How to Get Rid of Blackheads

Want to get rid of blackheads? We have the secret! Our tips for getting rid of blackheads will clear up those black dots on your nose for good.

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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 flawless 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 and 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 for blackheads

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!

93 thoughts on “How to Get Rid of Blackheads”

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

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  2. 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 =-)

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  3. 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. 🙁

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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

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  6. 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.

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  7. 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.

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  8. 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!

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  9. 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

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  10. 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.

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  11. 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.

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  12. 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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  13. 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.

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  14. 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.

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  15. 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?

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  16. 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.

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  17. 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.

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  18. 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.

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  19. 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.

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  20. 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.

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  21. 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”

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  22. 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
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  23. 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!!!!!!

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  24. 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

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  25. 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.

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  26. 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!

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  27. 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.

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  28. 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.

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  29. 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.

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  30. 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

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  31. 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

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  32. 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?

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  33. 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.

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  34. 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!

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  35. 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.

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  36. 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.

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  37. *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:)

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  38. 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…:)

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  39. 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:)

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  40. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  41. 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

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  42. 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.

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  43. (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

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  44. 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.

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  45. 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.

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  46. 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 (; )

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  47. 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

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  48. 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!!!!

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  49. 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

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  50. 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

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  51. 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

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  52. 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???

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  53. 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.

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  54. 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.

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  55. 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.

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  56. 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. 😛

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  57. 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

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  58. 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!!!

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  59. 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.

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  60. 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!

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  61. 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

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  62. 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??

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  63. 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

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  64. 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

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  65. 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!

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  66. 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!

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  67. 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.

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  68. 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.

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  69. 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 !!

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

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  71. 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.

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  72. 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.

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  73. 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!

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  74. 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.

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