What are blackheads in ear?
Table of Content
- 1 What are blackheads in ear?
- 2 How do I get blackheads in my ear?
- 3 Getting rid of ear blackheads
- 4 Preventing blackheads
- 5 You can keep the blackheads away
A blackhead in ear is not a very common place for a blackhead to "hide". While it is not the most noticeable place for it to be (like blackheads on your nose), and there are far worse place where you can find a blackhead! You would probably want to get rid of it just because it might make you feel dirty.
Removing ear blackheads is one of the harder places to remove them. If you just have a blackhead on your nose you could easily use a comodone extractor or other less direct treatments to try and make it go away. Manual extraction in the ear is much more difficult and in some situations impossible to do.
While it is harder to remove one, that doesn't mean it is impossible. In this blog post I will show you the best ways to get rid of blackheads in your ear.
How do I get blackheads in my ear?
Ear blackheads are formed just like any other blackhead. When a mixture of dead skin cells, bacteria and oil produced by the sebaceous gland come together in a pore or hair follicle, it will stick together and turn into a yellow goo. Over time the top of the pore oxidizes with the help of the sun and will turn dark.
While the most common place for a blackhead to be is your face, blackheads are also able to form on other parts of your body. You have tiny little hairs in your ear, which means you also have hair follicles (pores). If one of these pores gets stretched, it will fill up with dead skin cells really fast. If you are unlucky it can also be filled with bacteria, causing a blackhead.
1) Blackheads will no disappear over time
While you might think it is an urgent task to remove them, your body does not even know about their existance.
2) Blackheads are not dirt and scrubbing with soap will not help
They contain bacteria and oil, just a superficial scrub will not get rid of any of these.
3) Blackheads will come back if not treated properly.
Using a comodone extractor tool will help you pull out the mixture, but it leaves a big open hole behind waiting for new bacteria to fill it up.
4) It is possible to get rid of blackheads
We will have to take care of our skin and tighten the pore so nothing can go in again.
Getting rid of ear blackheads
There are a few ways to get rid of blackheads in ear and stop them from ever becoming a big problem again. This does mean you will have to start taking care of your skin.
I will describe them shortly, more information can be found on the homepage.
Blackhead removal methods
Some methods to remove blackheads are not very effective in your ears. Not even the best face cleansing brush will be able to reach the right spots. But others, while a bit more complicated, will work on your ear.
My favorite method is the oil cleansing method. Because it is an oil, it will be able to dissolve the oil produced by your sebaceous gland and be able to pull out the mixture. Apply it before you wash your face and rub it in for a good minute.
Chemical exfoliation is the use of acid to go in your pores and penetrate the skin for a complete cleansing. You can use either salicylic acid (BHA) or glycolic acid (AHA), but you can also alternate between them every day.
Salicylic acid will go in your pores and pull everything out, while glycolic acid will help you tighten your pores and push out what's stuck in them. Glycolic acid will also help you with a better skin texture.
To clear blackheads with chemical exfoliation you should do the following.
- Splash water on face
- Use a cleanser to wash your face gently for 30 seconds
- Dry your face with a soft towel
- Apply BHA or AHA
- Wait 20 minutes for BHA, 30 minutes for AHA
- Moisturise your face
- Apply sunscreen (especially when using AHA)
There you go! You can also use the oil cleansing method before step 1 for more effectiveness.
Clay masks and Mint Julep Masks can help you get rid of blackheads in ear by going in your pores while it's a liquid. Once it turns a solid it will pull out the content of your pores when you wash it off. You can use a clay mask after washing your face and before applying a chemical exfoliant.
How long does it take to see results?
With clay masks you can see the result after your first mask, but it can also take a few more masks before it finally gets in your pores. The same goes for oil cleansing an chemical exfoliation. Don't be disappointed if it doesn't work from the first try.
What are the risks?
While these treatments will not cause any skin damage, it is possible that you are allergic to one of the ingredients in them. If your skin start turning red, irritating or flaking you should stop whatever you are doing and try something else.
NOTE: It is always recomended to start off with patch testing the products on another part of your body to see if it reacts badly with it.
While i've summed up the solutions to get rid of ear blackheads. I will also give you a few tips to prevent blackheads from forming.
Dirty hair or bad shampoo is able to cause blackheads or acne. Wash your hair regularly with a shampoo that you know doesn't contain anything your skin reacts to.
AHA can kind of work like soft bleach on your hair. While not whitening it, it can remove certain products you applied yo your hair.
Stop touching your face! And your ears too! Your fingers touch objects containing billions of bacteria every day. If your hands arn't clean enough to lick them, they arn't clean enough to go anywhere near your face.
Earplugs or earbuds also contain a ton of bacteria. Especially if you share them with other people. That's why it's best to keep your earbuds to yourself and clean them regularly. If you want to clean them properly it is best to use a q-tip with some alcohol as water could potentially damage them.
After a workout or during a hot day you will most likely sweat. Clean out your ears with a towel or tissue to make sure no sweat residue stays behind and gets in your pores. Do not go a full day of sweating without wiping it off, while some of you will have no negative effects from it, others will more easily break out and get blackheads in their ears.
You can keep the blackheads away
To keep the blackheads away you will have to start taking care of your skin, you will have to begin a skincare routine. Using an extractor tool is only a temporary solution. Use an exfoliant or other treatment to make sure they go away and prevent new ones from forming. Help prevent them by keeping dirty things away from your ear and other blackhead sensitive area.