Blackheads that can be mostly seen in the centre of your face, often around the nose, which is an area typically called as your T-zone and these spots are some of the most difficult to manage.
Widely considered the most stubborn of all spots, these black spots are the dreaded because they stand out so much. Unfortunately, they can seem to be incredibly persistent, that’s why it’s important to know exactly what they are and how best to treat them.
What are blackheads?
Blackheads are easy to spot on the skin they are dark in color and slightly rose. Dissimilar to some other spots they are not inflamed, so it will not be painful if touched.
Whilst they are a mild type of acne, blackheads can sometimes cause sufferers more psychological stress than other spots due to their obvious color and unwillingness to decamp from our faces.
In addition to their less than favorable appearance, blackheads can spring up on the back, chest, neck, arms and shoulders, as well as the face.
What causes blackheads?
These dark spots arise because of clogged hair follicles. Follicles will be consisting of hair and a sebaceous gland that produces sebum to help and keep the skin soft. Dead skin cells and sebum collects resulting in forming a ‘plug’, which turns a blackish color as it is in contact with outside air, which oxidizes it.
Blackheads are formed differently, rather than being a result of anything bacterial, they are simply a build-up of sebum.
As a result, our bodies really couldn’t care less that blackheads are on our skin because they don’t threaten us in any way.
It is quite possible to treat blackheads easily it may just take a little longer than some other blemishes. Patience is necessary in blackhead treatment.
Treatments for Blackhead
Some products that claim to be targeted at those with blackheads will contain alcohol, menthol and eucalyptus. These types of products should be avoided as they will essentially raise oil production and exacerbate the problem.
Ingredient-wise salicylic acid is your best friend. The acid will unclog your pores and also deal with the problem of dead cell build up by promoting healthy skin-cell turnover. Salicylic acid can be easily found in a variety of products like face wash, creams, and gels.
Another blackhead pitfall we have probably all fallen in is treating the skin as though it is dirty. Blackheads can collect small particles of dirt but they are not formed because your skin in unclean, so quit scrubbing your face so hard.
Scrubbing may in fact stimulate nerve endings which lead to a release of hormones that increase oil production. The introduction of a healthy skincare regime with a micro exfoliant is important when trying to extract dead skin cells, but do it gently and not excessively.