You can also get rid of a blackhead by squeezing the skin that surrounds it. "A blackhead is a very blocked pore. The material inside the blocked pore is solid, and the surface of the pore is widened," explains Dr. Pochi. The black part of a blackhead is not dirt. The melanin in the dead skin cells and oil turns black when exposed to air at the surface of the pore, and squeezing won't result in a pimple.