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Blackheads

Definition

Blackheads are tiny, dark spots on the skin. They are caused by a small plug in the opening of a follicle (pore).  Blackheads are also called open comedomes .

Related conditions include:

Considerations

Blackheads can be treated with creams containing salicylic acid or tretinoin.

Common Causes

Home Care

Call your health care provider if

What to expect at your health care provider's office

References

Habif TM. Principles of diagnosis and anatomy. In: Habif TP, ed. . 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 1.

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