Treating and preventing blackheads

Dermatologist Karyn Grossman, MD, shares advice on how to treat and prevent blackheads in adults and teens, and what to avoid doing to try to treat them
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Treating and preventing blackheads

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Blackheads seem to be of particular concern to some parents and early 'tweenagers.' Lots of kids like to pick and push at them, however, when you pick and push at a pimple or a blackhead, you may actually push the keratin in deeper which can cause more inflammation and more scarring. Starting with over-the-counter products like Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid can really help sometimes. If your blackheads are going past that point, you really need to see your doctor in order to get a prescription medication like Retin-A or Differin to really more effectively remove those blackheads. Some doctors will also combine these with facials. Facials will actually remove the blackheads that are there, but it will not prevent the blackhead from coming, so you really need to do both.

Dermatologist Karyn Grossman, MD, shares advice on how to treat and prevent blackheads in adults and teens, and what to avoid doing to try to treat them

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Karyn Grossman, MD

Dermatologist

Karyn Grossman, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist specializing in cosmetic dermatology in Santa Monica, CA and New York City. Her offices are "home" to thousands of elite patients with the highest of standards. Dr. Grossman attended a highly competitive, accelerated six-year premedical and medical program at Boston University and completed her residency and fellowship at Harvard University. Dr. Grossman has been featured in many broadcast and print media outlets to provide consumers expert information on cosmetic procedures, skin care and sun protection. Some television appearances include The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The View, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, the Martha Stewart Show, and The Doctors. She has been listed as one of the top cosmetic surgeons by Town & Country, Vogue, C Magazine, More Magazine, The New York Times, and L.A. Confidential. 

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