Basics Behind Blackheads

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Blackheads are a type of acne characterized by a dark black spot. This acne type can occur on any and every part of your face and even your body. They are recurring pesky black spots on your nose, ears, chin, around lips, mouth corner, chest or back. They occur in clusters and are unsightly. Ear blackheads are a little more painful and are quite stubborn.

Our skin contains hundreds of tiny pores. Blackheads occur in partially blocked pores. When sebum, dead cells, and bacteria drain slowly to the surface of the skin, the pigments in the skin turn black on oxidization. This forms skin eruptions in the form of blackheads.


The possible factors that cause blackheads are:

*  Excess dead cells blocking the opening to the pore.
* Excess production of facial oil.
* Improper cleansing routine wherein the facial oil may not be getting removed.
* Excess scrubbing of the skin.
* Use of products/makeup that may contain too much of oil.
* Medical problems like indigestion, constipation, under active thyroid and anemia are also considered as contributing factors to blackheads.

To curb the growth of blackheads you need to mange them. You should avoid using harsh soaps and creams that have too much of chemicals. Also, you should refrain from creams, moisturizers and lotions that are too oily or sticky. You should also be aware of your skin type and use the creams accordingly. 

It is easy to manage blackheads at home with some time tested home remedies for blackheads. Besides, wash your face twice a day with a mild soap and water. Do not touch your face often. Instead use natural treatments for blackheads for quick results. They are safe as well as cost effective.  


The popular methods to treat, remove blackheads are:
* Comedolytic topical agents consisting of benzoyl peroxide, azelaic acid, salicylic acid, retinoids, and glycolic acid.
* Isotretinoin, antibiotics and hormonal therapy.
* Exfoliating agents
* Pore strips
* Certain surgeries such as Cryotherapy, Electrosurgery and Microdermabrasion.
* Metallic blackhead extractors can also be used.

It is suggested to get the blackheads removed by a dermatologist. You can also do it yourself if you know the three step process to extract a blackhead the right way. However, too much of extraction at home is not suggested. As, damage to the surrounding tissues occasioned by squeezing may lead to scarring.

Comments (15)
  • jenny  - blackhead extractor
    Another more affordable step you can take is exfoliation. Exfoliating cleansers, face scrubs, or even a mixture of baking soda and water can be used to cut through grease, oil, and dead skin cells. I also recommend investing in a Clarisonic brush, which will help remove dirt, oil, and makeup while gently exfoliating your skin. Exfoliate at least once or twice a week to keep blackheads at bay.
  • A  - Scars
    So my Mom decided to start popping my blackheads on my nose, and now i have a huge black scar on my face.
  • Bel  - deeeep blackheads
    I've had 2 blackheads on my upper lip that refuse to come out. I noticed them a few years back & every time I try buffing my skin to try getting the deeply embedded black spot out, my skin looks terrible for days & I still have them. I'm so embarrassed as they show up bigtime! They are completely below the surface there isn't really a head on them....they're just burried in deep pores. I don't know what else to do & they're driving me crazy - they look awful! :(
  • Stiggs  - This cure worked for me!! - 98%
    My nose looked like a golf ball due to large black-heads and large pores. I squeezed but the pores filled up in a day and the holes only got bigger to the point where I was embarrassed go out in public I found a practical cure that works, is simple and cheap. In the evening before bed I wash face - then use the strongest % salicylic acid my skin can handle. For you -start with 2.5% or 5% and gradually increase the % over the next year. I use 20% and over now. If you don't start with a low % you may burn your skin. A couple of drops of Salicylic Acid on a piece of gauze and rub lightly. Eventually you can try to just put a drop directly on the nose. In the morning after washing face - rub nose with clindamycin phosphate topical solution 1%. One product does not work without the other! This treatment works to a high degree. It’s very inexpensive as the two products last over a year. Your nose skin will look vastly better. Only side effect is occasional peeling of skin. My ...
  • david  - black heads on nose
    I had them for years, it might seem a little bit counterintuitive, but use a salycilic acid lotion on your face. it creates a pH environment that gently dissolves the chemical bonds holding dead skin cells, including backheads to living skin cells.

    I have been doing this for 3 weeks and have smaller pores on my nose and my blackheads are pretty much nonexistent.

    I also had a problem with flaky skin around my eyebrows, the salycilic acid lotion helped that as well.
  • thet  - is this harmless ahhhahah:D
  • shika  - blackheads
    m tide of blck heads on my nose dd eythng it keeps coming back wat to do :angry:
  • chantel  - natural ways to banish blackheads and pimples
    Getting rid of blackheads is simple when you have the right ungredients and right methods.
    Heres the one that works best for me.
    1. Get a face towel and dip it in boiling hot water. Squeeze until still hot but won't burn your face.
    2. Lay with the towel over your face for a few minuties.
    3. Naturally the skins oils have already been washed away.
    4. Get bicarbonate soda and orange juice. mix the two together and rub over affected areas.
    5. Allow to dry and sit on your face. The bicarb may sting a little for a few moments but it should go away. If it does not, rinse off immediantley. The orange works because it is a natural source of vitamin c and makes the skin cells open, allowing the blackheads and excess dirt to escape.
    6. Wash away face mixture. Do not apply moisturiser to face. It makes the skin oily and fills the open skin cells with dirt resulting in pointless facial.
    7. Repeat morning and night for a week and then once/ ...
  • D  - Rice water
    Rice water can be really good for getting rid of blackheads. Wash some organic rice in water until the water goes cloudy, then use on your face as a toner or in your bath for your body. Rice flour/ ground rice is a good exfoliator too.It makes your skin really soft!
  • isabel  - black heads around mouth
    im struggling with black heads around my mouth and they are sore and spoil my lips.,but the problem is i cant stay with dry lips.
  • Anonymous
    no improovment :angry-red:
  • a  - a
    ahhhhh thatz what i needed
  • Siva
    Treatments are not natural and are costly too.
  • arshana  - black heads on nose
    : :ooo: give some home remedies
  • vikas mahur  - good one
    it's satisfied me up to a limit, i know about my problem and can take right treatment about it....
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