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How to remove blackheads at home

Want to get rid of ugly blackheads on your face? Here is a checklist to help you.

india Updated: Aug 18, 2010 01:14 IST

Prevention at home: To prevent blackeheads, wash or replace your pillowcases, sheets and towels regularly as these come in contact with your face or body and tend to harbour bacteria that can make blackheads worse.

Cleanse your face: Wash your face with a facial cleanser that contains benzoyl peroxide as an ingredient, as it works to exfoliate the skin so that dirt and dead skin cells are washed away. Next, steam your face to soften the blackheads. If you do not have a facial steamer, you can use warm water to rinse your face.

Remove it right: Use a black head remover (a metal stick with a hole at the end). Position the hole over the blackhead and exert mild pressure until you see the blackhead come out. Next, apply an antibacterial ointment to keep the area from getting infected.

Alternative measures: If you are not too keen on using the remover, you can also apply a mask on your face or use pores strips – sheets of paper with some sort of mixture at the bottom – that helps peel off blackheads from your face.

Worry less: Make it a habit to regularly cleanse your face, in order to prevent the blackheads from recurring. Worry less as stress trigger your oil glands to produce more oil which, in turns clogs your pores.

First Published: Aug 17, 2010 16:26 IST