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How to Use Vitamin E to Extract Blackheads

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Today we’re going to discuss a nuisance that we’ve all had to deal with at one point or another in life…blackheads. Battling blackheads is usually associated with adolescence and raging hormones but many of us have struggles with these pesky dark spots throughout life.

To make matters worse, as you age skin begins to produce less collagen resulting in a loss of elasticity and larger pores, where blackheads develop. But don’t fret if you’ve tried harsh chemicals and squeezing to no avail. I’ll explain how to easily extract blackheads (and whiteheads) with the use of vitamin E.

What Exactly is a Blackhead?

While many people believe blackheads are due to dirt, they are not. Blackheads are a mixture of excess oil and dead skin cells that settled in pores. If these clogged pores aren’t covered by skin they are exposed to air and turn black as it oxidizes.

If the clogged pore is covered by skin no oxidizing takes place and it remains white. However, unlike large obvious pimples they are not embedded below the skin.

Blackheads are the most common feature of acne and can show up anywhere you have pores. However, areas where the most oil is produced such as the forehead, nose and chin is the most frequent places blackheads occur.

The Best Ways to Prevent Blackheads

The best way to treat many skin concerns is to prevent them in the first place.

There are numerous products on store shelves designed to prevent blackheads but what works for one person may not work for another. It’s important to develop a skin care routine that works best for your skin type to keep blackheads at bay long-term. Below you will find 6 basic steps to prevent blackheads for mature skin.

  1. Wash skin twice a day with a gentle oil free cleanser. It is best to not wash skin more often than this because it can dry skin out resulting in redness, irritation and more blackheads.
  2. Salicylic Acid is designed to exfoliate skin by lifting excess oil and break down trapped dead skin cells.
  3. Regular exfoliation removes the dead skin cells responsible for clogging pores and creating blackheads
  4. Retinoids can help decrease the production of oil on skin. They’re also an anti-inflammatory that improves skins over all appearance.
  5. Use an oil free moisturizer twice a day. Excessive dryness can cause flakiness and breakouts it’s self. Moisturizers help nourish dry skin as well as creating a barrier on skin that protects it.
  6. Use non-comedogenic skin care products and makeup to keep pores clog free.

Topical Vitamin E Benefits

Topical vitamin E is one of the most common ingredients that are used in various skincare products.

Topical vitamin E is a type of fat that helps improve your skin tone and texture by reducing redness and inflammation. It is also an antioxidant that neutralizes harmful free radicals in our body to prevent damage to the skin cells and reduce the risk of UV induced aging. Vitamin E is a moisturizer that helps your skin stay supple and prevents wrinkles from forming by reducing the appearance of fine lines, dark spots and other signs of aging.

However, what most people don’t know is vitamin E is an effective ingredient to treat acne and blackheads. When applied topically, vitamin E can help reduce the appearance of acne and blackheads and prevent them from forming in the future. This is because it has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce redness and inflammation on the skin.

How to Extract Blackheads with Vitamin E

You can easily extract blackheads without a trip to the dermatologist or ending up looking like Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, with vitamin E oil. This method is safe, fast, effective and you only need a few items you probably already have at home.

You will Need

  • Vitamin E Oil
  • 2 Wash Clothes or A Steamer
  • Hot Water
  • Gentle Cleanser
  • (Optional) Cotton Ball

Treatment Time

15-25 Minuite


  1. Start by washing your face with a gentle cleanser
  2. Steam face for 5 minutes or layer both hot wash clothes over face
  3. Evenly apply vitamin E oil to area with blackheads (or entire face) using your fingers or a cotton ball. Avoid getting too close to your eyes
  4. Let work for 5-10 minutes
  5. Gently massage each effected area until blackheads are dislodged
  6. Rinse off with warm water

Why This Works

By first steaming your face or applying hot wash clothes, it opens up your pores making it easier to extract blackheads. The vitamin E will help dissolve the sebum oils and loosen up the blackheads from its follicle opening. It will also help reduce any redness or inflammation in the skin caused by acne as well as prevent future breakouts.

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