How to dissolve blackheads
Dissolve your blackheads fast, easy, and cheap!
Ever since I was a teenager I have had a problem with oily skin and blackheads. I get most of my blackheads on my nose and forehead, and especially in the creases of my nose where the blackheads seem to breed uncontrollably.
Over the years I have tried everything to either prevent the blackheads or try to dissolve them. Squeezing, extracting with special blackhead extractors, cleansing, scrubbing with apricot cleansers, lemon juice, alpha hydroxy, and regular acne medicine. Some of these worked, like manually squeezing or extracting the blackheads, but this left my skin puffy and irritated, and the blackheads were back in just a day or two. Some of the scrubs and medicines also worked, but they dried or irritated my skin, and are also very expensive.
For the last year I have been looking for something that would dissolve the blackheads right out of the pores, that I could also use daily without drying or irritating my skin or making me go bankrupt. Finally, after taking the advice of a friends grandmother, I found something that dissolves blackheads fast, cheap and easy!
What to use to dissolve blackheads: Carbamide peroxide
Never heard of carbamide peroxide? Neither had I!
Carbamide peroxide is similar to hydrogen peroxide, but is less irritating and does not dry the skin as much. Carbamide peroxide is used in tooth whiteners and many (expensive!) acne treatments and medicines. The most common, and cheapest household use for carbamide peroxide is in plain old earwax remover.
Why earwax remover can dissolve blackheads
Blackheads are made up of mostly keratin and sebum (that stuff that oozes from your pores). Earwax is made from dead skin, keratin (just like blackheads), and other fats that are similar to the sebum that blackheads are made of. Basically, blackheads and earwax are more similar than we would like to think, and that is why earwax remover works so well to dissolve them.
The best part about using simple earwax remover to dissolve blackheads instead of expensive acne medicines containing the same active ingredient (carbide peroxide), is that instead of paying $25-$75 for a few ounces of special blackhead dissolving medicine, you can get virtually the same results with a $6 bottle of ear wax remover!
I didn't believe my friends grandma that the earwax remover would work, or wouldn't irritate my skin so tested for a few days on a very small spot on the side of my nose. After a few days my skin wasn't irritated so I moved on to trying it all over my nose where my blackheads are the worst. After only 4 days, virtually all of my blackheads were gone, and the pores were smaller, and, no skin irritation!
How to dissolve blackheads
This is the cleaning regimen that I use to dissolve my blackheads:
What you will need:
- Earwax remover (Debrox, Murine, etc)
- Cleaning scrub - I use Aveeno "Clear Complexion" but any light cleanser will do
- Wich hazel
- A noncomedogenic moisturizer. I use Jojoba oil because it is noncomedogenic and the PH level is almost the same as your natural skin oil
Do this after a hot shower or steaming your face:
- Dry your face completely
- Apply a few drops of the earwax remover to the area with blackheads and rub on like a lotion. Use enough so that you leave a layer on the skin
- Leave the earwax remover on for 5-10 minutes. You should start to see the tops of blackheads actually bubbling and dissolving
- After at least 5 minutes use a tissue to fully wipe away all of the earwax remover
- Use your cleansing scrub with warm water to wash your face, concentrating on the oily areas with the blackheads and be sure to fully clean off all of the earwax remover
- Pat your face dry, especially the problem blackhead areas
- Dab-on the astringent and let dry
- Put a few drops of your moisturizer on your finger and gently massage into your skin where the blackheads are to keep it from becoming dry
Even though as you do this you can actually see the tops of the blackheads dissolving and bubbling away as the earwax cleaner is on your skin, it only dissolves the top part of the blackheads, so it will take a few days of doing this one or two times per day before you start seeing a big difference. For me it took about 5 days before the blackheads were dissolved all the way down inside the pores, and then regular daily cleaning this way prevented virtually any new blackheads from showing up!
Try on a small area first and wait a day or so to make sure your skin does not get irritated.