Some, but not all, skin products might increase comedones by blocking pores, and greasy hair products (like pomades) can worsen acne, which creates blackheads. Skin products that claim to not clog pores may be labeled noncomedogenic or non-acnegenic. Make-up and skin products that are oil-free and water-based may be less likely to cause acne. It is not known whether dietary factors or sun exposure make comedones better, worse or have no effect.
What Are Blackheads?
Blackheads typically begin with clogged hair follicles (aka “pores”). There are millions of hair follicles on the body, including your face. Each of these follicles contains one hair and a sebaceous gland that produces oil to help keep your skin soft. When the skin sheds dead skin cells, they can get into the follicle, mix with the oil and form a plug that pushes to the surface and forms a bump called a comedone.
How To Get Rid of Blackheads
Blackheads appear most often in the “T-Zone” of the face (forehead, nose, and chin) but may also appear on the back, chest, arms and shoulders. They can occur wherever there is a great density of hair follicles and their attached oil glands.
Topical products that include salicylic acid to clean out pores and tea tree oil to kill the bacteria that causes acne (the p. acnes bacteria) are the most common blackhead treatments. Blackheads should never be removed by picking, squeezing or popping because it will cause inflammation and potential scarring. Some people mistake blackheads for trapped dirt and try to remove them by scrubbing but this can make the condition worse.
We see excellent results when using the organic, vegan and cruelty-free TCA CLEANSER and TCA TONER in the morning and evening. They both have salicylic acid in it, TCA and over ingredients like tea tree oil. Exfoliating is also a must on a weekly basis using an organic gentle exfoliator like the I’m Fabulous Cosmetics Wild Berry exfoliator. The smooth exfoliating beads lift away dead skin cells, while our special formula containing a lot of antioxidants plant-based ingredients that help unclog pores and reduce oiliness to clear acne and help prevent future breakouts wherever they may occur.
Because natural hormonal changes in the body lead to excess skin oil, clogged pores and ultimately blackheads, it’s almost impossible to go through life without a few breakouts. Although blackheads are bothersome, they are not a serious condition, and most people can get rid of blackheads with topical products that contain salicylic acid