You can extract blackheads yourself if there is no infection on and around it. Just make sure you use sterile materials and do so in a clean environment. You can begin by steaming your skin for a while over a bowl of hot water to loosen the pores and make the extraction process less painful. Be careful not to scald yourself.
It is preferable not to use a tissue to squeeze the blackhead out but instead to use a flat blackhead remover, or a comedone extractor, which is sold at all beauty stores. Don't over squeeze your skin or you might invite acne formation at the distressed part. It is highly recommended not to extract aggravated, inflamed or infected acne lesions since this will not only worsen the acne but result in future scarring.
This article was published on Thursday 27 December, 2007.