Blackheads are dark lesions that appear on the skin due to clogged hair follicles. Blackheads are also known as comedos.
WHAT ARE BLACKHEADS
Blackheads can form on many parts of the body, but are more commonly found on the face. However some may experience blackheads on their chest, back, neck, shoulders or arms. They are a type of a acne condition. Blackheads are a mix of oil and dead skin cells. They sit in pores and when exposure air causes them to oxidize and turn black.
WHAT CAUSES BLACKHEADS
A blackhead is essentially a hair follicle. They are so blocked up with dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria that it becomes a wide opening at the skins surface.
Blackheads form when a hair follicle in the skin are clogged or plugged. Dead skin cells and excess oil collect in the follicle’s opening producing a bump. When these pores are plugged, the dead skin cells in the open pore react with oxygen and turn black. This results in a blackhead.
There is a common myth that blackheads are a result of dirty. Therefore having blackheads dosen’t mean that you have dirty skin.
WHAT TO AVOID
Whilst blackheads are annoying and you may have heard or read about some so called DIY treatments, which should be avoided. These can make blackheads worse:
Squeezing: This should be avoided, as it can irritate the skin and worsen the skin.
Steaming: The use of steam to get rid of blackheads has been known to be a method to try and get rid of blackheads. However, there is no evidence that this is effective and for some people this can make black heads worse.
Scrubbing: This should be avoided as scrubbing removes sebum. Your body’s response to replace the sebum can lead to more blockages and the risk of inflammatory acne.
Removers: There are strips, masks and vacuums available from the market. However these methods should be used with caution, as they can further irritate and damage the skin.
Makeup / Skincare: Avoid oil-based makeups and skin care products, which can make blackheads worse.
Although the above are some ‘don’t’, if blackheads are really bothering you, then there are a number of treatments you may wish to consider. This includes:
- Medical Grade Skincare (including Obagi & ZO Skin Health)
- Chemical Peels
- Laser rejuvenation
If you are worried about your blackhead, which might be affecting your confidence and your appearance, start off by contacting our clinic to arrange with Dr Sobia at our award winning clinic