Popping Blackheads: Simple Tips for Clear Skin

Popping Blackheads: Simple Tips for Clear Skin

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Popping blackheads is a common occurrence that has become a routine.

Blackheads (blackhead comedo) are one of the most common types of pimples, and on a milder scale, they are acne due to the blockage of hair follicles on the skin of the face, especially the nose, and in some people on the skin of the neck, back, chest ,arms and shoulders appear. 

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These types of pimples are not painful and do not have inflammation and swelling like red pimples.

 Sometimes they can even be confused with facial hair. Although popping blackheads are not very obvious and may not be seen from a distance, people lose their self-confidence or feel unattractive due to having these pimples. 

People with oily skin are more prone to blackheads than other skin types.

 Therefore, they are advised to remember to have a daily care routine for oily skin.

 Getting rid of these pimples with some care and using skin products is possible, and it does not take much time. Join us to get rid of blackheads forever and restore health and beauty to your skin.

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healthy vs infected hair follicle

What causes popping blackheads?

Blackheads occur when hair follicles in the skin become blocked. 

Each follicle contains hair and an oil gland called sebum that helps keep the skin healthy and smooth. 

Dead cells and excess fat accumulate in the follicle and lead to the formation of a pimple. 

If the skin on the pimple is closed, it will cause whiteheads; if it is open, it will become popping blackheads due to exposure to air.

These popping blackheads are one of the most common skin problems that appear mainly on the nose, But they may also occur in other areas, such as the chest, neck, arms, shoulder, and back.

  • Some factors that can increase the possibility of acne and popping blackheads include:

    • Excessive production of fat by the body
    • Accumulation of bacteria on the skin
    • Stimulation of hair follicles due to accumulation of dead skin cells
    • Not removing dead skin cells with detergent or scrub
    • Hormonal changes that increase skin oil production
    • Hormonal changes due to age, menstruation or the use of birth control pills
    • Use of certain drugs, use of some drugs such as corticosteroids, lithium or androgens
    • Increase in bacteria on the skin
    • Eating foods containing artificial sugar
    • Not drinking enough water


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Magic ways to escape

In this section, we have introduced some simple and inexpensive ways to prevent blackheads. 

By doing these things, in addition to preventing these pimples, you can also prevent acne or excessive secretion of fat.

  • Wash your face at least twice a day.

    This suggestion looks general, but washing and cleaning the skin regularly has a significant effect on preventing the accumulation of fat and pollution in its pores. 

So, this method is one of the simple ways to prevent and even treat popping blackheads at home.

  • Using a detergent containing salicylic acid

    Salicylic acid is an excellent ingredient for healing blackheads and whiteheads, and it completely clears the skin of two things:

    1. Dead cells and impurities left on the skin from the air or makeup
    2. Excess skin oil that has blocked pores

A cleanser containing salicylic acid daily can remove blackheads quickly and deeply cleanse the skin.

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  • Regular use of exfoliators

    Exfoliating the skin using a facial scrub deletes dead skin cells and prevents the creation of blackheads. Of course, choosing products that do not dry or irritate your skin is better.


    • Exfoliation of the skin with peels and scrubs containing alpha and beta hydroxy acids

      Peeling can sometimes cause pimples or irritate pimples and cause inflammation and redness.

However, in the case of popping blackheads, this is the opposite, and using exfoliating creams can cause skin pores to empty in addition to treating blackheads.

Alpha hydroxy acids, like glycolic acid, and beta hydroxy acids, like salicylic acid, are used to exfoliate the skin and treat blackheads in peels, scrubs, or peel-off masks suitable for all skin types.

Toners and night creams are products that contain glycolic acid.

    • Use fat-free products

      Facial cosmetics containing oil can cause acne and blackheads. Therefore, we suggest always using oil-free cosmetic products, lotions, and sunscreens.

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    •  Nasal cleansing adhesives

      Because most of the skin fat is collected in the nose area, popping blackheads are mostly seen on the skin of the nose than on other parts of the face.

An easy way to get rid of these pimples is to use nose cleaning tapes stuck on the nose; by removing them, the blackheads are also removed. 

One thing that should be noted is that due to the opening and emptying of the pores, it is possible for them to be filled with new pimples, and to prevent this, you should use the mentioned skin care products.

Warning: Continuous use of nasal adhesives is not recommended. 

This is because when removing the adhesive along with these materials, other materials, such as natural fats and hair follicles, may also be removed, which are beneficial for the skin. 

The loss of these elements over time causes skin dryness and irritation.

