11 simple and effective tips for removing blackheads

Blackheads have taken up residence on certain areas of your skin, specifically on your nose, perhaps even elsewhere, and you have a hard time getting rid of them? Thankfully, there are several methods to eliminate them, and prevent their (re)appearance. From innovative products to grandma’s recipes, lotions and scrubs, here we give you all the tips to dislodge these unwanted unsightly points. But before going into detail, it is necessary to identify the black spot globally. A quick round-up…

what are blackheads?

Technically called comedon, the black dot is an accumulation of sebum. Sebum is secreted by the sebaceous glands, present in the middle dermis. These glands play a role against the drying of the skin, and lubricate the hair. An excess of sebum will cause acne, a deficiency will cause dry skin.

In concrete terms, the sebum will clog the pore of the skin of the face, especially the skin of the nose, sometimes that of the chin of the forehead. The sebum oxidizes on contact with the air, and turns black.

Not content with housing in our pores, the black dot also provides a comfortable habitat for bacteria and other mites, the most common of which is demodex folliculorum, measuring half a millimeter, and feeding on fat and dead cells.

Why do I have blackheads on my face?

Several causes, as distinct from one another, can promote the appearance of blackheads. Mixed and oily skin will be particularly affected, but not only.

First, hormonal upheavals. When they take place, (adolescence, menopause…) sebum secretion by the sebaceous glands will then be in full swing and the pores will clog intensely and quickly.

However, other causes may be responsible, such as stress, or poor lifestyle. Thus, eating fat, sleeping poorly, or smoking are all factors that promote the onset of comedones. Sun exposure is also a known cause, with the surface layer of the skin thickening during exposure, sebum builds up, and turns into comedon when the skin returns to normal.

Some causes are identifiable, so it will be easy to remedy them, if you have the will. For others, on the other hand, it will be more complicated, as with the changes of season.

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