Squeezing Blackheads Is Almost Guaranteed To Damage Your Skin!
It seems to be universal human instinct to want to squeeze blackheads when they pop up—especially if there is a big event coming up for which you want to look your best. Squeezing blackheads can reduce their ugly appearance, but can also cause bleeding and even scarring. There are better ways to immediately get rid of blackheads than squeezing them.
Part of the problem with squeezing blackheads with your fingers or fingernails is that you might introduce more bacteria into the blemish. Bacteria are part of what created the problem in the first place so you definitely don’t want to introduce more. When skin cells get clogged with sebum, excess oil, and dead skin cells, a blemish occurs. If the dead skin cells at the surface of the blemish react with the oxygen in the surrounding air they may turn black and become “blackheads”. Any blackhead treatment must remove the dead skin cells and unclog the skin pores without tearing the skin or introducing more bacteria. Squeezing blackheads may do both.
There are a few methods that work well, some more expensive and inconvenient than others. Dermatologists have solutions such as topical medication, injections, and chemical peels. Some of these blackhead treatments are effective and some are less so. All are expensive since you are required to pay for the dermatologist’s time as well as any materials or medications involved in the procedure. If you have the extra cash and want your severe acne treated in a clinical setting, then seeking out professional dermatological care may be the way to go.
There are other options that are more convenient and more affordable than dermatology, but more effective and less risky than simply squeezing blackheads. Have you thought of trying a comedone extractor? A comedone extractor is another way to immediately reduce the appearance of blackheads without the same risk of scarring and infection.
A comedone extractor is a small stainless steel implement which has two small loops, one on each end. It is a little bigger than a pair of tweezers. To use, you first soften the skin and open the pores by steam treating the skin of the face. Then you match up one of the loops on the blemish and gently apply downward pressure towards the chin. Don’t drag or scrape; you don’t want to tear the skin. By applying this pressure with a sterile instrument you will be able to remove the contents of the blemish without the risk of bleeding or scarring that is created by manually squeezing blackheads.