They usually occur just when you don’t need one, if you ever needed one in the first place, blackheads.
What are blackheads?
Otherwise referred to as an “open comedo”, blackheads sometimes are referred to as a precursor to acne. They’re the product of an all out attack by bacteria on the pores on the epidermis, the outer layer of the skin. In full bloom, a blackhead or open comedo implies a mass of skin debris with the color black that is positioned over the opening.
Did you know that blackheads could also be yellow in color? So are they then called yellowheads?
No, but the beginning of the problem starts with an enlarged hair follicle becoming filled with skin debris.
So what causes blackheads?
The primary cause of blackheads is an excess of the sebum, the oil produced by the sebaceous gland. There are many factors which impact this condition. However, blackheads are a condition that generally occurs around puberty.
As hormone production increases, the sebaceous glands overproduce sebum resulting in excessive
levels of DHT (dihydrotestosterone). Dihydrotesterone is responsible for the clogged pores which eventually form blackheads from the overactive oil glands.
A blackhead can develop into a pimple, which is also known as a papule or pustule.
What is a blackhead and how do they form?
Blackheads, and acne form as the hormone levels go off the chart and finally reach the outer layer of the skin, the epidermis. The sebaceous glands, which produce sebum (the oil) become extremely stimulated. With the overproduction of oil, the pores receive too much oil and become clogged. As the oil is exposed to the outside elements, it eventually becomes black, hence the term blackheads.
Do you put on a heavy application of make-up?
If so, you’ve just become a great candidate for blackheads. Topical oils and make-up can make an already bad condition worse.
Do blackheads affect only people of one type of skin?
Blackheads are not partial and will affect individuals having any type of skin. However, if you have oily skin, you are more likely to develop blackheads.
How important is cleaning the skin on a regular basis?
Cleaning your skin on a regular basis or having a skin care regimen plays an important role in blackhead prevention. Since blackheads are a direct result of clogged pores, as dead skin cells begin to slough off they’re more likely to clog the pores if the skin is not cleaned on a routine basis. This normally results in excess buildup of sebum.
Can dirt cause blackheads?
No! This is a misconception. Blackheads are not caused by dirt but by oxidized oil. While dirt can accentuate other skin conditions including eczema, and psoriasis it does not cause any condition by itself. Try to avoid over-cleaning the skin as it will lead to inflammation and skin irritation.
Does overuse of moisturizers, sunscreens, and make-up cause blackheads?
Yes, overuse of these items will result in clogged pores and sebum buildup.
Are blackheads hereditary?
Severe acne has been reported as hereditary but there is no genetic link to blackheads.
Can food play a roles in the development of blackheads?
Food will not result in the development of blackheads or acne. There has been extensive research dedicated at developing a link between dairy products and acne however the results are inconclusive.
Can stress bring on an acne or blackhead attack?
Stress will not cause acne or blackheads to form. However, stress does play an important role in this problem. It has been shown that individuals under tension or stress are more prone to rub or pick their blackheads or acne.
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