What causes blackheads

What causes blackheads and How to get rid of blackheads?

If you’re a skin junkie like I am, I know you’ve thought about blackheads and today we are going to break it down for you. So I hate to be the bearer of bad news, black heads aren’t the easiest to treat, but we’re going to do our best and we’re going to give you all of our tips.

Alright, so let’s talk basics.

What is a black head?

A black head is a little tiny pore filled with dead skin cells and sebum or the oils on our face. Now when the oils and the dead skin cells hits the air, they get what’s called oxidized and they turned black. Hence the term flaccid in scientific terms, that’s called an open comedones and that’s what makes him different than white heads which are closed comedones, and they don’t have that blackish color.

What causes blackheads? Busting the myths..

Let’s play a fun game. Let’s bust all those black head myths.

  • Myth 1; Nose strips help remove blackheads

I’m not mad at nose strips, they’re like not my favorite thing in the world. But, you know, I think that they make the blackhead look better, like for that second, but by the time you know the next morning rolls around, you’re back at square one. The other thing with those strips is that you have to be careful up. If you’re using products like AHAs, BHAs, and retinols, you can rip off your skin with the black head.

  • Myth 2; Is this black dots actually a blackhead?

Little black dots on your skin are not always black heads. You can get those little black dots that are on your nose, are actually more associated with the hair follicle, and won’t necessarily respond to a traditional black head busting routine. But they may respond to some facial extractions.

  • Myth 3; blackheads are caused by oily skin

Blackheads aren’t necessarily only caused by oily skin, but they’re always produced by oils in the skin, meaning that in the pore, you will always find a little combination of dead skin cells and sebum.

  • Myth 4- Makeup causes blackheads

I don’t think that makeup is the cause of blackheads, but I think that makeup can contribute to worsening of acne in general and there’s actually a term for that. It’s called acne cosmetic, which means that the more cosmetics you put on your skin, the more acne you get. So I personally just recommend to my readers when they’re struggling with whiteheads, blackheads, any type of acne, that they use non-comedogenic products, and things that aren’t going to irritate like all the harsh brushes and tools like that.

  • Myth 5; Blackheads are dirt in your pores

They are not dirt in the pores. Read out again guys, they are not dirt in the pores.

  • Myth 6; Blackheads due to change in diet

Blackheads are not caused by any changes in your diet. So, eating a piece of pizza isn’t necessarily going to cause blackheads. Now, eating a piece of pizza may increase the glycemic index, which then can make your skin more pro inflammatory, which then can give you more acne. Go get that pie!

What causes blackheads

How can I Prevent Blackheads?

Here are some of the best way to avoid blackheads;

  • Try and exfoliate to some regular degree and to use alpha-hydroxy acids to do that, or a beta-hydroxy acid like salicylic acid
  • Use a vitamin A derivative like tretinoin, adapalene or retinoic acid.

How do you get rid of blackheads?

There are different ways to get rid of blackheads. The first thing to remember is they’re not from dirt.

  • Please don’t scrub.

Remember, we’ve mentioned it before, scrubbing is for your tub, not your face.

  • Use a gentle cleanser

Blackheads are not from dirt. So use a gentle cleanser, because if you use something that’s actually too harsh, what may happen is you may get more blackheads. As your skin becomes dry and your skin is smart and will produce more oils, use something that keeps the skin at steady state something in equilibrium, a very gentle cleanser.

  • Exfoliate

Next, I recommend exfoliating once or twice a week if your skin can handle it. And that’s something that your dermatologist can guide you on with an alpha-hydroxy acid or a beta- hydroxy acid like salicylic acid.  

** Tip to remember; salicylic acid is particularly good at getting into those pores and breaking down those oils that make up the blackhead. So this is actually one of my favorites when it comes to busting those blackheads.

Now what’s the other component of the blackhead is dead skin cells which are keratin based. Next, I would use something to liberate the blackheads a little bit loosen them up.

  • Use a vitamin A

My personal favorite is a vitamin A derivative, like a retinol of some type. You don’t have to be over the top about it just use a tiny bit, i.e. a pea size amount over the whole face. Don’t put them just in the areas concentrated with the blackheads because you’re certain to get irritated. So put that pea-size all over your face so that it prevents new ones from coming out. It helps the old ones to loosen up in that pore. It’s extremely effective at regulating the shedding of the skin, so you don’t get the accumulation of those dead skin cells, And so just like we use it to increase collagen production, and decrease collagen breakdown. It’s also an extremely effective exfoliator and really helps to regulate the shedding of the skin cells.

  • Get Extractions

Lastly, the most important ways to get rid of blackheads is to actually extract them out. This is where that pimple-popping comes in. Now I’m not giving you the carte blanche to like go at it with your nails. But I definitely think that there are ways that we need to extract blackheads.

**Tip to remember; There are at-home comedone extractors that I use a lot on my poor teenage girl to get rid of the blackheads. They’re these little instruments that have a circular top that you can apply a little bit of gentle pressure on the blackhead. This help to extract the contents.

Chemical peel or Hydrafacial

I’m also a really big fan of procedures like chemical peels, or Hydrafacials. Chemical peels use alpha -hydroxy acids or beta-hydroxy acids to help to liberate and get rid of the blackheads more. But microdermabrasion, and HydraFacial actually use a smidge of a vacuum to suck some of the blackheads out.

Talking about gratifying, I mean there probably is nothing more gratifying than seeing those blackheads gets sucked off the face. But I really think that there’s no magic bullet when it comes to blackheads. You have to commit yourself to a routine of not only certain ingredients, but also certain procedures that helps to extract them.

One of the my favorite ways to help teens and tweens and even women my age combat blackheads is to go get yourself a facial, what I call an acne facial or an extraction facial. These can be extremely beneficial. And if you’ve done kind of the pre work for it by loosening up the sebum in the pore, and using the alpha-hydroxy acid, it can be a really pleasant. This can be a secret to pleasurable experience that leaves your skin looking a lot better after you’re done.

Checkout tools that can help get rid of blackheads

What are my suggestions for products that helps get rid of blackheads?

If you have blackheads and your skin is oily also I would stick with using a lighter lotion. But you can have blackheads ironically and have very dry skin. And in that case, you’d want to use a heavier cream. If you have the combo skin, the T zone that’s a little bit oilier and outside that’s dry, I would still stick with a lighter lotion to help keep the skin moisturize. This is because moisturization is actually a really important point in combating blackheads. The drier your skin is, the more oil is going to be in those pores because your skin is smart. It knows it needs more hydration, so it produces more oils. Don’t skimp on the moisturizer when it comes to busting blackheads.

When you’re on a mission and on a journey to bust blackheads, I would recommend two most important ingredients, i.e.  salicylic acid and some vitamin A derivatives such as tretinoin.

Why do I like salicylic acid so much?

Because remember, the little blackhead is due to excessive oil in your pore. And so the salicylic acid is probably our best warrior against oil. It’s what we call lipophilic or fat loving so it can cut through the oils and get into the poor to break it down a little bit.

Thankyou for reading out. Hope this helps in finding what causes blackheads and how to prevent!