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What is the best way to get rid of them?


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I've found placing a hot washcloth over the face will open up the pores and is easier and maybe safer than steaming, but the idea is the same. If it isn't too bad, noxema works great but otherwise I use that proactive formula (get the generic one at Walmart). Blackheads are caused by bacteria and sebum (natural waxy secrection) so what you eat makes a big difference, i.e. stay away from fatty foods. Check if you have food allergies, dairy products like cheese can also cause problems. Hope this helps:)

Cold water 5 times daily for 1 week

Honey, sugar and lemmon. Rub the mix on your face gently and leave it there for 20 minutes or so. Then wash your face.

Gentle, water-soluble cleansers (and avoiding bar soap). The ingredients that keep soap in its bar form can clog pores, and irritation can cause skin cells to flake off before they're ready and accumulate in the pore. The good news is that there are lots of Gentle cleansers to consider. It's actually getting more and more difficult to find a cleanser that isn't Gentle. Someone with dry Skin would want to use a slightly more Moisturizing cleanser—but be careful: cleansers that are too emollient can contain ingredients that add to the sebum in your skin causing further problems.

Gentle exfoliants that can both remove the excess skin cells on the surface of the face (so they don't build up in the pore) and exfoliate inside the pore (to improve the shape of the pore, allowing a more even flow of oil through it). Keep in mind that the pore itself is lined with skin cells that can build up, creating a narrowed shape that doesn't allow for natural oil flow out of the pore. But don't get carried away with this step. Overdoing it (removing too many skin cells) can cause problems and hurt skin. Exfoliation is essential for both dry and oily skin to eliminate blackheads or whiteheads. Again, someone with dry Skin will want an exfoliant that has a more Moisturizing base.

The best option for a good exfoliant is a 1% or 2% BHA gel, liquid, or lotion. There are still only limited options for this one, including Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging Anti-Blemish Daily Moisturizer, Paula's Choice 1% or 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid products, and Serious Skin Care Clarifying Treatment with 2% Salicylic Acid. If you cannot use a beta hydroxy acid, you might want to try an alpha hydroxy acid, but AHAs are not able to penetrate the pore lining and affect mostly the surface of skin. That can be helpful, but Salicylic Acid can absorb into the pore lining and improve conditions.

By the way, topical disinfectants such as Benzoyl Peroxide or topical antibiotics available by prescription do not help in the treatment of blackheads and milia because there is no bacterial involvement related to these conditions.
Deeper exfoliation treatments for stubborn blackheads and milia are options you may want to consider. Microdermabrasion, either from an at-home treatment (Neutrogena's At Home Microdermabrasion System) or the procedure performed at a doctor's office or spa are options. Also AHA or BHA peels and laser resurfacing may possibly have a positive impact on the appearance of blackheads and milia. However, the research on this is at best limited. Anecdotally, it appears to be an option. Keep in mind that none of these treatments alter hormone function or the structure of the pore, or improve pore functioning—rather, they temporarily get rid of the surface problem, making the skin look better in the short term.

Absorbing excess oil. This step is for those with oily skin and is not necessary for those with whiteheads and dry Skin, because with dry Skin the problem isn't about excess surface oil, it's only the oil trapped inside the pore. For those with oily skin, clay masks (that don't contain irritating ingredients of mint, Peppermint, Camphor or the like) are an option and oil-absorbing papers can also help.

Retinoids play an important role in successfully battling blackheads. Retinoids are forms of Vitamin A that can actually help skin cells function normally and improve the shape of the pore so oil flow is normalized and clogs are far less apt to take place. The most typical and well-researched retinoids are Tretinoin (found in prescription medications such as Retin-A, Renova, avita, and Tazorac) and adapelene (found in the prescripton drug Differin). These can be used on their own or with a BHA product. Research has definitely established that Tretinoin and adapelene have positive effects on how pores function, and these products should be a strong consideration for battling blackheads or breakouts in general.

Hormone blockers, birth control pills, and Accutane: For those with severe oily-skin conditions, prescription medications such as hormone blockers or certain low-dose birth-control pills can reduce hormone levels of androgens which are the cause of excess oil production. And, when all else fails, Accutane should definitely be considered. Though many doctors are reluctant to prescribe Accutane for "merely" oily skin and blackheads, for those with that kind of persistent skin problem, it does not feel like a "mere" problem in the least and Accutane can be a cure. Either way these are all options (albeit serious ones) you can talk over with your physician.

