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Calico04
07-15-2004, 02:30 AM
i have blackheads on my forehead, and dont seem to go away. I have really oily skin on my forehead. It's like the blackheads are trapped under my skin on some parts of my skin. Also, i can see noticable pores in some other parts. If u have any remedies u know of, can u please inform me. THANKS

Terra116
07-15-2004, 02:32 AM
The thing I've found that works best is a prescription. It's called clindomysine (spelling?) and it's alcohol-based. It burns if you've got... recently popped things, but otherwise it's great! I'm super allergic to everything, and most things I've used burned my skin horribly, but this stuff works. If I don't use it for a couple of days, I notice.

pink_killer
07-15-2004, 02:49 AM
It shouldn't burn. No good if it does despite it being opened skin it could still cause irritation. Check out this thread for helpful ideas.

How to get rid of blackheads? (http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=36468)

Mei
07-15-2004, 01:00 PM
Unfortunately, the pores you see cannot be permanently reduced, kinda like, once you got it you can't go back. But Clinique has several products that are designed to help minimize the appearance of pores (I have that problem on my cheeks).

Fong
05-20-2009, 12:58 AM
I want to bump this because I have a question.

Does anyone know any over-the-counter products that REALLY help reduce the appearance of blackheads? Sometimes they get really bad around my chin/nose.

Thanks ahead of time for any help.

Edit: Holy crud, I just realized this thread was started in 2004.

Kotaro1
05-20-2009, 08:37 AM
I want to bump this because I have a question.

Does anyone know any over-the-counter products that REALLY help reduce the appearance of blackheads? Sometimes they get really bad around my chin/nose.

Thanks ahead of time for any help.

Edit: Holy crud, I just realized this thread was started in 2004.

Well believe it or not i have acne problem right now and there are some products that are over the counter that are made specifically for black heads i have them all over my nose lol. what you shoul have done is started clean and clearing like 2 weeks before the con because believe it or not acne cleaners actually bring acne to the surface of the face to clean it more properally. then after bout a week they are gone. DAM ACNE :hafha:

Lol dident realise this thread was so old :P

al-bhed-gurl
05-20-2009, 09:10 AM
... i got blackheads on my nose
time for those sticky pads to tear them right off!
yay me >:(

Mangochutney
05-20-2009, 12:33 PM
Sticky pads do absolutely nothing for me, and I've never seen them do the magical whipping-blackheads-out thing on any friends of mine who have used them, either.

What works for me is a face peel/mask. The honey-aspirin mask works, but needs a week or two to show good results, while the home peel stuff from the drugstore just needs to go on once or twice.

ShinobiXikyu
05-20-2009, 01:36 PM
My problem is both infestations of blackheads on my nose, AND dry skin.....so it usually looks god-awful. Fixing one usually makes the other worse. Squeezing them out w/ whatever usually doesn't generally work for me because they're in virtually every damn pore and my nose marks up very easily, so either covering them up with an oil-free foundation/powder or a peel (from the Body Shop- it has tea tree oil in it) to get some off is usually all I can do. Only thing is with peels, they tend to make my nose area quite oily afterward, so I need to follow that up with a cleaning scrub and a toner (I always use bodyshop seaweed facial scrub and tea tree toner. Non-natural products are usually hell on my face).

littlepeachgirl
05-20-2009, 06:08 PM
have you tried those little pore clearing strips?? i have a similar problem, and they work fine. i use biore--they're not too expensive. as for your dry skin, i think i heard if you mash an avocado and add honey or something it acts like some sort of moisturizing mask. I'd google the exact ingredients though, because i don't quite remember. i hope this helps you!!! :D

ShinobiXikyu
05-20-2009, 08:16 PM
have you tried those little pore clearing strips?? i have a similar problem, and they work fine. i use biore--they're not too expensive. as for your dry skin, i think i heard if you mash an avocado and add honey or something it acts like some sort of moisturizing mask. I'd google the exact ingredients though, because i don't quite remember. i hope this helps you!!! :D

I use a moisturizing day cream for my face (also from Body Shop and containing that ever-present seaweed.....that stuff is so great) ; it works pretty well, but it's a tricky balance between moisturizing enough and adding too much grease.

Sutefeni*
05-20-2009, 08:21 PM
Biore products are made for these kind of problems, you should try the cleansing nose strips, dailt scrub && pore tightener liquid.
Amazing stuff : )

DireKitty
05-20-2009, 08:27 PM
I LOVE the body shops seaweeds stuff. I also use their tea tree oil scrub and foaming stuff. I'm having an odd breakout on my neck now. Not sure why... but it's following my regular hormone breakout cycle.

I moisturize my forehead with their vitamin E cream (its a dry area on me) but I think my next buy will be the seaweed stuff because it works better with my skin type.

