An open pore clogged with oil, which has turned brown when exposed to the air.


Self-care options include acne products available without a prescription. These help dry excess oil and promote peeling. A gentle cleanser and oil-free moisturizer also may help.

When to seek immediate medical care

Seek emergency help if:

  • A skin care product causes faintness, difficulty breathing, tightness of the throat, or swelling of the eyes, face, lips, or tongue.

When to make a doctor's appointment

See a healthcare professional if:

  • Self-care steps don't clear up blackheads.