Thanks to YouTube, watching people extract blemishes can practically be considered a pastime (just take Dr. Sandra Lee’s mesmerising videos, for example, which have more than three million views).
Visiting a dermatologist or hitting the spa for a facial is always the safest way to clear your complexion, as picking and squeezing (no matter how tempting) can lead to the spread of bacteria, scarring, and more breakouts. So how do you properly remove a blackhead in a pinch? We asked Zara Mohsin, resident skincare expert at Wink Brow Bar in New York City, who broke it down for us in five simple steps:
1. Apply some Vaseline on the blackhead and steam for two minutes (e.g. in the shower or wash your face with hot water).
2. Take an old toothbrush and gently rub in a circular motion to exfoliate.
3. Using a blackhead remover tool (try Tweezerman Stainless Steel No-Slip Skin Care Tool, $26.95; at davidjones.com.au) and gently press over the blackhead to remove it (fingers have a high chance of breaking blood vessels).
4. Wash the area with water then press lightly with toner to close the pore.
5. Dab on some anti-redness eye-drops (try Murine Sore Eyes, $10; priceline.com.au) to prevent redness.