Blackheads are small spots 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 mild type of acne that usually form on the face, but they can also appear on the back, chest, neck, arms, and shoulders. Blackheads are one of the most common skin complaints and almost everyone has them at some point in their lives.
In some cases if a significant amount of blackheads aren’t treated they can become more aggressive and develop into more moderate or severe acne.
What Causes Blackheads?
Blackheads form when a clog or plug develops in the opening of hair follicles in your skin. Each follicle contains one hair and a sebaceous gland that produces oil, called sebum, which helps keep your skin soft. 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 look black and a blackhead forms.
Some factors can increase blackheads, including:
- Your body is producing too much oil.
- You have a significant build-up of bacteria (propionibacterium acnes) on the skin.
- Dirt and grime build-up on the skin.
- Irritation of hair follicles when dead skins cells don’t shed on a regular basis.
- Hormonal changes that cause an increase in oil production.
There are lifestyle choices you can make to reduce blackheads such as maintaining a healthy diet and eating foods that are rich in anti-oxidants (berries are great).
There are also a number of in-clinic treatments that can help to remove and prevent blackheads. A personalised treatment plan may include:
Advanced skincare products that contain active ingredients help to correct skin imperfections, providing a deep clean on a daily basis to reduce build up on the skin and increase cell turnover. Products that control oil production and bacteria help to maintain healthy skin.
Find out more about our Blackhead treatments by booking a complimentary consultation with one of skin experienced aestheticians here.
Buff away the dead skin cells that make complexions look dull and contribute to clogged pores and spots. Dermaplaning clears the way so skin peels, facials, skin products and serums can get down into the skin where they need to be rather than sitting on the skin's surface. It removes peach fuzz / vellus hair and creates clear channels into the skin as well as a soft, smooth surfaceFind Out More
We have a number of skin peels that have antiseptic, bacteriostatic and fungicidal properties that help to clear impurities. Combating blackheads and whiteheads while reducing inflammation in the deeper layers of the skin.Find out more
Microdermabrasion gently exfoliates the outer layers of the skin, removing dead skin cells. It uses a vacuum to lift out blackheads and clear clogged pores. Think of it as a hoover for your skin.Find out more