Understanding Blackheads and How to Treat Them - Award Winning Spa in Singapore - Healing Touch Spa

One of the most common skin complaints are blackheads. Having blackheads on your face could be distressing as these small bumps are very noticeable. Learn about what blackheads really are, what causes them, and how to treat and prevent them.

What are blackheads?

Blackheads are the small point-like bumps commonly found on the nose, forehead, and cheeks. Technically speaking, blackheads are open comedones, which are clogged hair follicles. Blackheads may occur with or without acne and can be found in areas other than the face, such as the back, neck, chest, arms, and shoulders.

What causes blackheads?

While blackheads are primarily due to increased oil production and clogging of the follicles, some factors can make you more prone to blackheads. These factors include:

  • Irritation of follicles due to intense scrubbing
  • hormonal changes due to menstruation or intake of contraceptives or androgens
  • intake of corticosteroids or lithium

How facial treatments help in treating blackheads

Comedones occur because of increased oil production in the sebaceous glands, or oil glands, in the face. When oil builds up, it clogs hair follicles. If the clogged follicle is exposed to air, it becomes oxidized, turning it into black, hence the term “blackheads”.

What factors increase your risk of having blackheads?

Facial treatments are a safe and effective way to treat blackheads. These treatments incorporate the benefits of skin-nourishing products for a healthier, glowing, and bright-looking face.

The SkinCeuticals Purifying Facial treatment is a great treatment choice in removing blackheads. This is a deep cleansing facial treatment that unclogs follicles and regulates oil production. Through the Clarifying Clay Masque, this Purifying Facial treatment thoroughly cleanses the pores to reveal a bright, smooth skin. It also promotes healing of the follicles and prevents the occurrence of acne.

How can you prevent blackheads?

Through simple skin care habits, you can prevent blackheads. Here are some tips to help you prevent blackheads:

  • Wash your face regularly with mild facial wash. Washing your face prevents the accumulation of oil that may clog your follicles. It is important to choose a mild facial product to avoid irritating your skin, which could trigger the appearance of blackheads and acne.
  • Use oil-free facial products. When choosing which cosmetics, sunscreen, and moisturizers, go for products that are oil-free to reduce the amount of oil that may plug your follicles.
  • Change your pillowcases, bedsheets, and blankets regularly. Accumulated dirt on your beddings may promote the growth of bacteria that can worsen your blackheads.