Removing Blackheads Often Helps People Feel Better About Themselves
Many people have blackheads. They are a natural part of the human condition and can occur in people of any skin tone or age, although they tend to be more common in those with oily skin.
Blackheads happen when a pore is clogged by dirt, oil, dead skin cells, or bacteria that causes it to swell up and darken. Sometimes this also happens when there's an opening between your hair follicles that allow them to get connected as well.
Blackheads are not dangerous, and the vast majority of people who have them do not need to be treated for them. However, many people feel self-conscious about blackheads because it never seems to get rid of them completely, no matter how much they scrub their skin. One way that some dermatologists suggest treating this problem is by removing blackheads often. While this may sound counterproductive at first, there's a good explanation behind why it works.
Blackheads form inside pores or tiny openings in the skin that are connected to oil glands. These glands produce a waxy substance called sebum which keeps your skin slick and healthy. However, if too much sebum is produced, it can accumulate and get mixed in with dead skin cells and dirt that naturally gets washed off of our bodies every day. If this mixture clogs up the pore, then the surrounding tissue will swell up as well to try to protect itself from getting damaged. This causes what we know as a blackhead or comedone.
One reason why it's important to remove blackheads is often because people with oily skin (adolescents and adults) tend to have more blackheads than average. While this doesn't necessarily mean having oily skin will inevitably lead to acne breakouts, it does mean that there is a higher chance for such breakouts when the oil can't flow out of the pores freely.
Other causes of blackheads include:
- Using a lot of makeup, especially foundation or oily cosmetic products. This is because the more products you put on your skin, the more likely it will get mixed in with whatever oil is already there and clog up your pores.
- Hormones can cause the sebaceous glands to produce excess oil and dead skin cells, leading to clogged pores. This often happens during periods of hormonal changes such as puberty or menopause.
- Wearing face-powders, sunscreens, foundations, or other synthetic makeup may block the natural flow of oil through your skin's sebum glands and lead to blackheads and acne breakouts.
Blackhead Removal Techniques
Washing your face with clean water and mild soap can help remove some of the surface dirt that might be clogging up pores and causing blackheads to form. However, this will not properly treat a blackhead problem because it doesn't get down deep enough to remove the sebum and dead skin cells from inside tiny pore openings. That's why dermatologists suggest using topical solutions to exfoliate away any rough, dry, or hardened dead skin cells in the pores that may be clogging them up or even performing extractions on these areas if needed.
Blackheads are not usually dangerous in a medical sense. They are just clogged pores that can often be easily treated by using topical creams or undergoing extractions at their dermatologist's office. However, they can also lead to more serious problems such as scarring if they go untreated for too long. This is why it's important to remove blackheads often before they have the chance to become full-blown acne breakouts or start permanently scarring your face with dark spots that don't fade.
Caring for your skin can be a huge part of treating your blackhead problem. However, the most important thing to remember is that you should never try to forcibly remove blackheads or squeeze at them because this can cause scarring and worsen the problem. It's important to keep in mind, too, that while some tools, like comedone extractors and masks, may help remove blackheads more easily, they will only do so if the person using them knows specifically what they're doing by knowing where to apply force and how much pressure their skin can take.