Blackheads, like any pimple, are best left alone. Though it's tempting to squeeze blackheads, it can lead to skin damage and even scarring. As a general rule, you shouldn't pick your skin. Yet, if you have an important event coming up and need to get rid of blackheads fast, make sure you squeeze out blackheads the safest way possible. Here's how to do just that!
Wash your hands with antibacterial soap.
Cleanse your entire face, using a facial cleanser that is appropriate for your skin type.
Use a scrub on your face. This will help ex-foliate the skin, removing dead skin cells and helping to expose the blackheads.
Soak a wash cloth in very warm water. Hold the cloth on your blackhead for several minutes. This will help prepare the area for extraction.
Place one finger from each hand on either side of the blackhead and apply pressure. Begin with very light pressure to try to bring the blackhead up to the skin's surface. Do not pinch the skin together. Instead apply steady, even pressure gently.
Apply the warm cloth to the area again.
Repeat the pressure application once more. If the blackhead does not come to the surface this time, then it's likely won't at this time.
Apply a cool compress to the area to soothe the skin.
Facial lotions are available which help reduce blackheads. These lotions usually contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide and are available in most drug stores. See a dermatologist if you experience persistent blackheads.
Never pinch or force the skin. This can draw blood and result in scarring.