Blackheads are a type of acne that are caused by oily skin and clogged hair follicles. You can extract blackheads yourself with a sterile blackhead remover, but you must first be certain that there is no sign of infection in or around the blackhead area. Squeezing your blackheads when they are inflamed can lead to more infections and bruising. If you have extracted a blackhead and are now left with bruised skin, you can reduce the swelling or get rid of the bruise with a few easy steps.
Stop taking any oral supplements or applying skin creams that contain vitamin E, aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs can cause increased bruising.
Keep your head elevated above your heart to keep the blood from pooling in the bruise.
Place ice in a clean cloth and apply it to the bruised area to minimize swelling. Leave the ice on the bruise for 15 minutes.
Continue applying ice to the bruise every hour for 20 minutes.
Apply warm compresses after 48 hours if the swelling has not subsided. Keep the warm compress on your bruise for 20 minutes and repeat this three times per day.
Use acetaminophen rather than aspirin or ibuprofen for pain relief while trying to get rid of a bruise.
Andrea Chrysanthou began writing professionally in 1993. Her work has been published internationally by "The Cyprus Mail," MochaSofa and My Favorite Trainer, among other magazines and websites. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in journalism from Ryerson University. Chrysanthou is a certified fitness instructor and personal-training specialist with more than 10 years of experience in the fitness industry.