But it might do miracles to some of you.

    You can also try the cat litter thing. Google it, it’s a bit too complicated to re write ;P

  67. 67
    November 23rd, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    i have really bad black heads around my nose which are hard to get at, and they are huge i also have spots that reoccur just as they go i have tried so many different things fro my blakcheads i have given up i tried facemasks, clean and clear, steaming, different scrubs, and oxygen NOTHING works i am 13 what can i do where can u find a dermatoloagist and has anyone tried one? do they work? x

  68. 68
    November 24th, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    For the longest time, I’ve struggled with acne in general.. A few weeks ago, my face got better, as in: no more pimples! And right when that relief set in, so did the black heads… Picking is just so addictive, and painful. I’ve sat in the mirror I don’t know how long, maybe an hour or to and hour and a half. Just picking away! My hands just get so buisy, and in the end I feel terrible, because my face is so red, and just disgusting looking. My boyfriend, I love him to death, but I know he’s looking at my black heads.. My self confidence is terrible, and he tells me I’m beautiful, like, EVERYDAY, but I can never take his complement because of how embarassed I am about my problem… This will come in handy. Thank You!

  69. 69
    November 26th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    I have a whole bunch of little blackheads… that i really don’t care about cuzzz you really cant see em… but then i have this one huge one!! my mom keeps on tryin to squeeze and im like oh my gosh you’re hurting me!! now i have a big red blob on the side of my nose, and it really stands out, but my skin is really sensative and peels when i use stuff especially made for blackheads…. well i am 13, but anyways its not goin away!! HELP!

  70. 70
    December 3rd, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    I’ve got black heads on my and my name

  71. 71
    December 16th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Yeah I just started to get blackheads a few months ago, and they really bug me! They’re small, but I hate them. This advice helped me because I had nooo idea what to do about them. I realize blackheads are normal for teens, but I just want flawless skin. Right now…I kind of have a long way to go lol. Hopefully this will help.

  72. 72
    January 1st, 2010 at 2:37 am

    This was a great help. Strange to say I’ve had blackheads since i was in teh thrid grade (8 years old OMG!) they weren’t really noticeable till the 4th grade and a girl in my class pointed them out in the lunch line. It sorta laid low for the fifth grade and flared up and i had a buncha pimples around the sixth grade before i leaned how to pop them. I used a pore strip once in the sixth grade and learned how to pop and nows its pretty good cuz my skin is sorta tough

  73. 73
    January 3rd, 2010 at 12:41 am

    does this work? i really hope so im 13 and im about to go to high school well if i pass 8th grade but i want to work on myself before i go to high school one main problem is my blackheads and zits they cover my face so im going to try this and i really hope it works

  74. 74
    January 10th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Ok well i just got my first balckhead and i have been trying to get rid of it!! i dont wnna pinch it cuz yall are saying it leaves scars….anyways HELP!!:)

  75. 75
    January 16th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Hey! I am struggling with black heads that get about the size of a water bottle cap! Well okay not THAT big but I get them about the size of 2 centimeters, to the point were i can see the tips of them on my nose~ I picked one off today and it resulted in a hole!
    HELP
    btw : i have used : ponds, cetaphil,natural advantage and neutragena!

  76. 76
    January 19th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Thanks for very detailed information, I have been searching the Internet for a long time but this information is invaluable, because I’m tired of having blackheads. Also I found other websites that talk about this subject that could help supplement: RIDBLACKHEADS.BLOGSPOT.COM

  77. 77
    January 19th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    OMG!my nose is filled with blackheads and im young so cant go buying all this stuff my friend sed rubbing acohol so im going to try tht let ya kno how it works:)

  78. 78
    January 22nd, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    I’ve had a problem with blackheads since puberty and I am 27 now. I don’t know if you have ever heard of Arbonne, but if you haven’t I just want to tell you it is amazing product. I have been using it for 2 years now and my skin looks and feels amazing. I use the Re 9 line and it not only gets rid of blackheads but it also makes your skin younger looking. It is very expensive product though but it’s worth every penny. Its not so much if you become a member. There are 5 steps to this line, the hydrating face wash, rejuvinating mist, renewal serum, a day and night creme, and the eye creme. This whole line totals to $367 from catalog, and $250 at member price and this line will last 9-12months. Well worth it!!!!

  79. 79
    January 23rd, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I found that neutrogena’s blackhead eliminating daily scrub worked really well, after a day my blackheads were almost gone! but i use dermalogica medibac and i think the two were a bad mix, my skin came out with loads of spots after. If you’re using another set of products, try not to mix them :)
    Great article by the way x x

  80. 80
    January 28th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Good advice. Only thing I didn’t like is the cleaner, cetaphil cleaner. My derm. doctor told me to try it. I tried it but it burns. I like to use clean and clear cleaner. I had this problem since when I was 14. I’m 28 now and still fighting it. :(

  81. 81
    January 30th, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    I have this really great tip that works so well it’s crazy!
    so, first, you cut up some tomatoes into cubes and freeze them.
    then, once they’re frozen, you just rub them onto your face where ever you have blackheads.
    then your blackheads will really be gone! forever!
    it’s because of some acids in tomatoes that clean out your pores really well. i don’t really know how it works but i got it from a video on youtube. i started doing it when i was 15 and now i’m 26 and my skin looks great!
    (but don’t use tomatoes if you’re allergic (; )

  82. 82
    February 7th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    I find using cornflour on your face? a thin llayer with a clean foundation brush is good.

