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How To Get Rid Of Blackheads

Aug 17, 2007
In order to learn how to get rid of blackheads, you need to first know what causes them. If you know this, you will then be able to put together the best plan of action for defeating this problem.

Blackheads are named as such because they are typically black in colour. It must be remembered that it is not dirt that provides for the coloration but the accumulation of the dark pigment called melanin, skin particles and excess skin debris.

Again it must be stressed that dirt is not the cause of acne. Washing the face or keeping the skin clean at any condition is not to expel the dirt from the skin, it is only to prepare the skin for further treatment.

People do not realise that it is unhealthy to wash the skin for more than twice a day. The reason being that this may further aggravate the condition and actually spread the infection into other sections of the skin tissues.

The other two types of acne are whitehead and mild inflammatory acne known as popules, postules nodules and cysts. Fundamentally, blackhead formations are done mainly due to excess sebum production by the sebaceous glands, trapped in the pores of the skin. If sebum hardens near the upper layers of the skin, it will clog the skin openings and form a plug.

There are two forms of mild inflammatory acne. There is the popules, these are red, inflamed acne and the other type is the pustules. It is characterized by the collection of white matter in the center of the pus.

Under any condition, an acne-inflicted person must not try to force the whiteheads, blackheads or the forms of mild inflammatory acne to burst without the regulation of the doctor as this action may infect the skin and may worsen the state of the skin disorder. Popping out the pustule of the acne or the plugs in whiteheads and blackheads may leave the skin open t bacterial attack that may lead to scarring.

Oral and topical medications must not be used without the supervision of a physician. Principally, topical medications are aids in neutralizing the bacteria found in the skin and when combined with other chemical agents, may help deplete the overproduced sebum, making an allowance for acne spots to eventually heal.

Here are just a few of the ways to remove blackheads.

1. Be sure to exfoliate the area of the skin that is most prone to blackheads. If possible
this should be done up to three or four times a day. This will help to ensure that your
pores of free of dead skin and other oils that may build up and cause these zits to occur.

2. Use creams that are meant to clear away dead skin cells. This will help to expose the blackhead so that you can more easily get rid of it with other treatment options.

3. Try to keep your hair away from your face. Your hair contains greasy oils that can
cause blackheads and even spread infection.

4. Do not over wash your face. Some people are under the impression that the more they wash, the better chance they have of getting rid of blackheads. This is just a myth. Washing your face with soap one or two times a day is plenty.

Overall, you can start the road to clearer skin by following the four tips above.

Disclaimer: All content within this articles is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. Always consult your own doctor if you're in any way concerned about your health.
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