Do products with salicylic acid remove blackheads?
Do products with salicylic acid remove blackheads, or is salicylic acid only good for treating out regular acne? If it won't work, what kind of ingredients should I look for in a product to remove / prevent blackheads?
Acne is one of the most common medical problems and many people seek medical advice for dealing with it. The doctors who will be well qualified to discuss this issue with you in greater detail include your primary care doctor or your dermatologist. Blackheads are a form of acne that occurs when the skin pores become clogged open by dead skin and other debris. Therefore, the mainstay of treating them is by using products that remove and prevent buildup of skin debris. To begin, the daily use of a good facial soap is advised. Many people will also use an exfoliating preparation, such as one which contains microbeads. Finally, a whole class of chemicals called comedonolytics (debris removers) are often employed. Two of the most common are benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid; both are found in many over the counter acne medications and treatments. In other words, yes, salicylic acid is a good medication to use when trying to deal with blackheads. As always the diagnosis and the management of your particular skin concerns 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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