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Everything about Blackheads

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Blackheads are an extremely common skin problem – but also one of the most annoying! Today we are going to take a closer look into what causes them, what you can do to treat them, and how to prevent them.


The Cause

Blackheads are caused by clogged hair follicles. This is what creates a small dark or black bump on your skin. Your hair follicles contain sebaceous gland, which produces oil called sebum. When dead skin cells and oil collect in this follicle and the skin does not close over it, a blackhead is created. Excess body oil, hormonal changes, and certain bacteria can contribute to blackheads forming. 


How to Treat Blackheads

There are a few ways you can handle blackheads. Acne medications that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide are common in fighting blackheads and other types of acne as they kill bacteria and help shed dead skin cells. The consistent use of these medications can aid in getting rid of blackheads! 

A stronger treatment for blackheads is a chemical peel. This treatment does a great job at removing dead skin cells over time and refreshing the surface of the skin. Laser facials and treatments are another strong option to kill blackhead causing bacteria. 


How to Prevent Blackheads

Get ahead of blackheads by preventing oil buildup! Wash your face twice a day to do this. Using a gentle cleanser or acne cleanser, whichever is more suited for your skin type, will get the job done. Another preventative measure is to avoid products containing oil – makeups, sunscreens, moisturizers, etc. Small changes in your daily routine can add up to make a big difference in your skin!

If you are dealing with blackheads, you’re not alone! It might be time to take serious action. Book a consultation at one of our three locations in the Columbus area and find out which treatment we think is right for you.