How to Remove Blackheads on Your Back

Blackheads are never fun, but having blackheads on your back is frustrating. Focus on removing the blackheads you currently have by using products designed to clean your pores. These will remove the blackheads and dead skin cells. To prevent your pores from becoming clogged again, wash your back every day to remove oil, sweat, and skin cells.

EditUsing Skin Care Treatments
Wash your back with salicylic acid and glycolic acid cleansers. Purchase an over the counter (OTC) acne cleanser that contains salicylic acid or glycolic acid. Squirt some of the cleanser into a soft bath sponge and then rub it over your back. Try to wash your back for at least a minute so the cleanser can penetrate your skin. Then rinse it off.[1]
It’s easiest to wash your back while you’re in the shower.

Wash your back with the cleanser twice a day unless it dries out your skin. If your skin is too dry, wash just once a day.

Scrub your back with a gentle exfoliant once or twice a week. Buy an OTC exfoliant and squirt some of it into a soft bath sponge. Massage the exfoliant into your back for at least a minute and then rinse it off. The gentle exfoliant will help to remove the blackheads on your back.[2]
To make it easier to scrub your entire back, try using a scrubber brush that has a long handle.

Many products designed to exfoliate blackheads also contain salicylic acid.

Spread OTC retinoid cream or gel after washing your back. Apply the cream once a day. Check retinoid cream or gel products to ensure they contain 0.1% adapalene. This will help unclog your pores so it’s easier to get rid of blackheads while preventing them from forming.[3]
If you have hard to reach blackheads, ask someone to help you spread the cream or gel for you.

Rub the cream onto your back after you get out of the shower or before you go to bed.

Avoid using products that contain benzoyl peroxide. You’ve probably seen a lot of acne medications that contain benzoyl peroxide which reduce inflammation and treat bacteria that causes acne. Since blackheads aren’t caused by bacteria and they don’t cause inflammation, benzoyl peroxide won’t remove your blackheads.[4]
If you have acne on your back that’s causing pimples, cysts, or pustules, the benzoyl peroxide would help by removing the bacteria that’s causing them.

Ask your dermatologist about microdermabrasion. If you have a lot of blackheads that aren’t responding to skin care products, talk with the dermatologist about microdermabrasion. The technician will drag a small machine over your back that sprays very tiny crystals over your skin. The machine also sucks up the crystals and dead cells from the surface of your skin.[5]
Your skin will be smoother and feel softer after the microdermabrasion.

EditPreventing Blackheads on Your Back
Choose non-comedogenic skincare products. To prevent blackheads from returning, wash your skin and moisturize it with products that won’t clog your pores. These non-comedogenic products won’t contain dyes, chemical additives, or natural ingredients, such as coconut oil, that tend to clog pores.[6]
Products might also say they’re non-acnegenic or non-pore clogging.

Wash and moisturize your hair before you wash your back. If you usually wash your back before shampooing and conditioning your hair, switch your routine. Tilt your head to the side as you rinse shampoo and moisturizer from your hair. This will help the residual hair product drain down your side instead of down your back. Then you can wash your back so it’s completely clean.[7]
Your blackhead treatments will be more effective if your skin is clean and free from oily shampoo residue.

Buy a clay or charcoal mask product. Look for masks that will deep clean your pores so they don’t get clogged with dead skin cells. Choose a mask that’s made with clay, charcoal, or sulfur since these will help to loosen any blackheads that are on your back.[8]
You can also purchase all-natural ingredients to make the masks yourself.

Apply a mask product to your back once a week. Take a shower and wash your back thoroughly. Then turn off the water and rub the mask over your back. Let the mask sit on your skin for 10 minutes so the ingredients can work their way into your pores. Rinse the mask off and pat your skin dry.[9]
To lock in moisture, rub a moisturizer designed for your skin type onto your back after you dry off. For example, if you have sensitive skin, choose a gentle moisturizer that doesn’t contain fragrance.

Keep your skin clean and dry throughout the day. If you workout or get sweaty, take a shower as soon as you can and change into a dry shirt. It’s important to keep oil and sweat from sticking your back because these will clog your pores and develop blackheads.[10]
Wear cotton clothing that fits loosely when you workout so the sweat isn’t trapped against your back.

Stick with your new skincare routine for at least 6 to 12 weeks before you look for results.

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Today in History for 16th May 2019

Historical Events

1771 – The Battle of Alamance, a pre-American Revolutionary War battle between local militia and a group of rebels called “The Regulators”, occurs in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina.
1817 – Mississippi River steamboat service begins
1894 – Fire in Boston destroys baseball stadium and 170 other buildings
1972 – “Don’t Play Us Cheap” opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 164 performances
1974 – Helmut Schmidt becomes West German Chancellor
2013 – Pope Francis calls for ethical financial reform to fight speculation

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Famous Birthdays

1857 – Juan Morel Campos, composer
1906 – Ernie McCormick, cricketer (Australian quickie of late 30’s)
1910 – Olga Berggolts, Russian poet (d. 1975)
1920 – Dave Philley, Texas, Major League Baseball switch-hitter (record 9 straight pinch hits), born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
1927 – Nílton Santos, Brazilian footballer, (d. 2013)
1980 – Melanie Lofton, American Journalist

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Famous Deaths

1778 – Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness, English diplomat (b. 1718)
1926 – Mehmed VI Vahideddin (Mohammed Osman), last sultan of Turkey, dies
1932 – William Pember Reeves, politician/poet, dies
1944 – Max Brand, [Frederick Schiller Faust], western author, dies
1954 – Werner Bischof, Swiss photographer, dies accidentally at 38
2001 – Brian Pendleton, English musician (The Pretty Things) (b. 1944)

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How to Steam Hair

Steaming your hair is a great way to moisturize it. Regardless of which method you use, wash your hair before you steam it, as the steaming process works best on clean hair. Start by covering your hair in your favourite conditioning product. Then, use a hot face cloth and shower caps or a hooded steamer to steam your hair. This will cause the conditioner to sink deep into your hair. Enjoy your fresh, shiny hair!

