What are Blackheads?

Blackheads are common on your skin, especially nose and face. It is very tempting to try to pinch or push the black plug out. Right?

But what are they?

Blackheads are a form of acne. They form when pores become clogged with a combination of dead skin cells and buildup sebum (skin’s natural oil) from your sebaceous glands. The top of the blackhead, which is visible on the surface of the skin, has dark color.

This color is NOT DIRT.

The development of the blackhead has nothing to do with cleanliness of the skin.

Blackheads are inevitable, as long as you produce sebum, you develop blackheads.

What aggravates blackheads?

Hormones, covering pores by cosmetics, heavy sweating, improper cleansing, certain health conditions and medications that encourage rapid cell turnover.

To REDUCE blackheads, clean your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser. It will not overly strip your skin of moisture, which can trigger the overproduction of sebum and further exacerbate the problem. Exfoliate regularly with chemical and physical exfoliants. Chemical exfoliant can dive deep into your pore and dissolve the sebum that’s causing the clog. Physical exfoliant work by scrubbing away the dead skin and debris from skin’s surface.

AVOID harsh blackhead treatments with irritating ingredients, such as alcohol. Anything that irritates skin can cause a sensitizing effect that triggers more oil production, which means more blackheads. Also, avoid heavy, thick moisturizers in blackhead-prone areas, as they’re more likely to clog pores. Lastly, stay clear of pore strips. They temporarily remove the part of the blackhead you can see but do nothing to address the root causes of the problem, so the blackheads will return.

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