Can Retin-a Remove Blackheads and White Heads Without Extraction?

Im currently using retin-a, now i can see that more blackheads and whiteheads are appearing. Can retin-a remove it? Or do i need to go to facial centers for extraction? thanks! :D

Doctor Answers 3

Blackheads and whiteheads

Comedones, open and closed (blackheads and whiteheads) are best treated topically by either retin-A or differin gel. Both are effective at minimizing these though neither will completely eradicate them.


West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Retin-A is great for surface clogs!

Retin-A assists your skin to exfoliate more easily and is great for surface black and white heads. For the deepest of clogging, an extraction might be required to do the job. Other products that work similarly are Differin, Tazorac, and the generic version of Retin-A: tretinion.

Michael Eidelman, MD
Manhattan Dermatologist
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Retin-A for Blackheads

Retin-A is a very effective treatment for treating and preventing blackheads and whiteheads.  Results will usually be seen in a week, and improvement will continue over 4 months.  I do recommend extractions for some patients who have many lesions, or who want immediate improvment.  

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