What Are Blackheads?

A blackhead occurs when sebum, from the skin’s oil production, collects in the pores. It looks black because the sebum oxidizes when it comes in contact with the air. Blackheads often occur near the hairline where oil gets transferred from hair to skin. If you wear bangs you may see more blackheads on the forehead, where hair is directly in contact with the skin. Another common place for blackheads to occur is along the nose and upper lip.

How Not to Treat Blackheads

microdermabrasion treats blackheadsYour first instinct when you see a blackhead is to squeeze it until it’s gone. But this is the worst approach to treating a blackhead. When you squeeze, you are actually making the situation worse because the skin around the blackhead is now red and irritated. Also, squeezing usually does not eliminate all of the sebum, and it will enlarge the pores, thus making it worse in the long run. Herbal remedies, which are effective for acne, will probably have no effect on your blackheads.

Is My Diet Causing Blackheads?

Blackheads, unlike acne, are not caused by diet or disease. They can occur on any skin type, and they are more common among women than men.

Is There A Way To Prevent Blackheads?

You probably will experience blackheads at some point in your life, but they don’t have to be a constant problem. As with acne, a good skincare routine is key. Regular cleansing of the skin will help to prevent the oil from backing up in the pores. As mentioned above, if you wear bangs, you will be more susceptible to blackheads, so pay close attention to the forehead when cleansing the skin. Never apply makeup to dirty skin. Makeup will trap the sebum into the skin and make the occurrence of blackheads more likely.

I Have A Blackhead, Now What?

You’ve been following all the prevention tips, but you wake up one morning and you see a blackhead. Now you need a way to treat it. First, you need to make sure that that what looks like a blackhead is not just dirt. When you’re sure it’s a blackhead, you can begin treatment. Over-the-counter creams are available but not always effective. Microdermabrasion may be your best bet.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure performed by a dermatologist, or cosmetic surgeon. In this procedure, a hand-held device is used to spray crystals over your skin, then they are suctioned back up. This process removes only the top layer of skin.

By removing the skin cells surrounding the blackhead, the sebum is able to just fall out, thus eliminating the blackhead. During the procedure you may feel a scratchy sensation and the vibration of the wand, but the process is not painful. Microdermabrasion does not require any anesthesia. You can expect the procedure to take about an hour. Afterwards, your skin may look pink, but this should not last more than 24 hours. When the pinkness fades your skin will be left looking rejuvenated and renewed. Click here for more information about the benefits of microdermabrasion.

As always, you can contact us to schedule an appointment to clear up your blackheads and get the clear, clean skin you deserve!