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A 23-year-old male asked:

Hi, i have got an oily skin and i can't get off the black heads from my nose. is there anyway i can reduce the oilyness and the blackheads? thanks

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Dr. Kimberly Ramsdell
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Blackheads: Don't scrub! It just injures the skin and increases the risk of infection. Your hormones are to blame for the only skin and I don't think you want to attempt changing that. A salicylic gel or base is probably the most helpful but apply sparingly at night, starting with a couple of times per week, increasing nightly. Use a very gentle cleanser specifically for the face (not for oily skin).
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Acne: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day & use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider OTC products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). Retinoids/ comedone extractor can be helpful for black heads. If > mild acne see dermatology.
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Last updated Jan 5, 2019


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