What are blackheads? These are tiny black spots which may be found on your face, especially on the T-zone. They are formed because of dirt and make-up when you do not wash for face often.
Blackheads exist when the pores overproduce oil then it mixes with dirt and dead skin cells on your face. But generally, it is made of oxidized melanin. They may not be that visible as pimples and acne, but still, they are annoying. Can something be done about it? Yes, there are some things which may be done to solve your problem with this skin problem.
Can Blackheads Be Avoided?
Yes, they may be avoided, but only on a temporary basis. They are one of those annoying and persistent things which keep coming back no matter how you shoo them away. But there are ways to remedy them though:
- Facial Masks
There are facial masks which are available in the market for blackheads. You can use them to remove this skin problem but of course, do not expect them to stay away for good. They will still come back again and again. The only thing you can do is to use facial masks for it frequently.
- Blackhead Pore Strips
Another way to remedy your blackhead problem is to use those pore strips. Just like facial masks, they are readily available in stores. Pore strips may be brought and used anywhere, so every time you see a blackhead or two on your nose, go to the powder or restroom, put the strip on your nose, then pull it off. It will be pulled out along with the piece. Pore strips are convenient and are disposable.
You can also extract your blackheads. With the use of clean cotton swabs and a blackhead removal tool, you can remove them one by one. But you need to wash your face first to soften your skin before extracting your blackheads. This procedure may be time-consuming especially if you have a lot of it to remove.
Primary Causes of Blackheads
Several factors may cause this skin problem. Among them are:
- Overproduction of oil
Blackheads are usually found on people with oily skin. Production of oil may clog the pores and gather dirt and dead skin cells. Eventually, these dirt and dead skin cells build-up develop into blackheads when exposed to oxygen.
- P. acnes bacteria
Just like acne, blackheads may also form when there are too much Propionibacterium acne bacteria (or P. acne bacteria) on the skin.
- Age and hormonal change
Age may also be a contributing factor to the existence of blackheads. As we grow older, our skin loses some of its nutrients, making it prone to all kinds of skin disorders. Also, as we age, our hormones change. Hormonal changes result in too much oil production. This can also affect our skin’s condition and may also be a factor for the formation of blackheads.
- Intake of certain drugs
If you are taking drugs or medication with lithium, corticosteroids, or androgens, then you may be prone to blackheads.
- Irritated hair follicles
Irritated hair follicles may also cause blackheads. This irritation happens when dead skins do not shed off regularly.
Other Causes Of Blackheads
Aside from the factors mentioned above, they may also be caused by:
- Heavy sweating
- Humidity and environment with high temperature
- Health conditions like pre-menstrual syndrome, stress, and polycystic ovarian syndrome
Important Points To Remember
Blackheads may be just those small annoying black dots on your face. But if you do not know how to manage them properly, but they might create a bigger skin problem.
They may be avoided, and you can do something to your blackheads to take them off your face. The most important thing to remember though is do not overdo it when you remove your them especially on the extraction method of taking them out. Do not apply too much pressure on your face when you extract with a blackhead removal tool. It might irritate your skin.
Probably the best way to avoid blackheads is to wash your face correctly. Wash regularly with a good soap and scrub your face every once in a while. This will keep your face clean, making dirt and dead skin build up on your pores close to impossible.