I know you shouldn't 'pop them' (I call it 'picking'.....bleh) because it ruptures the pore possibly and creates an infection under your skin which makes an even bigger pimple appear.
3)TONE --- acylic acid/ astringent /witchhazel, whatever
That's about all I know of.....
yeah, if your acne/blackheads get really bad, there is a medicine that you can take called isotane also known as accutane/isotretinoin. It is prescribed and you can only get it by prescription from your dermatologist. This is only for extreme cases and there are side effects to it. It supposably is bad for your liver.
The following are some tips for removing blackheads:
- Keep the skin as clean and oil free as possible. Use natural or chemically prepared cleansers, astringent solutions or masks to accomplish this. Avoid harsh soaps that may irritate the skin or any creams that leave an oily finish.
- Use a gentle exfoliant to keep the dead cells off your skin and away from the pore openings.
- Avoid harsh squeezing or scraping at the blackhead. Excessive squeezing can damage the skin surround the pore and can actually increase the size of the pore leading to more blackheads in the future.
- A warm compress of water applied to the area of the blackhead followed by a very, very gentle pressure can help in clearing the clog from the pore.
- Commercial “blackhead strips” which are basically a tape like substance that is placed over the nose and then pulled off will remove some blackheads that are at the surface. Caution should be used with these products and it is important to read the directions completely before deciding to use the strips or not.
i heard biore strips work really well. i personally dont have a lot of black heads so i dont really care. i get more white heads when i break out =/
Those strips can take some practice... for example, I learned they don't work very well if you touch them alot while waiting for them to dry. (They don't work for me very well, either, Caroline.)
Some suggestions to make them work better, maybe;
1) Take a really hot bath/shower before you use them. This goes beyond washing your face in hot water; the pores all over your skin open up much farther when your entire body is trying to shed heat. Also, heat kills bacteria deeper into the surface of the skin, preventing some acne from reappearing as commonly in trouble spots.
2) If you have a singular, large blackhead that you are trying to remove with a keyhole device or otherwise, I have been told by a dermatologist that rubbing baby oil (mineral oil) over the area first and waiting for about ten minutes helps to loosen the blackhead's "hold" on the inside of the pore. Not sure how this works, and I haven't had a chance to try it myself, but my sister reports that it's noticably more effective.
That's all I've got. ^^