Caring for Blackheads
Normal skin produces oil from the sebaceous gland called sebum. It is the follicles of the sebaceous glands that secrete sebum into the skin’s pores. Caring for Blackheads. The outermost layer of the epidermis, the stratum corneum sheds the oil and dead cells from the pore openings into the outer skin layer. Then it sloughs off this debris for new cells to emerge.
When you have any acne the pores don’t drain they remain clogged and swell. The mildest form of acne is called comendo which can be open or closed. Comendo are commonly called blackheads (opened comendo) and white heads (closed comendo). Blackheads are when the sebum solidifies into a pore filled hair duct. The pore becomes partially clogged from the hardened sebum along with bacteria and dead skin cells. The hardened matter oxidizes when it mixes with melanin cells thus turning black.
Before attempting to take care of any acne issues you wash your face with warm water first. Its good to use an acne cleanser that has a low level of benzoyl peroxide in it. Topical retinoid products do well for acne problems too. There are medicated chemical peels with with salicylic acid and glycolic acid that help acne conditions. However do not use salicylic and glycolic acidic products in conjunction with retinoids.
To remove a black head you start with a clean compress that is put into hot water and then placed on top of the blackhead to loosen it. It is actually beneficial to the skin to remove blackheads if done so correctly. This is because by doing so you are preventing further damage to the skin. Then gently squeeze either side of the blackhead so it can pop out. Do not use your nails or dig into to the blackhead. To do so would cause damage to your skin. If after gently squeezing the black head does not pop out then you may want to try an exfoliating product for your skin type. If it still does not loosen the black head they do sell metallic extractors today for you to remove blackheads with. They look similar to tweezers but have a small round opening on one of the ends. The round end is placed over the blackhead and twists it out. You do have to be careful because the devise if not used correctly can cause scarring. Today on the market the have also blackhead strips for noses. Much like a tape, you place it on the area and then pull it up quickly and it takes the blackheads out when you quickly jerk the tape from where you place it. Blackheads should be easy enough to remove and there are enough methods to try if one does not work for you on the first try.
Read more about this topic in my ebook: Easy Skin Care Guide