You can use hydrogen peroxide to remove blackheads by gently buffing a small amount into congested areas.
But there are caveats…
Hydrogen peroxide works to “remove” blackheads by dissolving oil from the surface of your skin, and it has a slight bleaching effect. So this can instantly reduce the appearance of blackheads and clogged pores.
However, besides a slight antiseptic effect on the skin, it does not “dissolve” the actual blackheads themselves! For that you need proper exfoliation and other treatments (below).
But hydrogen peroxide does work as an “instant fix” for blackheads
Thanks to its ability to instantly mop up oil and sebum and really clean your skin, this trick is a good one to keep in your skin care arsenal. It not only reduces the appearance of blackheads but can also help minimize pores.
Plus, hydrogen peroxide is cheap and important for the bathroom cabinet anyway!
Its an especially good treatment for blackheads on the nose, since this tends to be an oily area.
Here’s the easy step by step method:
How to use hydrogen peroxide to remove blackheads:
- Cleanse skin and pat dry
- Apply a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to a cotton ball and gently buff into the clogged areas of your skin–usually the nose and chin
- Allow to dry
- This works as an oil reducing primer, so feel free to apply makeup, or simply go barefaced (this is an especially good trick for men to quickly reduce the appearance of blackheads)
- This is safe to use once a day, but if your skin starts to become dry reduce application. If it becomes irritated, stop
- If your skin is more sensitive, you can dilute the hydrogen peroxide with water. Start with a 50/50 concentration and see how your skin reacts
Remember: while hydrogen peroxide is good for removing oil and reducing the appearance of blackheads, to deal with the actual blackheads/comedones themselves, you need some extra steps.
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How to actually remove blackheads
Ok, so you’ve got the hydrogen peroxide trick under your belt. This can get you through the days while you do other treatments to clear your skin.
Active exfoliation is the key to getting rid of blackheads. Along with other treatments like a good clay mask, careful squeezing and skin care, you really can make a difference. Start here: How to clear clogged pores and get smooth skin