Removing blackheads: This isn't a pretty topic, but it is a fact of life and human nature that just leaving a blemish or blackhead alone is almost impossible. Fortunately, gently removing a blackhead or blemish with light-handed squeezing can actually help the skin. Removing the stuff inside a blackhead or especially a pimple relieves the pressure and reduces further damage. Yes, squeezing can be detrimental to the skin, but how you squeeze determines whether you inflict harm. If you oversqueeze, pinch, scrape the skin with your nails, or press too hard, you are absolutely doing more damage than good. Gentle is the key word and, when done right, squeezing with minimal pressure is the best, if not only, way to clean out a blackhead or blemish.

How not to over-squeeze? Although I never recommend steaming the face (heat can cause spider veins to surface and create irritation), a tepid to slightly warm compress over the face can help soften the blackhead or blemish, making removal easier. First, wash your face with a water-soluble cleanser. Pat the skin dry, then place a slightly warm, wet cloth over your face for about 10 to 15 minutes. Once that's done, pat the skin dry again, then using a tissue over each finger to keep you from slipping and tearing the skin, apply even, soft pressure to the sides of the blemish area, gently pressing down and then up around the lesion. Do this once or twice only. If nothing happens, that means the blemish cannot be removed, and continuing will bruise the skin, risk making the infection or lesion worse, and cause scarring. Again, only use Gentle pressure, protect your skin by using tissue around your fingers, and do not over-squeeze.

go to a spa and get a facial

i like the clearasil black head cleanser and i LOVE the biore black head clearing strips. they are more pricey than most facial products (7-8 dollars), but i really like how they work. good luck.

I read in a few different places puting lemon juice on works really well.I'm not sure how often you're supposed to apply it though.I tried it a couple times and it stung really bad,but then I read somewhere else you're supposed to dilute it with water.(That would've been nice to know.)

Grace E
You need to wash and clean your face very offen, also women is to remove make up and not sleep with it on the face, Cleaning face as often as possible will eliminate alot of pimples and blackheads, Blackheads are clogged pores.

Whatever you do, don't pinch or squeeze them. Wash your face with a Gentle cleanser, but nothing oily. Keep your hands off of your face. The best thing for blackheads is cleanliness.

mantle two
A lobotomy.......it won't cure your blackheads, but you won't care.

Wash your face with a fresh lemon then rinse with witch hazel

JUst squeeze the puppy and get the yukkies out. What do you think?

join the klan

alcohol and peroxide

Get a facial

Just keep you face very clean using just soapy water and personal clean towel, avoid touching your face with the hands daytime, pysical activities outside the more the better.
Using all kinds of chemical/ medical stuff it won't cure the source.

♥Stang Girl♥
There really is no way to get rid of them, just keep the spot cleaned out. Use rubbing alcohol.

Joe B
Squeeze 'em

Tangerine K
Allow them to breathe, in order to dry and fall off.

Diana D
Over a boiling hot big pot on the table with towel under, cover r neck (not to hurt yourself) take a large towel and put r head over
the pot for 10min. or so, then go to the bathroom using a facial
scrubing cleanser, wash with warm then cold water and try to wash your face more often.

Best of Luck
diana d

Biore works really well. It will pull them right out!

Clinque has an anti-bacterial soap that works wonders. It's $11.00 for a bar of soap and will last about 2-3 months.

Dietra G
Stop them before they turn into blackheads. Can you believe toothpaste get rid of pimples!

paul y
wash your face with a good soap that does not dry out your skin.
do this at least twice a day. once when you get up and at your time of sleep. don't wear too much make up as this will only make your oily skin worse

Miriam S
Start by getting a professional facial, make sure you tell your person about your problem areas. Then after that, you must maintain the habit of exfoliation. It is also very inmortant to moisturize, as scrubs will really dry out your skin! I really like Clean and Clear daily scrub with Clean and Clear dual action mousturizer...and being a single mom...ITS affordable too!

I use Pro-Activ and that seems to work pretty well in preventing them, but when you do get them, use the round end of a bobby pin to press down around it and it will pop up. They are too small to squeeze with fingers. Since it's not a zit yet this does not do any damage to your skin so you won't get pock marks, just don't press any harder than you need to.

donna f
Scrubbing with a scrub with Salicylic Acid I have found eliminates them.

First,determine what ype skin you have,the use appropriate cleanser frequently

mash them an get the black doe out

Blues Man
This works, you have buy 3 things. Ill explain as I go. 1st wash your face in warm to hot water. Then you apply a blackhead scrub. (U can get these items at Wal-Mart or about any large drug store or the dollar store) . After you have rubbed it in well wash off with warm - hot water. Now dry your face and apply a facial mask, one mad with a fruit base. This dries. Again with hot water wash this off face & dry. Now last thing apply a clear peel off mask. Let it stay one till good & dry. Then peel it off. I promse you a baby soft skin & soon it will be as clean as ever. Hope this helped.

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