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Blackheads named for their typically dark color, are considered an open comedo. The color of the blackhead is not caused by dirt, but by excess skin pigment, debris and skin particles. The secretions are called sebum and this oil drains into hair follicles. The sebum typically hardens and when it does close to the surface of the skin, it forms a plug and is known as a blackhead. It is caused by excess oils that have accumulated in the sebaceous gland 's duct. Blackheads are typically caused by excessive oil and makeup. The substance found in these bumps mostly consists of keratin and modified sebum (an oily secretion of the sebaceous gland ), which darkens (resembling dirt) as it oxidizes. Blackheads are the slightly different sibling of zits, and like zits, squeezing them can be addictive.


Causes of Blackheads

  • Blackheads is caused when excess skin oil, sebum and congesting toxins are expelled through your skin from the blood and lymph fluid that supplies your skin with nutrients. These congesting toxins combined with skin oil and sebum clogs your pores causing blackheads, whiteheads, and full blown acne.

  • Dirt also plays a big role in developing skin blackheads. The dirt stored on the face or other parts of body make the bacteria to develop. The dirt with oily skin makes things even worse.

  • Although food is not the cause of blackhead but doctor believe that there may be some role of food in it too.

  • Some people have a skin condition in which their skin cells donít shed the way they should, creating a greater potential for blackheads. If you have this problem, it is especially important to exfoliate two or three times each week to help remove dead skin cells.

  • It is easy to squeeze a blackhead and believe we are extracting all that pore-clogging bacteria because we see something come out of the pore. But really, squeezing can push all that gunk and bacteria further back into the skin. This means you havenít gotten it all and the blackheads will probably come right back.

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