Blackheads, Causes and prevention

Blackheads, Causes and prevention

Those pesky textured little black dots known as Blackheads are difficult to remove and can show up on any part of the face, especially the nose




What are blackheads?

Blackheads form when a clog or plug develops in the opening of hair follicles in your skin. opens, exposure to the air causes it to look black and a blackhead forms.

For example: Just like when you cut open an apple or avocado that turns brown once the oxygen hits the fruit- is basically similar to when a pore turns black due to its oxygenating.


Blackheads are non-inflammatory. This means they are not infected, and they will not cause pain and discomfort in the same way as pimples and pustules.


They tend to appear when hormones lead to the increased production of sebum, an oily substance, by the glands under the skin.

People with oily skin may be more prone to acne (including blackheads) because the sebaceous glands produce excess oil, especially in the T-zone and cheek areas.

But this kind of acne doesn’t discriminate and can affect just about everyone. It just becomes more severe in others that they need additional products and treatment to clear it out!



Here's What it Looks Like:


Unlike whiteheads, blackheads look black on the skin’s surface. They are known as open comedones because the head of the pore remains open, while the rest of the pore is clogged. 



What Causes Blackheads?


Increased sebum (oily material produced by the sebaceous gland) production.

Abnormal formation of keratin (the protein that helps make your hair, skin and nails).

Increased hormones (androgen).

An increased presence of bacteria on skin that causes acne.

Bottom Line These are The Best Ingredients for Blackheads:


  • Salicylic acid: This is available over-the-counter for blackheads as a cleanser,toner or serum. It helps remove the top layer of damaged skin. Salicylic acid dissolves dead skin cells to prevent your hair follicles from clogging.

  • Azelaic acid: Barley, wheat, rye and other various grains naturally contain azelaic acid. It kills microorganisms on your skin and reduces swelling.

  • Benzoyl peroxide: This is available as an over-the-counter product (such as Clearasil®, Stridex® and PanOxyl®) as a leave-on gel or wash. It targets surface bacteria, which often aggravates acne. Lower concentrations and wash formulations are less irritating to your skin. Irritation (dryness) is a common side effect. It get to the root of the problem

 

  • Retinoids (vitamin A derivatives): Retinoids, (which is now available without a prescription), break up blackheads and whiteheads and help to prevent clogged pores. You may notice a change in skin color or peeling. Discuss with your esthetician on the best schedule for this

Here's How To Prevent Blackheads

Because blackheads are the result of clogged pores, the best way to prevent them is to keep skin clean, exfoliated, and moisturized with the following tips:

Reduce oil build-up within pores by cleaning your face in the morning, before bedtime at night, and after you break a sweat (even if you need to wash your face

Prevent excessive oil production by using gentle, non-abrasive cleansers

Remove dead skin cells by exfoliating 1-3 times weekly with a chemical or physical exfoliant

Prevent clogged pores by using non-comedogenic skincare products

Avoid acne-causing foods like skim-milk derived dairy, and high-glycemic carbohydrates



Here are The Steps to Book Your Blackheads (Non-inflamed) Acne Consultation:

Step 1:  Click on “ I'm ready for my consultation” and it will direct you to a calendar to  schedule the best time and  you will go through our  questionnaire to prepare us for our consultation call. Additional to that you will be sending pictures prior to the consultation. 


 (Please send a left,right and center photo of your skin in a good natural light and email it to info@asbbeauty.com subject line: your full name and appointment date for us to assist you.)


Step 2: Our call is going to be on zoom- If you have any questions about the products in your current routine that you use for blackheads please have it present to discuss it during our call.


Step 3: If you have any questions that we didn't address during the questionnaire, you can bring it up during the consultation so that we can answer it.


Step 4: Your acne expert will ask additional questions during your consultation to best assist you to address your blackhead acne. 


Step 5: At the end of the call, your acne expert will customize a routine unique to your skin. Along with recommended products and a customized routine for you to follow day and night.


Step 6: Other tips to jumpstart your routine. 




Blackhead FAQ's

Do blackheads go away on their own?


Blackheads can sometimes go away on their own— it depends on how deep blackheads are in your skin. If a blackhead is close to the surface of your skin, it's more likely to go away on its own. However, some blackheads can be deeply embedded in your skin and will need professional extractions.

Why are they black? 

 Since blackheads are originally widened hair follicles, they are often blocked, due bacteria and excess oils hitting the surface, that is why they turn black.

How do you prevent blackheads?

Preventing blackheads is difficult, if not impossible, during normal hormonal changes. But some things can help:

-Wash your face daily with warm water and a mild facial cleanser.

-Use moisturizer everyday.

-You don’t have to stop using makeup, but try to use “non comedogenic” products and remove makeup at the end of each day.

-Exfoliate twice a week


Blackheads are the result of oil and dirt. True or false?

False ,This black discoloration is due to changes in sebum as it is exposed to air. It is not due to dirt. It has nothing to do with hygiene


Can blackheads be treated at home?

Yes, it can be treated at home with a proper home care that can be provided to you by an Esthetician.


Do blackheads come back?


Blackheads turn up repeatedly after every 20-40 days therefore, there is no permanent way to get rid of blackheads.


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