are familiar with blackheads. It seems that most of us get
them at one time or another throughout our lives. Most often they appear on the chin, the tip of the nose, or other sensitive areas of the face that make them painful to remove if not done properly.
resemble a pimple, only with a black point or head. Blackheads
are a type of acne that often appear on the face, but they are also found on
the back, shoulders and other areas of the body.
are caused by overactive oil glands, and so people who have
oily skin are more susceptible. Pores become clogged when
excess oil (sebum) collects in the pores and hardens.
tip of the hardened oil protruding from the pore is the part
that is seen and referred to as a blackhead. The pore remains
open leaving a small amount of the hardened sebum exposed
to air which causes it to turn black.
How to get rid of blackheads
A blackhead is not
caused by dirt,
but is a discoloration of sebum
when it is exposed to air.
Mom was right when she said not to pick at a scab or other lesion on your skin. And, although it is very tempting to pick at blackheads, experts advise that the practice of getting rid of blackheads in this way may sometimes lead to infection and scarring.
For chronic blackheads, a professional
dermatologist may suggest a light chemical
Otherwise, very gentle squeezing of blackheads is recommended, along
with the use of hot compresses, and facial scrubs that will gently remove blackheads without damaging healthy skin tissue around it.
creams and other over-the-counter products are also available
to treat blackheads.
Keep your skin clean and rinse thoroughly after
washing your face. Try to avoid wearing makeup every day since
makeup can clog the pores, and remember to remove all traces
of makeup before going to bed.
have oily skin, be sure to use a good astringent on your face
to remove excess oil. Use a good cleanser and exfoliate your
skin to remove dead skin cells. This will help prevent the
build up of oil and keep pores clear.
More information about blackheads around the Web:
Basics behind Blackheads - AcneTalks
guide offers up complete information on how to get rid of blackheads,
with related causes, suggested over the counter treatment, and home care
remedies with more on acne, skin cleansing tips.
How to Remove Blackheads - This wikiHow guide features tips and
advice on steaming, removal tools, nose strips and facial
scrubs with related articles on natural remedies and hot compresses.