I have heard that vitamin A and E are helpful in helping your body to prevent acne.

Fong
05-21-2009, 01:59 PM
Sticky pads do absolutely nothing for me, and I've never seen them do the magical whipping-blackheads-out thing on any friends of mine who have used them, either.

What works for me is a face peel/mask. The honey-aspirin mask works, but needs a week or two to show good results, while the home peel stuff from the drugstore just needs to go on once or twice.

Any idea where I can find these?

Thanks =)

Arsenic-S
05-21-2009, 02:54 PM
I have this whole process to treat my black heads (I have large pores... So junk is always getting in 'em! D<)

This is going to seem insane to most people... But it works more often than not for me and might be worth a try to others. XD
I have combination skin with large pores, areas that are super oily, and areas that are super dry/flaky. I also have a tendency toward mild acne/breakouts, and have problems with blotchy skin.

My process is thus:
- First, I cleanse my face using a Clean & Clear cleanser.
- Second, I boil some water then sit with my face over it, under a towel, and steam for about 10-15 minutes. This opens the pores. (Just don't burn yourself!)
- Third, I exfoliate using a mixture of a little sea salt with olive oil. The salt helps scrub away the dead skin/junk inside the pores and the olive oil moisturizes... My skin always feels so nice and soft after this. >3
- Fourth, I do a mask using egg yolk (that's right, I said egg.) I leave it on for 30 minutes then wash it off.
- Fifth, I use the remaining egg white for a second mask. Leave that for 30 minutes, then wash it off.

Once it's all said and done, I apply a little moisturizer to the areas that are prone to become dry (the egg can, and will, dry it out even more if you don't moisturize.)

It's a pretty time-consuming thing, but I've noticed if I do this a couple times a month, it's worth it. I've tried countless of over-the-counter junk, and nothing seemed to ever work until I found this little combination. It's cheap. It's natural. And it gets rid of most of my blackheads, leaves my face taut and soft, and my pores practically invisible. It also helps to treat any white-heads I have at the time, and takes a lot of the redness out of my face/acne... And these effects last for at least a week so long as I cleanse twice daily and accompany that with a little toner. While everyone is different, it did wonders for me.

Hope this was of some help to *someone* xD

ShinobiXikyu
05-21-2009, 03:01 PM
I LOVE the body shops seaweeds stuff. I also use their tea tree oil scrub and foaming stuff. I'm having an odd breakout on my neck now. Not sure why... but it's following my regular hormone breakout cycle.

I moisturize my forehead with their vitamin E cream (its a dry area on me) but I think my next buy will be the seaweed stuff because it works better with my skin type.

I have heard that vitamin A and E are helpful in helping your body to prevent acne.

Lol, yay! Another Body Shop afficionado!

Phoenix_Kasai
05-21-2009, 04:32 PM
1 product: Neutrogena Stress Elminating Scrub Wash. Here (http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/catalog/shop_product_detail.jsp?filterBy=default&skuId=410469&productId=410469&navAction=push&navCount=4&no_new_crumb=true)

But there are also products that are specifically for blackheads too. But I do have a whole face routine and this product I just use about 2-3 times a week as a scrub. I think thats the most important thing, try something for about a month, if it doesn't work or if you breakout more I would go for something else. But don't give up!

EgnirysFaye
05-21-2009, 11:11 PM
The only thing with those strips is that they can actually invite more dirt and gunk afterward.

In addition to boiling water to open up pores, a warm/hot shower also helps nicely. I often exfoliate or use the Biore blackhead scrub in the shower regularly.

Edalyne
05-22-2009, 02:18 AM
I have this whole process to treat my black heads (I have large pores... So junk is always getting in 'em! D<)

This is going to seem insane to most people... But it works more often than not for me and might be worth a try to others. XD
I have combination skin with large pores, areas that are super oily, and areas that are super dry/flaky. I also have a tendency toward mild acne/breakouts, and have problems with blotchy skin.

My process is thus:
- First, I cleanse my face using a Clean & Clear cleanser.
- Second, I boil some water then sit with my face over it, under a towel, and steam for about 10-15 minutes. This opens the pores. (Just don't burn yourself!)
- Third, I exfoliate using a mixture of a little sea salt with olive oil. The salt helps scrub away the dead skin/junk inside the pores and the olive oil moisturizes... My skin always feels so nice and soft after this. >3
- Fourth, I do a mask using egg yolk (that's right, I said egg.) I leave it on for 30 minutes then wash it off.
- Fifth, I use the remaining egg white for a second mask. Leave that for 30 minutes, then wash it off.

Once it's all said and done, I apply a little moisturizer to the areas that are prone to become dry (the egg can, and will, dry it out even more if you don't moisturize.)

