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A 23-year-old female asked:

How do i get rid of blackheads/clogged pores on my nose? i have tried a pore cleansing expholiating scrub (st. ives)

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Dr. Emil Shakov
Aesthetic Medicine 18 years experience
Extraction: You can see a doctor for comedonal extraction that can open the pores.
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 58 years experience
Retinoid: Blackheads are not dirt. They are plugs in oil ducts which are open to air [open comedones]. Air oxidizes sebum, turning it a dark color. Often they can be squeezed out. This does not spread acne and it does not cause scars. Tretinoin and adapalene are 2 agents which, used correctly and with patience, tend to clear blackheads after 2 or 3 months, then are continued to keep it clear.
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Last updated Jul 11, 2016

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