Submit your skincare questions to Dr. Agnes, CEO of Herborium and natural medicine expert
Blackheads are small bumps that appear on your skin due to clogged hair
follicles. These bumps are called blackheads because the surface looks dark or
black. Blackheads are a type of acne and even if they are less serious that cystic
acne, they are very frustrating. In addition – long term blackheads may live
enlarged pores and uneven skin, furthermore if removed the wrong way they may
lead to infection, acne marks or even scars. Blackheads usually form on the face, but they can also
appear on other body parts such as: back, chest, neck, arms and shoulders.
Acne affects over
50 million Americans and is the most common skin disorder in the United States,
according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
when the opening of hair follicles in the skin is clogged. Each follicle
contains one hair and a sebaceous gland that produces
oil. This oil, called sebum, helps keep your skin soft and moist. Without sebum our skin will
resemble the alligator’s skin. However too much sebum causes serious problems.
Dead skin cells and oils collect in the opening to the skin follicle, producing
a bump called a comedone. If the skin over the bump stays closed, the bump is
called a whitehead. When the skin over the bump opens, exposure to the air causes it
to ”oxidize” and look black and a blackhead forms.
There are many
factors that can cause overproduction of skin oil (sebum):
acne treatments (that are available in cream, gel, and pad form and can be
bought in your grocery store of local pharmacy) contain ingredients such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide,
and resorcinol. They may work temporarily by killing bacteria but they also dry
and prematurely age your skin and will NOT remove THE CAUSES of acne that is
OVERPRODUCTION of sebum. In addition, FDA recently issued some warnings
regarding those ingredients and sun exposure. Finally – for darker complexion they may cause discolorations and blotches of the
of SELF EXTRACTION of Blackheads. This may cause permanent or at least
long-term injury of the skin such as skin marks or even scars.
by dermatologists or specially trained skin care professionals is done in a
sterile condition and with use of a special instrument called a round loop
extractor to remove the plug causing the blackhead. After a small opening is
made in the plug, the doctor applies pressure with the extractor to remove the
- these are NOT treatments of blackheads, but just removals of the symptoms of
acne (after these procedures, blackheads might come back).
Another way to
try to limit clogging is to limit the number of dead skin cells that may mix
It this case
occasional microdermabrasion or peel may be used as a helpful adjunct (addition
to acne treatment). During microdermabrasion, a doctor or skin care professional uses
a special instrument that contains a rough surface to sand the top layers of
your skin. Sanding the skin removes clogs that cause blackheads.
also remove clogs and get rid of the dead skins cells that contribute to
blackheads. During a peel, a strong chemical solution is applied to the skin.
Over time, the top layers of the skin peel off, revealing smoother skin
underneath. Mild peels are available over the counter, while stronger peels are
performed by dermatologists or other skincare professionals.
There is a number
of natural ingredients that can serve as a great DIY peeling masks such as
papaya, (see below for a bonus papaya mask recipe).
REAL TREATMENT FOR BLACKHEADS
The only effective way to treat blackheads is to treat acne when it
starts, which means treating it from INSIDE your body. The only way to stop new
acne including the blackheads from forming is to stop acne cascade, that is to PREVENT acne process to start by removing
the cause of acne that is overproduction of sebum.
This is exactly what AcnEase is doing by breaking the
acne cycle. When you start using AcnEase (please
choose the right regimen for your type of acne) the first thing you will notice is less oily skin.
This will be the first step on your journey to get rid of your blackheads,
whiteheads, pimples and even cysts.
This papain enzyme
is present in maximum concentration just under the peel of unripe papaya.
Therefore, for the maximum benefit of papaya for your skin use the peel rather than the pulp of this
fruit. Papaya is also a rich
source of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, pantothenic acid, folate, magnesium
How to do it