    It gets rid of the oil without drying your skin out?

    It works well for spots and black heads, i am sixteen so obs have issues with my skin?

    going on the pill has really helped out my skin as well.

    I have to use clearasil now? as if i dont even for a day i break out like mad? but it really isnt helping, but i cant handle another breakout mentally so it’s just not good, does anyone have any reccomendations for that issue?

  83. 83
    February 18th, 2010 at 2:15 am

    If you find yourself obsessively picking out blackheads, check out: http://www.stoppickingonme.com/

  84. 84
    February 23rd, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    There is no cure but I have bad blackheads on my nose and this is what has helped. I have tried everything.. Use Mario Badescu Silver Powder rub in let dry. Shower scrub then use a noise strip. Also try a peel mask.. I Look for Asian products because they seem to know about blackheads and oily skin. I find things on EBay also look for black noise strips and lighting cream. If you can’t get them out die them the same color as your skin.. Good luck.

  85. 85
    February 25th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    If you have had skin problems for years and you need to get on top of them, there are a number of things you can do, especially in regards to how to remove blackheads.

    First of all, if you’re someone who needs to know how to remove blackheads, realize that you’re not alone. A lot of people have this problem, men and women alike. And because they can get worse during hormonal swings, they can strike at any time during your life.

    • Clean the skin with mild soap and water morning and evening. It is recommended that this routine is not carried more than four times a day, as it may dry out the skin significantly.

    • Dry the face, back or pressure affected areas with a towel, never carving.

    • Use the special cleaners for the face (astringent lotions) should have very oily skin, since only then is it possible to remove impurities that soap can not remove.

    More information to RID BLACKHEADS on a website:

    http://www.ridblackheads.blogspot.com

  86. 86
    March 8th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Man i don’t no but i will give it a try and another thing, do have any like tips on how to get a flat belly and lose my love handles.

  87. 87
    April 17th, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Hey! this website seems to be veryyy helpful, haven’t tried the technique yet but i hope it works! people have said picking off blackheads results in a hole…ahhhh! i hope not:( i have blackheads in the corner of my nose and a bit on my chin so i hope this works! thanks for the advice yall!

  88. 88
    April 19th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    im going to try the tomatoo thing i hope it works. i always had black heads but i was sittin in my truck today and i noticed how bad they are. i absolutley cannot get my pores to open!!!!!! i am on acutane and it makes your pores shrin all to hell. it sux!!!!!! wish me luck

  89. 89
    April 27th, 2010 at 12:35 am

    My name is Ashley I’m 20 years old, I have really OILY skin, I find I get a lot of blackheads, On the nose, Cheeks, an Chin area, I use a lot of different products for my face like Clean & Clear OIL FREE Daily Pore Cleanser I like to switch between that an Biore Pore Perfect Shine Control Foaming Cleanser, Then I’ll use, Clean & Clear Blackhead Clearing SCRUB EXFOLIANT, Biore Pore Perfect Triple Action Astringent that’s OIL FREE, Because I have really sensitive skin, I use Spectro HydraCare Facial MOISTURIZER Blemish-Prone Skin for soft, smooth, healthy-looking skin that is Hypoallergenic Fragrance Free Colour-free Non-greasy & Non-comedogenic but I don’t use it everyday sometimes I’ll just wash my face with the Biore Pore Perfect SHINE CONTROL foaming Cleanser that’s Oil Free in the shower I’ve never really tried any other way to get rid of my blackheads wich is kinda insane, I useally just squeez them out but I know it’s bad to do, Anyone have any idea’s as to what I should try let me know it would be greatly appreciated thanks.

  90. 90
    April 27th, 2010 at 1:45 am

    (ASHLEY) that last message was for you ashley …just keep doin what your doin clearin and cleaning

    the padss are amazinggg… they;ll dry out your oily skin so itll be normal and that way blackheads wont show up at all and within a month you´ll only have a handfull of zits to worry about instead of every pore on your facee =P hahaha jus let me know how it goes, if you need help babyjay3055@hotmail…

  91. 91
    April 27th, 2010 at 1:54 am

    (angel) heyy hahaha im studing 2 b a personal trainer and the best way to lose your love handles would be to grab a long stick and place it ontop of your shoulders and work up and down side to side this works the sideabs or rib fat ….but the beest is running run a full 45 min. without stopping once a week and im shure your going to feel lighter by the time you stop
    you dnt need to sprint just make shure you dnt stop keep moving no mater what once a week and i garentee alot of fatburn

  92. 92
    April 28th, 2010 at 4:53 am

    (JASON) So do you think what I am doing is great an have any tips on things I should or should not use or do maybe?

