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Blackheads Treatment Overview

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Care Plan


First steps to consider

  • Most blackheads can be treated at home.
  • Try OTC acne creams, gels, scrubs, that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and retinoids.
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When you may need a provider

  • Blackheads don’t improve after 6–8 weeks of home care, or you also have more severe forms of acne
  • You want to have blackheads removed with special tools.
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When to see a healthcare provider

If your blackheads don’t improve after 6–8 weeks of using OTC products, or you also have more severe forms of acne, see a dermatologist (a skin specialist).

What to expect from your visit

  • You may be prescribed a topical (applied to the skin) tretinoin (Retin-a), or other vitamin A products. These help keep pores unclogged and exfoliate skin.
  • A dermatologist can gently remove blackheads with special tools.
  • While it’s possible to buy your own blackhead removal tools, it’s best to have blackheads professionally removed to avoid infection and scarring.
  • If your acne doesn't go away or is severe, your dermatologist may recommend antibiotics to get it under control. These include tetracycline, minocycline, and doxycycline. Or you may be prescribed an antibiotic cream (clindamycin).

Types of blackhead providers

  • A dermatologist is a skin doctor who is knowledgeable about treatment options and can do in-office procedures to get rid of blackheads and acne.
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