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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Men’s Skin Care – How To Get Rid Of Blackheads

Get Rid Of Blackheads

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How To Get Rid Of Blackheads In Men's Skin

Apart from not using men’s skin care products that are too emollient (thick or greasy creams) and not using moisturizers unless you truly need them, these are the four basics for dealing with blackheads and whiteheads:

Cleansing the face

Do not use bar soap because the ingredients that keep it in its bar form can clog pores, and irritation can cause skin cells to flake off before they're ready and accumulate in the pore. The best kinds of cleanser are those gentle, water-soluble types. Men with dry skin would want to consider a slightly more moisturizing cleanser. However, cleansers that are too emollient can contain ingredients that add to the sebum in your skin causing further problems.


Exfoliation can both remove the excess skin cells on the surface of the face so they don't build up in the pore, and exfoliate inside the pore to improve the shape of the pore and allowing a more even flow of oil through it. The pore is lined with skin cells that can build up to create a narrowed shape that doesn't allow for oil flow out of the pore naturally. Avoid over exfoliating because removing too many skin cells can cause problems and hurt skin. Exfoliation is important for both dry and oily skin to reduce blackheads or whiteheads. Men with dry skin will want to use an exfoliant with a moisturizing base.The best exfoliants on the market are either a 1% or 2% beta hydroxy acid (BHA) or an 8% alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) products. BHA is preferred because it can absorb into the pore lining and improve conditions.Note: Topical disinfectants, like benzoyl peroxide, or topical antibiotics available by prescription, do not help in the treatment of blackheads and milia because there is no bacterial involvement related to these conditions.

Deeper Exfoliation

You might like to consider these optional treatments for stubborn blackheads and milia. Microdermabrasion, either from an at-home treatment or from a dermatologist's office or spa are options. AHA or BHA peels and laser resurfacing may have a positive impact on the appearance of blackheads and milia. Keep in mind that none of these treatments can change hormone function, the structure of the pore or improve pore functioning. Rather they can temporarily get rid of the surface problem and make the skin look better in the short term.

Absorbing Excess Oil

This step is for men with oily skin. It is not necessary for men with whiteheads and dry skin because with dry skin, the problem isn't about excess surface oil but the oil trapped inside the pore. Men with oily skin might want to use clay masks that don't contain irritating ingredients of mint, peppermint, camphor or the like. Oil-absorbing papers can also help to help oily skin at bay.

Medical Options

Retinoids are forms of vitamin A and play a crucial role in banishing blackheads. It can assist skin cells function normally and improve the shape of the pore so that oil flow is normalized and clogs are far less likely to occur. Retinoids are tretinoin that are found in prescription medications like Retin-A, Renova, Avita, and Tazorac; and adapelene as found in the prescription drug, Differin. These can be used on their own or with a BHA product. Tretinoin and adapelene are shown to have positive effects on how pores function, and these products should be a strong consideration for battling blackheads or breakouts in general.

For men with severe oily-skin conditions, which none of the options working for them, prescription medication such as Accutane should be considered. Accutane can be a cure for men with serious acne, blemishes or blackheads problems. You can talk this over with your dermatologist.

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