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An Overview Of Blackheads And How To Get Rid Of Them

Oct 12, 2007
Most people suffer from acne at some point or other in their lives. One of the most common forms of acne that you might have to deal with is blackheads. It might seem hard to keep blackheads to a minimum, but it really is possible to successfully get rid of them.

It's hard to prevent these blemishes, since the skin can regenerate skin cells and produce oil at a very rapid rate. You can temporarily remove debris that clog your pores and oil on the surface of your skin by using a treatment containing salicylic acid.

Alpha hydroxy acid-containing products are able to exfoliate your skin gently, which keep dead cells from building up and clogging your pores. You can also use pore strips to help remove the debris that cause blackheads. However, they also have their downsides, as they don't prevent the blackheads from developing, only treat existing blemishes. They also can irritate sensitive skin.

Stubborn or resistant black heads will require consultation with a dermatologist. Your dermatologist may prescribe retinoid cream, which breaks up the blackhead and slows down oil production. Don't be disappointed if it takes a while to see results. Retinoid cream usually takes a few weeks to show improvement.

Remember to avoid bar soap when cleaning your face, in favor or gentle cleansers and exfoliants. It can be hard to find a cleanser that's not irritating to your skin. Look for products designed for sensitive skin.

If you suffer from dryness, consider using a very light and gentle lotion to avoid buildup. Overly oily moisturizers can actually make acne worse. Look for gentle exfoliant products that will remove dead skin cells from your face and inside your pores. These products can improve the shape of your pores, which means that less oil will build up inside.

Don't get too enthusiastic about exfoliation, however, Irritation of the skin can result. Removal of dead skin cells will allow your skin to look healthier, and will help destroy blackheads. However, too much, and you'll cause pain and destroy healthy cells.

You could also use a skin peel. However, if you're treating your blackheads with retinoid cream, you should avoid these. Skin peels are designed to remove dead skin cell, dirt, and debris from your pores. To successful treat blackheads, you'll probably have to repeat the treatment five or six times. However, you'll probably see results after two treatments. Skin peels can easily be purchased over the counter from your pharmacy.

Your dermatologist might also use a special tool, called an extractor, which has a small round opening on the end. This tool is used for blackhead removal, and will dislodge any debris in your poor. This process can be uncomfortable, but is fast and effective.

Of course, there's no permanent solution to blackheads. However, cleaning properly, exfoliating regularly, and treating blemishes that do pop up are the keys to control. Be sure never to pick at your blackheads. This could cause cysts or scarring that can damage your skin permanently.

Almost everyone gets these blemishes at some point. Taking care of any breakouts quickly and treating your skin well is the best way to keep them under control.

Remember, if over the counter remedies and preventative care aren't effective, your dermatologist may be able to help. Don't put off going to the doctor because it's just acne. Treatment of blackheads can be quite effective, improving your appearance and reducing the likelihood of scarring later in life.

Taking care of your skin is the most important part of blackhead treatment, but if that doesn't do enough, consulting a doctor could be the solution you've been looking for.
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Ken Black is a writer on health related subjects and owner of the Skin Care Reviews site. Visit us today for more information on the best Acne Skin Care Products.
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