Squeezing: Avoid squeezing blackheads, even with a metal blackhead remover, as this can irritate the skin and make the problem worse. Steaming: A steam bath has long been recommended as a treatment for blackheads, on the basis that it “opens the pores.
Blackheads form when a clog or plug develops in the opening of hair follicles in your skin. Each follicle contains one hair and a sebaceous gland that produces oil. This oil, called sebum, helps keep your skin soft. Dead skin cells and oils collect in the opening to the skin follicle, producing a bump called a comedo.
Apply honey onto the affected area and wash off with warm water after 15 minutes. Baking Soda Mask: Prepare a mixture of baking soda and water to make a paste. Apply gently to the affected part, allow to dry for few minutes and then rinse it off with warm water to remove away the oil and dirt that cause blackheads.
This video shows how I remove cysts called epidermoid or sebaceous cysts. These lie deep in the skin, and lasers, needles, punch biopsies or surgical procedures such as incision or punch excision are needed to extract. This shows me performing this procedure in first person.
Simple techniques like Dr Sandra Lee nick and extract are effective. Like Dr Pimple Popper I use punch biopsies, needles, or a co2 or erbium laser in drill mode to make a tiny hole. This allows cyst extractions to be simple, yet effective. My local anaesthetic is lidocaine. Blackheads can also clog up the oil gland – acne comedome and may lead to infection, forming acne cysts, leading to pus and zits. A similar method can be used to remove these cysts, however steroid injections are better in cases like these.
Blackheads can be popped, squeezed or extracted. Dr Sandra Lee AKA Dr Pimple Popper has done many videos on acne, cyst and blackhead extractions, and shows the correct technique. I have a few videos on my method of blackhead extraction, using comedone extractors that can be cheaply purchased online. By prepping the skin, blackheads can be removed with minimal discomfort and no scarring. Stubborn blackheads that are deep can be softened with a warm towel, or even a prep of AHA several days before extractions are performed. Cysts like this one do no require preparation before extractions.