  93. 93
    May 3rd, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I have stubborn blackheads on my nose and some equally stubborn whiteheads on my forehead. From what I’ve read on this site and others, I am going to try this method (http://www.ehow.com/how_4668750_rid-deep-stubborn-blackheads.html) using products I already own. Also, I will try and have a facial once a month and pick up some cleansing wipes for when I’m really run off my feet.

    I use St. Ive’s Apricot Scrub in the shower, Dove cleanser and toner after wards, then Dove’s Essential Nutrients Day Cream as a moisturiser. My make-up consists of face powder, lipbalm and lipstick! We’re all gorgeous naturally so there’s no need to cake on the make up unless you’re going out on the town!

    MOST IMPORTANT TIP:
    Make sure your cleansers are PH balanced. If the PH of our skin is unbalanced, our skin produces more oil causing these suckers. Products that are should carry a label saying “PH Balanced”. You might need to research into your favourite products to find out.

  94. 94
    May 5th, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    hey, ususally i have “good” skin somedays then the next day i break out horribly! blackheads and such! i’m going on vacation in august and REALLY want my skin to look flawless! i will try these steps, but i also wanted to know what you can do to get your skin really smooth? because my skin gets really dry and flaky, mainly on my nose and around my nose and especially my forhead and above my brows!!!! it’s sooo anooying trying to put on makeup and i have flaky skin! even though i scrub the crap out of it with exfoliants or lotion, and i don’t understand why my skin is dry and i have pimples and blackheads, and somedays my skin is oily?!!!! when i do this my skin gets even more dry! this has led me to be very self-concious and i literally obssess over it, spending hours at a time in front of the mirror trying to make my skin look better! so do you have any advice? and thanx for the black-head tips, i’ll be sure to try them! :)

  95. 95
    May 27th, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Usually using a face mask at night before I go to bed helps unclog my pores and clear blackheads.

  96. 96
    June 14th, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Hey im 15 year old boy. Ive had acne sinse i was 14 and now my acne is gone but i have some blackheads which really pisses me off i would like some1 to give me a great advice or a way that works.

  97. 97
    June 14th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Hey im 15 year old with dry skin and i have black heads can some1 who has been trough these things help me out please.
    Thanks

  98. 98
    June 19th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I’m 16 and I had blackheads when I was 14 and 15. All I have to say is go to this website:

    http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/

    it explains everything. it really worked for me and my skin looks amazing nowadays :) at first it was weird putting more oil on my face, but now it’s kinda relaxing haha.

    good luck to everyone :D

  99. 99
    June 22nd, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Heyy i use proactive and i have pimple and blackhead problems but ever since I’ve been using this product everything has been fading away but it’s never fully gone away though but I’m going to keep using it and hope that it fully does.And before I go another product that really works is ambi black soap,it has worked wonders for my face and thank you for the advice Zephyr it has really helped me alot!!!

  100. 100
    June 30th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    hey…. im like 14 i dont wanna pop anyone of them because i have so freaking many… i cant go to the store and get some expensive meddicated wash and dont realy get the whole washclothe thing … SOMEONE [PLEASE] HELP ME… blackheads are so unattractive and nasty!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  101. 101
    June 30th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Kiana to Kayla:I understand that you cannot go to the store and get some expensive medicated wash but there are many other ways to get rid of blackheads and pimples.I have a way that can make you look alot better is breaking an egg and stiring and then use it as a face mask.You keep the mask on for at least 15mins.and then wipe of ur face.But before you do this wash your face with some kind of soap(like black soap) to clean your face.Another tecnique that I use is after I wash my face I rub some achohol on my face and just let it dry and it really dries up those pimples. Some girls make a mistake of not using hot or warm water on their skin but it really makes a difference.And last but not least you always need to keep your face mosturized with some kind of cream or lotion.Keep these steps up and your guarenteed to see results.~Luv Kiana~

  102. 102
    July 1st, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    For those of you who don’t mind squeezing them, a product i found that helps is Mario Badescu whitening mask. Its a messy white powder. You get a cotton ball wet, dip it in the powder and put it on your nose, or wherever you have blackheads. then you let it dry for 15 min and take it off with water or estringent. This really helps to “loosen” the blackheads. I found its so much easier to get them out after using this product. i use an extractor. its not a miracle worker, but it helps.

  103. 103
    July 1st, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    I have posted here before and previously I found the best way to get rid of blackheads was to use a blackhead removal tool; however, this took a lot of time and was painful. I also feared I could be damaging my skin because the pressure I was using. But someone named Mandy recently posted a link with a method called the Oil Cleansing Method. Let me just say this is awesome! It’s like it just melts the blackheads away. I don’t have oily skin, but I was still wary of rubbing oil all over my face. And after reading about why it works, it makes perfect sense. So I decided to try it. I saw instant improvement. After about two weeks doing this about every three days, my blackheads are pretty much gone!! I will definitely continue with this! And it is cheap!!

