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What Are Blackheads and How to Get Rid of Them – Top 3 Methods

This article will help you all to know all of the best methods on how to remove blackheads from the nose and to answer the question “what are blackheads?”

So, what are blackheads? Blackheads are clogged pores, often on the nose, but can be elsewhere, that appear black to the naked eye. Why are they black? Since the debris in the pore is exposed to the air, it becomes oxidized and turns to a dark shade of black. Blackheads therefore are not dirt, and do not mean that you don’t know how to wash your face. I hope that answered your immediate question of “what are blackheads?”

Nose blackheads are a real pain because they are unsightly and stubborn. Even if you squeeze hard, many of the blackheads stay in place. Sometimes these blackheads are rough and oily, and can be felt by rubbing your finger over your nose. Sometimes they can be itchy too.

One good thing is that blackheads are not normally inflamed (but can be sometimes).

I personally have had blackheads in my pre-teen years and into adulthood (so for me, I had the answer to “what are blackheads?” very early on). They were the precursor to the many years of acne I had ahead of me. By the way, I’m clear now and I will share what cleared me up in just a bit.

Now, about the top 3 methods on how to remove blackheads:

Method 1: Blackhead Extractor Tool. These can be bought from Target/Walmart for about $10. They are long and thin little tools that are usually in the section with tweezers and manicure tools.

There are two ends to this tool. One is meant for whiteheads, and the other for blackheads. The flat end is the one you will use for your blackheads.

The best method I have for using this tool is the following: Apply direct pressure to the blackhead area. Some of the blackheads may come right out, others will be more stubborn. A helpful tip is after applying pressure, to gently scrape the debris from the pores.

You will definitely notice an immediate difference. This method is good when used regularly, but you might also consider it in combination with one of the other 2 methods below.

Method 2: Blackhead Strips. These can also be bought from Target/Walmart. These are very simple to use. Just follow the direction on the box, which is usually to wet your nose and then apply the strip directly to your nose.

You then wait about 10 to 15 minutes for the strip to work. Then you peel it from your nose. I believe the recommended and most effective way to remove it is very slowly. Some people may find that these strips hurt a bit, but personally they don’t bother me too much.

Method 3: An facial scrub. Personally, I use Queen Helene’s Oatmeal and Honey facial scrub. It is natural and much more mild than other scrubs on the market. There are also other brands, such as St. Ives apricot scrub, etc.

You might want to try it out a bit on a small area of skin to make sure that you don’t have a reaction. When you are scrubbing your skin, be very gentle.

Don’t scrub too hard, because it may cause you to break out. I usually scrub lightly for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Wash it off and pat dry.

You should use this method regularly if you are blackhead prone. It will prevent future blackheads if you do it regularly. If you still get some blackheads after, make sure to use Method 2 or 3 above.

And that’s about it. My top 3 methods on how to remove blackheads, and a concise answer to the question: “what are blackheads?”

I use the 3 methods above as part of a more detailed holistic method for clear skin. It is very simple. You basically try to eliminate as many chemicals from your skin care routine. Also, you look at your entire life and not just your skin. You will be so much happier if you check it out, and guess what? You skin will clear up too! (What are blackheads? What are acne? Who cares if they are gone! Please check out my resource box for more information.

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