Blackheads are the result of blocked pores. When dead skin, excess oil and dirt clog the pores, the pores enlarge, forming bumps. These bumps become blackheads when the pores are exposed to air. Although acne is a common skin problem, black women and men seem to be more susceptible to the pigment charges caused by scarring, reports Dr. Alan Rockoff on the Med Help website. Removing blackheads when they first form is one way to avoid such scarring.
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Make a paste of 1 tablespoon sugar and 2 tablespoons water. Use your fingers to apply the paste to your skin. Massage the paste into the skin to remove dead skin cells, surface dirt and oil and bacteria. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
Boil a pot of water. Add 2 teaspoons of baking soda to the water. Lean over the pot after turning off the heat. Allow the steam to penetrate your face for five minutes to 10 minutes. The hot vapors open the pores, allowing them to drain. This steam facial also softens the blackheads.
Wash your hands. Squeeze a blackhead with your thumb and index finger until it pops out. Do this for all the blackheads.
Hold a blackhead extractor in your dominant hand. Press the extractor down on the blackhead gently until it comes out. Use the extractor for all stubborn or deep down blackheads.
Pour hydrogen peroxide on a cotton ball. Wipe your entire face with the cotton ball to disinfect it.
References and ResourcesBlack Women Beauty Central: Do You Know How to Remove Blackheads
Health 911: Acne - Remedies
Med Help: Acne Treatment for African-American skin