Blackheads! Possibly the most annoying skin condition based on stubborn-ness!
Squeezing blackheads can be a good step in helping to eliminate yours—if done right…
It may be a temporary solution but squeezing blackheads can help to “kick start” the process of getting clear skin by removing extra stubborn ones…
Once they’re gone, you can concentrate on refining the pores and preventing them from filling up again.
Keep reading below for the process used in professional facials to ensure clean removal of blackheads—without damaging your skin.
What Blackheads Should You Be Squeezing?
Some blackheads really do benefit from a good squeeze. Concentrate on the “old” ones—extra black and stubborn.
Squeezing them is a way to get rid of them instantly, and if that pore fills up again the plug is softer and much easier to treat. Because you’ll be dissolving them with the right exfoliation this will help the process along.
It is like pushing the reset button on the plug—it is always easier to treat a blackhead that is newly formed, rather than a settled-in oldie.
However, don’t be tempted to squeeze every blackhead you see!
Some will be too small and partially covered by the pore’s opening, so squeezing will just damage the surrounding skin…
Start by only targeting the most open, obvious pores—the darkest and most stubborn.
Ready? Here’s how to do it step by step!
Squeezing Blackheads Step By Step:
- Cleanse skin with a mild cleanser (anything too harsh will strip your skin and make it too sensitive to squeeze)
- Steam will help open the pores and soften the plug: hold your head over a bowl of hot water, have a hot shower, or place a warm washcloth over the area for a few minutes
- Wrap a tissue around each index finger and place one on each side of the targeted blackhead
- Push down gently, and squeeze as if you are “rolling up” from underneath
- After one or two squeezes like this, move you fingers around so you aren’t pushing on the same area of skin
- If a blackhead is ready to come out, it will do so easily and as a plug
- Sometimes you can squeeze a few quickly then dust them off with a tissue!
- See below for important after-care to calm your skin and help refine those pores you’ve just unclogged
- Remember: if it doesn’t come out easily, leave it.
Too much squeezing can cause damage and do absolutely nothing to get rid of the blockage.
If you are extracting in a fairly large area, try to spread the squeezing out to avoid irritating the same area of skin.
How To Squeeze Nose Blackheads
The nose deserves its own section as this can be a tricky area. If you’re having trouble extracting blackheads on the nose:
1. Use the thumb of one hand to ‘brace’ on the opposite side of your nose
2. Place the index finger of the same hand on one side of the blackhead
3. Use the other finger to do the rolling squeeze action, pushing down against the thumb
Often a blackhead extractor tool is the easiest thing to use on the nose.
How To Take Care Of Your Skin After Squeezing Blackheads
Often after squeezing blackheads you can see the pores you’ve just cleared—little open holes in your skin.
Pores can’t be “closed” but the following steps will help reduce them back to their normal size and keep them healthy.
They are also important to reduce any redness or irritation from the squeezing….
Do the following:
- If you have a toner, wet a cotton pad and dab this over the area
- Apply a clay mask to the area – this will reduce inflammation and refine pores immediately
- A good old fashioned splash of cold water is fine if you don’t have the above – the area can feel heated so this is a good way to cool it down
- To help minimize blackheads and clear up skin use glycolic acid on a daily basis, see this article for details
Squeezing blackheads can be oddly satisfying and addictive!