What Are Blackheads and How Do I Get Rid of Them?

If you are wondering, what are blackheads? Do not worry; many others are asking the same question.

Millions of people suffer from these small black blemishes on their face, normally on their nose but sometimes on their cheeks, chin and forehead too.

A blackhead creates a tiny black bump on the skin and is a type of acne vulgaris that is caused by an excessive amount of oil that has gathered in the duct of the sebaceous gland.

The sebum (oily secretion of the gland) grows darker in color as it oxidizes (comes into contact with the air), forming what is commonly referred to as a blackhead.

Now that you know what they are, you will want to know how to get rid of blackheads. The first thing you should be aware of is that there is no “cure” for blackheads. For most people, it takes a dedicated skin care routine, followed over a period of several weeks or even months, to rid your skin of these annoying blemishes.

clear skinMost dermatologists agree that getting rid of blackheads involves a three step system using an exfoliant, antibacterial solution and astringent. If you want to get achieve clear skin you need to put in the time and effort.

This means no more pore-clogging products (such as heavy moisturizers and oily make up). Be sure to look for products that specifically state ‘oil free’ on the packaging and try to find products that are labelled ‘non-comedogenic’ as this means they are specifically designed not to clog pores.

You must also stick faithfully to the routine of completely removing your make up before going to bed – no matter how tired you are. In addition, try to get out of the habit of touching your face – we all do it, when we are thinking, talking – and, funnily enough, often when we are on the phone! Not touching your face not only avoids transferring oil from your hands to your face, but also avoids transferring bacteria from the surfaces we have touched since the last time we washed our hands – this bacteria spells trouble for your complexion!

If your blackheads remain resistant to your new skin care routine, the best advice is to consult a dermatologist who will examine your skin, give you a professional diagnosis and recommend the best blackhead treatment. You may feel as if you are stuck with blackheads forever, but you are not; keep reminding yourself that you will manage to get rid of them. Patience is key, and perseverance will pay off!

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By Alison Graham

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