How to Prevent Blackheads

Learn how to prevent blackheads and acne from dermatologist Cybele Fishman, MD in this Howcast skin care video.


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So a blackhead is essentially a clogged pore. What we talk about when we say we're going to prevent blackheads, we are just preventing clogged pores. A few different ingredients can be in this. An alpha, beta, or polyhydroxy acid can be helpful, as well as a prescription retinoid, like Retina-A, Tazorac or Atrolin. If you don't have access to a prescription, you can use an over-the-counter retinol product as well. A gentle exfoliation once a week is fine, but make sure that what you're exfoliating with is fine-grained and don't over scrub. I also recommend not using any products that have mineral oil. Natural oils, like jojoba, argan, and coconut oil are actually fine. Lastly, if you like to use natural products, I like the ingredient Mahonia, M-A-H-O-N-I-A. This is sort of a natural pore unclogger, if you will, that can work very nicely.


  • Dr. Cybele Fishman

    Dr. Fishman is a board-certified dermatologist who received her medical degree from NYU School of Medicine and completed an internship in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Fishman's dermatology training was at Albert Einstein School of Medicine, where she was Chief Resident. In addition, Dr. Fishman completed advanced Fellowship training in Melanoma and Pigmented Lesions at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She has also authored peer-reviewed publications on melanoma. She is currently affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. Other professional affiliations include Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and a member of the Dermatologic Society of New York. Dr. Fishman has been featured in In Style, Real Simple, and SPA magazines.