The small, dark colored bumps on the face, known as blackheads, are notorious for their persistent nature. Blackhead removal treatments range from employing very simple techniques to clinical level, depending on the severity. To know how to get rid of blackheads, it is important to understand what causes these pesky bumps.
Blackheads are most commonly caused by clogged hair follicles, which means that this can occur to people of all ages, regardless of their skin type. There are, however, individuals with lesser hair follicles in the facial area to begin with, and this leaves them with significantly lesser chances for clogging, and subsequently, blackheads.
Blackheads are essentially a form of mild acne. The excess oil and the dead skin cells accumulate in the follicle, forming a bump. Sometimes, the accumulated material remains trapped inside the skin. If the layer of skin above it opens, the exposure to air causes this material to darken, resulting in the typical blackhead appearance.
Thankfully, blackheads can be prevented with the proper skincare products or at-home practices that can interrupt its development. As a fundamental aspect of skincare, washing your face regularly can reduce the amount of oil and matter which accumulates to form blackheads.
On the same note, try avoiding oil-dense products, which can oftentimes lead to the development of blackheads as they make up the matter which forms blackheads. As with any other product, refrain from applying thick, excessive layers to the face as this can further aggravate and contribute to the blackheads.
As a form of active prevention, consider using cleansers to remove some of the material which is trapped in the hair follicle’s opening to prevent blackheads.
Lastly, avoid using self-tanners. Besides the oil content of the layer which covers the skin, self-tanners can make the pre-existing blackheads appear bigger and darker due to the keratinization effect.
When it comes to the difference between blackheads and whiteheads, it stands in the containment. Both are made up of the same material, but whiteheads are contained in closed pores, while the pores containing blackheads are open. This difference becomes relevant in terms of whitehead or blackhead treatment.
Regular blackheads typically go away on their own, either by treatment or extraction. However, it is possible for the blackheads to turn into more serious acne, usually if the extraction is done improperly.
We may try to extract blackheads on our own, but if our hands, fingers, or nails are unclean, bacteria can make their way into the pore and cause infection and inflammation. This inflammation can essentially turn the pore’s cavity into acne.
Keep an eye out for redness and inflammation around the affected area. This is one of the signs that the blackhead is turning into more severe acne.
Blackhead removal may be both challenging and easy, as different solutions provide different results. Most people turn to home remedies, but these may not be effective for all skin types.
One of the best at-home blackhead treatments is salicylic acid. You can find it in numerous over-the-counter products, as the substance is a favourite in the skincare industry. Salicylic acid works by penetrating the pores in the skin and break down or eliminate the blockages.
Other aesthetic treatments are more than capable of eliminating the blackheads before they even form completely. That’s why Illumia Therapeutics works closely with our medical counterpart, Illumia Medical, and their unique treatment program that effectively treats all types of acne, regardless of the severity.
The Forever Clear™ Acne Program is a step-by-step complete treatment, addressing the issue from a scientific perspective, with one added trait of exclusivity: your treatment plan is your own, only for your unique skin type.
Unlike most traditional acne treatments, Illumia Medical’s Forever Clear™ is highly personalized to suit each client’s specific needs and condition. Factors such as skin type, severity, and underlying conditions and/or causes are all taken into consideration to successfully remove blackheads and other types of acne, such as back acne.
Some techniques that may be recommended to you may include laser therapy (light therapy), acne facials, and more.
As a complete treatment program, Forever Clear also addresses some of the secondary acne-related issues, such as scarring or pigmentation, allowing clients to enjoy acne-free and spotless skin within 3 to 6 months.
The most important thing to remember when it comes to treating acne, be it mild or severe, is that patience is key, regardless of the form of treatment. Despite its common nature, acne (blackheads included) take time to treat, as the complexity of the issue can be greater than some might expect.
Lifestyle changes, as we have well-noted, can significantly contribute to the overall health of our skin. Some lifestyle changes that you can adopt to minimize the appearance of acne, such as whiteheads or blackheads, can include incorporating specially-formulated skincare products for your skin type into your skincare routine.
Regularly washing your face, changing your pillow sheets, or avoiding the use of questionable skincare products are all just a few of the many essential tips to help prevent blackheads from surfacing.
Do not hesitate to take immediate action and preventive measures to avoid having to deal with blackheads. With proper skincare habits or treatments, blackheads can be prevented well and continuously. Most of the habits that help to prevent blackheads can also improve the radiance and general appearance of your skin in the long run.
When seeking treatment to remove blackheads, only take into consideration accredited and MOH-approved clinics, which offer accessible prices, along with transparent before-and-after picture of past client to help you determine if your skin goals align with the clinic’s methods.
Learn about the blackhead and acne treatments available at Illumia Therapeutics by scheduling a consultation with our skin experts today.
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