  104. 104
    July 9th, 2010 at 12:33 am

    heyy, your right pore strips dont work, but drinking tons of water &eating right does, i also found that in shower facials help tons because it steams open your pores and helps the gunk get out, you may also want to try loriel 360 deep clean it works amazingly my pores were never clearer !

  105. 105
    July 27th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    In case anyone reads this, go to a licensed medical aesthetician. They will extract the blackheads as well as any other acne without ANY scarring or damage. They use a special technique. I go once a month and it works wonders. :)

  106. 106
    August 15th, 2010 at 12:14 am

    hii , i would like to know, to make your own pores strips , does it matter if the Jello powder is NOT unflavoured . . ?

  107. 107
    August 20th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    i agree. how do you make this blog area?

  108. 108
    August 20th, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    okay im 13 and have blackheads,there so freakin gross! and when you try to squeeze them.it always leaves my nose red. i have blackheads on my chin also and those are really hard for me to pop.im currently using proactive&it makes your skin feel great,but unfortunately it does not get rid of blackheads.before that i was using some acne treatment from nuetrogena(it was a like a step thing but i forgot what it was called)and it didnt work either.i am going to try the tomato thingy&pray that it works:)

  109. 109
    August 21st, 2010 at 3:33 am

    Imperfectioj- I have tried both flavored jello and unflavored. Flavored does not work, but the unflavored jello works perfectly! Look for the brand “Knox” as they sell unflavored gelatin that creates the paste you need for the strips. But be warned: It is SUPER nasty smelling. It’s like a mix of warm throw up and baby poop. Just try and breathe through your mouth. Also don’t leave the strip on for too long! I only needed to leave mine on for about 8 minutes before I could safely peel it off. Leave it on for too long and you will more than likely peel tear your healthy skin. Good luck!

  110. 110
    November 8th, 2010 at 2:00 am

    nop,,,,, it dint worked at all
    popping these pimples is easiear than wasting money on medicines..

  111. 111
    November 18th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    During a trip overseas in London (I love London) and I was running out of my regular face wash… I stopped into this lovely salon, and they recommended the Shielo Anti-Aging Complexion Scrub. I picked up at the store, and I ordered one online from Shielo’s website.

    I love this stuff. After just a few days of using it I noticed my skin became so clean and it not only eliminated all my blackheads (and I do mean all) a my skin also began to exude a youthful glow that I hadn’t seen since I was a kid. The only con to my experience would have to be that after a couple weeks my skin dried up a little, but a few days of giving this scrub a break and I was back to using it not to mention I have not had one pimple since using this regularly!

  112. 112
    December 11th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    My mom thougth me this amazing at home sugar facial that works like a charm.
    Things you will need:
    1) sugar
    2) bar soap (perferbly non scented)
    3) and one half of a lime or lemon.

    So the first thing you do is wash your face with the bar of soap, after doing that dont wash the soap off yet instead scrup some sugar all over your face especially in problem areas. Let the sugar mask on your face for a minute or 2. Once you feel the mask getting hard wash your face off and after you dry it off pat some of the lemon/lime juice all over your face (it will sting a bit). And finally your done and left with a clean smooth face =-)

  113. 113
    January 3rd, 2011 at 9:58 am

    i have went down n read like everyones comments and i have tried most of these and non work. if anyone has anymore advice please HELP ME.

    good advice,

    * dont pick
    * and look out cus sum creams that are surpose to help make things worse
    * dont squeeze
    * try not to stress bout them as anoying as they are, by stressing makes more apear.

    GOOD LUCK PEEPS!

  114. 114
    January 5th, 2011 at 11:53 am

    i’ve been a fan of aspirin masks for quite some time now. they are great to treat skin flaws like blackheads, pimples, redness and even acne. how to do it is easy to find on youtube since there are hundreds of tutorials about it. even though i love these aspirin masks, i hate that it takes so much time. in order for the BHA to work, you have to leave it on for 15 min (anything less will not work properly) and you can’t do it more than once a week because your skin will start being tolerant and it won’t work anymore.
    so, i tried an alternative. it doesn’t take as long as the mask, and you can use it more specificaly than the mask. you have to use aspirin tablets. instead of mixing the aspirin with other products like honey or your favourite facial cleanser, you can actually just resolve it in a bit of water and use a cotton swab. with this alternative you only need one tablet instead of 4 or 5.
    if you have a pimple you can dip the cotton swab in the solution and hold it on your pimple for 1 min. it reduces the redness and the swelling.
    if you want to treat your blackheads, you can also dip your cotton swab and scrub the aspirin onto your blackhead area. the gritty texture can be a little rough on your skin so it’s important to use a good moisturizer afterwards. this treatment is for night-time use only, since your skin can be a little red afterwards.
    i hope this is useful ^^
    (and i’m sorry if there are some spelling errors, i’m working on it!)

