All of us carefully and attentively wash our earsright? Its probably not something you even think about. But even a well-maintained ear can become a haven for blackheads. In her latest , aka, dermatologist and Dr. Sandra Lee, MDgoes to town removing blackheads from a patients inner ear.

Lee carefully scraps the inside of her patients ear with a a metal rod with a loop at the endapplying pressure to unclog the blackheads. Youre gonna feel lighter after this! she exclaims. The amber, earwax-looking substance she removes is likely a combination of oil, dead skin cells, and dirt, The buildup of hair products, such as shampoo thats not rinsed away, can also clog inner ear pores and lead to blackheads.

Inner ear blackheads can be a tricky problem. An exfoliating face wash used alongside a retinol cream can remove blackheads, as dermatologist Joshua Zeichner recommends. But that may not work in the hard-to-reach areas of the ear. So if they remain an issue after a few days, seeing a dermatologist may be wiseor, as Dr. Lee suggests, practicing with a comedone extractor until you can do it yourself.

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