Blackheads (comedones or blackheads). Since our puberty, we are not happy about it. But what are blackheads and how do they arise? Blackheads are caused by a blockage in the follicle (hair follicle). They are formed by an accumulation of sebum, dead skin cells, small hairs and bacteria. This blockage lies on the skin’s surface, bringing it into contact with light and oxygen. As a result, the top tip of the blockage oxidises and turns black.
Blackheads mainly form on the nose. There the hair follicles are small and not so deep, which makes them easier to clog. From the nose, they often spread across our T-zone, because that’s where our sebaceous glands are most active. They can also appear on your lip, forehead, chin, or cheeks.
Removing blackheads yourself is often very difficult. Do not try to squeeze blackheads yourself! By squeezing them out with your fingernails, you not only damage the skin, but you also directly spread pimple-causing bacteria. This can lead to worse forms of blemishes, such as acne. To get your blackheads removed quickly, it’s best to go to a skin expert for professional blackhead extractions. Ask if they have any special treatments aimed at removing blackheads. These treatments are often faster and more beneficial than full facials.