How To Get Rid of & Prevent Blackheads

Don’t squeeze that blackhead! There’s a gentler way to get rid of it, and several steps you can take to prevent new ones from forming.

You will need

  • A medium-size pot of boiling water
  • Tea tree
  • eucalyptus
  • or lavender essential oil
  • A large towel
  • A mild soap or facial cleanser
  • Moisturizer containing retinol
  • SPF 30 sunscreen
  • Oil-free foundation
  • Facial cleanser containing glycolic acid
  • Baby shampoo
  • Facial masks
  • A dermatologist
  • A natural sea sponge

Step 1 Don’t pick them Don’t try to remove blackheads either with your fingernails or with any kind of instrument. Both can lead to infection and scarring.

Step 2 Steam your face Boil a medium pot of water, add a few drops of tea tree, eucalyptus, or lavender essential oil, and place it on a table. Sit with your face over the pot for five minutes, with a towel draped over your head to trap the steam. The combination of steam and those particular oils will loosen existing blackheads. Repeat weekly.

Step 3 Wash your face To prevent future blackheads, wash your face daily with warm water and a mild soap or cleanser that is color- and fragrance-free.

Step 4 Moisturize Slather on an over-the-counter moisturizer containing the collagen-booster retinol every night after you wash your face. If you have sensitive skin, only use it every other day.

Step 5 Clean up your makeup act Always use oil-free foundation, never put makeup on a sweaty face, remove makeup at night with a cleanser that contains glycolic acid, and clean makeup brushes and sponges with baby shampoo monthly.

Step 6 Put on a mask Use a facial mask once a week. Clay masks are especially good for drawing impurities out of pores.

Step 7 Go to a pro If new blackheads keep developing, consider going to a dermatologist for a medical facial.