Be sure to start with low concentration. Skin drying is a common side effect.
Not only does salicylic acid help remove the top, damaged layer of the skin, but it also helps dissolve the dead skin cells clogging the pores.
Dermatologists recommend giving the treatment products six to eight weeks to work. If the blemishes still persist, visit a dermatologist. They might recommend prescription-strength products OR procedures, like:
- Laser resurfacing
- Chemical peeling
- Comedo extraction
Some people choose to extract their blackheads on the nose at home. If you decide to do this, please be careful. The device must be sanitized, the procedure should be done correctly, and the aftercare must be performed. If you’re not confident in doing all these, please find a trained provider to do the extraction. Improper extraction may result in worsening of your blemishes:
- You might not be able to extract the blackhead. In fact, you might even push it further back.
- It may result in inflammation and scarring.
- You might introduce bacteria into the open pores.