Pure Dermatology
Blackheads Treatment

Treating Blackheads and Enlarged Pores

Blackheads and enlarged pores are one of the most common complaints we receive from patients at Pure Dermatology. These conditions concern all ages, skin types, and all skin colors. Our team has a passion for treating acne and rosacea and this naturally leads us to blackheads and large pores since these conditions are very closely associated to blackheads and large pores.

What is a blackhead?

Blackheads are considered a feature of mild acne. Also known as an open comedone, a blackhead is a small, dark spot that often appears on the face, shoulders, chest and back. Blackheads are NOT trapped dirt. They form when the opening of a hair follicle becomes clogged or plugged with dead skin cells and oil.  The keratin in the dead skin cells becomes oxidized when it is exposed to the air and turns dark.

What causes blackheads?

How do you get rid of blackheads?

Squeezing or over-manipulating blackheads at home can leave scarring and make them worse.  At Pure Dermatology, we have lots of methods to reduce blackheads. Regular cleansing is important for decreasing blackhead formation.  Some of our favorite ingredients in products are below: The keratin in the dead skin cells becomes oxidized when it is exposed to the air and turns dark.

How we treat blackheads?

What is the difference between a Blackhead and an Enlarged/Clogged pore?

Enlarged Pores or Clogged Pores often appear on the nose.  Unlike a blackhead, Enlarged or Clogged Pores are caused when either oil in the pore or something around the pore causes the pore to look large.  This can be because:

Generally squeezing a large or clog pored is not helpful – no material will come out.  Squeezing these areas can actually damage the skin and make the area look worse and cause scarring.

How do I improve the appearance of Enlarged/Clogged Pores?

It is not likely that any ONE thing will make your large pores completely go away.   But there are lots of different things to do for maintenance that can improve the appearance of large or clogged pores.

If your enlarged pores are due to a medical condition such as Rosacea, treating the underlying medical condition will decrease the appearance of large pores.  Dr. Haseltine and Dr. Holcomb will make customized recommendations for your skin type.

How do we treat Enlarged Pores?

If your enlarged pores are due to a medical condition such as Rosacea, treating the underlying medical condition will decrease the appearance of large pores.  Drs. Haseltine and Dr. Holcomb will make customized recommendations for your skin type.

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