Blocked hair follicles, also known as clogged pores, are the source of acne breakouts. They occur when dead skin cells combine with excess sebum to create blockages within the pores. These plugs can then distort the walls of the follicle or become infected, forming the bumps and lesions associated with the disorder. Accordingly, clearing blocked follicles--and keeping them clear--is an important part of treating acne. MayoClinic.com recommends regular cleansing to prevent dead skin and oil from building up.
Grab a dollop of yogurt and smooth it over your face using a circular motion. Yogurt contains lactic acid, a type of alpha hydroxy acid, or AHA. It works as a mild chemical exfoliant, loosening the dead cells in the top layer of skin for easier removal.
Let the yogurt sit for two minutes, then wash off with lukewarm water. Pat--don't rub--your face dry with a clean towel. Overzealous rubbing can damage your skin.
Use a comedone extractor to remove blackheads. Available in drugstores, this cosmetic device looks similar to an un-sharpened pencil tipped with a small metal loop. Hold the extractor parallel to the skin so that the loop is centered over the blackhead. Press down gently. Refrain from tugging or pulling; light pressure should be enough to release the contents of the pore.
Apply a thin layer of honey over the treated area. Honey cleanses the skin and also helps prevent infection by killing acne-causing bacteria, explains The Health Guide website. Leave the honey treatment for 10 minutes, then wash off with cool water. Pat dry.
Keep your hair pulled back and refrain from touching your face with your hands, or with objects like telephone receivers, states MayoClinic.com. This will help keep possible pore-clogging substances like dirt and oil at bay.