I scrub my face regularly with an apricot scrub, especially around the nose where the skin is more prone to get blackheads and it keeps them controlled. I go for a facial every two months and the lady cleans the blackheads with an extractor but I find it too painful. Occasionally, I make a pack of very ripe bananas mashed finely, mix with a little honey and a few drops of lemon juice and apply it all over my face, thicker in the areas with blackheads. Wait for it to dry, then wet my fingers with water and rub the pack out. It is a little painful as the mask tightens and is difficult to get it off, it pulls some hairs. Then rinse off with cold water. You will see that blackheads are loosened and you can just squeeze them out with your fingers effortlessly.