While washing your face daily in the morning and evening can help prevent blackheads from forming, there are times when you still may have to deal with this annoying acne issue. Of course dermatologists can help, but if you want to face it on your own, try this simple home remedy.
Using a large pot or teapot, heat the water until it reaches a rolling boil.
While the water is boiling, wash your face with an exfoliating facial cleanser.
Scrub in circular motions, paying particular attention to the area where you see blackheads to remove the dead skin that keeps the blackheads trapped in your pores.
Remove the pot from the burner. If you used a teapot, carefully pour the hot water into a deep pot or bowl.
Taking care not to burn yourself, drape the towel over your head and place your face close to the steam. (But not too close -- that steam is hot!) The towel creates a tent, or enclosure, around your head, helping to keep the steam and heat in.
The steam will help to loosen the blackheads and make them easier to remove. Stay in the steam for 10 minutes.
Mix 4 teaspoons baking soda with 1 tablespoon mineral water together in a small bowl to form a paste.
Apply the paste to your entire face and let sit for 10 minutes.
The baking soda will help draw impurities out of the skin, including the dirt and debris from blackheads. Rinse well with warm water to remove the paste.
For best results, treat blackheads as soon as they appear.
If you are not successful in removing blackheads at home, consult a dermatologist.
Do not squeeze blackheads, as this can cause painful, deeper sores.
Do not use your fingernails to pick at blackheads since bacteria from your nails can cause infection.
Jess Jones has been a freelance writer since 2005. She has been a featured contributing writer for "Curve Magazine" and she teaches English composition at a small college in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her Master of Arts in English language and literature in 2002.