Are squeezing out blackheads bad for my skin?
There has long been a debate over whether squeezing out blackheads, whiteheads, or acne pustules is beneficial or harmful. In my opinion, it is okay to express the material when done gently. Make sure to use the pads of your fingers as this helps assure gentle pressure. If you really have to press hard or it is difficult to express, then you should just leave it alone.
If you are having problems with multiple blackheads, it is best to make sure you are on a good acne wash or toner that has a keratolytic agent in it that helps dissolve the dead skin cells that plug the pores. At my office, we carry the Reversion Acne system that uses salicylic acid and it can be purchased without an office visit.
Mark Callery, DO
Family Medicine, Skin Care
Utica Park Clinic – Owasso
10512 N. 110th East Ave., Suite 200
Owasso, OK 74055