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Blackheads are plugs of oil or sebum and dirt that become trapped in pores. The tops of the plugs oxidize when they meet air, causing the noticeable black plugs to appear. There's no fast way to remove blackheads without the possibility of damaging your skin. Slower methods using safe products, like astringents work best.

Wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Pat the skin dry. Then fill a sink 2/3 full with hot water.

Place a towel over the back of your head and lean over the steam. Allow the steam to open the pores, making it easier to release the blackheads. Treat your face for 2 to 3 minutes with the steam.

Place a cotton ball over the open astringent. Wet the cotton ball with the product. Dab the blackheads with the astringent, massaging the blemish slightly. The blackhead may not release immediately. You may have to do several treatments to see results.

Rinse your face with cool water, then pat the skin dry. Repeat this treatment every other day, until the blackhead is released. To maintain smooth skin after, use this treatment once a week.


Don't force blackheads out with your fingers. This can leave scars on the skin.

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