It's a pretty time-consuming thing, but I've noticed if I do this a couple times a month, it's worth it. I've tried countless of over-the-counter junk, and nothing seemed to ever work until I found this little combination. It's cheap. It's natural. And it gets rid of most of my blackheads, leaves my face taut and soft, and my pores practically invisible. It also helps to treat any white-heads I have at the time, and takes a lot of the redness out of my face/acne... And these effects last for at least a week so long as I cleanse twice daily and accompany that with a little toner. While everyone is different, it did wonders for me.

Hope this was of some help to *someone* xD

That sounds crazy! But I think I may try it out sometime. My skin sounds like yours :P

MishaB
05-22-2009, 03:22 AM
If you can afford it, go to a spa that gives facials. A lot of them offer customized facials to meet the needs of your skin and also offer ones for oily/blemish prone skin.

I had REALLY bad break-out and oil problems with my skin and the facials helped a lot. I also use Biore Pore Strips to get rid of blackheads, whiteheads, and oil stuck in the pores. To wash my face I use Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash (http://www.dermalogica.com/us/products.html#/products/product-use/cleansers/clearing-skin-wash) and Multi-active toner (http://www.dermalogica.com/us/products.html#/products/product-use/toners/multi-active-toner). About twice a week I'll use an astringent to get rid of any excess dirt on my face.

Both of these helped my skin a lot, you can find them online or at a spa. I don't use a moisturizer lotion since it seems to make my skin more oily, plus the toner does a good job of moisturizing my skin.

Tobias Night
05-22-2009, 07:12 AM
Alright, I've never been to one, so I have no idea how helpful they are, but just out of curiosity, would a dermatologist know exactly what specifically you would need to use? I would assume it is expensive to go see one, but I would also think that it might be cheaper/more effective than trying all those hundreds of skin treatment stuff out there until you finally find the one that works for you.

Isen
05-22-2009, 10:12 AM
Ever since I moved to Texas my skin has been anything but perfect (damn humidity and stuff)...I'm originally from California.

I just started using the legendary aspirin mask and it's been WONDERFUL to me. Pretty much all I do it get any type of non-coated aspirin and put a couple of drops of water to let it dissolve, and rub it all over my face for 10-15 minutes...sometimes longer. It immediately takes the redness away and the best part is I can exfoliate with it when I wash it off. ^_^ Then I follow up with Burt's Bees Garden Tomato toner and SPF 15 Olay moisturizer which I swear by...my mother introduced me to that product years ago and I've used it ever since.

I also recommend the boiling water steaming.

Mangochutney
05-22-2009, 12:23 PM
would a dermatologist know exactly what specifically you would need to use?

No. No one can tell you exactly what will work. There is simply no way to predict that with 100% accuracy, because skins and lifestyles vary so much. Some trial and error is always needed.

A dermatologist has better training and a medical background and access to products that other people don't, though, so you're looking at a 70-90% chance of success versus what's essentially a shot in the dark.

Tobias Night
05-22-2009, 01:46 PM
No. No one can tell you exactly what will work. There is simply no way to predict that with 100% accuracy, because skins and lifestyles vary so much. Some trial and error is always needed.

A dermatologist has better training and a medical background and access to products that other people don't, though, so you're looking at a 70-90% chance of success versus what's essentially a shot in the dark.

Mmm, yeah, probably should think before I post >.> Silly of me to think there would/could be a 100% fail-safe.

Anyway, 70-90% still is a pretty good percentage though. I suppose now the question is the cost of visiting said dermatologist and if it is worth the money or not.

Calbrina
05-22-2009, 10:45 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-Hksg8B4cQ

I tried it, it works very well.

Chize0
05-23-2009, 01:40 AM
Alright, I've never been to one, so I have no idea how helpful they are, but just out of curiosity, would a dermatologist know exactly what specifically you would need to use? I would assume it is expensive to go see one, but I would also think that it might be cheaper/more effective than trying all those hundreds of skin treatment stuff out there until you finally find the one that works for you.

If your acne is horrendous and you have insurance that covers it, go to a dermatologist. Personally, the two dermatologists I went to were jerks and didn't pay attention to me at all, but they did provide me with prescription medications. That's the great thing about dermatologists, they have access to the good stuff.

benzoyl peroxide is good and all if you have your basic acne, but if you have constant cystic acne, you're gonna need something stronger. my freshman/sophomore year of highschool, i had absolutely horrid cystic acne, really painful, lots of scars, it was awful. so i decided to go to dermatologist.

the first thing dermatologists are gonna try are antibiotics, a wash, and a cream. sounds basic. Antibiotics get the bacteria from the inside, wash gets rid of stuff that could make acne, and the creams get rid of existing.

bad thing for me was that i became immune to all of the antibiotics they gave me : \ but, if used correctly and successfully, antibiotics DO work. let me stress that i would only suggest pills if you have both facial and body acne, especially bad cystic acne. this is srs business stuff.

