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Ear Blackheads Causes, How to Remove It, Remedies & Treatments 

Ear blackheads that may be on the canal, cartilage, on the ear folds or earlobe may not be a health concern but can be unsightly. What does it mean to get them and due earwax encourage their appearance? This article will mainly cause, removal, treatments, and remedies.

First, though, we have facts and bits to let you know about a blackhead whether it is on face, nose, and neck or inside ear.

Is it a blackhead or a pimple?

picture of ear blackheads

Is there any difference between a pimple and a black head? These are common terms which people have frequently come across and dealt with in a real-life situation.

How do they look like on skin? It is easy to identify blackheads since they slightly raised because they tend to form nearer to the surface of skin pores. Unlike pimples, a blackhead is considered a type of mild acne that is not inflamed.

To be more accurate they have a dark color due to the reason that they are oxidized when exposed to air. Typically they do not cause pain like pimples. However, they can become infected and be painful.


What causes them? These skin blemishes are due to clogged pores especially near to the opening of the skin pores.

Blackheads can develop in anyone’s skin but some people whose sebaceous glands produce excess sebum are more likely to get them. Other factors that contribute to the formation of clogged pores include:

  • A build-up of Propionibacterium acnes (p. acnes) on skin,
  • Irritation of hair follicles as a result of improper disintegration of dead skin cells,
  • Changes in hormones especially during menstruation, at puberty or effects of birth controls,
  • Influence form uses certain drugs or medications.

Blackheads can also develop inside the canals since the lining is made of skin and pores marked by the presence of hair inside ears. Owing to the fact that a good number of people ignore to clean inside their canals as it is required, accumulation of wax and dead skin cells can easily lead to the problem. Moreover, there is a tendency to develop ear infections apart from making the cleaning and removal process very difficult.

Let us now look into how to get remove or get rid or remove them. Removing them from skin ensures that you clear imperfections caused by the appearance of black spots on the skin.

How to get rid of them?

There are several means of removing them which may involve medications, solutions, and use of tools or equipment any other removal mechanisms.

popping can help remove blackheads
popping can help remove blackheads

1. Medication

Most of these medications are the ones used in controlling and treating acne. They include drugs, creams, gels or solutions available at various drug stores. The ingredients in these medicines are important because they help in the shedding of skin around this acne type or causing the excess sebum (body oils) to dry out together with the dead skin cells.

These ingredients are salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Other products that are useful in removing them include skin care products such as cleaner solutions and masks which are also recommended for people who have mild acne i.e., both whiteheads and blackheads.

NOTE: when you try to employ improper techniques while applying any acne treatments be aware that scarring can result.

2. Use mild cleansers

Instead of using just water go for a mild cleanser to remove and clear excess sebum, prevent accumulation of dead skin cells and build-up of wax.

3. Microdermabrasion

This form of exfoliation is more mechanical. In the procedure, the skin is “sanded with a rough surface to remove the clog that might be causing this problem,” [healcure.org] where the results are almost instant. Get more information by visiting your dermatologist or specialist for a checkup.

4. Remover tools or extraction tools

These are simple tools designed to make it easy to deal with blackheads. It is therefore important to learn how to use them correctly in removing these annoying blemishes not only from ear canals but also on nose, neck or anywhere around the face.

NOTE: Before you touch anything to ensure you have cleansed your hands and wiped them dry.

How to use them a removal tool 

Using blackhead extractor tools is one of the simplest and fastest means of removing them. In this procedure, you will need an appropriate extractor tool, a facial cleanser, hand gloves, benzoyl peroxide and some cotton balls and warm water.

  • If you are the one to do the extraction then wash your face using warm water or use a facial cleanser.
  • Use a sterile solution to clean the tool that you are going to use it could be an extractor tool such as the ones shown below.
  • Locate the blackheads and begin by gently pressing on sides or round one after another.
  • Continue to press until the spot clears. As you do it avoid applying too much pressure to avoid pain and damage to the skin.
  • After you have extracted always apply benzoyl peroxide. This ensures that the pore shrinks in order to minimize chances of the blackhead forming again.
  • Repeat the procedure once or twice a few days after.

Other recommended equipment is suction and popper. The following are some of the blackhead extraction tools with different sizes and shapes.

blackead removal tool for ears
Removal tool


tools used in removing blackheads
tools used 

5. Removal products

Are you looking for products to help you get rid of blackheads? Though there are many skin care products on the market today, one challenge can be how to get or select right products for you. These products have ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, resorcinol, and salicylic acid

In essence, it is not only the best products which matter but also the nature of your skin and type of skin. The next factor will be how to use these products in such a manner that gets the most out of those skin care products that you have carefully selected.

The first step to a successful and efficient removal is to always follow a recommended skincare routine. If you still wonder how you can achieve that: then begin by knowing your skin type using an experts’ guide.

