Blackheads are just another form of acne and should be treated in a similar fashion. They are caused by the same culprits that create other forms of acne. Blackheads usually concentrate in oily areas of the skin, areas such as the nose, forehead, and chin. These areas of the face have more oil glands than the cheeks and the neck.
When your skin sheds its dead skin cells the cells that don’t shed properly mix with the extra oils in those oily areas and clog the pore. Blackheads and other acne are created under the same circumstances, but the residue clogging the pores in blackheads hardens and forms a plug.
Some people have a skin condition in which their skin cells don’t shed the way they should, creating a greater potential for blackheads. If you have this problem, it is especially important to exfoliate two or three times each week to help remove dead skin cells. Scrubbing with an exfoliant or harsh wash cloth more often than that will irritate your skin.
It can even lead to excess oil production, something you want to avoid. When your skin starts to over-produce oil you are just asking for a pore-clogging so remember to exfoliate gently and occasionally for best results.
Some ingredients often found in blackhead treatment products that help un-stick the dead skin cells that have mixed with oil and are clogging your pores are salicylic acid and beta-hydroxy acid. Try using a product that contains one of these ingredients. That way you won’t have to scrub so hard to slough off the dead skin cells because the acid in the product is doing that job for you.
Using these ingredients doesn’t mean that you can slack when it comes to exfoliating, you should still do that couple of times a week. It just means that you don’t need to worry as much about exfoliation on the days when you aren’t using a scrub. When the pores get plugged up any bacteria that were hanging around is now also stuck in your pores. Using a product that contains benzoyl peroxide will help kill blackhead bacteria that are trapped in your pores.
It is easy to squeeze a blackhead and believe we are extracting all that pore-clogging bacteria because we see something come out of the pore. But really, squeezing can push all that gunk and bacteria further back into the skin. This means you haven’t gotten it all and the blackheads will probably come right back. At worst, it could create the formation of cysts.
If you squeeze hard enough you will end up breaking the capillaries which cause redness and evidence that you have been squeezing. If you really can’t stand the sight of your blemishes, see a dermatologist or aesthetician to have an extraction done by the professionals.
Of course, the best way to get rid of blackheads is to keep them from coming back, so follow these cleansing and exfoliating tips every day. Make them part of a daily routine starting now.Of course,