  115. 115
    March 1st, 2011 at 11:09 am

    try using the eye of a bobby pin and pressing down around it after taking a hot shower it works. I even got some out without steaming or showering…:)

  116. 116
    March 1st, 2011 at 11:29 am

    *Blackheads out. OH, and I got this from elsewhere on the internet and tried it; and if it is hurting you to press the bobby pin around the blackhead, you are most likely damaging the tissue, so stop! also, sanatize the bobby pin if possible:)

  117. 117
    March 6th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    If you ever in your life get a blackhead in your ear; the easiest and best way to get it out is by taking the round end of a bobby pin, place it over that pore and squeeze down until it gushes out. Works every time! :D

  118. 118
    May 10th, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Even though I’m 33 and I generally lost my acne years ago I’ve still got a really blackhead covered nose and area around it which doesn’t seem to go no matter what I use.

  119. 119
    May 26th, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I am 26 with pretty fair skin and I have had blackheads on my chin and nose for years, (as long as I can remember). I have read many reviews about the Shielo Complexion Scrub and I don’t think they are doing this product justice. After using Shielo’s Complexion Scrub, from their Anti-Aging category, for only 3 days, I have already seen an improvement and not just a little improvement, but a major one.

    Most of my blackheads have completely been removed. I understand it may not work for all people but I have and will continue to recommend this product to anyone who will listen. P.S. If you are gonna try it, get it online, because I paid 3 times the price when I bought it in the store.

  120. 120
    May 30th, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Hey

    Thanks so much for this site, great stuff. I really enjoyed reading through your page and I’ll check back soon for more information

    Thanks again

    Mark

  121. 121
    June 25th, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I suggest drinking barley tea as often as you would drink water. The reason for this is because it’s WAY cheaper and it’s 10x more effective. I had really bad acne since middle school and since I started drinking barley tea as much as I do it improved my skin texture, took away most of my acne and eliminated my black head problem. not to mention it also helped with my oiliness as a whole. Really good and pretty cheap in the long run considering visits to the dermatologist and how much that could cost. Just saying.

  122. 122
    August 8th, 2011 at 2:51 am

    I heard that Tea Tree Oil works. And I used it and it did work!!!!

  123. 123
    October 19th, 2011 at 3:13 am

    I was wondering about the “Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging Anti Blemish Daily Moisturizer” since I use BB cream daily, it is recommended to NOT sleep with it, but in this guide it you sleep with the moisturize on, i’m not familiar with this product but it sounds just like BB cream and was wondering if it was okay to sleep with this product on your face. I would like my skin to be moisturized/conditioned almost 24/7 (so my skin can improve quicker).
    My question is: is that particular product okay to sleep with it on? If so I plan to buy it so I have some cream/moisturizer on my face keeping/making it silky smooth all day. Thanks!

  124. 124
    November 6th, 2011 at 3:10 am

    I HATE my blackheads and am so self conscious over them! I unfortunately have also got obsessed to get rid of them but have got into the super bad habit of reddening and scratching my face with my nails trying to get them all out. I have to stop. And I’m going to follow these steps to help my pores get naturally better. It’s funny because I don’t remember any of these skin problems / blackheads during high school. Now that I’m in college they show up! Ugh

  125. 125
    November 15th, 2011 at 12:28 am

    I have a question for you about cheek blackheads in particular. I am currently battling a 13 year disorder I recently discovered called Compulsive Picking Disorder and I started as a young girl when my parents split. I am now 25 and have never had clear skin once since I was 12. I pick and squeeze every single pore of my face, and hide inside, cry, complain to my husband, feel sorry for myself, use every cream/method/ointment/pill/proactive/tetracycle/accutane I can think of or find. When I discovered I had this disorder I decided to just stop. No touching, picking, peeling, squeezing (I also pluck hairs from all over my body which is a similar disorder in the same category). It went ok for a few weeks (hard the first few days) and then I could see improvement all the time. I even went out one day without makeup (had never done that before). Then one day I bathed my daughter and looked in the mirror (big mistake!) and saw cheeks chin forehead and nose FULL of blackheads. I’m talking big ones. I went to town, and I was squeezing out massive blackheads that touched the mirror. My face was destroyed. Of course, now a couple days later…. my face is full of zits again! Some extremely painful that I have squeezed :( How do I stop picking if my face will then just be full of blackheads? Can blackheads go away on their own if you seriously just leave them (for weeks… for months??) or do they need to be squeezed? I know my pimples do go away after a while if I dont squeeze them I finally discovered. Please help, I am confused and also in a very sad place right now with a face fullll of painful zits

  126. 126
    January 14th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    A little tip I’d like to pass on that I’m pretty certain helped me clear up a lot of my blackheads and spots and especially blackheads in ear was to stop using soap.
    I simply started washing my face, ears and neck with just warm water and I started to see a reduction in the amount of zits and blackheads I got.

  127. 127
    January 22nd, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    THANK U SOO MUCH!!! ur advice really helped!!! i had so many blackheads just mocking me on my chin everyday and now their going away! thanks and GUESS WHAT im not even in collage…. yet!

  128. 128
    January 22nd, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    and kari k im sorry for u and really feel u im in middle school with tons of blackheads 12 years old on my chin i just want them to go away. i just want my pimples, redness, and blackheads to just poof away forever and never EVER come back.

