Whiteheads and Blackheads. They are the bane of many people’s skin, and we all get them at some point in our lives. How we treat them from an early age sets the path for how we protect our skin as we age. You’ll hear these referred to in many different ways; Acne, breakout, blemish, underground, pimple, zit, blackhead, “bacne” (back acne), and ingrown hair.
Who can get acne? Anyone from babies to people in their 90’s. Acne doesn’t care how old you are, the only changes is the kind of acne you get as you go through life. Babies for instance will get “infantile acne” which can be white or blackheads, or red bumps. As you age into your teens and up to your 40’s you will get a variety of acne from factors like puberty, hormones, what you eat and your environment. Older people tend to get hormonal acne as they go through changes in life. It is not uncommon for anyone to get a variety of different types of acne through your life.
The most common acne is white and blackheads, and are often non-flamatory meaning it does not cause swelling, unless of course you pick and push at it and irritate the skin.
Blackheads – these are caused by dead skin cells and a combination of sebum, which is oil produced by our sebaceous glands. Some people produce quite a bit, some people produce very little. They are black in color due to the top of the pore being open while the area below is clogged.There are many products to treat blackheads including extraction, pore strips, products and more. How you treat them is your preference though it is not recommended to try to extract them yourself without consulting an esthetician, medical spa or dermatologist for tips and advice on what tools to use, and how to safely use them. If you are too rough and pick or push too hard you can cause permanent damage and large pore holes that may not ever diminish in size.
similar to blackheads, whiteheads are caused by dead skin cells and sebum except unlike blackheads the clogging is throughout and will cause a “whitehead” at the top and may protrude from your skin as your body tries to “push” it out of your skin. We are all tempted to pick or “pop” these whiteheads, but by doing so we are irritating our skin, and the skin around it and spreading the sebum to other healthy parts of our skin, which can result in further breakouts. Pushing too hard can also cause damage further down in your skin resulting in damaging skin below the surface which is why you may see blood when you push too hard. Topical creams, or products that contain Salicylic are the best for these types of breakouts. If you are prone to many, a visit to your esthetician or in severe cases your doctor or dermatologist can provide advanced relief and prevention.
How do I stop from breaking out?
While you can’t stop breakouts from occurring 100%, you can diminish the amount of breakouts you do get.
- Cleaning your face with products that are personalized for your skin tone should be part of your morning and nightly skin care routines.
- Keeping your hands off your face is one of the hardest, but the most important ways to keep your face clean.
- Wash your hands before touching your face whenever possible.
- Eliminating sugary drinks, and caffeine and upping your water intake can help keep your skin refreshed.
- Not sharing skin products, especially makeup is the best way to keep from transferring someone else’s bacteria to your face.
- Washing and cleaning your makeup tools daily or weekly is another great way to keep bacteria at bay so you aren’t transferring it to your face.
- Facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion and/or dermaplane once a month are the best way to eliminate dead skin cells and keep your face healthy and rejuvenated.
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