Horrid little things aren’t they?
In fact blackheads are not caused by dirt. Inside a typical blackhead you will find dead skin cells, sebum (oil) and hair. Yep, that’s right, hair. That is because blackheads occur inside hair follicles.
Your skin renews itself every month and old cells are shed from the surface. In fact most of the dust around your home is actually your own dead skin cells. The dust mites love it! Nom mom!
Anyway, some of these dead skin cells can actually clog up the opening of the hair follicle, plugging it up preventing the hair and oil flowing onto the surface. ( the oil is skins own moisturizer) The oil becomes waxy and together with the dead cells forms a plug. The hair is also unable to escape so it curls up and grows inside the hair follicle. I heard once when a blackhead was extracted they found 18 hairs inside it!
The clogged pores appear black from the surface because as the UV light hits the skin, the skin produces melanin (skins pigment) which turns the blackheads dark. So it’s not the dirt that makes blackheads dark it’s the blackheads’ suntan!
So how to get rid of blackheads?
1. Use an oil balancing cleanser, but be careful not to strip your skin because this will cause the skin to produce even more oil
2. Exfoliate 2 to 3 times a week to remove excess dead skin cells
3. Use a deep cleanser or a specialized product to soften up blackheads and draw them out
4. BHA serum are excellent as they exfoliate the pores from inside out
5. Masks are one of the fastest acting treatments to treat open pores, clogging and blackheads. They draw out impurities, detoxify and refine the skin. You can use a mask once or twice a week.
6. Using a moisturizer especially prescribed for open pores, oily skin or skins with clogging and blackheads will be beneficial. This treatment creams will continue working on your skin throughout the day and prevent any further problems from occurring.
7. Use a sunscreen to prevent those blackheads from getting a suntan and make look worse. In any event, a sunscreen is a must for all skin types.
Our favorite esthetician, Meredith Montemayor found this on The Beauty Business Facebook page and thought it was a good share. We hope you enjoy.