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Blackheads Treatment Overview

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Treating blackheads

You can usually treat blackheads yourself at home. There are many blackhead treatments available in a variety of types like creams, gels, masks, pads, scrubs, soaps, and toners. Common ingredients include benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and retinoids. Often a combination of medications and products is the most effective.

  • If your blackheads don’t improve after 6–8 weeks of home care, or you also have more severe forms of acne, see a dermatologist.
  • You may need to take prescription medication like 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.
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