  129. 129
    January 22nd, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    I seriously understand your concerns, when I was in middle school I had so many breakouts that my foreheard or cheeks always had 3-4 large pimples at every given time. I’m 19 now, 2nd year of college and patience and perseverance is seriously the key. I wash my face every morning (as I shower) and put on my face lotion (and i also use BB Cream). during the entire day i try as LITTLE as possible to touch my face, since contact from your skin causes more oil to appear just try avoiding contact with your face at all. then at night, wash your face once more and put on any night-cream or lotion before you sleep, works for me and I have acne free skin! (p.s. i use a japanese face wash brand called Gatsby) good luck all you young’uns, don’t be frustrated about your pimples cause that could cause you to breakout!

  130. 130
    February 15th, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Here’s a remedy that actually works….1.)wash your face,I recommend cetaphil 2.)make a mixture of olive oil,lemon juice,and baking soda and leave it on your face for 5 min 3.)Use some kind of extringeth with a cotton ball 4.)use a fading cream like Ambi or ect and I guarrentee you’ll see results by the first week….this gets rid or minimizes pimples and fades acne scaring

  131. 131
    March 6th, 2012 at 1:58 am

    the Oilcleansing method didn’t work for me so don’t bother with it if youre 23 like me and have had tons of blackheads on your nose since you were 13. Im going to try this next :

    ************Try Baking Soda arm and hammer (Bicarbonate of soda) as an invigorating, yet gentle, facial scrub. Apply a paste of 3 parts Baking Soda to 1 part water in a gentle circular motion after washing face with soap and water. Rinse clean for a fresh-scrubbed face!

  132. 132
    March 28th, 2012 at 1:55 am

    Omg thank u soooooooo….. much

  133. 133
    March 31st, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Hey, I am 13, and my mom keeps on telling me that I have acne, but it is actually blackheads. I have been exfoliating my face every other day with Biore, Nutrogena, and baking soda (depends which one i used prior) and then i wash my face with a Nutrogena acne cleanser pad. None of these help with my blackheads! Any easy tips?

  134. 134
    March 31st, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    if you use a thin layer of Elmer’s glue, it works similar to a pore strip but wont tear your skin off. wash the area after and moisturize if needed

  135. 135
    April 17th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I am 24 years old and I HATE my blackheads and am so self conscious over them! But now i am feeling well to see these valuable tips, i will apply on my daily life. Thanks

  136. 136
    April 28th, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    i use shiseido extra creamy cleansing foam. works great.

  137. 137
    May 10th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Thank you, I always struggle with this. Mostly, on my nose, but this really helped.

  138. 138
    May 20th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    What I found that works is wash your face with Proactive, only the scrub, then soak hot water on it just briefly let hair/ towel drie in hot temperature room, then do the tissue thing and squeeze they’ll come out then after wash face again and cover it with a lotion called RoC retinol correxion, it works with sensitive skin and you’ll see results fast within a day, but wash it off atleast every 12 hours.

  139. 139
    June 6th, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Clinique 3-step treatment definately makes your face look and feel amazing. They help find your skin type and chose th eright skin scare treatment for your skin. the trick is trying to remember to use it morning and night, and not just the facial soap either, the clarifying stuff and the moistureizer, i always forget the last two.. They also have oil free foundation that you can mix with your moisturizer.. it looks amazing. I’m trying to wash my face more regularly and i can definatly see a difference. Blackheads suck! but i’m starting to find that when i use all three of the steps that my skin looks healthier and th epores look smaller (because they arent as full of oil and grease). anyway thats my tip.

  140. 140
    June 6th, 2012 at 1:45 am

    oh and you can get clinique from department stores

  141. 141
    June 11th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Great article! You can get some microderm kits (Mary Kay has a great one) for about $50. Expensive as far as OTC skin care goes, but a lot cheaper than getting a facial every month.

  142. 142
    June 19th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    That’s cool!! I have had acne for 3 years And I use “ivory soap” it works soo good!! I meen I started seeing results in one day AMAZING!! I sugjust that but black head are still my issue so I’m thinking about going to the germataligist.

  143. 143
    June 26th, 2012 at 2:22 am

    I’m 14 and I know some of the comments said the Biore strips didn’t work for them, but they do for me. My guess is it just depends on the person. I started having blackheads about two years ago on my chin, and they gradually spread to my nose. The worst spots were around the crease on either side, and I had so much dead skin there I just couldn’t get rid of, so the blackheads kept coming. I used one of the strips, and noticed a huge difference immediately. ALL of the dead skin was gone, and with it so were a lot of the blackheads. The key is to leave it on for 15 minutes, not just 10, and not wetting the strip when taking it off. Yes, it hurts, but it’s worth it. I use the strips frequently now, and my nose keeps getting better, but I have yet to find something that works that well on my chin.

  144. 144
    June 29th, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Have you ever tried filling up a sink with hot water, putting the part of your face with the blackheads underwater, (of course if you can’t breathe come up for air whenever you need to) for about 3 minutes. Then wash your face with a good face soap for about 3 min. Fill up the sink with cold water and dunk your face again. Do this method for about a week, and I noticed a difference!

