Blackheads can be quite a bother. Black dots on your face that don’t seem to come off with washing. Who wants that? Keep reading to find out what they are and how to get rid of them.
What Are Blackheads?
Blackheads are caused by clogged pores and the accumulation of oil and dead skin cells in the pore. Once this substance reaches the top of the skin, it oxidizes and turns black. Blackheads can also be found on other parts of the body, such as the chest, back, or neck.
How Do You Identify Blackheads?
It is easy to identify blackheads because they appear as dark skin spots and cannot be removed if you just rub them with your fingers.
Blackheads are not the same as whiteheads. Both have similar appearances except blackheads are usually black, dark brown or grey. Whiteheads are white or cream in appearance. Blackheads and whiteheads are both comedones (skin plugs). Whiteheads are closed comedones, they are white because their content is yet to be oxidized. Blackheads are open comedones that have been oxidized.
How Do You Get Rid Of Black Heads?
There are multiple options for removing blackheads depending on the speed or method you prefer. A good way to get rid of blackheads is to use an exfoliant with salicylic acid like our Clear Fight Serum. Salicylic acid helps loosen the oil and dead skin cells that cause blackheads.
Another method which popular especially for stubborn blackheads is extraction. This is performed by an esthetician. It involves using a comedone extractor to remove blackheads from the pores. This is a sensitive procedure and should only be performed by a licensed aesthetician
Can Black Heads Come Back?
Yes, they can. The ingredients for a black head are readily available to everyone – dead skin, oil and pores. However, people with oily skin are prone to developing blackheads due to the presence of excess sebum on their skin.
The good news is you can maintain a skincare routine that prevents blackheads from returning. A skincare routine to prevent blackhead recurrence should manage oil production by removing heaving oils and emollients and using astringents to control oil control. An effective routine should also include a non-abrasive exfoliant containing salicylic acid to slough off dirt and dead skin and dirt that build up to cause blackheads. Avoid abrasive exfoliants because this will inadvertently lead to increased sebum production.
With effective oil control and exfoliation skincare routine, you will be able to steer clear of blackheads!