There are medications and topical solutions which include salicylic acid, glycolic acid, beta-hydroxy-acids, benzoyl peroxide, and retinol your dermatologist can recommend, even over-the-counter creams that can curb the crud. They work by killing bacteria and managing excess oil production.
When you see your dermatologist, they can manually extract some of the “super” blackheads, using a sterile round loop extractor to get the clogs cleared. It’s strangely satisfying, to say the least.
Try to exfoliate the skin, which can help with cell turnover as well by removing a layer of skin during the exfoliating process. Even those nifty pore strips can prove powerful. Go for a full face mask if you’re feeling fancy. Just be sure to select skin care products for oily skin, like a clay mask, for instance...one that won’t clog pores. A full-on chemical peel may sound extreme, but for major cases, it can help. We’re not talking a lone zit here.
You Are Not Alone
As Medical News Today reports, about 50 million people in the U.S. alone are affected by blackheads. Not exactly a group you want to start a fan club for, but at least it’s comforting to know you’re not the only one with a less-than-perfect complexion.
Get over the idea that your skin is “dirty,” and understand your hygiene generally has little to do with your blackheads.
That said, clean your skin as recommended by your dermatologist (or at best, use common sense). Your doc may suggest specific soaps or cleansers that reduce oil and won’t strip your skin of moisture.
Clearer skin is on the horizon with a well-rounded skincare routine. You’re not stuck with them forever if you follow your dermatologist’s advice.