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How to Get Rid of Blackheads

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


If you already have blackheads, there are a few different ways you can get rid of them. One is by using the correct ingredients in your products. I think the best ingredients to minimize blackheads are retinoids like Retin-A, Tazorac, and Atralin; and the alpha, beta, and poly-hydroxy acids. if you prefer natural products, I suggest a Mahonia gel; this is a plant based ingredient that helps unclog the pores.

Now what if you already have blackheads? What else can you do? This where an acne facial can be helpful or acne surgery at a dermatologist's office. This is when the dermatologist will manually remove your blackheads using a little instrument called a comedone extractor. Please don't do this at home because what happens is people over extract, or extract incorrectly, leading to broken blood vessels and too much redness in the face.

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