  145. 145
    July 12th, 2012 at 8:13 am

    dunno why but even though i try to be the “good girl” by having loads of water and having a veggie diet, i tend to have blackheads and pimples especially on my nose…

  146. 146
    July 16th, 2012 at 5:41 am

    I liked most of what I saw on this sight. Just one little comment though. My mother has worked with skin for years and has always taught me that on of the healthiest things to do for your skin is to steam it, especially before applying a healthy mask. It always works for me and my skin always looks better after a good steam. Although it is true to you want as little product on your face as possible. It’s usually best to stay natural, too.

    I am interested to know why anyone would think that steaming your face would damage it.?

    Steaming your face (for example) by leaning your head towards the sink and putting a towel over your head, or (as the author pointed out) having a hot cloth on your face for a few minutes will open up your pores. Some of the harder to reach acne or bigger acne need to be steamed before being “pushed” out. It opens up the pores making it easier to clean the pores whether it’s cleaning out black heads or pimples, or you’re just simply washing your face.

    The daily routine that works for me?
    1. I steam my face with a hot, wet rag.
    2. I then lather up my face with my wash. (I also use the Cetaphil. It’s one of the most natural washes you’ll find.
    3. I let it sit for a few minutes so it can do it’s job. (I usually know it’s done when it starts giving my face a tingly feeling and let it sit for about a minute while it tingles. {The tingling lets you know that the wash is in your pores and doing its job.})
    4. I completely rinse my face with warm water.
    5. I then rinse out my rag completely and rinse my face with really cold water. (I like this much better than using toner. Although toner is a good thing too.)
    6. I moisturize. I tend to get oily, greasy skin if I don’t care for my skin properly. To moisturize with a “clean”, healthy, and proper moisturizer is a really good thing for your skin.

    My mom taught me that moisturizer is good for the face. Without it your face will produce its natural oils to keep your skin hydrated like your skin should be. But, that can work against you when you have a problem with oil because all the hard work you did washing your face will be nonexistent when your natural oil tries to keep your skin hydrated. In short, it’s messy. If you have a good hydrating moisturizer, it will keep your skin fresh and hydrated and will keep nasty oil and dirty from filling up your pores.

    That’s only a little bit of what I do. This doesn’t include my diet. This has worked for me for years and I’m grateful I’ve had my moms knowledge to help me out through all the icky times.

    Good luck to everyone and finding what works for you!

    Annie

  147. 147
    July 25th, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    thanks for the post, I have horrible skin and its getting quite frustrating! I have acne prone skin and horrible blackheads around my nose and under my eyes! what should I do to improve the look of it? I don’t wear make up, ever. some advice please!

  148. 148
    August 8th, 2012 at 12:47 am

    I also have lots of blackheads and bought so many creamsthat never did anything. I found a tool (the Squeezit) that squeezes out the blackheads and doesn’t leave marks on my face. It’s like using fingers but way better. It comes with a part attached for the corners of the nose. It worked great for me but you do have to wash face, steam or hot shower or use a hot towel on your face for a few minutes before you use it.

  149. 149
    August 9th, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    I have had issues with acne since i was 11 years old and im now 17 and my mom who is 49 still gets blackheads on her nose and chin i like the borie strips they are perfect right after a shower but i also found that if your in a rush to get the dead skin off and the oil use non toxic glue like elmers and spread it over the area wait till it dries then peel it off it wont get rid of the black heads but it helps make them look smaller if you have them in your ears pop them after you take a shower a very hot shower lay down with your head in someones lap and have them push around the blackhead with the rounded end of a bobby pin and it comes out quick a blackhead clearing scrub is all that has ever worked for me and the clean and clear acne medicine that you get in a small tube but they never go away completely and it sucks but its life

  150. 150
    August 18th, 2012 at 12:03 am

    im 13 and almost my whole face is covered with blackheads and ive tried everything…….i dont wear make up, i wash my face 2x a day and ive looked at methods and none of those methods worked…..help?

  151. 151
    September 16th, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Aaaaaah! Ya’ll scare me. I’m seventeen I’ve had acne for five years. I’ve never had much money for fancy (expensive )medicines, creams, etc. I don’t wear makeup ( If I had money for makeup I’d have money for acne treatments) because It’s really bad for skin with acne. I have dry skin, so most acne soaps/scrubs are just too drying for me. After using the oil-cleansing method for about 1-2 months all big, deep, disgusting pimples ceased to exist and I didn’t get anymore new ones for as long as I kept doing it. This method did not get rid of tiny little blackheads though.
    All I can say about at least sorta getting rid of blackheads is:

    Don’t pick.

    Use a mild soap once a day ( Aveeno Oatmeal cleansing bar is good and affordable).

    Exfoliate gently, but definitely do it. (finely ground oatmeal is good for this)

    Drink (not beer, not soda pop) water.

    Change your pillowcase EVERY SINGLE NIGHT.!!!!!

    face masks made from egg whites, raw honey, or oatmeal are good.