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  • Use of retinoids

    Retinoids are one of the derivatives of vitamin A that speed up the process of cell division.

They effectively improve acne, prevent signs of ageing, and treat spots, freckles and other skin problems.

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The performance of this substance for the quick treatment of popping blackheads is extraordinary.

Of course, it is forbidden to use it during pregnancy.

Retinoids are available in different concentrations and can sometimes cause serious side effects, including dryness, redness, sensitivity, and flaking.

Therefore, the use of this substance should be done under the supervision of a specialist doctor.

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  • Use of products containing sulfur

    Almost all anti-acne products contain sulfur. This ingredient has a mild effect on the skin and is suitable for topical treatment of pimples and acne.

In addition to reducing the skin’s sebum level, sulfur removes dead cells and cleans the skin’s pores.

Therefore, it is better to use sulfur products instead of salicylic acid products if you have sensitive skin.

  • Use of non-comedogenic products

    Non-comedogenic is code for products that are oil-free and will not clog pores.

Non-comedogenic means that the product does not cause comedones or closed pores. 

Suppose you do not use non-comedogenic cosmetic products due to the closing of your skin pores, in addition to the fact that proper cleansers, masks, and exfoliators will not be effective. In that case, you will also suffer from acne.

  • Never sleep with makeup on

    After a long day, the most important thing your skin needs is to remove makeup and wash.

If you sleep with makeup on, popping blackheads and other types of acne will increase.

Even sleeping overnight with makeup containing non-comedogenic ingredients can clog pores. Additionally, not removing eye makeup can cause eye irritation or eye infection.


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There are magical aids for beauty at home

  • Treat popping blackheads with water.

    The easiest and most convenient way to treat blackheads is to wash your face with water daily.

Water removes toxins and skin impurities and cleans skin pores. Washing the face once or twice a day makes the skin fresh and shiny, increasing its health and beauty.

If you have dry skin, use a moisturizer after washing your face to prevent excess oil.

  • clay mask

    Necessary materials: clay, water (you can also use rose water and milk)

How to prepare: Due to the presence of bentonite clay, it guarantees the health of your skin and easily removes toxins and dead skin.

First, wash your face well, then mix the soil with water. The prepared mask should be tight enough and loose enough.

Apply in a circular motion on your skin and let it dry.

Then wash your face with a clean cloth. Use this mask once a week.

  • A mask that eliminates popping blackheads with lemon and egg

    Ingredients: 3 drops of fresh lemon, one egg white

How to prepare: To open the pores and soften the blackhead, steam the face first.

You can also use a warm, wet towel. Mix egg and lemon juice and apply to popping blackheads. Place a tissue on it. Leave it like this for 20 minutes, wash your face with a cloth, and remove the black spots.

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Use this mask two times a week; your skin will be shiny and free of blackheads after two weeks.

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  • Milk and honey mask

    Ingredients: a soup spoon of honey, a teaspoon of milk, cloth or a clean cotton strip

How to prepare: Honey has a significant antibacterial effect, and milk makes the skin soft and smooth. 

Mix milk and honey in a container to prepare this incredible mask, and heat it for 5 to 10 minutes. 

After the temperature of the mask reaches room temperature, apply a thin layer of it on the skin. Put a cloth and cotton tape on it and wash your face after 20 minutes.

  • Activated charcoal exfoliator

    Ingredients: 2 teaspoons of activated charcoal powder, four teaspoons of gelatin powder, a little warm water

How to prepare: Activated charcoal is one of the best detoxifiers.

If you do not find activated charcoal powder in the market, you can buy and grind activated charcoal. 

First, put a warm wet towel on your nose to open and soften the pores. Then mix charcoal powder and gelatin in a container.

Then slowly add warm water and stir until it becomes a uniform solution. The resulting solution should be tight enough. 

You should use a brush to apply the material on your nose gently or, if necessary, your forehead and chin. 

Wait for the solution to harden on the skin. Gently peel off the layer from the skin. Wash your face and apply a moisturizer.

Use this excellent exfoliator on areas with tighter skin (forehead, chin and nose) and eliminate popping blackheads.


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Cleansing the skin and removing blackheads requires patience and perseverance. 

Any new anti-acne regimen, including clearing popping blackheads, can take anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks to take effect. 

If you still see new pimples or the previous ones have not disappeared, it is better to go to a dermatologist to remove them from your skin professionally and help the health and beauty of your skin. 

