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Common blackhead myths

The blackhead spot is a common scourge to clear skin and something that pretty much everyone has experienced at some point, if not daily. But despite being so widespread there is a lot of misinformation and myths about them.

The most common blackhead myth: blackheads are made of dirt

This is such a common belief, but totally wrong. Blackheads are actually made of oil and some bacteria – which everyone has on their face, clean or dirty. This gets clogged up in the pores. When the pore is open to the air it reacts with oxygen – oxidises – and gets a dark colouring. When you actually remove a blackhead you can see it is a much paler, oily colour.

Keeping the oil levels on your face down can help combat a blackhead but that’s not the same as dirty. People’s natural level of oil and areas affected are different.

Myth 2: Shrinking your pores

You have pores all over your body, they are an essential part of skin. There’s no getting rid of them – or shrinking them. Products that talk about shrinking pores can’t do anything physical – pores just are. You can minimise the look of them though, which is different but achieves the same effect.

Myth 3: Spots are for teenagers

Acne and whiteheads are more common in teenagers because of all the hormones but they, as well as blackheads, are common in adults too. And kids are starting with spots earlier now, due to puberty beginning earlier on average.

Myth 4: You can just squeeze a blackhead away

It’s not as simple as that. Squeezing a blackhead with your fingers is a recipe for trouble. You can accidentally push the blackhead further in, introduce new bacteria and germs from your fingers and cause swelling, redness and inflammation.

Instead, you should use a proper pimple popper, or comedone extractor, to take care of that blackhead in the most hygienic, easiest way.

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Black head removal the easy way

Black head removal really can be easy and quick. You can do it without swelling and redness or risking infection. You just need the right black head removal tool.

That tool is a comedone extractor – also known as a pimple popper. It’s the safe, hygienic, easy and fuss free way to deal with your black heads.

If you squeeze your spots with your fingers then you really need to get a pimple popper. Using your fingers is unhygienic and risks infection. Ever had a black head get worse after squeezing, not better? Did it turn into a large, painful, swollen white head? That will be because dirt and bacteria from your fingers got into the skin through the wound left by the black head. Trying to deal with this infection caused the white head.

At best, squeezing your black heads with your fingers leaves your skin red, sore, irritated, puffy and swollen. You have to hide yourself away for hours until the redness goes down, or add lots of makeup. Fingers are too large and inaccurate – as well as too dirty – to do a proper job of squeezing spots.

How to use a pimple popper

Which is why you need a proper pimple popper. Well constructed and strong, using stainless steel, it is the right tool for the job. At either end is a loop – one larger and one smaller. Choose the best size for the spot in question. Black heads tend to be smaller so you will probably want the smaller end. Place it over the spot and apply a firm, even, but gentle pressure.

Then you can wash your pimple popper and pop it away for next time – keeping it safe and clean. Your skin won’t be all red and swollen. The wound will be safe from infection. And you can get on with your day after a successful and easy black head removal.

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Why do you need a blackhead extractor?

Nearly everyone has suffered from a blackhead at some point and they can be a regular battle for many. What’s the best weapon against blackheads? A professional, hygienic blackhead extractor: the pimple popper.

Why you need a blackhead extractor

You might think you have been getting along fine without a blackhead extractor. You might be using your fingers to squeeze your spots, maybe with a tissue to help. But once you see how well a real blackhead extractor works you won’t go back.

So you’ve been squeezing your blackheads with your fingers. That means you probably think the redness, swelling and irritation is just par for the course. And sometimes the blackheads get infected, get bigger, or turn into whiteheads. That’s just normal, right?

No. It’s not normal – at least, it doesn’t have to be. You can remove blackheads without swelling and redness. You just need a proper blackhead extractor.

How to use a pimple popper

The pimple popper is a simple tool for blackhead extraction. It has two loops at either end of different sizes, for different sized spots. Blackheads often only need the smaller loop. Place the loop over the spot and press for easy squeezing.

