Health & Beauty
Adult Acne? 6 Things Everyone Needs to Know
Because you think you know everything there is to know about acne and blackheads ... but you don't
Dr. Bellman says you can help loosen your blackheads with a simple egg white mask. Whisk one egg white until its frothy, or toss it in a blender. Pat the egg white onto any areas with blackheads and let it dry completely before rinsing off. Do this 1-2 times per month and you'll see improvement.
You can also use a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) exfoliant like salicylic acid, which sinks into the oil gland and loosen blackheads; it also kills bacteria, which prevents the blackhead from turning into a pimple. Or, your dermatologist can prescribe a retinoid that will zap blackheads, like Tretinion, Azaphalene and Tazarozene. Here's a little blackhead fact that'll blow your mind: The average lifespan of a blackhead is about a month, but they can hang around for months -- even years! (Editor's note: Please don't Google "25-year-old blackhead." No, really. Don't. We're still squirming.)
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