How to Use a Blackhead Extractor Tool

Blackhead Extractor Tool

Using a blackhead extractor tool is one of the easiest, quickest ways to remove those annoying blockages!

Find out exactly how to use one the right way in this article…

These cheap small metal tools are such an easy thing to add to your ‘blackhead eliminating’ routine.

Often used in professional facials to quickly extract a large area, they’re less damaging to the skin than squeezing.

Particularly good for nose blackheads—the metal loop can be pressed into the side of the nose where no finger can get to.

There’s less pressure needed so you won’t end up with a misshapen nose at the end of it.

(See the video after these instructions for a visual demonstration)

How to Use a Blackhead Extractor

Remember: be gentle…

1. Cleanse your face with warm water, and hold a warm face cloth to the area for a few seconds to open up the pores. Steam your face if possible over a bowl of hot water, or do so after a shower.

2. Place the loop end of the extractor over the blackhead you want to extract.

3. Gently press down on one side of the blackhead—move the tool across the top (think of spreading icing on a cake…ew!)

A lot of people think the loop is there to press straight down on top…

But the best way to use it is to create gentle pressure from one side, and ease it out.

This forces the blockage out as you move the tool over the top. You should be able to feel the tiny pressure as you press down, and the blockage will come out as a plug.

4. Cleanse your skin again, then apply toner and moisturizer.

5. Wash the tool in hot soapy water and allow to air dry – or wipe with alcohol (easy!)

Here is a good demonstration video (starts at 18secs):

How to Use a Blackhead Remover for Nose Blackheads

To use the extractor for nose blackheads, you will need to adjust the angle.

You might not be able to get the whole loop over blockages right in the side of your nose.

Instead, use the edge of the loop and ease it out, again “scraping” across the top.

Always clean the tool after every use to prevent bacteria from growing on it. Remove any gunk with a tissue, then wash it in hot soapy water and allow to air dry.

You can also rub hand sanitizer on it once dry for further anti bacterial protection.

A Fast Way to Remove Blackheads

Once you get the hang of it, a blackhead extractor tool is a really fast way to remove a lot at once.

It can also be used for ear blackheads, or small whiteheads on the skin.

It can be slightly addicting… once you get the hang of using one you’ll wonder how you managed with out it.

There’s a reason why they are used so much in professional facials!

Here is a good basic (and cheap) tool.

Blackhead Extractor FAQs

Do blackhead vacuums work?

If only! Blackheads are sticky plugs of dead skin cells and sebum—trying to suck them out with a vacuum might work for a few loose ones but otherwise there are far more successful and cheaper ways to get rid of them!

Extracting left dents in my skin, is this permanent damage?

A blackhead remover can leave loop shaped dents on your skin. These are temporary. However it is really important to be gentle; you don’t need a lot of pressure.

If you need to really press down on one particular blackhead…. stop. Carry on with cleansing and exfoliating for a few days and come back to that one!

These tools are metal after all and do have the potential to make a bigger dent than intended.

Why do I have holes in my skin after extracting blackheads?

These little holes do look strange! What you’re looking at is the clear pore.

These pin holes can be obvious especially if the former blackhead was “old” and large. It makes sense when you think about it: a plug has been sitting in that pore and it might not instantly shrink (or refill).

Don’t worry—these holes are temporary and by using an astringent after cleansing (witch hazel or toner) you can help to shrink them.

If you have larger pores naturally they may not disappear, but if they are kept clear then can “shrink” to their normal size. Blockages can stretch a pore if they sit in too long.

So, in the meantime you can hide these holes by applying concealer (just it off thoroughly later!). And see this article about how to minimize pores in the long run.

Can I use a comedone extractor on pimples too?

Absolutely—these tools can be used on sort of skin blockage. Using one on a whitehead pimple can help get rid of the gunk inside without doing extra damage.

It is extra important to only these tools on pimples that are not inflamed. Trying to squeeze new, red pimple is not only painful, it causes a bigger mess. See this article for important tips on popping a pimple.




  1. i just bought one and it works really well on those small blackheads on the nose at 1st the black comes out and then white like a piece of string.No more using the fingers or blood.

    1. Yes you can do it safely at home. If you’re thinking of doing it at as service for other people it would be best to check any regulations or certifications you may need. You’d also want to be extra careful about cleaning and sterilizing any tools you use. Good luck!

    2. In New Mexico, only a certified cosmetologist or someone certified through the medical state board such as M.D, Dermatologists, LPN, ect, ect can do this legally as a service. State and local laws do not always coincide such as the city or local requiring a special certification or permit but the state may not. It’s best to do some simple google searches on the laws and ordinances where you live.

  2. I have bought myself these blackhead remover tools but I’m not to sure how to get rid of the one on my upper lip ?
    Could you maybe help me ?

    1. A blackhead on the upper lip may be easier to remove without a tool, that’s an awkward area for sure. Try using a tissue and very gently squeezing from either side. It’s a good idea to exfoliate before hand to make this easier, a warm wash cloth held over the area can also help loosen it up. If it’s a really stubborn one, you could try using a small amount of old fashioned drawing salve, it really does work!

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