Blackheads are caused by excess oil and dead skin cells clogging a pore. When the clog gets oxygenated, it turns black. Although blackheads can be quite stubborn, with proper daily hygiene and weekly deep cleaning you can dissolve that blemish. Just avoid the temptation to pick or squeeze it because you can cause a skin infection. If following this skin care routine does not clear up your blackheads, see a dermatologist for expert help.

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Prevent blackheads from forming in the first place by using only noncomedogenic cosmetics, and skin care products. Also, wash your face twice a day with a gentle facial cleanser to help keep your pores clear.

Steam your pores open once a week. Put a pot of boiling water on a table or countertop. Carefully lean over the pot and drape a towel over your head, trapping the steam in. Let the steam open up your pores for about five minutes to ready your skin for deep cleaning.

Exfoliate your skin after steaming with a mixture of one part yogurt to two parts oatmeal. Lightly scrub your skin with the mixture and leave it on to dry. Rinse it off with cool, clean water.

Apply a benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid spot-treatment product to the blackhead daily. These products will further help to dissolve the blackhead and exfoliate the skin.

Moisturize with a noncomedogenic facial lotion daily.


  • Add essential oils such as antibacterial tea tree oil to your steaming water.