WHAT ARE BLACKHEADS?
A blackhead, is a non-inflamed acne lesion where the pore remains open, also known as an “open comedone”. In the case of a blackhead, the tip of the plug darkens as it is exposed to oxygen in the environment. Contrary to popular belief, blackheads are not caused by dirt – it is a plug of dead skin cells and sebum that is discolored. When the end of the “plug” gets exposed to air, it oxidizes and turns the dark color; hence giving the blackhead its apt name.
To properly treat stubborn blackheads, you will need the right and products applied in the correct way. An acne specialist is also needed in order to advise and coach you thoroughly on how to treat your blackheads and apply the products to your skin properly.
It is vitally important to follow instructions closely and consistently, as this type of acne can be the toughest to get under control.