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What are blackheads- And how do you remove?

Updated: Dec 5, 2021


Have you ever wondered why blackheads are actually called blackheads? Well, the name goes back to an old, widespread misconception according to which diseases are mainly caused by parasites. In fact, it was believed that these tiny, mostly black and gray blemishes were caused by tiny worms that nestled under the skin and feed on body fluids. These parasites were called defense worms, or in Latin “comedones”, from which the medical term “comedo” (from comedere = to eat, to consume) is derived.

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What are blackheads and how do they arise?

We know blackheads as closed or open comedos. You can recognize the closed ones by their white color (hence the name Whitehead), as the sebum secretion cannot escape to the outside. As a result, the typical, clearly visible pimples and pustules often occur. The open, much more harmless, comedones, on the other hand, can be recognized as small dark points in the skin (hence the name blackhead). The dark color of many blackheads has nothing to do with dirt or insufficient personal hygiene. The coloring occurs when the skin pigment melanin contained in the sebum oxidizes with the oxygen in the air. Blackheads and pimples occur when the tiny ducts of the sebum glands become clogged due to excessive cornification and an overproduction of skin oils. The sebum produced can then no longer drain off quickly enough and a kind of plug forms.

Where do blackheads occur?

Blackheads occur mainly in the so-called T-zone of the face, i.e. on the forehead, nose and down to the chin. This is where there are many and more voluminous sebum glands - which is due to the fact that these areas are more exposed to weather conditions than the other facial areas. The body tries to protect itself from external influences in the best possible way.

What helps against blackheads?

There are many different ways in which you can take action against blackheads. But before you get started, you shouldn't forget: Blackheads are uncomfortable and may not look that nice - but are not a problem at first. However, acne disease can develop behind the visible blackheads.

Daily facial

cleansing Before you take any other measures: A conscientious, morning and evening cleansing is the basis in the fight against blackheads and pimples. It is less the intensity than the regularity that is important.

Healthy Lifestyle

Both your diet and your general lifestyle can have positive effects on your skin. Find out now how exercise affects pimples and what impact your foods have on your skin. And of course, stress can also affect your acne.

Medicinal acne treatment

Many doctors recommend proceeding with signs of acne vulgaris according to the motto "Hit hard and early" - that is, as early as possible and with appropriate medication. This is to prevent acne disease from developing fully.

Can you express blackheads?

We know that It can be incredibly attractive and satisfying to quickly express a small, dark blackhead. But we strongly advise against it! The risk that the sebum is pressed into the surrounding tissue, which can cause unsightly inflammation and even larger pimples, is simply too great!

Incidentally, this also applies to the so-called blackhead removers or comedone pushers, which are currently widely touted. Here, too, the risk that the complexion will deteriorate rather than improve is very high. If you want to have your blackheads removed professionally, it is best to make an appointment with a trained esthetician.

Some final tips against blackheads

Do not overdo it with care If you exfoliate too often and use harsh, irritating products, you weaken the skin's natural protective layer. This in turn stimulates sebum production again and (further) blackheads and pimples can be the result.

Do not express blackheads yourself, Even if it is sometimes difficult: Do not express your blackheads yourself! Wrong squeezing will only make the situation worse.

Pay attention to hygiene.Try less touching your face. Because there are usually a lot of bacteria on your fingers - and every time you touch you have them on your face. You can get many more good tips against pimples in our article.

Contact one of our specialists today for a free skin consultation to find a skincare management plan that’s right for you.

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