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Blackheads are one of the most common forms of acne. Although people who have oily skin are more vulnerable to blackheads, anyone can get them. They form when pores become clogged with a combination of dead skin cells and excess oil (sebum) from your sebaceous glands.Unlike whiteheads, which create closed pores, blackheads have open surfaces,…

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Although you still need to wash your face twice a day, try using a cleanser that has salicylic acid in it just once a day to start. Britt Kimmins notes that salicylic acid is especially good for those with dry skin. You may consider using it at night only and then using your regular cleanser…

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For blackheads, though, regular exfoliation can help remove excessive amounts of dead skin cells that can lead to clogged pores. The process may also gently remove existing blackheads. Rather than looking for harsh scrubs, you’ll want to focus on alpha and beta hydroxy acids (AHAs and BHAs). Glycolic acid is the most common type of…

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A skin brush can provide similar exfoliating benefits as AHAs and BHAs by removing excess dead skin cells.Susan Massick, MD, dermatologist and associate professor of dermatology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center advises caution. She recommends that skin brushes only be used occasionally with a gentle cleansing wash and to avoid the use…

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Retinoids may be useful for stubborn cases of acne by helping to unplug pores. This process can also make other OTC products more effective by helping them to be better able to enter the follicle.But if you’ve got dry skin, Britt Kimmins recommends avoiding strong exfoliants, like retinoids, altogether. Clay masks help to draw oils…

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Chemical peels are traditionally used for anti-aging benefits, such as reduced age spots and fine lines. The peels often contain AHAs or BHAs, and they work by exfoliating the skin, says Massick. Though they’re not considered a primary treatment for blackheads, chemical peels can possibly remove dead skin cells and shrink enlarged pores.This treatment method…

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The right cleanser, mask, and exfoliator may do little good if you don’t use noncomedogenic makeup and face products. In fact, Massick recommends starting off a blackhead removal regimen with noncomedogenic products. Noncomedogenic means that the product in question won’t cause comedones, or clogged pores. Not all products are noncomedogenic, so you’ll have to read…

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At the end of a long day, the last thing you may want to do is to take off your makeup.However, sleeping with your makeup on is asking for more blackheads. If left on overnight, even noncomedogenic makeup can clog your pores. Those with oily skin may want to consider using a foaming cleanser, says…

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When irritation occurs, your sebaceous glands may go into survival mode and produce even more oil — resulting in more blackheads. Other extraction methods include professional-grade metal or plastic tools. These purportedly work by removing clogged blackheads without scratching your skin. The keyword here though, is professional.Dermatologists who have years of training sometimes use these…