Blackheads are the slightly different sibling of zits, and like zits, squeezing them can be addictive. Blackheads is types of acne. Blackheads are caused when sebum (the skin’s natural oil) collects and hardens in the pores. Blackheads are typically caused by excessive oil and makeup, which can facilitate the multiplication of the bacterium propionibacterium acnes, the predominant anaerobe of the normal skin flora. The congesting toxins that are being expelled through your skin from the blood and lymph fluid combines with sebum creating a pasty glue. The exposed tip becomes oxidized and black, hence the name – blackheads. Mainly blackheads are dark because of the presence of a dark pigment. This dark pigment color is not the result of dirt in the pores. Blackheads are often not apparent to an observer.
The most troubling aspect of blackheads for many people is the scarring that can occur. Mostly blackheads are present on skin is the result of oily skin and blocked pores. A good cleansing routine is one of the best ways to remove blackheads. Benzoyl peroxide exfoliates the skin and the anti-bacterial agents in it clear the excess debris from the skin to help prevent infections when used as part of a three step process. Do not use a facial scrub if you have other bad acne it could spread the acne and make it worse. Apply an astringent. It helps reduce oiliness. Washing with soap and water once or twice daily is a good way to keep debris and oils from the day accumulating on the skin surface. Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are both common over-the-counter treatments for acne.
Blackheads may be temporarily reduced by home remedies. Apply a paste of fresh methi (fenugreek) leaves over the face every night for 10-15 minutes and washed with warm water. Apply a paste of ground radish seeds in water on the blackheads. Tomatoes are very useful when treating blackheads. Sunbathing or use of sun-beds in moderation can be helpful. Make a paste by mixing 1 tsp limejuice and 1 tsp of finely powdered cinnamon. Apply it on the affected area before going to bed. Wash it off in the morning. The best home remedy for blackheads is to make a good lather of 1 tablespoon grounded almonds and water and gently work this foam over the face. Then use a shaving brush to clean the face and open clogged pores.
Blackheads Treatment and Prevntion Tips
1. Apply an astringent. It helps reduce oiliness.
2. Tomatoes are very useful when treating blackheads.
3. Sunbathing or use of sun-beds in moderation can be helpful.
4. Avoid washing the face with soaps more than twice a day.
5. Apply a paste of ground radish seeds in water on the blackheads.
6. Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are both common over-the-counter treatments for acne.
7. Sunshine or ultra-violet light encourages skin peeling, and so helps to clear blocked pores.
8. Exfoliate the blackhead prone area 3-4 times a week using facial exfoliators and scrubs.
9. Use creams containing AHAs like glyco-creams that will clear away any dead skin cells.
10. Take a pinch of soft portion of glycerin soap and mix with a pinch of table salt. Apply this mixture on the blackheads.