Getting rid of blackheads isn’t easy. But let’s face it, nearly everyone will at one time in their lives or another have a blackhead or two.There is no miracle treatment for blackheads. Nothing will eliminate them overnight or zap them right off your face. In order to get rid of blackheads and keep them away, you must first understand what they are and why we get them. This, along with proper skin care and a healthy diet and lifestyle, can get you the smooth skin you’ve always dreamt of.
Blackhead is the layman’s term for what doctors call open comedo. A comedo is a hair follicle that is widened with keratin, bacteria, and sebum, which is an oil that our skin produces. When the pore is open, the sebum oxidizes, or reacts with the oxygen in the air, and turns a darkish color. And a blackhead is born. On the other hand, a whitehead is called a closed comedo. This is when the follicle is blocked and closed, and an inflammation occurs under the skin.
During puberty, boys and girls sebaceous glands of the skin begin to produce oi and secrete oil. This is caused by male hormones, which are found in both boys and girls alike. Men are more likely to have consistent acne, while women more often experience breakouts due to hormonal changes. In some instances, cells too close to the skin block the sebaceous glands from releasing oil. The oil gets trapped under the skin and bacteria feeds on that oil and reproduces. This is what causes an inflammation. The deeper the bacteria, the worse it will be. The deepest is a cyst, a little less deep is a pimple, and a closer to the surface is called a pustule or a zit. If the oil is able to break free from the pore, and the pore opens, then you will get a blackhead.
Blackheads are very common and are mostly seen in boys and girls during their adolescence. The main cause of blackheads is hormones. This is why puberty usually comes with blackheads. Also, women tend to experience breakouts around their menstrual cycles or pregnancy. Another common cause of blackheads is genetics. Genetics play a huge part in skin. Something else to look out for are outside factors that could effect your skin. A lot of make up has oil. I know it’s tempting to cover up a breakout with foundation, but it will just make it worse most of the time. A few lines of cosmetics make makeup that won’t clog your pores. Another external factor that can cause breakouts is air pollution. People who live in cities or close to highways find it more difficult to keep their skin clear.
These are the major reasons why people get blackheads. So now you ask how to get rid of blackheads. A better question would be how to prevent blackheads. Keeping your skin healthy isn’t as difficult as one may think. First and foremost you should understand that your diet will contribute. Eat healthy and drink lots of water. Exfoliating helps. Also using certain facial cleansers will help. If you don’t see results, it’s best to consult with a dermatologist about the best formula for you.