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The Causes of Blackheads and the Best Way to Treat Them

By Charles Hopkins Published 05/18/2006 | Health
The most common type of pimple is known as the blackhead. Blackheads occur due to a build up of oil on the skin that results in the oil blocking the pore. The appearance of blackheads on the skin is caused by the oxidization of air on the oil clogging a pore, resulting in the little black spot that can be seen.

It was commonly thought that the blackhead was caused by not washing the skin properly or poor hygiene, which seemed to explain why it most often inflicted the young teenager, but today it is known that this is not the case. Untreated blackheads often erupt to form pimples and should be treated effectively as a prevention measure.

The best way to remove blackheads is to look at their cause which is excess oil and dead skin cells. Allow pores to open and blackheads to be released by using products that exfoliate the skin and help in cleaning the excess oils while removing the dead skin cells. Continued follow up will decrease the occurrence of future blackheads.

There are many exfoliation products available on the market today but finding a good quality product is essential. The purpose of exfoliation is to cleanse the skin, remove dead skin cells and open the closed pores.

When choosing which product to buy, ensure that the product is not too harsh in that it scratches the skin or strips the skin of all the oils. If the product is too harsh it can damage the skin and create more problems.

Skin needs a certain amount of oil and if all the oil is removed, it will just increase its production of oil to compensate. This is the last thing you want to happen if you are already troubled by blackheads.

Steer clear of products that contain mineral oils or alcohol as they strip all the oils from the skin. Many people prefer to use natural products as they are usually milder and safer for your skin.

Avoid the temptation of picking out the blackhead by squeezing it. Though this may seem like a quick fix option, it often damages the skin surface and pushes some of the blackhead deeper into the pore, increasing the possibility of infection and eruption of a pimple.

There are different thoughts of how the food you eat influences blackheads and pimples and if your diet plays a role in how your skin looks. Despite there being evidence, that diet does not influence pimple production, it would be wise to follow a healthy eating plan full of fresh fruit and vegetables.

One overlooked treatment is water. An adequate consumption of water is vital for proper function of the body and this includes the skin. It is an essential ingredient in your quest for healthy skin. Water hydrates the skin and helps to cleanse impurities through the pores. Make sure you drink at least eight large glasses of water a day.

Usually, elimination of blackheads can be achieved with a little continued effort. This will reduce the occurrence of pimples and will also improve the appearance of your skin. If you find that despite diligent efforts, your blackheads or pimples are still causing you a concern, it is recommended that you consult your health professional for help.