Whenever you hear the word blackheads you hear a voice in your head that says DIRT… but believe me, dirt is not what causes blackheads. Some people think that they are not cleansing their face properly that is why, they are getting blackheads so, they start scrubbing their faces really hard which makes the condition get worse.
How do blackheads form?
Blackheads are actually an oxidized mixture of dead skin cells and sebum, clogging your pores. Most commonly they are found on your face, especially your nose. We know that a follicle consists of a hair and a sebaceous gland which produces sebum. Sebum is responsible for keeping your skin soft and hydrated. The opening to the follicle can become blocked when a plug of oil and dead skin cells forms in it. This plug is called a comedone, or more specifically, an open comedone and a closed comedone. The closed comedone or the whitehead is covered by the skin whereas; the open comedone is not covered by the skin hence, it is exposed to the air. The oxygen in the air oxidizes the trapped oil and dead cells turning them black hence, the name blackheads.
What causes blackheads?
It is not well known that what causes blackheads. But, there are a number of factors which can be responsible for blackheads.
The hormonal changes which are linked to puberty can lead to excessive sebum production which can increase the risk of having blackheads. Moreover, any disease or medication that causes rapid skin cell turnover can also produce blackheads. Your diet also plays a big role in keeping your skin healthy. The cosmetics, cleansers, and scrubbers you use can also affect your skin, if not used properly. Not removing your makeup off your face properly, can also lead to many skin problems including blackheads.
Cure And Solutions:
- Clean your skin properly. Use cleansers and exfoliators that contain salicylic acid, glycolic acid or a combination of these two. They can actually help cleanse your clogged pores without causing any irritation.
- Baking soda and water paste can help remove your blackheads. Just make a paste of baking soda and water and then apply it on your blackheads. Then massage it gently and wash it. Make sure you do not overdo it because baking soda can make your skin dry. Do not forget to use a moisturizer afterward.
- Mix one teaspoon honey with one teaspoon cinnamon powder. Apply this paste to the affected area and then press a strip of cotton over it. Leave it for 5 minutes and then remove it and rinse your face. Follow up with a moisturizer.
- Pay attention to your diet. Drink plenty of water and eat vegetables and fruits. Avoid fatty foods. Sweat it out by exercising regularly. Always consult your dermatologist if your skin condition is getting worse.
Keep your hands off your face. Avoid touching your face with your hands as much as possible. Your fingers are contaminated with oil, dirt, bacteria and other impurities, therefore; touching your face with your fingers will transfer all these impurities onto our face.
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