Overview And Facts
Blackheads are one of those annoying problems that can damage your appearance. When one or two of them happen to appear, most people want to get rid of them as quickly as possible. Blackheads are a type of acne as well. So if you have these on your skin, in lieu of the more typical red bumps, you still have this dreaded skin condition.
This is somewhat of an oxymoron though when you consider that blackheads aren’t covered in skin. Their openness and exposure to the air is what causes the oxidation process to occur and the dark black instead of red or white color to develop. There are however several different remedies for getting rid of blackheads.
We are going to be discussing and symptoms and types of blackheads, how to diagnose your blackheads, and the best treatment and care for eliminating the unwanted blackheads from your skin.
Symptoms And Types
Within the dermatology world, blackheads are a type of comedone. Generally speaking, comedones are completely covered by skin. This results in your classic red bumps that are always associated with minor to severe acne for most people. Blackheads on the other hand are open comedones which is the key distinction between blackheads and whiteheads.
Since whiteheads do have a layer of skin over them, they are closed off and do not have to deal with oxidation. This in turn allows them to stay white in color instead of turning dark black. Despite the difference in color though, both occur for exactly the same reason.
If your skin is producing an excessive amount of oil, it will often cause the hair follicles on your skin to become clogged or blocked. Dead skin cells and even bacteria can both be contributors to the formation of blackheads on your skin.
If you look in the mirror and see small dark spots on your skin, this is all you really need to make an accurate diagnosis for blackheads. It’s also important to note that blackheads can appear on other areas of your body. In addition to your face, they can also develop on your shoulders, down to your arms, and even on the legs.
This is due to the fact that pores become clogged on more than just your face. Dermatologists also use a grading scale for determining the severity of the acne with their patients. You will pretty much never here a doctor refer to acne as minor. The scale begins with mild and increases in severity to minor to moderate, moderate to severe, and severe which is the most serious.
Blackheads and whiteheads will typically only appear on people with a mild acne condition, which is the least serious and requires the least amount of treatment.
Treatment And Care
The first step to treating blackheads is by understanding what causes them to form in the first place. We have already established that and so the next logical step is to prevent the conditions that are conducive to blackhead formation. Excessive oil on the skin is one of the major contributors to blackheads.
If you’re using regular soap to cleanse and wash your face, this could be drying it out which will cause your skin to produce even more oil to compensate. Once that happens, it won’t take very long until your pores become clogged and blackheads are forming. Make it a habit to thoroughly cleanse your skin, once or twice per/day, with a specialized face wash that contains alpha-hydroxide or beta-hydroxide acids.
This will help greatly with getting all the dirt, oil, and bacteria out of your pores. If you are experiencing blackheads on other areas of your body, it’s not a bad idea to switch to a soap that will deal with the condition, but without drying out your skin. This is by far the most effective route for getting rid of blackheads and restoring your perfect skin.