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How to get rid of blackheads? Press with bobby pins?
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
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In brief: Blackheads
Tretinoin (retin-a, atralin, renova) is the mainstay of treatment for whiteheads and blackheads.
Tretinoin is a derivative of vitamin a and works by increasing cell turnover and reducing the "stickiness" of the sloughed cells. It helps expel the plugged material returning the pore to normal. Tretinoin can be irritating, so specific instructions should be followed.

In brief: Blackheads
Tretinoin (retin-a, atralin, renova) is the mainstay of treatment for whiteheads and blackheads.
Tretinoin is a derivative of vitamin a and works by increasing cell turnover and reducing the "stickiness" of the sloughed cells. It helps expel the plugged material returning the pore to normal. Tretinoin can be irritating, so specific instructions should be followed.
Dr. Michael Fisher
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: Comedone Extractor
Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day ; use oil free products.
No oily hair or heavy foundations. Exfoliate occasionally. 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). If > mild acne see dermatology (discuss meds, comedone extractor, pore strips, etc.).

In brief: Comedone Extractor
Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day ; use oil free products.
No oily hair or heavy foundations. Exfoliate occasionally. 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). If > mild acne see dermatology (discuss meds, comedone extractor, pore strips, etc.).
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