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By Leslie Pequignot • April 21, 2016

Remove Blackheads...The Right Way

Blackheads are hard to extract, especially when you don't know how to do it correctly. That’s why I always show my clients how to do it—the right way—when they're at home.

It's important to extract blemishes without spreading bacteria, which will end up creating even more pimples or blackheads. Spreading that bacteria also hurts your pores.

What you'll need:

-Toner/astringent (I recommend Witch Hazel, which you can find at most drugstores)

-2 4X4 cloths (similar to gauze)

-A way to steam your face, such as a shower or a few steamed towels.

How it works

Steam is important because it opens your pores. This makes it easier to remove your blackheads and soften the sebum, dirt, and oils in your skin.

Once you've steamed your pores for about 10 minutes, take your cloth pieces and lightly cover them with toner, then tightly wrap the cloths around both index fingers. The toner will keep your skin at a neutralized pH and also, as an astringent, it will help to prevent spread of bacteria from the extracted blackheads or whiteheads.

Now, it’s time to extract. You want to push down and then upwards with your fingers, being careful not to cut into your skin from pressing too hard. Try to start farther away from the targeted blackhead and wipe inward with both fingers a few times until it is fully removed.