We both know that popping blackheads is not the best thing to do because of the potential scarring and infection. But we also both know that in many cases you are gonna pop those blackheads anyway because they look so horrible. So, I don’t recommend that you pop your blackheads, but if you must you can follow the tips below to try and make it safer.
Blackheads and whiteheads are both caused when your pores get blocked with dead skin cells, dirt and oil. This blockage makes a small pustule at the opening of the pore and this is what you see. The main difference between the two is that with the blackhead the material trapped in the pore has oxidized and taken on a black color. Both blackheads and whiteheads can be minimized by avoiding the use of cosmetics, by washing your face regularly and be eating more healthy foods like fruits and vegetables and avoiding greasy fast foods and snack foods.
Before you begin popping blackheads you should know the dangers. You run the risk of either driving the bacteria deeper into the pore and causing the infection, swelling and redness to get worse. You also run the risk of spreading the infection to other pores and causing a breakout of many blackheads and pimples. And you also run the risk of permanently damaging the pore and causing scarring. Popping a blackhead should not be taken lightly.
If you do choose to continue with popping the blackhead, the first thing you will want to do is soften the blockage. This is easily done using a warm compress. Simply soak a cloth in warm water and then apply the warm wet cloth to your blackhead for 10 minutes or so.
This will soften the blockage and make it ready to pop right out of the pore. Using a blackhead extractor place the opening around the blackhead and gently apply pressure. You should do this quickly and the blackhead will pop right out. If it does not that means it is either not softened enough or not ready to pop. Don’t continue to apply pressure for an extended period of time as this could cause infection or scars.
Once you’ve removed the blackhead and infection apply a disinfectant to prevent infection and cover the area with a small band aid to keep it clean. Always be sure to sterilize the blackhead extractor after use.
If the blackhead stubbornly refuses to come out or is very deep in the pore don’t continue to try and remove it yourself. Never use your nails to squeeze a blackhead as there are many bacteria under your nails and you are almost sure to get an infection. Instead you should see a dermatologist and let them remove the deep blackheads using a sterilized needle.
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, popping a blackhead is usually not the best thing to do, but if undertaken in a patient and controlled manner it can be safe. Always remember the risks and take precautions to prevent infection and scarring and if the blackhead is deep or stubborn let a professional take care of it.