Although dermatologists generally discourage the popping of blackheads, they advise that proper technique reduces the risk of scarring, infection and further inflammation. To prevent making acne problems worse, prepare, exfoliate and dry your skin. Then, wash your hands and cover your fingers with a tissue to conquer the blackhead.
- Prepare your skin
Warm steam helps open your pores, which makes it easy to pop your blackhead. Take a hot shower, or sit in your bathroom with the hot water running. Use an antibacterial liquid soap or facial cleanser to clean your skin.
- Exfoliate your skin
Use a scrub or a product that contains an exfoliant and salicylic acid. If you have sensitive skin, rub the area with a clean, wet washcloth instead. Exfoliating your skin removes dead skin cells from the area.
- Dry your skin
Use a clean, lint-free towel to pat your skin dry.
- Wash your hands
Wash your hands with antibacterial soap to remove dirt and bacteria from your fingers and from beneath your fingernails.
- Cover your fingers
Fold a square of bathroom tissue in half. Wrap the tissue around your index finger. Do this for both hands. Now you can safely squeeze the pimple without introducing bacteria and grime into the freshly opened pore.