Blackheads are small dark lesions that develop on the skin of the face and neck. They often occur due to acne. Blackheads are made up of oxidized melanin. They tend to appear more when there is increased sebum production on the skin. Blackheads are reduced by avoiding oil-based skincare products, humid environments, and skin products containing alcohol. Rubbing blackheads can make them worse.

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I have spots and blackheads on my face, but sometimes I experience itching along with pimples on my face. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21-year-old with spots and small blackheads on my face. I do not know if I have oily or dry skin. Sometimes I get sudden itching on my face and the pimples start to come out. I had a history of sneezing earlier. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. Treatment of acne depends on the grade of acne. Please attach your clinical pictures so that I can decide the grade of acne and suggest medicine accordingly. Let me give you some information regarding acne. Acne is a disorder of the pil...  Read Full »

I am suffering from oily skin and blackheads even after following a good skincare routine. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have extremely oily skin since my teenage years, and I suffer from the problem of blackheads. I have been using a face wash that is a microdermabrasion blackhead eliminator. My blackheads seem to go away when I am using this product, but my skin returns to its original condition if I...  Read Full »

Dr. Nidhin Varghese

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. I suggest you to use Retinoids (derivative of vitamin A) if you are suffering from oily skin, and blackheads or white heads. It can either be taken orally i.e. Isotretinoin (Retinoic acid) tablets, or topical appli...  Read Full »

I have blackheads, moderate pustules, and acne on my face. Why is my acne not subsiding despite doing a topical treatment?

Query: Hello doctor, I need help with my acne. I have blackheads and moderate pustules on my face. I tried every product, and there is nothing that seems to work. I have acne-prone, oily skin. Currently, I am using a mild hydrating facial cleanser twice a day and a mild hydrating exfoliating face wash alt...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. Acne is common in your age and often gets aggravated due to stress, periods, fast food, and cosmetics. I suggest you apply only one anti-acne cream and then stick to it for at least two to three months. I suggest y...  Read Full »

I have random large holes on my nose that look like blackheads, but nothing is inside them. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have random large holes on my nose that look like blackheads, but nothing is inside. Also, rock hard pimple that has been on my nose for over a year. What is it? It is so embarrassing. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen your query and examined the attached picture (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). From your descriptions, you have developed pustular acne with blackheads, which means you have grade 2 or 3 acne. You can use topical 1 % Clindamycin gel i...  Read Full »

What are the small painless bubbles on the arm?

Query: Hello doctor, I have these small painless bubbles on my arm for a long time now (almost two years). First, there were not much but now they are spreading all over my arm slowly. It makes me uncomfortable in wearing short sleeve clothes. Please help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to These are comedo or blackheads (attachment removed to protect patient identity), are small bumps that appear on your skin due to clogged hair follicles. These bumps are due to the production of too much body oil, the buildup of the acne bacteria, irritation of the hair...  Read Full »

Green bump on the penis that has two black bumps on it. What is it?

Query: Hello doctor, Green bump on the penis that has two black bumps on it, along with another black bump to the left. What do I do and what can I do about it?  Read Full »

Dr. Rabia Anjum

Answer: Hi, Welcome to These are comedones (blackheads). They are formed from clogged follicle of a particular area. They are not to be afraid of. So do not worry about them. One thing to remember is to not squeeze or push them because it will make them worse. There are creams that can exfoliat...  Read Full »

I have aging signs, dark circles, puffiness, oily skin, and blackheads. How to treat it?

Query: Hi doctor,I have aging signs, dark circles, and puffiness. I am worried about my skin condition. I have oily skin and a blackhead, also. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. As per the history and image provided (the attachments are removed to protect the patient's identity), the presence of aging skin is due to the loss of skin elasticity, which appears as a result of a lack of collagen appearing over time and a...  Read Full »

I am experiencing lots of whiteheads and blackheads on my face. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had acne for three years, and I have tried almost everything you could think of. I have whiteheads and blackheads on my face, and whatever I do, they never go away. I wash my face twice a day with a facewash, and I also use an oil-free moisturizer. I regularly exfoliate 2 to 3 tim...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your case. I think you have used more products than required. First, you need to understand acne is a common problem of your age and often gets aggravated by fast food, cosmetics, hormones, and even by stress. Minimize your self-remedies as you ha...  Read Full »

I have a combination skin type. How can I remove the pimples and blackheads from my face?

Query: Hello doctor, How to remove pimples and blackheads? Please suggest a good quality facewash and face cream for a combination skin type. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your query and concern, but I need to examine your picture. Acne vulgaris is a common skin problem in adolescents and in adulthood. It involves pilosebaceous follicles or oil glands and therefore is seen to involve areas where oil glands are dense, like...  Read Full »

I have a black, small, and bulgy eruption on my face. Kindly suggest a treatment for the same.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a female with an uneven skin tone and many whiteheads. Recently I developed a small, black-colored, bulgy eruption on my face. I am not taking any medication. Kindly suggest the treatment for the same. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Hope you are doing well. I have gone through the history provided and, it could be mild grade 1 acne, resulting in the formation of white and blackheads. Due to the absence of an image and considering the history that has been provided, the small black bulging area ...  Read Full »

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