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Do a quick online search using “blackheads,” “breakouts,” or “acne” and you’ll most likely find hundreds of thousands of results. Realistically, almost everyone can agree on two things: (1) a blackhead is a plug of oily secretion (or, sebum) in a pore that may be darkened by oxidation. And, (2) a blackhead isn’t pretty and is a pain to deal with.

What Defines A Blackhead Versus a Whitehead?

A colored-“head,” albeit white or black, is a clogged oil gland. Simply put, a clog will raise the skin. Says the United States Food and Drug Administration, “The color of these is determined by whether the plugged follicle remains open or closed. If it is closed, it is a whitehead.”

Avoid Worsening The Situation

The FDA recommends, first, that although it might be tempting to pick at the blemish, don’t — it will only make it worse. Second, be cautious and discreet with the moisturizers and face products you use. They could actually be causing you to breakout. Third, take care to gently exfoliate. Any harsh scrubbing or distressing of your skin can cause more unwanted breakouts.

Above all, fourth, stay calm. Remember that you’re beautiful and breakouts are alright. Changes in hormone levels, over sweating, and life’s stresses are natural causes of breakouts. So, don’t fret. But, here are some ideas on what you should do.

What To Do About Blackheads and Breakouts

The results can be permanent and cataclysmic! You can damage your skin and make it prone to more future blackheads. Read on to learn what you should be doing if you have blackheads.

Myths To Break About Breakouts

According to the FDA, there are four big myths to beware of. Acne is not caused by poor hygiene, sweating, or not washing.  It’s not caused by diet. And, does not need to be allowed to run its course — it can be treated. Truly, there is no known way to prevent the development of acne.

Treating Breakouts

There are some practical measures you can take to reduce the frequency of breakouts. One popular online magazine recommends simply switching the products you use on your face. Some products contain ingredients that can clog your pores or that are tough to get out of your pores. Eliminating them can reduce the frequency of breakouts. Even so, there are certain tools that you can buy at popular pharmacies or skincare retailers.

However, the safest and best recommendation is to visit a professional. Book an appointment with a dermatologist or a licensed esthetician if you can. They can give you suggestions on preventing breakouts and which products are best to use.



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PUBLISHED: 20200117

Post Author: Dr. Mirza

With over 15 years of experiences as a licensed physician, Dr. Muhammad Mirza is very knowledgeable in cosmetics. Having specialized in neurology, our doctor knows exactly how to contour cosmetic products to your needs perfectly. Dr. Mirza takes his knowledge and shares it on his website, in his offices, and across various other platforms.