What have you heard about the pore strips? I haven't used them in forever, but I never knew there was anything to be wary about, so I'm curious.

On the rare occasion* I have a blackhead that won't clear on its own, I usually gently take one of those blackhead extractors to it — works very swiftly and without any trauma to the surrounding tissue.

I clean the extractor before and after with rubbing alcohol to avoid bringing any infection to the area.

* I used to get a lot of blackheads, especially around my nose, but I really don't anymore since I use products that keep my pores really clear. I have to do this to avoid all kinds of dermatological mayhem.