Beauty Q&A: How Do I Get Rid Of Blackheads Forever?

Say goodbye to this common beauty problem for life.
by Janelle Yau   |  Oct 4, 2016
Image: Sofia Andres | Art: Clare Magno
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Just like acne, blackheads is one of the more common beauty problems that a girl faces. While blackheads are a lot tinier than modern acne, it is still visible to the naked eye, and can be a huge confidence downer, too. To make sure that these tiny blackheads won't put a salt to your beauty game anymore, we've asked a dermatologist on how you can get rid of blackheads once and for all.

Q:  How do I get rid of blackheads forever?

Dr. Coreen: Blackheads or comedone formation is a beauty phenomenon caused by several factors and there is really no 100% guaranteed way to get rid of them forever. However, there are things we can do to keep them at bay. First, washing the face twice a day with a mild cleanser is a huge must. If you have oily skin, use oil blotting papers during the day to prevent plugging. For girls with dry skin, a dermatologist-approved moisturizer can help stop frequent flaking, which is a potential cause of sebum plugs. In addition to that, monthly visits to a dermatologist for comedone extraction, microdermabrasion, or chemical peels can also help a great deal. Your dermatologist can also prescribe oral and topical medications such as retinoids, which work to stop comedone formation from within the skin layers.

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Coreen CopuyocDr. Coreen Copuyoc is a dermatologist who used to be a certified Candy Girl! She finished as a Chief Resident of Dermatology from St. Luke’s Medical Center, and is now board-certified by the Philippine Dermatological Society. Follow her on Instagram as @coreenmd and find her at if you need an online consultation.


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Janelle Yau
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The Rebecca Bloomwood of Manila. I spend half of my time obsessing about the latest fashion craze, and the other half overthinking and over-analyzing just about anything under the sun. When I’m not busy as a bee playing with fifty shades of pink lippies, you can probably catch me swiping my plastic for yet another pair of shiny, pointed gold flats.
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