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There’s a perverse thrill to be found in gazing deeply into one of those massive magnifying mirrors, finding every clogged pore and having a squeezing party.
Blackheads; they’re a curse, but they’re also hours of fun. Blackheads are technically a form of acne – the dark sister of whiteheads. Both blackheads and whiteheads are the precursor to more severe acne. They’re caused by pores that have become clogged with excess oil and dead skin cells. In whiteheads, the plug sits below the skin’s surface, while for blackheads the blockage is sitting right at the surface of the skin.
Exposure to the elements is what gives blackheads their dark colour – and the fact that they’re right at your skin’s surface is what makes them so easy to squeeze.
But – you’re really better off not squeezing them. Blackheads turn into acne when they become infected, and digging your germy fingernails into them is a great way to make that happen.
Well how do you get rid of blackheads?
If you feel like outsourcing your squeezing (a choice I will never understand), getting a facialist armed with a steamer to do a manual extraction every four to six weeks is a great way to guarantee a face free from sebaceous goo.
But if you’re the kind of perfectly normal, healthy person who enjoys squeezing weird stuff out of their own face (and the faces of extremely tolerant loved ones), then get yourself a manual extraction tool. It’s basically a metal loop that you use to press the skin around the blackhead until the gunk that’s clogging the pore shoots out.
Here’s the least disgusting video explainer we could find:
When using an extractor, disinfect it first. Then either wash your face with warm water or use the extractor straight after you shower. Warm, humid environments help open pores.