Manual extraction of whiteheads and blackheads has been a common practice before the trend of parlors became popular. Many people today prefer to remove their blackheads manually, however, it is important to know and use the safest and most recommended methods to remove them in order to avoid spots and bumps. Below are a few tips on manual extraction of blackheads.
Things you need:
- Plastic wrap
- Facial tissue
Blackhead removal is most preferred after a skin facial, steam or shower for the temperature of skin is perfect for removing blackheads. A softened skin makes it easy for you to remove blackheads without leaving spots or bumps.
Once you have softened your skin with a shower/steam or facial, apply a thick coat of moisturized to the affected area. As you use a thick moisturizing layer, a temporary occlusive lining is created which traps the heat of the skin, making extraction easier.
Cover your skin with the plastic or cellophane wrap and apply a damp hot washcloth on it. Keep the hot cloth on the plastic for at least 5 minutes. Remove the wrap. Apply another light coat of moisturizer to ensure that your skin remains heated. Wrap a facial tissue on the forefingers while gently squeezing the skin to remove clogged pores or blackheads. Note that too much pressure and pointing of nails inside the skin is not recommended. If you have a well moisturized skin, the blackheads would immediately come out. Keep your fingers on a wider surface as it helps with deeper extraction
If you feel that your skin is still too tight, apply a layer of moisturizer and give yourself a minute of facial steam.
Blackheads are basically oxidized oil that turn into a blackish color. The best possible way to remove blackheads is to prevent your skin from being clogged. How is that possible? It is possible by using antioxidants in your diet and cosmetic products. Regular cleansing also helps you keep your skin oil free.
Use of oil based cosmetic product is one of the major reasons why people get blackheads today. After using oil based cosmetic products, cleanse your skin with cucumber or rose water to freshen up the skin and hydrate it.
Keeping your body hydrated with spring water also prevents blackheads from coming as the skin constantly fights with the free radicals through antioxidants.