It’s not just easier either. It’s much more hygienic than using your fingers. Our fingers carry dirt and bacteria even when they look clean. If you squeeze spots with your fingers they can transfer that dirt and bacteria into the empty pore. This is why squeezed blackheads can get infected, blocked again, or turn into whiteheads.

Because the loop is much smaller than your fingers the pressure is more accurate. This means less force is needed and over a smaller area. So there is less redness, swelling and irritation. Those side effects aren’t caused by the spot but by squeezing with large, stubby, imprecise fingers.

So those are the many advantages of a blackhead extractor.

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The black head tool trusted by experts

If you want to banish your black heads you need a black head tool that is safe and hygienic.

A comedone extractor, or pimple popper, is the black head tool you need. And it’s one that is used by beauticians and dermatologists.

What are some of the problems with other black head tools?

Let’s be honest, most people’s version of a black head tool is their fingers. Pretty convenient, but that’s about the only positive. Even if you use a tissue, fingers are a terrible black head tool.

Why? Several reasons. Our fingers are very useful tools and we can do a lot with them. But they are not designed as black head tools. Pimple poppers are, they are designed solely for squeezing black heads. Fingers are too large for the job and too stubby. That means they squeeze and press at a lot of skin that is nothing to do with the black head. Which leads to redness and swelling – painful and unsightly.

Plus, our fingers are dirty. Even when we wash them. When we squeeze a spot using our fingers there’s a good chance dirt and bacteria will be transferred. A popped white head or squeezed black head leaves what is basically an open wound. Our fingers put dirt and and bacteria right into that wound. Which can cause swelling, infection, and a whole new spot to form.

What’s the best black head tool?

Which brings us to the pimple popper. Our pimple popper is the best black head tool to safely and hygienically squeeze your black heads. It is small, accurate, and easy to keep clean. There’s less redness, swelling and irritation.

So for a real black head tool try a PimplePopper comedone extractor!

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Simple pimple remedies

Why use a pimple popper?

If you are suffering from spots you need some simple pimple remedies you can rely on. There are more expensive creams making big promises or you can rely on tried and tested, time honoured techniques.

How to use a pimple popperUse a proper pimple popper – a comedone extractor. Beauticians and dermatologists use the real deal to handle acne. The loops on either end fit over the spots, either large or small, blackheads or whiteheads. With gentle pressure it safely and cleanly pops the spot. It’s much more hygienic than using your fingers, which can be dirty and introduce bacteria to the spot and make it worse.

If you are keen to keep your pimple remedies all-natural we have information on blackhead treatment without chemicals. Popular natural pimple remedies include lemon juice or apple cider vinegar as a wash or topical treatment. The acids in lemon juice and the vinegar help dry out the skin to stop pimples in their tracks.

Prevention is better than cure and you can do your best to avoid pimples in the first place by drinking plenty of water, using the right products for your skin type and keeping your stress levels down. Sometimes, too much washing or with the wrong products can actually make skin worse. If the skin is dried out it can start making more oil in response. So you need to moisturise well too, even if it seems counter-intuitive.

Stress can play havoc with your hormones – which are a major cause of breakouts. Finding the time to unwind and getting at least eight hours sleep a night will help keep your mood and your skin on an even keel.

You can get all the pimple remedies and beauty supplies you need from So you can treat your pimples and treat yourself to a manicure or an exfoliating scrub at the same time.

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Safe and hygienic blackhead removal

No-one likes having to deal with blackheads but you can get a safe and hygienic blackhead removal tool that gets the job done easier.

A comedone extractor – or pimple popper – is a specialised tool for dealing with spots, including blackhead removal. It works by using the hooped ends to apply pressure to the spot and force it out. Our pimple popper has two different sized hoops so you can deal with any size of spot, blackhead or whitehead.

How to use a pimple popperBlackheads are caused by naturally occurring oils and dead skin collecting in your pores, creating a plug or clog. This can get raised (a comedone) and become darker in colour, appearing black from a distance, even though it is naturally a yellowy oil colour.

The problem with squeezing or picking at blackheads is that your fingers can be dirty, which introduces new bacteria and dirt into the wound left by the blackhead that can make the infection worse. The blackhead will get a new lease of life and continue, or turn into a whitehead.

