Why You Keep Popping Blackheads? What’s Causing Them?

If blackheads are the bane of your existence, then you have definitely come to the right place, because I can totally relate.

Like when you keep on popping blackheads but they keep on returning like unwanted guests?

You’ve tried everything and now you are ready to throw in the towel.

You feel like you’re banging your head against a wall every single time you try and tackle these little monsters.

I can understand the feeling because I have been there myself.

Wouldn’t it be great if you found a one stop solution to all your blackhead problems?

What if I tell you that it is totally possible to get permanently rid of those pesky blackheads.

Think I’m exaggerating?

Well, here are some tried and tested ways to pop blackheads so that they won’t ever come back again! 

What Are Blackheads?

Don’t even try to deny it, even though you curse the regular reappearances of your blackheads, you probably don't know exactly what they are and what causes them.

Well, let’s break it down in a way that makes them and their annoyingly recurrent existence easier to understand and forgive.

Understanding the cause of blackheads will also be extremely helpful for you to in order to know what areas of the face you need to cater to according to your skin type.

So, blackheads are basically plugs in skin pores.

Sounds gross, right?

Well, open comedones (AKA blackheads) are a mixture of dead skin cells and sebum that after hardening up, form a plug.

Whiteheads vs Blackheads

So the main difference between whiteheads and blackheads is that whiteheads are closed comedones, meaning that the pore remains closed.

Blackheads are open pores, so the black color develops due to the oxidization process.

Let me take a wild guess, you have a plethora of your blackheads on cheeks and on your nose and forehead area.

Well, those are the common formation areas for blackheads on face.

However, it is also possible to get blackheads on your back and ears.

“What did I do to deserve these nasty little things?”

I know that’s what you’re thinking.

Well, not to worry, because you did not do anything wrong.

The reasons for the formation of blackheads on face has more to do with your skin type and genetics than anything else.

If you are prone to oily skin, your pores will be larger.

Blackheads are more prone to form in larger pores.

If you have a problem with whiteheads then you can read this post.

What Else Can Cause Blackheads That Will Just Not Budge?

Besides genetics causing large pores and different skin types, blackheads on face skin and other regions of the body can be formed by use of harsh soaps, irregular skin care and/or development of acne.

Most people have open comedones that are so fine and small that they are practically impossible to view unless you use a magnifying glass.

You might be wondering: how could it at all be possible to get rid of this annoyance for good?

Imagine what it would be like to permanently get rid of blackheads without any extreme measures needed.

Want to know a secret?

You can easily get rid of blackheads for good using everyday items and applying easy measures.

Sounds impressive, right?

Well, it is very possible as well.

Here are the simple ways on how to pop blackheads so that they never trouble you again. 

How to Get Rid Of Blackheads

I completely understand that feeling of embarrassment, ‘popping blackheads cannot be this hard, surely!’

There is an easy formula for how to get rid of blackheads on nose, cheeks, chin and anywhere else.

Researchers and dermatologists have made a consensus on how to get rid of blackheads which is to pop them.

So now you can safely and easily remove blackheads.

What’s the catch? There must be a catch, is what you are probably thinking.

Well, there is no catch.

There is no hard labor involved, just preventative methods you will need to take, alongside safe methods of popping blackheads in a way that they will not come back. 

How to Start the Process of Popping Blackheads Effectively

So let’s get down to business.

Here is all you will need to get done, I’ll walk you through the whole process.

So, let’s begin.

First, make sure to target the older blackheads, which will be prominently harder and darker than the rest.

Start by using a mild skin cleanser, so that you can successfully cleanse your skin but not increase its sensitivity.

You should also try softening your skin by steaming your pores.

You can do this by having a hot shower, placing a warm towel on the required area for a while or take steam from a pot of boiling water.

This will help to make the pores softer, making the process of popping blackheads a lot easier. 

After Prepping:

Now, it is recommended to wrap a piece of tissue paper on both hands’ index fingers, and then place both on either side of the first blackhead.

(The tissue is for the potential mess, because EW.)

Now, you may be wanting to take out all your aggression on this pesky skin condition, but control yourself.

You will need to very gently push your fingers down, while making a rolling up motioning with your fingers, like this.

Do not squeeze more than two or three times if it is resisting coming out, as that will mean it is not ready to come out yet.

You can do that quick popping method we all see in videos and movies if most of the blackheads on the specific area are easily coming out.

You can use the tissue to keep wiping the blackheads off once they come out.

For nose blackhead pops, it is recommended to try using a blackhead extractor tool instead, as blackheads on noses are trickier to get rid of. 

Precautions and Preventative Aftercare Measures

You may feel the urge to keep squeezing your skin, but that would not be wise.

You don’t want to damage your skin now, do you?

Keep changing the section of skin you squeeze out after a few squeezes so as not to irritate the skin too much.

After you see the result of those satisfying blackhead pops, you will notice that those pores are still open.

Now, this is the important part in order to prevent blackheads recurring.

Pores cannot be completely closed but it is possible to significantly reduce their size.

Firstly, get that toner and use a cotton pad to dab toner on the affected area.

Clay masks can be a miracle worker to reduce the size of pores and reduce inflammation, so you should apply one after popping blackheads.

You can also just wash your face with cold water in order to cool it down if needed.

Applying salicylic acid can help to further minimize pores to a great extent as they go deep in the pores and clear them up.

Once the coast (or pores) are clear, they shrivel down. 

Crucial Blackhead Tips:

So, I know what you must be thinking: “Oh my gosh, popping pimples is so weirdly satisfying… I want to squeeze out more.”

Do not go to the dark side.

It can look and feel extremely satisfying, but it is ill-advised to aggravate your skin by constantly squeezing your skin to get rid of the blackheads on face.

Get the already loose ones, and get the other tempting ones when they are ready to come out!

You should try to keep your pores clean as often as possible.

Another way to do that is to use a glycolic acid product, which clears away the dead skin cells and oils, preventing the outbreak of blackheads.

However, using unrefined sesame oil as a pre-cleanse in your daily skin care can be a great addition.

It helps to dissolve all the natural oiliness of your skin, which is something water alone cannot achieve. 


This is an important part of daily skin care routines, however, it is so important to not overdo this process, as it can just make matters much worse, like the doctor in this article says.

Don't Use Pore Strips

They've been debunked. 

If you haven't discovered yourself already, all of your blackheads will return the next day after using pore strips.

Apparently they only remove your sebaceous filaments - which is extremely bad for your skin.

You can read this article if you don't believe me. 


Sounds impressive, right?

How easy it can be to get rid of this haunting issue?

Everyone deserves to feel healthy and glowing.

Getting rid of blackheads is also a good way to get your confidence back, so try these steps and see the difference for yourself!