EditUsing a Hot Towel
Smooth of conditioner over your hair. Squeeze the conditioner into your hands and rub them together. Then, use your fingers to smooth the conditioner down the shafts of your hair, starting at the roots. Make sure that you apply an even coating. If you run out of conditioner by the time you get to your ends, simply use a little more.[1]
If you prefer, you can use your favourite hair oil instead of conditioner. Coconut oil and olive oil are popular moisturising options.

Place a shower cap on your head. If you have long hair, tie it up in a low bun first. Then, place the shower cap over your head and tuck any stray hairs underneath.[2]
Purchase a shower cap from a pharmacy or the hair care aisle of a supermarket.

Wet a face cloth and wring it out. Continue to squeeze the face cloth until there are no drips coming off it. This is important, as hot drips of water have the potential to burn your neck. Shake the face cloth to ensure that there are no drips of water left in it.[3]
If you have a hair turban, you can use this instead of a face cloth.

Face cloths work well because of their small size. If you don’t have one, use a similar sized cloth instead.

Put the face cloth into the microwave for 2 minutes. Set the microwave to the highest setting and press start. This heats up the water in the cloth which will help to steam your hair. Don’t worry if you see steam coming off the cloth while it is in the microwave – this is normal.[4]
If your microwave plate is dirty, place the face cloth into a microwave-safe bowl to keep it clean.

Place the face cloth on top of the shower cap. Position the face cloth on the middle of your head over the shower cap. If you feel the face cloth slipping down your head, simply adjust it back onto the middle of your head in a more balanced position.[5]
Wear gloves when transferring the face cloth to your head to avoid getting burnt. Alternatively, use a potholder to remove the face cloth.

Put another shower cap over your the face cloth. This helps to stop the heat from escaping and encourages steam to form. Don’t worry if the shower cap doesn’t fit over your whole head, simply stretch it over the face cloth.[6]
If you don’t have another shower cap, place a plastic rubbish or garbage bag over the face cloth instead.

Leave your hair to steam for 30 minutes. This gives time for the steam to soak into the strands of your hair. Try to sit relatively still so that the face cloth doesn’t slip off your head. Read a book, watch TV, or simply relax![7]
If you want really moisturised hair, leave it to steam for up to 2 hours. However, be sure to reheat your face mask 2-3 times during your steam.

If the face cloth falls off, simply put it back into its original position and place the shower cap back over it. You might want to reheat it before you replace it, if it’s cooled off.

Rinse your hair with cold water. Take the shower caps and face cloth off your head and untie your hair, if necessary. Then, adjust the shower to the highest pressure and allow the water to push the conditioner out of your hair. The cold water helps to seal the hair cuticles and locks in moisture.[8]
The beautiful moisturised feeling will last about 1 week. Avoid steaming your hair more often than this, as steaming too often weakens your hair.

Leave your hair to air-dry. This maximises the moisture in your hair and minimises heat damage.

EditSteaming Your Hair with a Hooded Dryer
Saturate your hair with a deep conditioner. Smooth a small handful of conditioner over your hair. Start at your roots and then work your way down to the ends of your hair. Use your regular conditioner or opt for a deep conditioning product.[9]
Where possible, use products with natural ingredients, as these will protect the natural oils in your hair.

Sit under a hooded dryer for 1 hour. Position your head inside the hood of the drying machine and set it to the steam setting. This will create steam inside the dryer, which will cause the conditioner to sink deep into your strands of hair.[10]
If the hooded dryer you’re using doesn’t have a steam setting, you can try putting it on a low setting. However, it’s best to get a steamer instead.

If you don’t have a hooded dryer, contact your local hair salon and request to use theirs. There is normally a small cost for this. Alternatively, consider purchasing your own from a hair supplies store or online. This is a great option if you want to steam your hair regularly.

If your hair hangs below the hooded dryer, tie it up.

Rinse your hair with cold water in the shower. The cold water seals the hair cuticle and locks in moisture, which helps to make your hair look shiny. Stand under the stream of water in the shower and allow the pressure of the water to push the conditioning product out of your hair.[11]
If necessary, use your hands to help push the conditioner down your strands of hair.

Allow your hair to dry naturally. This prevents heat damage and helps to keep your in pristine condition. The drying time will depend on how long and thick your hair. On average, it will take about 3 – 6 hours for your hair to completely dry.[12]
Steam your up to once a week, as steaming too often weakens the strands of hair.

Steam your hair up to once a week.

Experiment with different conditioning products to see which ones work best for your hair.

EditThings You’ll Need
EditUsing a Hot Towel

2 shower caps

Face cloth


Cold water

EditSteaming Your Hair with a Hooded Dryer

Hooded dryer

Cold water

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