Blackhead removal with a proper pimple popper is more hygienic and safer. It’s also more accurate than using your fingers and doesn’t damage the surrounding skin. Redness, swelling and irritation after a spot-squeezing session are caused by using our fingers. But a pimple popper is small and accurate enough just to deal with the pimple in question and not cause that redness and swelling.

To be really safe, before and after a blackhead removal you should wash the area, and also the pimple popper itself to get rid of any bacteria or dirt. Washing with warm water beforehand will also help with the blackhead removal by softening the oil in the blackhead and make it easier to remove.

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Blackhead treatment the all-natural way

There are lots of natural and low-chemical blackhead treatments you can try.

Apple cider vinegar washes are popular and you can even drink a tablespoon each day to enjoy lots more natural health benefits. The acidic vinegar breaks down oils and balances pH levels in your skin. Vinegar has long been used as a disinfectant and you can dilute it in water to clean your face naturally.

You can avoid the harsh and chemical-laden scrubs and face masks from the shops and make your own blackhead treatment. A super-simple and cheap scrub is made up of baking soda and water. You’ve probably already got baking soda in your kitchen

Egg whites also make a great face mask. You can apply it straight to the face and let it dry, or you can dip cotton or tissue into the egg white and make your own strips to put on your nose or face. When you peel it off you can see the excess oil.

Drinking lots of water, eating well, getting a good night’s sleep and lowering stress all help with acne and blackhead breakouts too. Most of us don’t get enough water or enough sleep and it can cause havoc with our skin.

Prevention is better than cure when it comes to blackhead treatment but sometimes you just need to squeeze those blackheads. Don’t just use your fingers though. That can introduce dirt and bacteria into the pore that can make the blackhead worse or turn it into a whitehead. Plus, squeezing with fingers causes redness, swelling and irritation that can last for hours and draw even more attention to the spot. Instead, use a comedone extractor for a hygienic and easy way to squeeze your blackheads.

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The best blackhead treatment for you

Having blackheads is frustrating – many people try lots of different remedies but can’t find anything to work, or might even make the problem worse.

Remember, blackheads aren’t dirt. They are completely natural and could happen to anyone. It’s just excess oil clogging up pores. They look black because of oxidation from contact with the air.

So what’s the best blackhead treatment for you?

A lot of people suffering from blackheads have oilier than average skin, but some have dry skin. What’s important is that you don’t completely upset your skin’s natural balance. Although it might seem counterintuitive, remember to use moisturiser. If your skin is too dry it might produce extra oil to compensate, making the blackheads worse.

You might want to visit your doctor or a dermatologist. They can prescribe creams or pills that can help with serious adult acne or look for any underlying hormonal problems and the like. Dermatologists offer cosmetic solutions like chemical peels and microdermabrasion though these can come at a high price.

You can treat your blackheads at home. A DIY blackhead treatment plan might be to get up some steam using a hot shower or a bowl of boiled water with a towel over it. That will soften the oil in the blackheads and your skin.

Then use a comedone extractor – the most hygienic way to squeeze blackheads while keeping the irritation and redness to a minimum. PimplePopper’s comedone extractor is made of high quality stainless steel with two different sized popping loops. Place one loop over the blackhead and press down firmly but gently and wipe away the blackhead. Afterwards, splash your face with cold water, dry and moisturise.

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What causes a pimple?

Everyone would agree to the fact that there’s nothing worse than spotting a pimple right on your face early in the morning as you glance in the mirror. A pimple is caused by a pore in your skin being blocked. This blockage could be due to debris or bacteria among other things. Pimples may start appearing as early as the strike of puberty and continues for a number of years.

A number of factors such as hormonal stimulation, excessive oil production and bacteria built-up lead to pimples. Let’s take a look at few factors that trigger pimple breakouts:

1. Stress

Pimples are one of the most common forms in which stress manifests. Both physical as well as mental stress lead to the release of a stress hormone called cortisol. When the level of this hormone elevates, as a direct response a person starts getting pimples. So, the best way to avoid acne is to avoid stress altogether. You have numerous ways in your hand to regulate stress. Implement them to lead a happy and healthy life. The results will reflect in your skin.

