How to treat blackheads

Blackheads can be treated with a few simple steps:

  1. Wash your face with a benzoyl peroxide wash 2-3 times a week. Let it sit on your skin for a few minutes prior to washing your face. (Try Panoxyl.)
  2. Use products that contain salicylic acid, which is quite helpful in dissolving blackheads. (Neutrogena has some great options.)
  3. Over-the -counter retinols are best, as they are milder than prescription-strength versions. These help with skin cell turnover, preventing dead skin from clogging pores.
  4. Azelaic acid is another option. It is a keratinolytic, which means it breaks down keratin plugs. It also has bactericidal properties.