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Blackheads On Inner Thighs: How To Get Rid Of Them

The idea of a head between your thighs sounds pretty fun, until you realize it’s actually a blackhead. Blackheads on inner thighs often go unnoticed until they become unbearably irritating – but don’t try to pop them! The skin down there is sensitive.

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What Causes Blackheads On Inner Thighs?

Friction and sweating are some of the biggest inner-thigh offenders that cause blackheads. All that moisture, with dead skin cells rubbing up against each other, ends up clogging your pores. And that’s the root cause of a blackhead: backed-up pores.

Another cause is how much oil your skin tends to produce, and how much debris your thighs are exposed to. Those natural oils, combined with any bacteria resting on your skin, are known pore-cloggers.

The difference between a blackhead and a pimple is that the blackhead remains exposed to some air. It oxidizes, and darkens. Pimples have a little tiny bit of skin that grows over them, so the material never oxidises, and it stays that creamy, oily color that you see when you pop it.

But don’t try to pop an inner thigh blackhead. Your skin is especially sensitive there, and blackheads don’t always come out as easily as pimples.

How To Get Rid Of Blackheads On Inner Thighs

The absolute best, foolproof way to get rid of blackheads on inner thighs is to follow a consistent skincare routine for your legs. While you’re in the shower, try to model it this way:

  1. Cleanse your legs with soap. I like to go with an all-natural bar soap. Be sure to hit those patches where the blackheads are especially prominent. Rinse when you’re done.
  2. Use an exfoliant to scour your skin 2-3 times per week. If you don’t have a scrub on hand, you can exfoliate with a washcloth or use a loofah. But my personal favorite method is using a sugar scrub. They’re so simple and natural that you can even make your own at home. Use gentle circular motions to apply your exfoliant for about 30 seconds. Rinse when done.
  3. Once you step out of the shower, apply a lotion or oil to moisturize the exfoliated skin. This will prevent any irritation or itchiness (trust me, the inner thighs are a devastating place to break out in a rash). You can try one of the best body lotions for men if you’d like recommendations to suit your skin type.

You can see blackhead reduction in as little as a week with this method, but long-lasting results require consistency. Since your skin replenishes itself monthly, expect to see your best results within a month.

To back up your skincare routine, try to wear clothing (and especially underwear) that reduces friction and sweating. And change your underwear daily. Not only is it gross and unhygienic to wear the same tighty whities two days in a row, it can contribute to your blackheads and other inner thigh ailments.

If you need a fix-it-right-now solution, I’m sorry to be the one to tell you that there’s no way to get rid of blackheads instantaneously. (Unless you’d like to replace them with red, irritated, inflamed skin.)

How Long Does It Take To Get Rid Of Blackheads On Inner Thighs?

Consistency and patience are key to getting rid of blackheads. It’s not a fun answer, but to see any results at all, you’ll need to spend a minimum of a week or two with that skincare routine we just talked about.

Between growing new skin and exfoliating away old dead skin, it takes about a month for your topmost layer of skin to fully replenish itself. So by the time you’ve been treating your inner thigh blackheads for a month, you can expect to see “optimal” results.

One of the biggest mistakes that lots of guys make that draws out the process is using the wrong products for your skin type.

If you have sensitive skin, you’ll want a gentle soap and exfoliant with a heavier moisturizer. Guys with extra oily skin can use a heavier exfoliant (or just use a regular exfoliant more frequently) and go a little bit lighter on the moisturizer since your natural oils will do a lot of the moisturizing for you.

Our guide to exfoliating your body in the shower explains in more detail what kind of special care your skin type might need.

Can You Get Rid Of Inner Thigh Blackheads Naturally?

Blackheads rarely require special prescribed treatment from a dermatologist, so the good news is that you can get rid of them naturally at home.

If you’re looking for all-natural products to use in your blackhead-busting shower routine, look over our recommended best all-natural soaps, organic scrubs, and gentle men’s body lotions to see if any sound right for your skin.

If you meant for the question to mean, “will my blackheads go away on their own naturally,” then the answer is sorta. Blackheads will come and go as they please if you don’t do anything to treat them, but your skin will look and feel much better if you at least cleanse and moisturize regularly.

What About Clogged Pores On My Inner Thighs?

Blackheads are just one form of clogged pore on your inner thighs. You might also see pimples, ingrown hairs, white heads, and more. The good news is that they all require the same treatment: cleanse daily, exfoliate weekly, moisturize daily.

You can also add in a toner and an acne cream after you exfoliate but before you moisturize. Over the counter or prescribed topical treatments can give your skin the extra boost it needs to knock out more serious inner thigh blackheads.

But the only reason you would ever need to see a doctor or dermatologist about clogged pores along your inner thighs is if it’s painful, relentless, or looks abnormally widespread. They might prescribe a more thorough, doctor-administered exfoliating treatment, like microdermabrasion or chemical peels.

How Can I Prevent Blackheads On My Thighs?

Use your skincare routine daily! Blackheads are quite literally the bacteria, sweat, dead skin and oil that guys fail to wash off fast enough. If you’re cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing regularly, that solves 99% of your problems.

One “clever” mistake to avoid is using antiperspirant or deodorant on your inner thighs. I know what you’re thinking: “if my blackheads are mostly due to sweat, then I’ll use an antiperspirant so that I don’t sweat down there! Voila!” Deodorants and antiperspirants actually work by clogging your pores and sweat glands, which will lead to more blackheads.

Patience is a virtue when it comes to getting rid of blackheads.

Frank Edwards is a men's grooming & style expert who is "internet famous" for being able to simplify complicated grooming routines into easy, yet effective rituals any man can do. As a professional analyst, he has spent years researching the biggest brands, products, experts, best practices, and breaking news in the space. He takes this analysis, tests it out on himself, and then documents everything in his writing. As a result, his experience-based articles are considered by some to be the gold standard in men's grooming and men's style.