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"How do you get rid of blackheads on your nose?"
I am a 34 year old male and need help!
The tone of your question suggests that you are feeling overwhelmed by this very common medical condition, and that you should probably start by seeing a doctor. While you wait for your appointment, let's talk about some things that can be done and what acne is. A simple description of acne would be that the pores in your face become filled with microscopic debris that often becomes infected and causes inflammation. Blackheads are one common manifestation of this disorder, and can be treated readily. This condition affects some people more than others in part based on characteristics of their skin, including how quickly new skin is generated and the old skin is removed. Another factor is the hormones that we all make and how they cause oils to be secreted. This description hints at a few common points to improve acne. Start with excellent hygiene, including washing your face with a gentle soap at least daily. Some over the counter face washes can also help to reduce the bacterial load on your skin, as bacteria can cause some of the inflammation. Some people are prescribed an oral antibiotic, to help even more. Others use lotions prescribed to deep clean and help remove old skin, and birth control pills help some women to modulate the hormonal aspect. Ultimately, tretinoin can be a powerful tool to fight acne, but can have serious side effects. Please see your primary care doctor or a dermatologist to address your acne, and to get started with the proper treatment.
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