This Is What Happens If You Remove Blackheads From Your Skin

Blackheads are equal parts gross and confounding — why do they always spring up in clusters, and on the most outwardly-facing parts of our bodies (our chests, our shoulders, our faces)?

Scientifically speaking, blackheads actually aren’t that disgusting. They typically occur as a result of clogged hair follicles. Dead skin and oil collect in the opening of a follicle, forming a bump called a comedo. When it opens and is exposed to the air, the oxidation makes it look black.

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There are tons of reasons why these pesky little bumps appear (always at the worst time), including various medications, heavy moisturizers and sunscreen, as well as hormones and the birth control pill.

But are we better off leaving them alone?

Plainly speaking, yes. Squeezing them is not a good idea. Many people get obsessed with their blackheads and overdo it. This can cause acne in the short-term but later on, I see significant scarring from manipulating the pores over the years.

First and foremost, you’re not an aesthetician. You will not be able to determine how deep your blackhead is, how tight pores are, or how you should prep your skin in order to extract your blackheads.

It’s important to never squeeze a blackhead too much because you might cause the oil glands to rupture back into the skin, causing an even worse reaction

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If left untreated, blackheads might turn into inflammatory acne. This is because oil and bacteria are allowed to build up.

If you’re looking to treat blackheads without making the problem worse, definitely don’t pick them. Instead, use products to control the congestion in your skin and make a monthly appointment to see an experienced aesthetician. Not only can she perform extractions, but she will also provide you with the advice and direction on the products and steps you should take to help prevent them in the first place


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