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How do dermatologists remove blackheads?

I am a 25 year old female. I want to see a dermatologist to remove blackheads. How do dermatologists remove blackheads?

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Both medically, manually, and procedurally using chemical peels and similar procedures
After proper preparation of the face they are removed usually by an instrument called a comedone extractor. Less often suction is used
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It depends on the condition of the skin (are there active pustules near the blackheads) and the location of the blackheads. Options could include extractions, facials, treating with retinoids (patient applies at home), etc. I highly suggest seeing a dermatologist to consult about your options and plan a strategy to help you decongest the skin.
We use a comedon extractor.

Blackhead can be extracted using a comedo extractor. However, it is advisable to use a retinoid cream daily to help exfoliate/remove and prevent blackheads. Please see your board-certified Dermatologist for evaluation and treatment.
Hope this helps. Thank you.

Dr. Vaidya
Blackheads can be treated with a topical acne cream such as benzoyl peroxide or retinoids. They can also be extracted with a tool called a comedo extractor. Certain chemical peels can also help remove blackheads. The best way to treat blackheads depends on the severity of the condition. Please consult with a board certified dermatologist for the best way to treat your condition.

Kaminska Dermatology Care Team
Deep-seated blackheads are best removed manually, either with the use of comedone extractors or #11 surgical blades. A spotted nose with enlarged stuff pores can usually be cleaned dramatically in a couple of minutes. When this is followed with a peel, such as high potency glycolic or salicylic acid, the effect is even more dramatic and pleasing.