The summer is upon us, and with glorious sun also comes plenty of sweat—and clogged pores

If you deal with blackheads regularly, you don't need us telling you how frustrating they are to get rid of

The good news: Handy tools called blackhead extractors work wonders in bringing these pesky spots to the surface

Blackheads are a type of acne, also called open comedones, but not technically pimples. "Rather than white/yellow fluid-filled bumps, blackheads look flat and dark

A comedone or blackhead extractor is a stainless steel tool designed to remove the dirt and oil that cause blackheads and whiteheads

One other important thing to remember is that if you see blood, stop—you got it all out! You might think you can squeeze just a little bit more out

To avoid having to press too roughly, Rackley recommends prepping the breakout with a warm compress

If nothing immediately comes out of the breakout, stop pressing and let it rest for a while before trying again