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  1. I've had problem skin since I was a teenager and I've tried every type of product and I can honestly say I have never come across something like this. It's Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Blemish Gel. Basically, you squeeze a generous amount of the gel out and spread it on your nose or forehead. Preferably, in a warm room (a warm temperature seem to increase its potency). Leave it on for 5 or 6 minutes. And then with your index finger make circular motions on your skin with moderate pressure. T
  2. If you have blackheads, they just don't 'go away'. You probably need to start extracting them with a sterile blackhead extractor. Extract 4 or 5 every second day, don't force any out. Even if they are very bad, you'll see a big difference in 12-18 months.
  3. Sounds like a baby pimple. I extracted a few whiteheads the other day (see photo). A whitehead is solid, white or translucent and usually round. In essence its a closed comedo. Puss and goo are not associated with whiteheads. I'd say you have some open pores and the P.acne bacteria is getting into the pore. The bacteria can start a minor infection, but because the pore is clear, it has no sebum to feed off and no anaerobic conditions in which to thrive. The result is that you only get a minor i
  4. Pretty startling clip of blackhead extraction. Seems to have been shot with a scopic camera. Maybe this is what dermatologists do for fun?
  5. That's not a really a whitehead, its a baby pimple. When you purge or extrude a blackhead, you clear your pore, but you also create a cavity in the same pore. The P.acne bacteria on the surface of your skin exploits this situation and enters the open pore. The bacteria can start a minor infection, but because the comedo has been extracted, there is no sebum to fuel a major inflamation inside the pore. So, the pimple will fade after a day or two. A true whitehead is when a pore is blocked under
  6. While I would always advocate the use of salicyclic acid. However, the fact that you have had blackheads for 13 years I would say that you should also look at extraction.
  7. My doctor told me to avoid hot showers. The heat of the water raises your skin temperature to an artificially high level. This is especially so if you have just been exerting yourself. When showering the water should be lukewarm at best.
  8. Taking fish oil can reduce the oil production.
  9. The simple answer is that if they are large and embeded they will not go away by themselves. Just as an example, two people from my office-one is my boss, he's in his late 30's and still has massively deep blackheads. The other is a woman, she's in her mid 20's and her face is clear of spots but she's got lots of blackheads on her nose. We tend not to do this, but when at work, school or college, pick out some people in the 25-40 age range. While close to them, say during conversations, try an
  10. Yes it did. But you should have seen the first blackheads I got out when I was 19. I started getting spots and blackheads when I was 12, so the blackheads had seven years uninterupted growth. They were of the same size and consistency as grains of rice. Well, grains of rice from hell-they weren't white I can tell you that.
  11. I put this tip up on another thread, but I'll post it again. It's a bit yuck, but it really helps and it's something a beautician or a dermatologist would never do. When removing a blackhead with an extractor, place your thumb inside your nostril. This secures the nasal flap and provides traction, then using your index finger (your hands should be spotless or wear surgical gloves) stretch the skin ever so slightly near where you are removing the blackhead, this causes a sideways type of tracti
  12. I honestly believe that using a sterile blackhead extractor is one of the best ways of removing blackheads. By applying gentle pressure (do not force under any circumstance) you could aim to remove three or four blackheads every third day. As I said in another post, between the ages of 12 and 19 my blackheads developed without any preventative action from me, apart from washing with a medicated face wash-which does not prevent blackheads btw. By the time I was 20, my blackheads were massive a
  13. Could be a small amount of congealed blood. It could also be a (small-if that makes sense) giant comedo. A giant comedo is a type of blackhead usually associated with older people, though younger can people get them. They tend to appear on the legs or buttocks and over time, if not extracted, they can become massive.