  152. 152
    December 24th, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Hi,
    I buy vitamin e capsules from the shop, and apply the vitamin on my nose before bed. Wake up and the blackheads are gone!!!!!!!!!!!! (large ones tend to shrink so after 2 days theyre gone). BUT IT WORKS!!!!!!

  153. 153
    January 10th, 2013 at 4:02 am

    As a tip, cheap Pond Face Wash helped me from getting a very rough face, however blackheads will erupt on the nose anyway…. if they are 2 deep don’t try and remove (as the article points out) also I have tried all these “wonder creams”, but generally if you wash your face more then twice a day oil will be more common as you agitate your skin. So don’t try a multiple cream solution unless it’s a last resort.

  154. 154
    February 6th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Great Article! I like how you pointed out not to use a pore strip. Home Remedies work great for blackheads. I like to use pure raw honey and egg whites, the combination is amazing. Mix both together and apply to your clean face as a face mask. Leave on your skin for 20 minutes then rinse off with warm water and a gentle cleanser. Apply an oil-free moisturizer to retain hydration.

  155. 155
    March 8th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I’m not sure why but this website is loading incredibly slow for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a issue on my end? I’ll check back later on
    and see if the problem still exists.

  156. 156
    April 14th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    eating healthy and detoxing my liver has made a huge difference for me in treating blackheads and preventing them.

  157. 157
    May 9th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Hello all! This was a great article, I already knew about some of these tips, but there were some others that I didn’t and I can’t wait to try them. I’ve been dealing with acne and blackheads for about ten years now. While the problem has been greatly reduced, thanks to the research I have done on the various things that cause acne and the effort I put into my regimen and keeping my skin clear, I still have an issue with blackheads. I am glad to mentioned that pore strips do not work. After many attempts I have learned that they do not work, and infact they actually cause so much irritation to my skin that I develop breakouts where the strip was used.

    I encourage your readers to do as much reading up on acne and blackheads as they can, FROM REPUTABLE sources so that they can be more effective at preventing acne and blackheads before they get too hard to control Some good resources are

    http://theclearskinproject.com/acne-article/blackheads-what-they-are-how-to-treat-them/
    http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/features/adult-acne
    http://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/a—d/acne/diagnosis-treatment

  158. 158
    May 18th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    There are many ways to get rid of nose blackheads. You can use many natural products from Green tea to Egg whites, both of which are really cheap and you can find them in any house, of Get rid of nose blackheads. I still use these two methods weekly, to get rid of nose blackheads, I wish you can benefit from these easy solutions too.

  159. 159
    July 4th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

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    page regularly, this website is truly good and the
    visitors are actually sharing fastidious thoughts.

  160. 160
    July 13th, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Typically I really don’t examine article about weblogs, even so prefer to state that this particular write-up really obligated everyone to take a look with in addition to do so! Your own publishing preference has been surprised my family. Many thanks, really excellent article.

  161. 161
    September 8th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I’m 23 and always had problems, especially on my nose and t-zones (HUGE blackheads and pores) but now I soak a cotton ball in Witch Hazel and let it air dry on my face, morning and night and you can barely tell I have pores at all now, it’s amazing. :)

  162. 162
    October 7th, 2013 at 7:16 am

    I’m now 20 and has a problem of blackheads around my face and arms…I m very much disappointed with the products i have used because nothing worked for me…So can you recommend me any product that actually work for me!! I have tried these remedies so pls suggest some others:
    http://www.thebeautyinsiders.com/natural-remedial-ways-to-treat-acne-and-scars.html

  163. 163
    January 14th, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    I have been suffering from acne around my nose for years, and it comes on and off. My skin is very sensitive, and whenever I try beauty products in a store I come away with something bad. I started using the Citrus Clear products – and I was so impressed. I use Citrus Clear Wash twice everyday, and it is helping clear out the acne. I love that its all natural too. . .Yes it is drying, but there are moisturizes that cure that

  164. 164
    January 29th, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I’ve been using a mixture of Apple cider vinegar and water after I wash my face with Cetaphil & it has really helped my skin! My scientist friend told me that it’s a “chemical exfoliant that balances your pH so your skin doesn’t produce more oil than it needs”

  165. 165
    March 23rd, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Only one method has worked for me after trying everything for 20 + years – the Paleo Diet! Try it for a day, a week, a month and you will see a remarkable difference in your complexion!

  166. 166
    May 3rd, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Very good article. I certainly appreciate
    this site. Keep it up!

  167. 167
    October 13th, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    I needed something to get deep into my pores for blackheads, which seemed to never go away, also to control excess oil. The Citrus Clear Pore Mask did the trick! I was advised by a dermatologist that the mask does a wonderful job clearing blemishes. It helps control oil and shine even after going all day with a full face of foundation and concealers. I have combination skin and this mask doesn’t dry my skin out at all. It’s great for spot treatments too.

  168. 168
    December 5th, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    None of this works for me. I am OLD too! in my late 40’s! I have had these blackheads on my nose FOREVER! I did all that you said to do and all that squeezes out is white pus and the blackhead remains. Yes I have gone to dermatologists, yes I use a clay mask, etc etc

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