You've seen the YouTube tutorials (google "Blackhead Removal SHOCKING Video" — or don’t), you've sat through countless gory Dr Pimple Popper videos, you've tried the DIY facial-scrub recipes, yet still those little black dots all over your nose refuse to budge. Yes, blackheads are exceedingly common. But, why are they so irksome?
"I think it's partly because they feel rough to the surface," says Doris J. Day, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist and author of 100 Questions & Answers About Acne. "There's the idea that blackheads are stuck in your skin — and if you remove them, there's a sense of gratification and relief that they're gone. Blackheads just seem so manageable in that way: You just get them out, and then you're done."