Oily skin and blackheads are commonly encountered skin problems associated with acne. During puberty excess oil and blocked pores may form, leading to blackheads. Blackheads most commonly occur on the nose, chin, cheeks, forehead, and back- areas of high oil production.

Acne Treatments are aimed at decreasing oil production, blocking hormone inputs or exfoliating the upper layers of the skin.

Dermatologists at the Acne Specialist Clinics most often prescribe Specialist strength chemical peels, such as Beta or Alpha Hydroxy Acid peels to treat blackheads. One treatment can improve blackheads by as much as 80%.

Facts on oily skin and blackheads

  • Blackheads are blocked acne pores
  • Chemical peels can markedly reduce blackhead numbers
  • One chemical peel can remove over 80% of blackheads
  • Using a prescription Vitamin A cream can prevent blackheads from reforming
  • Excess oil production is due to hormonal influences, and most commonly occur on the forehead, nose, and cheeks in patients with acne. In some cases, patients have excess oil without acne lesions
  • A simple tablet taken twice a week can cure oily skin


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