Are you the type of dry skin, oily skin or a combination of the skin types? For instance, people who have a sensitive skin may sometimes require greater attention not only with an experts’ help in selecting which products suits them best but also the routine of application. That is to say, how many times in a day, or in week or certain time periods they must not use certain products or medicines, etc.

Removal when Inside canal

Caution must be taken before removing blackheads in case they are in ear canals. Sometimes the canals may feel congested but there could be no pain. This means that too much wax has accumulated or numerous blackheads have formed. If an infection occurs you may start to experience pain.

Consider seeing a dermatologist who can help you remove them efficiently. The best thing to do is apply a warm compress to sooth but never try to insert any extraction tool.

Home removal and remedies

In addition to acne treatments, exfoliation and use of extraction tools find more tips on how to deal with blackheads on ears. These procedures are not meant to solve or clear this problem but have been found to be quite helpful.

1. A daily skin exfoliation

If you need to clear them to ensure you at least do either a manual exfoliation or dermabrasion including the face, around or on the ear. However, you must consider certain factors such as skin sensitivity and concentration of the exfoliation/cleansing products you have selected.

As it were, go for salicylic acid, glycolic products and again make it a routine. If you think you are not well informed get the right advice from your physician.

For individuals with oily skin, application of oily moisturizers and lotions is not the best thing to do.

2. Warm compress

This remedy is effective for small blackheads which have formed on the outer parts. Above all, it is the easiest and simplest way to deal with these things if it is done at least twice a day and repeated regularly.

You need some boiled water and a clean soft washcloth for applying. Ensure that you have cleaned your ear well.


  1. Soak your piece of cloth and let it absorb some heat.
  2. Take it out and carefully squeeze to remove excess water.
  3. Apply on the areas with these dark pores while holding. (take care not to burn your skin around cartilage)
  4. If they blackheads are big or appear again then you may need to use extraction tool after you have hot-compressed.

3. Rubbing alcohol

Going on with remedies, using this substance is great means of dealing with infections. Therefore it is a good treatment option. However, to prevent further irritation caution must be taken by people who have had ear surgery or ones who have a sensitive skin.

Individuals may apply and leave it overnight for better results. Always remember to clean your ears every morning. While applying lemon make squeezing movements to open up the pores.

4. Lemon juice

This is yet another a great natural remedy because its astringent property is a good mechanism for tightening the pores. NOTE: if you are sure that lemon juice irritates then you can mix it coconut milk before applying.

5. Tea tree oil

Besides its powerful antiseptic property, tea tree oil is quite effective for controlling certain fungus. Us cotton balls to apply it to the affected areas.

6. Popping or squeezing them

Popping is or squeezing is not encouraged. The reason why squeezing or popping is not ideal is that it may promote the transfer of germs and dirt or cause pain and damage to the skin. Again it is quite difficult to pop a blackhead in your ear canals.

If you insist on popping them, here is how you can go about it. You may require boiled water and some tissues.

  1. Apply a cleanser to remove dirt from skin.
  2. Apply a warm compress to help in opening up of pores and soften it.
  3. By the help of the tissue paper grab and gently apply pressure on the sides of the blackhead.
  4. Apply upward movement so that the blackhead rolls up the pore.
  5. After the plug is cleared, use another piece of tissue to clean the spot

Avoid too much squeezing or pressing with fingernails for doing this will cause pain and potentially bruise the skin. Try to squeeze with the tip of index finger and thumb. Also, wear sterilized latex gloves for health reasons.

If painful

As we mentioned in the introduction,  this acne type is painless. Infections may cause pain and increase their size and/or form ear pimples. If there is a pain in ear especially if it is inside canals see your doctor to find out the cause before attempting treatments them. Ears are delicate.

In addition to them being infected, popping or forceful squeezing would inflict pain.

Removal video (YouTube)

Have you ever seen a manual removal process?  Below is a YouTube video in which a huge blackhead is removed using a simple tool.

Our Sources

  1. : http://www.healcure.org/ear/blackheads-in-ear/blackheads-in-ear-behind-in-ear-canal-how-to-get-rid-of-blackheads-in-ears/
  2. http://beautifulwithbrains.com/2014/06/17/blackhead-whitehead-pimple-difference/
  3. http://www.healthline.com/health/blackheads#Cause2, medically reviewed by George Krucik.
  4. https://www.newbeauty.com/slideshow/1814-most-advanced-blackhead-removing-products/10
  5. How To Use A Blackhead Extractor Properly For Easy Clear Skin: http://www.bona-fide-skincare.com/blackhead-extractor.html
  6. http://www.bona-fide-skincare.com/blackheads-in-ears.htm
  7. http://www.nose-blackheads.com/blackheads-in-ear/, October 7, 2015.
  8. https://bellatory.com/skin/how-to-get-rid-of-blackheads-in-ears, an update of March 4, 2016.
  9. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/71615.php, Reviewed by Dr Helen Webberley.

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