How to Use a Blackhead Extractor Tool

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This first step for successful blackhead removal is extracting the ones that already exist. This is instant blackhead extraction.

Let’s face it, we’ve all dealt with those big deep blackheads that do not go away no matter how many scrubs, masks, and steams you do.

Some comedones are harder to remove than others. It is those ones we want to clear out straight away. Truly, the only way to get rid of them is to remove them forcefully (but gently).

So, let’s get into how to do that exactly—without damaging your pores.

A Blackhead Extractor Tool is one of the easiest, quickest ways to remove those annoying plugs

These cheap small stainless steel tools are an easy thing to add to your “blackhead eliminating” routine.

Professionals often use them in facials to quickly extract a large area. They are less damaging to the skin than squeezing, and a lot easier to handle.

Especially good for nose blackheads, you don’t have to use awkward fingers so you won’t end up with a misshapen nose at the end of it. Simply press the small metal loop into the side of the nose.

More details on how to use these tools below (and see the video after these instructions for a visual demonstration).

How to Use:

Always remember – be gentle.

  1. Cleanse your face with warm water and pat dry. Hold a warm face cloth to the area for several seconds to open the pores. Optional: steam your over a bowl of hot water.
  2. Your blackhead extractor will have two ends, one that is a small metal loop. Place this loop end of the extractor over the blackhead you want to extract.
  3. Gently press down on one side of the pore.  Gently press and move the tool across the top (like spreading icing on a cake…)

Important: don’t press the loop straight down. Simply pressing down is why blackhead removers don’t work for some people.

Use gentle pressure from one side and ease out the plugthis action forces it out.

You should be able to feel tiny pressure as you press down, and the blockage will come out as a plug.

  1. Once you have removed all the comedones you want, gently cleanse your skin again. Apply a toner to help soothe and close the pores. An astringent like witch hazel works well.
  2. Remove any gunk from the tool, then clean it in hot soapy water or wipe with alcohol/hand sanitizer. Cleaning is important to prevent bacteria growth.

You can get a good blackhead tool here. They really are cheap little tools!

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

Nose Blackhead Removal

Nose blackheads are usually numerous, obvious and stubborn. Those crevices make the area more prone to getting clogged, and harder to treat.

Your nose crevices collect oil and dead skin cells, making it an easy place for blackheads to form.

To use an extractor on your nose adjust the angle. It can be difficult to place the whole loop over blockages in the side of your nose. So, use the edge of the loop and ease it out.

Again, use the “scraping” movement with gentle pressure across the top. The plug should “pop” out.

A Fast Way to Remove Blackheads

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

You can also use it in your ears or to squeeze small whiteheads on the skin.

Warning: this can be slightly addicting! Once you get the hang of using this tool you might wonder where it’s been all your life.

For more details on squeezing blackheads see this article.

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.


9 thoughts on “How to Use a Blackhead Extractor Tool”

  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.

    • 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!

    • 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 ?

    • 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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