In the United States, 85 percent of adolescents and young adults have blackheads. Picking or squeezing a blackhead can lead to an infection when the blackhead is pushed back into the pore. The infection can result in a pimple. People with oily skin are more prone to get blackheads.


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Wash hands with soap and water. Don’t touch the infected blackhead unnecessarily because bacteria on your hands will only make the infection worse.

Apply a salicylic solution to the blackhead. Salicylic solutions are known to dry out the skin, which will make the blackhead fall off. If you don’t have a salicylic solution, you can also use some freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Look for pus or for a head on the pimple if the infection has already progressed to this stage.

Wrap fingers of both hand with paper tissue.

Push out any pus using gentle movements. Don’t forcefully try to rid the pimple of its pus.

Wash the face with a facial wash that contains natural oils such as jojoba or coconut oil. Facial washes with acne fighting salicylic acid are also effective on oily and acne-prone skin.

Scrub the face with a gentle facial scrub regularly to remove dead skin cells and to prevent new blackheads or blackhead infections from occurring.