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How to Heal Redness After Taking Out a Blackhead

By Mary Ylisela ; Updated July 27, 2017

Blackheads, also known as comedones, are plugs that form in an oil gland that's blocked. If you've decided to take out a blackhead, be prepared to heal the redness in your skin that comes as a natural result of popping a blackhead. While there are many commercial products available for the treatment of blackheads and pimples, removing the redness can be done with basic supplies from home.

  1. Wash your face with a mild facial soap or cleanser and a clean wash cloth. Gently scrub the area where the blackhead was removed to clean any dirt or germs deposited on your face by your fingers. Pat your skin dry with a clean towel.

  2. Wrap your towel around an ice cube and hold the cold compress against the red area of your skin. Ice the skin for 10 minutes to reduce swelling and remove redness.

  3. Squeeze a small amount of hydrocortisone cream onto a cotton swab. Dab the cream onto the reddened area of your skin. This will help remove redness while soothing the skin.

  4. Dampen a cotton swab with eye drops used to remove redness. Dab the eye drops on your skin to remove any remaining redness.

  5. Tip

    A dab of toothpaste helps treat redness from squeezing blackheads. Dab it on before bed and allow it to dry.

    Warnings

    See a dermatologist if you are dealing with repeated or severe skin breakouts.

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