2. Climate

Climate is one of those many external factors which lead to breakouts in your skin. The change of environment – humidity, weather or even water (minerals, fluoride or other elements) – can take a toll on your skin. The skin reacts to these changes by the sudden breakouts of pimples. Shielding your skin from the harshness of climate is the best way to avoid such pimples. Moisturising your skin in regular intervals during dry seasons, using climate relevant moisturisers, washing your face two times regularly to keep off sweat and using a sunscreen throughout the year are some of the necessary tips for a healthy skin.

3. Food habits

There is a direct link between your diet and the pimples that pop up on your skin. There must be some truth in the saying “You are what you eat”, because what you eat definitely affects the way you look. A diet high in sugary snacks, chips, oily and junk food can lead to pimple breakouts. So, a healthy diet is the key to  healthy skin. Eat at least six servings of fruits and vegetable each week to get the healthy glow in your skin. Even the drink you take matters. If you ever wonder which drink is best for skin, the simple answer is water. It’s free, it’s the elixir of your body. If you crave for a healthy skin in long run drink at least eight glasses of water each day.

4. Use of cosmetics

Make-up products with thick, overly creamy textures or any products that come in stick form are more likely to clog pores, creating a perfect environment for pimples to grow. Even when you apply makeup make sure that you remove every speck of it before going to bed at night. Wiping your face with a mild toner before going to bed must be your regular habit.

By making efforts to take care of each of these aspects, you can go a long way in keeping pimples under control.By making efforts to take care of each of these aspects, you can go a long way in keeping pimples under control.

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What’s in a pimple?

Pimples are small skin inflammations.  They are little lump of pus sitting on your face is made up of sebum, oil, debris and bacteria which has filled up a pore meaning that the pore can no longer breath and therefore has inflamed. Though pimples are a very common skin issue they are irritating. Pimples rob the charm of your face and leaves behind scars which dwell on for a long time. There are numerous ways to treat pimples but resorting to harsh treatments like chemical peel, ointments and creams have many side effects. So it is better to treat your pimples in a mild manner and opt skin friendly remedies. Such treatments may take a longer time to show its effects but are free from side effects.

There are several forms of a pimple: The most common ones of them are:

  • Whiteheads – these are the smaller lumps which are full of a white, creamy liquid
  • Blackheads – these are the black spots on your face that are pores clogged with dirt
  • Papules– these are small lumps that form bumps on your skin
  • Pustules– these are large, deep pimples that are filled with pus
  • Nodules– these are even bigger and deeper pustules
  • Cysts– these are generally very deep and very large, will not have a whitehead and can cause bad scarring.

You may keep off from pimples by adopting a healthier lifestyle. Pimples occur mostly due to dearth of hygiene and a healthy lifestyle. So, it’s better if they are avoided by regulating your habits like sleeping for a minimum span of 8 hours, drinking enough water, eating at least six servings of fruits each week , remove your make-up before you go to bed etc. Once you start with a healthy lifestyle, the glow will be seen in your skin. However you have to shield yourself from the external factors which triggers your breakouts. Be mindful in choosing your daily moisturiser. A popular moisturiser might not suit your skin. The composition of the moisturiser must suit your skin. So, select it accordingly.

Pimples are better not squeezed. You may become impatient at times to get rid of all pimples from your face and squeeze them. Squeezing a pimple may let off the pus and it may fill the surrounding pores triggering future breakouts. If you want immediate remedy from a pimple it is best to use a pimple popper tool. Using a pimple popper tool must be followed with some steps of hygiene.

The best way to deal with pimples is to deal them with patience. So the next time you see a pimple, reflect your daily habits, understand the composition of moisturiser which will be suitable for your skin. Once you reflect these facts and understand what is wanted by your skin, you are ready to do away with your pimples. This will help you prevent future breakouts.