ZocdocAnswersDoes the blackhead removal tool actually remove blackheads?

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Does the blackhead removal tool actually remove blackheads?

I'm struggling with blackheads, and I've seen a number of tools for sale that are built to remove blackheads - like guns and vacuums and those sorts of things. Do any of them actually work? It just seems like they'd be much more widely known if there was real value to them.

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Blackheads are one of the most common skin conditions for which people seek medical advice. The doctors who will be well qualified to discuss this issue with you include your primary care doctor or your dermatologist. Blackheads are a form of acne that develops when skin pores become clogged open with dead skin debris. Therefore, the basis of treatment is to remove the skin debris and return the pores to their normal state. There are a number of tools, as you say, that are marketed for black head removal. These tools are best when there is a particular large blackhead that needs targeting. However they are not for general use on the face, as they can cause a lot of damage and inflammation to the skin surrounding the area where they are applied. It is best to focus on keeping the skin clean and free of debris. A daily skin exfoliating treatment can help, as can the application of acne treatments containing comedonolytics (skin debris removers) such as benzoyl peroxide. 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.

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