Plucking Facial Hair Results in Black Spots?

I have hairs growing on my cheeks and chin. I usually pluck them. Eventually I have black spots where I have removed the hair. How do I get rid of these marks?


By alisha from Nepal

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May 4, 20100 found this helpful
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The only thing I can think of is that these are blackheads. Try washing your face after plucking and then use a toner or really cold water afterwards to close the pores.

Here is information on how to remove the blackheads:

Hope this is helpful.

October 21, 20190 found this helpful

Try and exfoliate your skin and you can rub potatoes on your skin then rub potatoes juice on your skin and leave it for 45 mins do this for a week.


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May 5, 20101 found this helpful
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I have some of those discolorations too. I use Vaniqua (a prescription medicine), which makes the hairs thinner & thinner - much less noticeable. And sometimes I shave the hairs off.


Plucking is not so good. I have found that eventually the dark spots fade away. The plucking really doesn't discourage growth.


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May 13, 20100 found this helpful
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I believe that it is just part of the hair root that remains after the hair has been plucked from the follicle. A gentle squeeze will release it from the follicle--just make sure your hands are clean. You will also notice them again when a new hair begins to grow. They look like a dark shadow under the skin.

August 14, 20170 found this helpful
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There the roots of your hair breaking off and getting stuck. Use a dull razor blade and scrape up words against the grain and it will pull them out or at least get them close enough to the surface to tweeze.

October 6, 20170 found this helpful
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Unfortunately, I have that too. From my research and reading, I've learned that it is an ingrown hair. When cleansing your face, try using Aloe Vera Gel and some product that contains Salicylic Acid to open up the pores. If you have a facial brush, exfoliate your chin, very gently, using that brush.


It will take some time, but you should see a difference. In addition to moisturizing your skin, you can try using Pond's Clarant B3 Normal to Dry.


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May 5, 20101 found this helpful

I hate that! What I do sounds gross, but it works for me. I squeeze those black dots. What happens for me is that a tiny bit of black something comes out of the pore. Otherwise it looks like I have blackheads. Good luck!

May 1, 20181 found this helpful

Yes, I do that sometimes with my arm hair. After maybe a day or so, those black spots appear. Like you, I squeeze the skin around them. In my opinion, these are not blackheads, but the babies or the new hair that with grow in place of the one you just plucked.


Because when it comes out, its stringy and soft.

November 23, 20181 found this helpful

It is the root that is left in, its not a blackhead. I get them.

July 22, 20190 found this helpful

Have you ever been tweezing a hair and there will be a gritty sound on your tweezers? What is that?

December 13, 20190 found this helpful

I believe it's the oil & dirt trapped in the skin

May 6, 20101 found this helpful

I have hairs growing on my cheeks and chin. I usually pluck them. Eventually I have black spots where I have removed the hair. How do I get rid of these marks?

January 10, 20210 found this helpful

It is not a blackhead or anything some other users believe it to be. That black spot is basically whats left over. Like, the root. You dont see it right away because after plucking you have to basically let the rest of the root that did not get pulled out the first time you plucked, Grow out more so that you can see it.


(I just wanted you to know what it was) but, long story short-
really, its just leftover root that you have to let naturally be pushed to the surface.

At that point, (what I do with mine..) I just kinda squeeze it as if it WERE a black head. You wont need tweezers if you are doing it this way either. it just pops out, probably onto your finger! & honestly trying with a tweezer will prob just mess your face up lol


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May 7, 20100 found this helpful

Alisha, you can not get Vaniqa without a prescription and if someone tries to sell it to you anyway please run the other direction! That it is a potent cream that can cause serious health issues and especially if you already take 'any' kind of medications (over the counter or otherwise) and that's why you need a doctor's prescription!


Please just at least try the safe suggestions already mentioned here and then if they don't work after two or three months then go to a dermatologist.

May 20, 20100 found this helpful

That is just a bit of the hair bulb that remains in the pore after pulling the hair out.

May 2, 20180 found this helpful

Why not just dab a pea size amount or less on each facial hair with a "facial hair remover"? That way you won't have the remnants of anything left in that follicle for awhile that is, until it grows out again. Use aloe afterwards to sooth your skin.

September 2, 20190 found this helpful

I have dark spots on by chin due to plucking of hairs,it has been over a year and I haven't been able to get rid of it,plz someone should help,u know how it feels to have that kind of scar around your chin, everyone will just be starring at you,plz I need answers to remove the spots permanently.Thanks

October 19, 20190 found this helpful

I have the same issue and I am looking for solutions as well.

November 11, 20191 found this helpful

I had this same issue. I have chin hair and on my upper lip. My doctor just said "shave it off". So I did. After a while I was gettinng dark spots and they just kept getting darker and more noticeable. Finally, my mom said to just pluck the hair and I did. The spots have slowly went away. I have learned,the hard way, that if I dont soak my tweezers in alcohol before I pluck I break out and then the spots come back. Now as far as discoloration in my skin alone, not being dark hairs, I use a aloe gentle skin bleach. I only leave it on for half the time required. It works. It lightens it up within a few days. I hope this helps. I have suffered with pcos since I was 19 and in now 38. So the facial hair growth has been such a huge embarassment for me. I dont like nor want the hair on my face. But I also dont want the dark spots or 5oclock shadow either. So I try any and all things I find. Again, I hope this helps you. Good luck.

November 3, 20200 found this helpful

On the topic of facial hair, how does the concept of plucking /removing hair on face effect actual pore size? After removing facial hair by bulb and shaft, it seems to me the pore would shrink then make the hair grow in finer and finer (continually plucking hair does this) - which is a good thing? (It is amazing how a large pore with a hair in it looks like the cause of a wrinkle!) But my overall question is, does plucking really reduce wrinkles by assuring pores are closed and tight or actually increasing pore size by leaving a "hole" that eventually can't be filled? I am currently experimenting with this to see any differences but am getting mixed results ... could anyone shed light on this?

September 21, 20200 found this helpful

I get the same thing. They pop like a black head but they arent black heads....I think its the beginning stage of a new hair, but idk.

July 16, 20210 found this helpful

I get them everyday. I shave my face everyday, and those little buggers are always there. Slightly squeeze, and they pop out. Theyre part of the hair bulb you plucked/shaved/tweezed out. There isnt a cleanser in the world that will get rid of them, its just a function of our body. Best option is just make sure your hands or tweezers are clean, and gently deal with them when they show up.


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