Blackheads may first show up when you hit puberty, but you don't necessarily leave them behind as you age. These ugly blemishes can simply march with you into old age. Many people with blackheads and/or whiteheads do not understand what they are, so they do not handle them appropriately. If you suffer from this problem, you can learn to treat and control them.
Blackheads and whiteheads are also known as comedones. These are pores that become blocked with sebum, a nasty secretion from your sebaceous glands. When the top of the pore remains open, the air can turn the sebum black, hence the term blackhead. If the pore is closed, you have a whitehead. Although blackheads, in particular, look dirty, they are not caused by poor hygiene. As a result, severely scrubbing your skin will not get rid of them. You have to employ other strategies.
You can remove these bumps at home if you are careful and they are not too deep-seated. Gently wash the afflicted area and then try and open up your pores by using steam. Rather than squeeze these spots with your fingernails or fingertips, you should consider investing in a comedone extractor, something that is easily found in the cosmetic department of a discount store. You can use these tools to gently apply pressure and "pop" out the comedone. If you must use your fingers, wash your hands thoroughly first to avoid spreading infection. Invest in a good cleanser to help prevent more blackheads and whiteheads.
Most people think of comedones as being small, often the size of a pinhead. In some individuals, these blemishes can grow to amazing sizes and be buried so deeply that you will need professional help to have them removed. For some people, determining the difference between these super-sized blackheads, known as pores of winer, and large moles and tumors is difficult. If you suffer from any suspicious bumps on your skin, make an appointment with a dermatologist. They can remove the spot and biopsy it to make certain it is not cancerous. In rare instances, what you think is a blackhead is actually a form of cancer. In any instance, your dermatologist like one from Strnot Dermatology can diagnose your skin issue, treat it, and offer preventative treatments.
Blackheads and whiteheads are not just a teenage scourge. Unfortunately, they can haunt you throughout life. If you remove them on your own, take proper precautions. If you have a serious comedone problem, seek help from your dermatologist. These blemishes are unsightly and can make you feel self-conscious. Fortunately, you can take steps to regain a beautiful complexion.