How to Painlessly Remove Blackheads Without a Facial or Trip to the Derm

Mia Maguire
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One of the biggest bonuses of going to see a dermatologist or esthetician for a facial is extractions. Congested pores can lead to blackheads, breakouts, and enlarged size, but picking away at them isn’t a good idea either. So how do you get rid of blackheads yourself? There are a few different methods that you can try without the help of a professional: at-home extractions using a metal tool, chemical or physical exfoliating with acids or scrubs, charcoal, or clay-based peel-off masks, using retinoids, and of course, the O.G. pore strips. However, there are some newer and lesser-known methods for DIY blackhead removal cropping up on the beauty scene as of late too.

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