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Blackhead Extraction Without the Dermatologist

Written by KD Gates


Before you begin, keep in mind that the key to removing both blackheads and whiteheads is cleanliness and gentleness. It’s important that all tools – including your hands – are properly sanitized before proceeding.

To proceed, follow the steps outlined below.

Step 1: Wash your face with a water-soluble gel cleanser. Gently pat skin dry.

Step 2: Use a toner to remove the last traces of dirt and makeup that your cleanser may have left behind.

Step 3: Because a blackhead is simply oil trapped within the pore, before extraction takes place, the clog must be loosened. To soften the pore and loosen the oil take a warm washcloth and apply to the area where extraction will take place. Wait for 1 minute and proceed to step 4.

***********************PLEASE DO NOT STEAM YOUR SKIN! *********************************

BE AWARE: Some methods advise steaming skin before extracting the blackhead. However, this approach does more damage than good. Steaming skin causes inflammation, thus damaging your skin’s natural healing ability. Keep in mind: irritation causes increased oil production, more blackheads, and unwanted blemishes.

I promise you, steaming is not the best option for your face. Keep it simple and use a warm washcloth!


Step 4: Sterilize the extractor by soaking it in alcohol for 1 to 2 minutes. Once sterilized and skin has dried, take the comedone extractor and place the loop end around the blackhead. Gently press down on one side of the blackhead and with gentle pressure move the tool across the top of the blackhead – pulling forward simultaneously. Once you’re sure the blackhead has been removed, wipe the comedone extractor with an alcohol towelette or a cotton ball soaked in alcohol. To remove additional blackheads, repeat the steps above.

Step 5 [CRUCIAL STEP]: Once the extraction process is complete and you are happy with the results, apply your favorite beta hydroxy acid (BHA) product to your face, making sure to steer clear of the entire eye area, including the upper eye lid and underneath the eye.

This process will enable:

  • exfoliation to take place within the pore lining
  • oil to properly flow to the top of your skin instead of becoming trapped within the pore
  • more rapid healing of blemishes associated with oily and combination skin types

One last note: Always wash skin with a mild, soap-free cleanser and use products designed for your skin type. Doing so will minimize your oil and free your skin from additional blackheads.

To minimize oil and blackheads, try Celsaderm’s C-Aloe Oil Control Mist. C-Aloe Oil Control Mist has a unique combination of special oil-absorbing ingredients to quickly reduce the amount of oil produced within the pore, calm irritation, and minimize the formation of blackheads.

Cheers to healthy and happy skin!



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