The Complete 101 on Blackheads

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If you have acne, chances are you have to deal with blackheads as well. We know that they can be as stubborn as pimples, but what else do we know about them? It’s time to learn more about blackheads so you can take steps to prevent them.

Here are some important things you need to know about blackheads:

Blackheads and pimples are different.

Both are types of acne blemishes but both appear differently and should be treated differently.

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Pimples Blackheads
  • Are inflamed, and appear red and swollen. Some stay small, but can get bigger.

  • Pimples can have a red head (papules) or develop a white or yellow pus-filled top (pustule).

  • Develop when oil and dead skin cells become trapped lower in the follicle.

  • Are not inflamed and often appear flat.

  • Blackheads have a dark black head (hence the name.)

  • Develop when your skin’s oil becomes trapped on the skin’s surface. The top of the plug that’s exposed oxidizes and turns into a dark blackish-brown spot.

How do you prevent blackheads?

To prevent and eventually get rid of blackheads, your skin care routine should focus on clearing your pores to allow a normal flow of oil, minimize excess oil, and sloughing off layers of dead skin cells.

  • Use a gentle, water-soluble cleanser

    to thoroughly cleanse the skin without overdoing it. You don’t want to make your skin feel tight or dry; this only makes the skin produce more oil.

  • Avoid greasy products.

    Thick creams or lotions can clog the pores. Stick to lighter formulas instead.

  • Try exfoliating products

    like scrubs and masks that help remove dead skin cells.

Can I get rid of blackheads myself?

When blackheads crop up, avoid squeezing them to get them out because this can only damage your skin in the long run. If you feel the need to have them manually removed, have your dermatologist do it for you.

Can Lactezin help get rid of blackheads?

Lactezin® is a clinically-tested drug, which uses a natural antibacterial active ingredient, Lactoferrin, combined with Vitamin E and Zinc to help reduce skin oiliness, comedones (acne/whiteheads/blackheads), which may help improve complexion in as early as 2 weeks with regular use (results may vary).
Results are based on clinical studies and may vary depending on the individual. There is no guarantee of specific results. Please see full disclaimer: Disclaimer

SOURCES: (By Angela Palmer, reviewed by Casey Gallagher, MD) (Medically Reviewed by George Krucik, MD)
An Open Clinical Trial to Determine the Efficacy of Lactezin

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