Fighting Adult Skin Conditions: Is There Help for Your Acne?

How Your Dermatologist Treats Blackheads And Whiteheads

by Art Bishop

Are you are tired of struggling with blackheads and whiteheads? Check out these four ways a dermatologist at a Dermatology Surgery Center can help.


Retinoids are one of the most effective ways to fight acne, including blackheads and whiteheads. Tretinoin or Retin-A is commonly prescribed to fight blackheads and whiteheads. It works by increasing cell turnover, which helps extrude the plugs in the pores. Retinoids also help prevent future blackheads by making the sebaceous glands less sticky. They are derived from vitamin A and can have many negative side effects, such as birth defects if taken by pregnant women. If you are a woman, and your dermatologist prescribes retinoids, you must take a pledge not to get pregnant and to take steps to avoid pregnancy.

Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid

Many over-the-counter treatments contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, and your dermatologist can help you choose the right one or prescribe a stronger one. Benzoyl peroxide helps by destroying the bacteria that causes acne. It does this by flooding the pores with oxygen. It is successful in fighting all kinds of acne. Salicylic acid works by breaking down and dissolving the plugs.


The most surefire way to eliminate your blackheads is to have them extracted by a dermatologist. During the procedure, the dermatologist uses a comedone extractor to apply pressure around the blackhead or whitehead. The clog is then extruded and removed. In some cases, a thin blade is needed to cut away the blackhead. This procedure is best done in a sterile environment by a professional. Trying to do it at home can lead to more severe acne as the bacteria spreads, or it can cause damage to the gentle skin on your face.  

Cosmetic Procedures

There are also some treatments that are considered cosmetic, but they work to help eliminate blackheads and whiteheads. Unfortunately, because they are considered cosmetic, they are not usually covered by insurance. Laser therapy targets the roots of the blackheads to eliminate the supply of oil and destroy the underlying bacteria. This treatment causes minor redness after the procedure, but it doesn't last long. Microdermabrasion buffs away the top layer of your skin, while doing this it also helps loosen blackheads and suck them away. Chemical peels also remove the top layer of skin and loosen comedones.

You don't have to struggle with comedones. There are treatments available to help you win the battle. If you're ready to take the next step toward clearer skin, contact a dermatologist in your area today and schedule a consolation.