How to Eliminate Blackheads in Your Ear

Clean your ears regularly to avoid blackheads.

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While acne on the face gets most of the attention, the truth is, zits, blackheads and whiteheads can show up anywhere on your body. You might find blackheads on your shoulders, your butt and yes, even in your ears. Getting rid of blackheads in your ears is similar to how you'd get rid of the ones on your face. Maybe people aren't staring at your ears, but if the blackheads in there are bothering you, you can get rid of them in a snap.

1.

Wash your ears with a cleanser containing salicylic acid. It might be easiest to do this in the shower so you can thoroughly rinse it all out. Salicylic acid helps break up dead skin cells so they won't clog your pores. Just squirt a little on your hand, wipe it around your ear and let the shower rinse it off.

2.

Dab the blackheads with an acne cream that lists benzoyl peroxide as an active ingredient. Benzoyl peroxide kills the bacteria in your skin and reduces inflammation. Rub the cream directly on the blackheads once or twice a day.

3.

Watch what touches your ear. That old beanie looks cute on you, but how sanitary is it? Dirty hats, ear muffs and even your fingers can transfer bacteria and dirt into your ear and cause blackheads. If you have long hair, wear it away from your ears in between shampoos, since oil from your can clog your pores.

4.

Stay out of the sun. Sometimes the sun can worsen your existing acne, and since people typically don't put sunscreen in their ears, that part of your body is at risk. Stay in the shade as much as possible, and if you do venture outside wear a hat with a wide brim that'll shade your ears.

5.

Have a professional extract your blackheads. While you can buy blackhead extractors at the drugstore, these are meant for use on your face, not a sensitive part of your body like your ears. An esthetician or dermatologist can use microdermabrasion, chemical peels or manual extraction methods to get that gunk out of your ears.

Things You'll Need

 

1.Salicylic acid cleanser

3.Wide-brimmed hat

2.Benzoyl peroxide acne cream

 

Tips & Tricks

 

Don't get any cleansers or acne treatment products in your ear canal.

While it's tempting, never try to squeeze a blackhead in your ear. This can lead to pain, inflammation and scarring.

 

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