Serious blackheads - any tips?

I have had blackheads throughout my entire adolescence. I'm now 19, and though my skin is not nearly as acne prone as it was, I've still got blackeads all over my face (nose, forehead,all over my chin), as well as on my upper back and a bit on my chest . I've been to the dermatologist, and the stuff they gave me just made me really dry and irritated, and I had to use a detergent cleanser to remove it every morning, which only made matters worse. I've tried alot of the drugstore-type "blackhead removing" products, and nothing has worked at all - some of them acutally made my skin worse. Can anyone relate, and can anyone offer me a few pointers about what to try? I'm currently using Neutrogena Deep Clean (for lack of anything better to use) and St Ives facial moisturiser. I'm seriously considering trying the oil cleansing method (http://purehenry.com/ocm.htm), because my current problem seems to be irritation and some dryness in addition to blackheads, though my skin is normally oily.
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People are probably going to get sick of me saying this (I've been saying this all over this board) But I started using black soap from www.nasabb.com 3 weeks ago and my skin has really cleared up. Then I follow with a moisturizer. That's really all the cleansing I've done for 3 weeks and my skin has never looked better! (I also stopped using the make I've been using for 3 years about 5 days ago, and my skin cleared up even more!) HTH! ~~jax
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I just wanted to chime in and say that I also tried black soap from Nasaab and have never been more broken out in my life. I had to go to the dermatologist to clear it up.

I would ask your dermatologist for a retinol cream (nothing in the drugstore will be strong enough). I use a retinol cream at night, with a drop of jojoba oil on top to ward off dryness. Retinol works by penetrating the hard oil clog. After a couple weeks, you notice your blackheads and pores getting smaller and soon they will disappear. You may be flaky at first, but your skin will get used to it. THe jojoba oil will also really help with that. You can also use a pore strip once in awhile. I press a hot washcloth to my skin first to steam the pores and then put on the strip. But if you use retinol, you don't want to use pore strips very often. You may also want to get extractions done by your dermatologist, then start using the retinol. That way you'll have a clean start.

Overall, retinol is the best ingredient for blackheads.
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I just wanted to chime in and say that I also tried black soap from Nasaab and have never been more broken out in my life. I had to go to the dermatologist to clear it up.

I would ask your dermatologist for a retinol cream (nothing in the drugstore will be strong enough). I use a retinol cream at night, with a drop of jojoba oil on top to ward off dryness. Retinol works by penetrating the hard oil clog. After a couple weeks, you notice your blackheads and pores getting smaller and soon they will disappear. You may be flaky at first, but your skin will get used to it. THe jojoba oil will also really help with that. You can also use a pore strip once in awhile. I press a hot washcloth to my skin first to steam the pores and then put on the strip. But if you use retinol, you don't want to use pore strips very often. You may also want to get extractions done by your dermatologist, then start using the retinol. That way you'll have a clean start.

Overall, retinol is the best ingredient for blackheads.
2a-3a

Fotki: curlymeg

Nature's Gate Awapuhi Volumizing Conditioner
Graham Webb Making Waves gel
jojoba or coconut oil as a DT

Hair is pretty great now that it's colder, now I'm focusing on my skin. Sniffle.
An awesome "cheap" remedy for black heads and clearing up skin is an Apirin mask.

You crush 3-4 regular cheap non-coated aspirin, add a few drops of water to make a paste then add about a tablespoon of honey and mix really well.

I cleanse my face of all makeup, then apply the mask and leave it on for about 15-20 minutes. This stuff done a couple times a week is awesome for treating and preveniting blackheads and breakouts!
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An awesome "cheap" remedy for black heads and clearing up skin is an Apirin mask.

You crush 3-4 regular cheap non-coated aspirin, add a few drops of water to make a paste then add about a tablespoon of honey and mix really well.

I cleanse my face of all makeup, then apply the mask and leave it on for about 15-20 minutes. This stuff done a couple times a week is awesome for treating and preveniting blackheads and breakouts!
Originally Posted by Sunderella
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Your hair, it's everywhere. Screaming infidelities, taking its wear.
Crushing aspirin to make a facial mask is a waste of good aspirin. It will do nothing for the skin. The skin cannot absorb it as salicylic acid without some sort of penetrator, like alcohol, and even then, the concentration is nothing compared to that of a good 2% or 5% salicylic acid serum.
Chances are, your derm already has you on a retinoid (Retin-A, Differin, Tazorac, Renova, Avita, etc) or possibly a benzoyl peroxide based treatment. Retinoids are THE BEST thing for black heads although they are very irritating if used improperly or at a strength inappropriate for your skin. You dermatologist should be monitoring this. It takes about 3-4 months of consistant use before you see a reduction in blackheads and it's also really important that you wear sunscreen every day, regardless of season or whether you are indoors or outdoors while using these products.

If you really want to take another route, I would personally suggest either having extractions done (manual purging of the pores) and/or start using a clay-based mask 1-2 times a week. The clay (may be listed as kaolin in ingredient list) will gradually draw out excess oils. This is best if you are still oily. If you are drier now, look into extractions.

I also find that blotter sheets help me to control my blackheads. I use the Clean & Clear blotters and it seems to really help.

Good luck. Blackheads suck.
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