A clean face and hands are a must before extracting blemishes.

How to Remove Teenage Blackheads and Spots

by Lisa Finn

While the teenage years are a wonderful time of exploration, they can also be fraught with embarrassing acne and unwelcome facial spots. On a teenager's face, in particular, tiny oil glands appear near hair follicles that produce an oily sebum. If the opening in the follicle gets blocked, the oil cannot escape and a whitehead, which turns into a blackhead as soon as it hits the air, appears. Removing these unsightly blackheads and facial spots can be done at home, provided you take the necessary steps to clean and extract in the proper manner.

Wash your face at night with warm water and a mild acne-fighting soap. Use your fingertips to gently rub the soap into your skin for at least 30 seconds. Rinse your face well with warm water and pat dry.

Dab your finger into a cream featuring benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Carefully spot treat the areas where blackheads and blemish spots appear with a pea-sized amount of the treatment. This helps the skin shed dead cells, unplug follicles and loosen up the blackheads so extraction is easier. Wait overnight before attempting extraction so the peroxide or acid has time to work.

Wash your face again in the morning with a mild cleanser and warm water. Pat dry. Dip an extraction tool in rubbing alcohol to disinfect it from bacteria and germs.

Place the tool on top of the blackhead and gently push to loosen the blackhead upward. Repeat this motion around the blackhead or pimple until all of it is out. Wipe with a cotton pad.

Items you will need

  • Mild soap formulated for your skin
  • Water
  • Towel
  • Benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Extraction tool
  • Cotton pads


  • Refrain from squeezing pimples and blackheads with your fingers.
  • Use a steam machine or take a hot shower immediately before extracting to help open pores and loosen blackheads.
  • See a dermatologist when blackheads and spots persist. Stronger prescription, topical and oral medication is available.
  • Facials given by a licensed esthetician may help keep blackheads and spots at bay.


  • Harsh peels and exfoliates can actually help produce oil on the face causing more unwanted blackheads and spots.

About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Lisa Finn has been writing professionally for 20 years. Her print and online articles appear in magazines and websites such as "Spa Magazine," "L.A. Parent," "Business," the Famous Footwear blog and many others. She also ghostwrites for mompreneurs and business owners who appear regularly on shows such as Ricki Lake, HGTV, Carson Daly and The Today Show.

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