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akelly



Joined: 22 May 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 1:54 pm    Post subject: blackheads Reply with quote

What causes blackheads on the nose and what ingredient gets rid of them?
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orangehrzn



Joined: 23 Feb 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blackheads are solidified and oxidized sebum plugs in the pores. Try a product containing 2% Salicylic Acid at low pH (lower pH means more acidic more effective but also more irritable). If your skin tolerates it, it may be a leave-on product, if not - apply it and wait till the skin gets irritated, then wash it off and apply anti-irritant (Emu Oil, Licorice root extract etc.).

Another option is Retin - A or manual extraction with comedone extractor:

http://www.dermadoctor.com/product.asp?WID=%7BB654609C%2D9112%2D4E7C%2D887B%2D9DDAD1D3B31E%7D&productid=1143
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essentialskincare



Joined: 27 Aug 2005
Posts: 21
Location: Los Angeles

PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2005 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are a couple things you can try to reduce or get rid of those annoying blackheads especially on the nose. I too am a sufferer, but I have managed to get rid of them this way.

1. You might want to try a glycolic acid night cream with salicylic acid. I've found that the combination of these two ingredients are great for unclogging pores and helping blackheads and acne. I wouldn't suggest using a solution of more than %10 glycolic acid. I make a Pore Clarifying Night Cream which I use every night and it has really helped. B.Chemist and Murad also make a more expensive version.

2. I also can't say enough how much a simple home microdermabrasion has helped my complexion, I use mine once a week. It helps unclogg pores and deeply exfoliates dead skin cells. While you can easily spend $40-$120 at a salon, I've done it both ways, and still a simple Home Microdermabrasion System works just as good and will be cheaper and last at least a couple of months. Microdermabrasion is also good if you have an acne scars. Hope this has helped feel free to email me if you have any questions.
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