Do Blackheads Leave Holes? How Do You Fill Them?

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Ahh, those hideous blackheads. Let’s all admit it. At least once in your life, usually during your teens or early twenties, you were tempted to pop that bad boy out. And boy did you do it. Most of the time, even if you try the best you could, you just can’t remove it and end up having red and irritated skin — worse than if you had just left it alone.

Now that you’re more informed, hopefully, about how to properly remove your blackhead, you might be wondering “Do blackheads leave holes? How do you fill them?” Of course, you wouldn’t want your face to look like it’s filled with holes. Even if you removed the blackhead, the holes don’t look as enticing. 

Removing blackheads, no matter how small or large it is, will certainly leave a hole on your face. But don’t panic because those are your pores. They are natural holes in your face, it’s just that they may look big especially if you removed a large one. 

If you are planning to get rid of your blackheads but are worried about the holes on your face, continue reading below. We’ll explain more about the blackheads, those holes, and how you can “fill” them.

The Anatomy Of A Blackhead

Blackhead Source: Wikipedia

When you see a blackhead in your face, you’ll definitely know that it is a blackhead. It’s that small, dark-colored dot or bump. They come in various sizes, some are very tiny, while there are also others that could be bigger. 

Blackheads form as a result of clogged or plugged pores. These pores are where your hair follicles are also found.

Contrary to what many people believe, a blackhead isn’t necessarily dirt. It is usually made up of oil, which the skin naturally produces, plus dead skin cells. When these substances mix, it clogs the pore. Then the top layer oxidizes into that darker color.  

How Do You Remove Blackheads?

It’s true that blackheads don’t look great! Vut trying to remove them could worsen your problem. If you try to pop them out, your hands and the bacteria on the skin could get into the pore.

This could cause irritation and could result in having a pimple or acne.

If you want to remove blackheads, you have to do it the proper way. The best thing to do is to go to a professional and get them extracted.

They won’t just remove the blackhead, they’d first prep your skin to make them easier to remove. Then, afterward, they’d also know what to do to the pores that were once filled with blackheads. 

If you are a DIY girl, just like many of us, you might be thinking of extracting the blackhead on your own, there are far more ways than just to use brute force to pick them out.

They are as follows:

Steam Your Face

Nubealer Facial Steamer

By using a facial steamer to loosen your pores, you can more-easily extract blackheads. A steamer is relatively inexpensive, and can be helpful to have in your beauty arsenal.

Use A Salicylic Acid Cleanser

Salicylic Acid Cleanser

Salicylic acid is a good ingredient for cleansers  that target blackheads because it can break down the dead skin cells plus excess oil on the skin. Not only that, but salicylic acid can also help remove your makeup and dirt on the surface of the skin. 

Just be mindful of its use because some are sensitive to salicylic acid. It is best to start using it once a day and buildup it twice a day.

If your skin still reacts badly to it, discontinue its use. 

Gently Exfoliate Your Skin

Exfoliating Acid

Harsh exfoliation can worsen your acne. It is best to use gentle acids  when exfoliating your skin to remove blackheads. Although blackheads won’t be removed immediately, regular sessions will help remove the clog. Eventually, it could move your blackheads. 

Another way to exfoliate the skin gently is to use a . Sonic Facial Brushes are a great solution for many beauty issues! These are gentle on the skin and won’t irritate it or over-exfoliate it. These will also help remove the dead skin cells.

Use Retinoids


Another way to help unplug your pores is to use Retinoids . There are topical skin care products that contain retinoids.

However, these are considered stronger exfoliants. If your skin is dry, it is best to avoid this kind of product. 

At-Home Microdermabrasion

Trophy Skin MicrodermMd

At-home microdermabrasion can be effective at removing blackheads. Many of these microdermabrasion machines have attachments that will tackle blackheads.

Of course, many of these machines cost hundreds of dollars, so the cost may be prohibitive for some. Just keep in mind that a home device is still much cheaper than microdermabrasion at a MediSpa or Beauty Clinic!

Use Blackhead Vacuum

Blackhead Vacuum

Blackhead vacuums are cheaper solutions than Microdermabrasion machines. They are designed only to suck up blackheads, as opposed to the multi-functionality of a Microderm Machine.

They work reasonably well for the most part and are much cheaper than Microderm machines. But you do have to be careful with them. If you use them improperly, you can end up with a pore-vac hickey that looks worse than a blackhead!

Do Blackheads Leave Holes? How Do You Fill Them?

We now know what blackheads are, and how to remove them. Usually, if you gradually remove the blackhead, it won’t leave such a huge hole. Removing blackheads will certainly leave holes because those holes are there in the first place!

You might not notice them before because you don’t look closely or because they are smaller.

However, you should never think of “filling them”. Filling them with anything will just cause the pore to be blocked. That could result in another blackhead or worse– an infection. Think about pimples and acne.

In case you had a blackhead removed and you end up having larger pores that look like bigger holes, you can just let time naturally shrink it. Enlarged pores will usually heal on their own without the need for any intervention.

They are just enlarged at the moment. 

What you should really focus on is to prevent those pores from being blocked once again. That will eventually lead to another blackhead. Preventing clogs on the pores is your best chance of preventing blackheads from appearing again.

Additionally, you’d also prevent enlarging your pores and making them very obvious when you prevent those clogs. 


No one wants to have blackheads, but you just can’t squeeze them out. They’ll probably leave holes because they are in your pores. Blackheads are clogged pores and when you remove the clog, you end up with a hole. 

However, that hole will eventually shrink with time.


You just have to prevent it from getting blocked again so it doesn’t develop into another blackhead or get enlarged.

Filling the hole where the blackhead once was is a bad idea. That will just create another blackhead or cause the pore to be infected. 

You can try covering them with concealer until they’ve disappeared.

Good luck!

Written by Kayla Young

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