AM, do black heads need to be extracted? A non-medical, spa skin-consultant told me existing black heads could not be cleared from the skin unless extracted regardless of medicated treatments. Isn’t it advisable NOT to pick or squeeze pimples?
Phil, the blackheads post is linked to in my previous reply.
I have been wondering about this question since years as my beautician has always bugged me to get a clean up or facial done to get rid of the black heads. but i think its just a temporary solution because the blackheads used to disappear for few days and then back again in few weeks and sometimes even accompanied by acne due to the open pores left on my skin . Even i am curious to know whether it is advisable to go for such treatments and if not then by what means can blackheads be removed.
The spa skin-consultant mentioned above referred me to an online video about a woman with a black head that remained in her skin for 25 years until it was extracted. It is disturbing to believe that medicated washes and creams do not rid black heads. It is even more disturbing to believe that the application of force to skin is the solution to clearing black heads! Extractions can cause scarring both spots and pits.
Hiya Phil, while mechanical extraction through a blackhead tool or pore strip is one way to remove existing blackheads, it is not the only way. You can dissolve them too. Salicylic acid based washes, toners and leave-on gels work well to unplug the pores, so the gunk of the blackhead gets dissolved. You could see this post about getting rid of blackheads for products and techniques.
Frequently using mechanical means such as pore strips can pull and tug at the pores, making them larger over time. Salon extractions can be done, but shouldn’t become too frequent since they are mostly mechanical extractions. Dissolving blackheads through salicylic acid / lactic acid / glycolic acid is a safer way and prevents future occurrences by keeping pores clean.
There’s also a home remedy using an ear wax remover that can be tried if you are up for some adventure.
Tagging Anushree (@d1990)
Ear wax remover remedy for blackheads. Sounds very effective, but try at your own risk. 🙂
@acnemantra, much appreciated! Searched for past black head posts on the website but the results were bombarded with discussion threads and it was too much to shift through.
Are boolean searches recognized such as “black head” AND “AM” NOT “Questions”?
Most acne related topics seem to have been addressed in past AM posts but finding them is a challenge because the discussion questions clutter up search results…
Black head extraction is not an option I am willing to pursue at all. Glycolic acid-based products appear to be an overall winner, in particular the face washes recommended on AM. Looking into purchasing Glomed or AHAglow but have been unsuccessful in sourcing it at local pharmacies and stores.
For persons having a perennial or persistent black head problem confined to the nose area alone, do you have a recommended skin routine that does not require having to use products (such as a glycolic acid-based one, which can be harsh) on an indefinite basis? For example, wash face using Glomed each morning for one month up to three months; then, as long as there is a significant improvement, use Glomed as a morning wash no more than three days for each week; and so on until the black-head free skin can be weened off the Glomed to a once-a-week basis? Or is it that black heads on the nose should be treated different?
In the long run, it seems unwise to use acid-based products on the face on a frequent and extended basis but black heads on the nose seems to be a problem that crops up for me each month dating back to being an adolescent.
@pv13 i never had blackheads.but i used to ve around 50 whiteheads like a cluster of them in the area in and around my nose.i got rid of them using Saslic-DS facewash.i used it twice a day, left it on my face for a minute and washed my face(instructions are given in the back of the bottle).i saw visible difference in 2 weeks.
Thanks, will look into it!