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A 27-year-old female asked:

What is the best way to get rid of blackheads on my nose with out going to a dermatology ?

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Dr. Antoanella Calame
Pathology 20 years experience
A few options: For over the counter methods try using products that have benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alcohol, and acetone. For prescription treatments you may be prescribed antibiotics, retinoids or vitamin a derivatives, azelaic acid, oral contraceptives, or spironolactone. Always ask a dermatologist about the possible affects and the risks vs benefits of each treatment. Make sure it's best for you.
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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Many options: Salicylic or glycolic acid wash, scrub or lotion daily. Otc microdermabrasion and glycolic acid peels. Biore strips help to give a deep exfoliation--use once a week. See an aesthetician for blackhead extraction.
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Dr. Glynis Ablon
Dermatology 30 years experience
Thats a difficult : one. Pore strips temporarily remove the dirt from the pores, but they fill right back up. Retinoids can help by thickening the top layer of skin to shrink pore size but it takes months to years, and typically you need prescription strength ones. Hope that helps
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A 18-year-old male asked:

What is the best way to get rid of blackheads on your nose?

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Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Blackheads and acne: Acne is due to hormone induced changes in skin follicles/increased sebum production compounded by p. Acnes in the follicles & inflammation. Increased keratin in follicles mixed w/sebum results in comedo's or blackheads wh/create environment for acne. Topical retinoids & benzoyl peroxide are most effective for comedo's. Otc in low concentrations. Use faithfully twice daily if no effect need a doc.
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