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What is the best treatment for dry and sensitive skin with clogged pores and blackheads?

Skin, Hair & Nails

I have dry and sensitive skin with clogged pores and a lot of hardened blackheads on my nose and around my cheeks. Do I need to see a dermatologist?

DOCTOR’S ANSWER (4)

Congestion and sensitive skin is often a difficult combination to treat because part of treatment of congestion involves exfoliation and oil control which in itself drys the skin.

Treatment of clogged pores and blackheads involves exfoliation with:

1. Medical facials done by medical personal who is familiar with treating acne problems and sensitive skin at the same time

2. Skincare from doctors

Yes you should seek a dermatologist because it is important to be able to strike a balance between controling your acne and yet avoiding making your dry and sensitive skin worse. You need to find an expert who is good at doing so.

Thks

Dr Kelvin Chua

590 views 12 Jun 2018

From your description, it does seem like you have both sensitive skin with prominent blackheads or comedones.

To get rid of blackheads, there are creams like tretinoin and salicylic acid creams that can be precribed.  Extraction of blackheads can also be considered. Many of the prescribe creams like tretinoin cream and salicylic acid though can be potentially irritating and may aggravate dry and sensitive skin.

You may consider visiting a dermatologist who can assess your skin sensitivity and precribe the most appropriate treatment for you.

613 views 26 Jan 2018

Thanks for your question.

Dry and sensitive skin often makes treatment more challenging.

Clogged pores and blackheads (comedones) fall under the category of acne, and can be treated with

  1. Extractions
  2. Retin A creams
  3. Salicylic based products and peels

The side effect is skin irritation which may worsen your dry and sensitive skin.

If you have tried the above with no improvement, you may consider seeing a dermatologist.

Hope this helps!

614 views 26 Jan 2018

this is often seen. need to discuss the skin products you have been using, and the lifestyle eg sports you engaged in.

you seem to have two problems. Firstly use appropriate moisturizer for dry sensitive skin like physiogel and anti-inflammatory cream. as for your blackheads, it should be extracted carefully by therapist and given some topical antibiotics. After the dry and sensitive skin condition has improved, can consider a salicylate peel with more moisturizer for sensitive skin.

thanks

611 views 26 Jan 2018
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