Expert Advice For Taking Care Of Blackheads In Your Ear

Blackheads are annoying. They pop up as if they were invited to the party and, sometimes, they bring pimples and whiteheads along for the ride too — a trio of invaders. The only thing worse is when blackheads pop up in unconventional places. As the Cleveland Clinic notes, they're a type of acne that occurs when the pores are clogged with dead skin cells, oil, and dirt. Thankfully, if you have blackheads, you aren't alone since they affect up to 10% to 20% of adults.

According to Healthline, when the body's sebaceous glands overproduce oil and it's mixed with debris, the excess oil can fill up the pore and reach the skin's surface. As the clogged pore is exposed to the air it turns black. Although blackheads typically plague our faces, they can actually pop up on your arms, chest, and back too. Even your ears aren't safe from what causes clogged pores. Luckily, we have expert advice on taking care of those blackheads in your ears. 

How to treat blackheads in the ear

After clipping on your trendy dangle earrings, you spot a blackhead in your ear. It's not the end of the world, although it may feel like it. Getting rid of blackheads in the ear is similar to taking care of ones that pop up elsewhere. As dermatologist Arielle N.B. Kauvar, MD clarified: "Blackheads in the ear are just like those on the face" (via Byrdie). Therefore, products used to tackle acne elsewhere on the face are safe to use on your ears too. 

Kauvar recommends a gentle cleanser and a chemical exfoliator developed for acne. After a shower is an ideal time for this routine since your skin is warm and hydrated. But Kauvar warns against popping your blackheads, even if it is oddly satisfying. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology advises individuals to visit a dermatologist for acne extractions since squeezing blackheads can lead to permanent scarring, infection, and more acne. 

Essentially, it's best to leave this sort of thing to the professionals. Luckily, cleansing and exfoliating can take care of blackheads in the ear without the risk of scars and spreading more bacteria. But how can you prevent blackheads from forming there in the first place? 

Steps to avoid getting blackheads in your ear

If you're looking to prevent blackheads from forming in the ear, a skincare routine for acne-prone skin is a good place to start. The skin on the ear is just as important as the rest of the face. WebMD suggests cleansing in the morning, at night, and after sweating — don't let those extra reps lead to breakouts. Another tip is to be gentle as harsh scrubs and washcloths can be too abrasive on the skin. Massaging products in with your fingertips is always better.

Medical News Today recommends cleansers with salicylic acid specifically. This ingredient dissolves oil trapped in the pores, so blackheads won't have the chance to form. Salicylic acid is a powerful ingredient though, so it should only be used a few times a week. Topical retinol also helps to reduce oiliness. Minimizing oils and debris on your ear will prevent the pores from clogging. It might seem like a lot of work, but it's better than having blackheads in your ears.