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"How can one remove blackheads that form on the nose?"
Is there a decent way to get blackheads out of your nose? I've tried squeezing them out many times and while that usually works, it can sometime leave my nose feeling quite inflamed and irritiated. What about medicines or blackhead guns and the like? Does any of it work?
Blackheads are one of the most common skin conditions. The doctors who will be qualified to discuss this issue with you include your primary care doctor or your dermatologist. Blackheads are a type of acne that forms when skin pores are nearly clogged off by dead skin debris. Although squeezing of the blackheads will temporarily clean out the pores, it leads to inflammation and damage to the skin and sometimes infection. Instead it is better to focus on methods to remove the skin debris that are less traumatic. Good exfoliating treatments, such as those with microbeads, are very helpful. Nose strips can also be helpful if the area of blackheads is mostly limited to the nose. If these methods do not work, then application of an acne treatment that contains a comedonolytic, or chemical designed to strip away skin debris, is very helpful. One of the most common and safest of these chemicals is benzoyl peroxide. This is found in many drug store preparations and also in stronger prescription forms. As always, the diagnosis and the management of your particular skin concern will require a physical examination by your personal physician. Setting up an office visit with your primary care doctor or your dermatologist might be advised.