Blackheads: Reasons, And Ways to Get Rid of These Pesky Pimples

blackheads on a girl face

What Is Black Heads?

Blackheads also referred to as comedo, also include whiteheads, On our faces, we have a lot of fine and tiny hair known as villas hair.

And there is a gland attached to the villa’s hair and this entire unit of the hair is called the pilosebaceous unit.

Whenever there is a blockage of this hair follicle with sebum, keratin, or skin debris, then this results in the formation of comedo.

If this comes into contact with the environment, that leads to oxidation which causes the appearance of blackheads.

Blackheads are usually formed on the face, especially over the nose, but they also appear on other body parts including:

  • Back
  • neck
  • arms
  • chest
  • shoulders

It is not a pimple, (pimples are small, painful, redness bumps filled with pus at the tip).

Blackheads are very common, it affects everyone during their whole lives, it is estimated that about 20 to 30% of adults have blackheads.

In addition, acne affects around 9.4% of the global population, making it the 8th most prevalent skin issue worldwide.

Who Are More Chance To Getting Blackheads?

A study reported shown that women had more noticeable white and blackheads both, often on their area of faces.

There is a certain type of people who are more chance of getting blackheads are:

  • Those who have a lot of acne on their face
  • oily skin
  • combination skin people
  • those who use cosmetics
  • use hair oil
  • smoker
  • taking certain medicine
  • hormonal changes during pregnancy, puberty, menopause, etc
  • people who sweat a lot
  • While taking birth control pills also develop mostly blackheads and whiteheads.

Because this can block pilosebaceous units, which causes to accumulation of sebum in that area and causes blackheads.

Mostly black and whiteheads occur on the forehead, nose, and chin area.

Reasons for Blackheads

A blackhead is a tiny pore filled with sebum, dead skin cells, and oils, and when this oil or dead cells come into contact with the air.

They get oxidized, then they turn black, causing blackheads, as well as poor hygiene or dirt, to play a vital role in appearing black.

What about whiteheads? – If the thin layer of skin is on top of the collection of skin debris, and oil, then this leads to the formation of whiteheads.

Whiteheads are known as closed comedones and are commonly found face, nose, shoulder, and back.

Images of Blackheads

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See How Blackheads Look On The Face And Nose
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And See How Blackheads See On a Real Human Nose

Are blackheads Bad For Health?

Blackheads are not bad for health, even though most people live with black or whiteheads though lives (2)

However, it can affect your psychosocial means – how society or community sees you, but it is not a serious matter. just live your life happily.

If you are addicted to social or live a star life then Blackheads may affect your mental health and might cause anxiety, stress, etc.

Also, black and whiteheads both are not contagious, meaning – they can not spread from one person to another person through skin contact.

Ways To Get Rid of These Pesky Pimples (Blackheads)

There are several treatments or ways to get rid of these pesky pimples are include:

  • OTC medication
  • prescribed medicine
  • chemical peels
  • laser and light therapy
  • Microdermabrasion

In the case of blackheads, basically, the concept is to reduce the accumulation of oil and dead skin cells in the hair follicle opening.


So the doctor may suggest creams or gels that contain salicylic acid (it tends to concentrate in an oil-forming area)

Also, removes dead skin which leads to letting the oil come out smoothly, resulting in a reduction in the formation of blackheads.

Salicylic acid is available in face wash, make sure not to use too much rub and force on the face, because it may result in redness and irritation.

You can use these face washes which include:

  • Neutrogena deep or oil-free face wash
  • saslic face wash
  • clean & clear face wash

And you buy that type of face wash which contain salicylic acid.

If you have oily skin, then use it twice a day, the combination skin type, use it once a day, and for dry and sensitive skin, use it once or twice a week.

After using these face washes, you might see dry skin, so use these moisturizers such as:

  • Oryza
  • excela moisturizer
  • acrofy

These creams are non-comedogenic which does not make your blackheads and whiteheads worse.

Cream for removing black and whiteheads accrued your pores.

A person can also use prescribed Retinoid creams but make sure to use them under the supervision of a dermatologist.

These retinoid creams are very helpful in reducing sebum production, before buying any type of retinoid cream, make sure to consult the doctor first.

It will be better that use it in a small quantity for a short period of time, to see any adverse effects.

If you are able to tolerate it then you can leave it overnight, and wash off it morning.

These retinoid creams are sensitive to the sun, so make sure to use sunscreen during day time.

If you have dry and combination skin then don’t use retinoids, because they may lead to irritation on the skin.


The doctor may suggest you gel if your blackheads are not going or have a lot of blackheads on your face and other parts of your skin.

But remember, people who have oily skin type are only eligible to use salicylic acid gel.

For dry, sensitive, and combination skin types salicylic gel may irritate your skin, so those people can use these gels such as:

  • Sebogel gel
  • zitcares-S
  • sebonac gel
  • Adapalene gel (deriva-MS and adaphrin)

This can be used in small quantities you can apply it on your lot of blackheads area.

We don’t recommend gel’s, or any type of medicines before consulting a dermatologist.
because it may affect your skin.

If creams or gels still are not able to clean your blackheads, then you consult your dermatologist because it sometimes leads to inflamed acne, and also leaves behind scarring.

Comedone Extractor Tools

You can buy it online, use it gently, and do not apply too much force, because it may just deeper the blackheads under the skin.

If some blackheads are not come out, then leave them, and It will be best to remove them from a dermatologist.

Most of the lady or gents’ parlor use comedone extractor tools to remove black or whiteheads.

How To Remove Blackheads At Home?

Remember do not use lemon or any kind of harsh scrub on your face because our facial skin is more sensitive than other body skin.

It may lead to damaged face skin and leaves behind a really nasty black mark, redness, irritation, and scarring.

Here are line-wise ways to remove blackheads at home are:

Face wash – First wash your face with salicylic acid face wash, leave it for about 30 sec, and then wash it off with regular water.

Steam – After face wash, then take steam for about 10 minutes, remember not to open your eyes while steaming.

Steaming opens the pores and removes dirt deeper from the pores, as well as increases blood circulation.

Use the extractor tool – This tool is very effective to remove black and whiteheads, make sure it has been done by an expert.

Because if it goes deeper into the skin can lead to the formation of acne, as well as darkness and scarring.

After a small opening is made in the affected area, the doctor applies force on the blackheads to remove them.

How To Prevent Blackheads?

You can prevent blackheads with just these simple tips or ideas such as:

  • Wash your face regularly with face wash, and avoid soap because soap’s ph level is different which makes your skin dry.
  • After using face wash, use moisturizer, and sunscreen before going under harsh sun rays or generally doing daily work.
    • If you have oily skin then avoid these oily products, like sunscreen, moisturizers, lotions, etc it may worsen the problem.
  • Should take shower after exercise
  • Avoid makeup, and try to use non-comedones products.
  • Do not touch your face frequently

Down Line

A blackhead is a tiny black dot with sebum and oils, and when this oil or dead cells come into contact with the air.

They get oxidized, then they turn black, causing blackheads, whereas whiteheads are known as closed comedones.

Several ways to get rid of these pesky pimples, like face wash, extractors tool, prescribed medicine, and other treatments.


Hello, I'm Sahil bisht, I am a Mechanical engineer, As well as, aspiring blogger with an obsession for health. This blog delicate to people who want to learn in health.

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