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It is even possible for the dermatologist to prevent the return of popping blackheads. Use retinoid treatments or dermabrasion methods.

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Author and specialist

Dr. Majid Zahrabi,


  • Board Certified Neurosurgeon
  • DHA certificate holder
  • Plantation certificate holder, France
  • Certified holder of Discogol, France
  • A pioneer in the non-surgical treatment of disc herniation in the Middle East and CIS countries.
  • Under the training and coaching of Professor Jacques Theron (founder of Discogel Therapy) since 2008
  • More than 400 successful cervical and 1300 lumbar discogel injections
  • Trained and certified several neurosurgeons and spine surgeons in the Middle East and CIS countries for the treatment of Discogel
  • Strong belief in patient-centered care planning and participation
  • Neurosurgeon and spine surgeon at Imam Khomeini and Amir Mazandarani Hospital, Sari, Iran, with more than 430 surgeries annually, 2000-2011
  • Neurosurgeon and spine surgeon at Farmaniyeh, Nikan and Yas Sepid Hospital, Tehran, Iran, with more than 400 surgeries annually, 2011-2012
  • Neurosurgeon at Iranian Hospital, Dubai, 2022-2023
  • Since 2015, he has been working as a reference doctor for the treatment of intervertebral disc herniation with Discogel and has trained many doctors of spine-related specialties in various countries of the Middle East and CIS in person/practically and online.



  • Individual training sessions under the direct supervision of Professor Jacques Theron in Discogel treatment, 2008-2020
  • Training sessions under the supervision of Professor Thierry Boye on spinal implants, 2007
  • Participation and presentation in several national and international medical and neuro-spinal conferences
  • Board certificate by Iran Neurosurgery Board, 2001
  • Neurosurgery assistant training course, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran, 1996-2001 (In 2001, he graduated from Isfahan University of Medical Sciences with the first rank in the country.
  • His thesis the titled:The Application of human amniotic membrane in repair of dura matter in dogs.” ( It was happening for the first time in the world. )
  • General medical education, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran, 1984-1993


Published books:

  • CT scan of the brain for doctors
  • Etiology and treatment of painful spine disorders
  • Atlas of diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of spine disorders
  • The most common mistakes in the treatment of spinal disorders
  • Reading brain CT scan in simple language (3rd place in the book of the year)
  • Treatment of head and spine injuries

Publications and articles:

  • Bacteriostatic and bactericidal effects of DISCOGEL® (https://www.researchgate.net/)
  • Muscle recovery, reduction of pain, and improvement of movement strategies in patients with lumbar discopathy after injection of Discogel.
  • The article on the initial results of the treatment of intervertebral disc herniation with discogel injection, which won the second-best poster rank at the Pan Arab International Congress of Interventional Radiology (March 14-16, 2015) and was accepted for presentation at the Chicago Pain Congress.
  • The use of human amniotic membrane in dura mater repair in dogs, a study for the first time in the world.



  • Annual Congress of Physiotherapists of Iran, 2019
  • Chicago International Pain Congress, 2019
  • Iran International Pain Management Congress, 2018
  • Annual Congress of Physiotherapists of Iran, 2018
  • Presentation of Discogel as an innovative solution for the treatment of spinal disc herniation in Armenia for orthopedic specialists and neurosurgeons, 2017
  • First Live Workshop and Seminar on Minimally Invasive Disc Therapy (DISCON), 2017
  • Presentation of Discogel as an innovative solution for the treatment of spinal disc herniation in Azerbaijan for orthopedic specialists and neurosurgeons, 2016
  • Seminar of Iranian official managers, 2016
  • Presentation of Discogel as an innovative solution for the treatment of spinal disc herniation in Tajikistan for orthopedic specialists and neurosurgeons, 2016
  • International Neurological Intervention Congress in Iran, 2014
  • Educational seminar for nurses on treatment approaches for head and spine trauma, 2014
  • Educational seminar for general practitioners on treatment approaches for head and spine trauma, 2014
  • Speech at the Retraining Seminar for General Practitioners and Specialists in Dubai (Discon) in 2017
  • Speech in the internal retraining courses of Irani Hospital, Dubai
  • Holding lecture sessions and practical workshops on the treatment of intervertebral disc herniation with discogel injection in Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Oman, and Armenia during the years 2015 to 2021.
  • Giving a lecture and holding a practical workshop for neurosurgeons in Vietnam at Ho Chi Minh City University in 2023

Dr. Majid Zohrabi started treating his patients in Dubai in 2022 and continues his activities in private medical centers in the UAE.