What Causes Blackheads?

Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Nearby Areas of Arizona

Blackheads.

Those icky, black, easy-to-spot formations that nobody wants on their face, let alone their back, chest, neck and other places they may appear, are irritating to say the least. If you don’t fall victim to these often-unsightly bumps, consider yourself lucky. However, if you’re like the 40 to 50 million Americans affected by acne, (blackheads included) you’re probably wondering what causes them and how the heck to get rid of them.

These are common concerns for those impacted by blackheads, and our highly qualified medical aesthetician at Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery, manages and treats skin conditions like this all the time. Regardless, we understand blackheads are frustrating to live with and can put a damper on a person’s self-esteem and confidence. Therefore, the team at Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery is addressing what causes blackheads and what you can do to diminish their existence.

Blackheads generally occur when an open hair follicle in your skin, also know as a “pore,” becomes clogged. Blackheads can form if your body produces too much oil, if you’re undergoing hormonal changes that can increase oil production, if you’re taking certain medications/drugs like corticosteroids, lithium or androgens, or if you do not wash your face regularly.

If you’re looking to reduce the appearance of blackheads, there are a few things you can do. There are over-the-counter treatments and prescription medications you can take, as well as services you can undergo at Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery. For the first two, topical acne gels, creams and pads containing ingredients like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and resorcinol can be fairly effective at treating blackheads.

Manual removal, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser-light therapies are some of the best things you can do to reduce the appearance of acne. We will examine skin during a quick consultation and determines the best possible treatment for your skin type and concerns. With manual removal, we use a round loop extractor to remove the plug causing the blackhead.

Microdermabrasion and Chemical peels remove clogs and get rid of dead skin cells that contribute to the development of blackheads. Both services require special tools/ingredients and should be preformed under the supervision of a trained professional. Be sure to discuss these treatments with us before attempting to do them at home.

Laser/light therapy can decrease oil production and kill bacteria with the use of intense light beams. This form of skin therapy targets issues below the surface of the skin and can treat blackheads and acne without damage the top layer(s) of skin. Call to set up a consultation with us today!

If you wish to set up a consultation with one of our surgeons, please do not hesitate to call us at our Phoenix location. We are easily accessible and here to help. Call us now at (602) 513-8133.

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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