LADIES, first thing a dermatologist will ever recommend is birth control. acne is caused by hormonal imbalances, so create a balance and you should be good, right? plus, your bewbs get bigger, you can't get preggers, and you know the exact moment you will period. birth control is amazing. i highly recommend seasonale or seasonique, if you don't want to have your period every month, then why not just every 3 months? it's a blessing, i promise you. and if your parents are liek "BIRTH CONTROL? SHE'S NOT HAVING SEX?!!?!" tell them that it's not just used for the not-making of babies. they also have low-dose hormone birth control for those of you who only want the hormone control.

okay, wash. first wash i ever used was cetaphil. very mild wash, was prescription when i was on it, now you can buy it over the counter. very good wash, highly recommend. my acne evolved past the ability of that wash after a few years though. second wash i was ever on made my skin bleach all my green shirts yellow. can't remember what it was, because i got off it a few months after my shirts started becoming tie-dye. third wash was a sulfur wash. and no, it doesn't smell like rotten eggs, but it DOES work, and it's fairly mild. i still use what i have left over. main thing about washes from the doctor is that they can usually be used on both the body and the face. always check any washes to make sure they are being used on the right body parts!

creams:
clindamycin lotion is god. i used this for around 4 years, and it was magnificient. very thin coating will do you well. i let me friend use mine one time and her face was clear the next day, and she had had some srs cystic acne at the time too. miracle worker. do believe this is only available prescription. it is mild, does not burn, thin layer is good, put on after you have washed your face.

retin-A creams (i believe tazorac falls under this as well): basically these will hurt before they help. these kind of creams are srs business, and you have to be patient. no miracles here. stick with it every night for two weeks before you see GOOD results. in those two weeks you will break out and it will not be pleasant. i know many people who have had success with these, my skin just didn't respond well.

okay, basic tips:

DO NOT PICK AT YOUR ACNE! this is the lesson that i still haven't learned. if you want to know how to cure your acne, that's how you cure it. picking only makes it worse and adds more bacteria to your already broken skin. if you MUST pick, wash your hands and face thoroughly before and after.

SPF! always. if you go the dermatological route, this will be their mantra. if you do not use sunblock regularly, you will peal, you will break out, and will be miserable. prescription stuff is harsh, and your skin is weak. i found a great moisturizer from Dove that has SPF 15 in it. i highly recommend that brand. i'm not talking spf 70 or anything, you want something light in moisturizer form. this can be purchased over the counter, or you can ask for recommendations from your doctor.

ALWAYS KNOW WHAT YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS CONTAIN! you wouldn't eat mysterious candy that some stranger gives to you on the street, and you shouldn't take medications if you don't know what they do, how they do it, and what are the risks. but, don't be a hypochondriac, just be informed. just because they say it may cause seizures, doesn't mean you will have seizures. be informed!

ONE ZIT IS NOT ACNE! if you are an occasional breaker-outer, you are not srs business acne victim. if you cannot sleep because your back is covered in cystic acne and it hurts to lay down, you ARE a srs business acne victim. go to the dermatologist NOW! no over-the-counter stuff is going to help you. you need professional help. do not want with this kind of acne, the sooner you have it under control, the less scars you will have to deal with.

ACCUTANE! IS THE CURE FOR ACNE! it also may cause hair lose, miscarriage, liver failure (i think?) and death. this is srs business. if you fit the above description and NOTHING ELSE HAS WORKED, this is your best hope. this is not for the occasional breakout! Ladies, if you want this, you HAVE to be on birth control, period end of story. IT WILL KILLS UR BABEHS! this is serious stuff and the doctor will have to monitor everything so that he doesn't get sued for killin babehs. this is an absolute last-ditch effort if all has failed. this is not for the faint of heart, if you value clear skin over the possibility of hair loss, go for it. if not, pray that you'll find something that works.

sorry for the tl;dr it's just that i went through the pain and suffering of acne for a long time, and still do, just in a mild state atm. if you have any questions, feel free to pm me and i will give you any advice that i can. i've been on everything except accutane, and if i don't know, i will look it up for you. hope this is helpful for those riding the dermatologist route.

xshengflipx
05-24-2009, 04:08 PM
biore really works!! I used it and my pores and blackheads have really gone down!! So try it!!
it clears your face too!!!

robokiss4
05-25-2009, 08:13 PM
i use those biore strips to get rid of them, its those strips you leave on for 20 minutes and it should rip out most of the blackhead