What are those annoying black or dark plugs on my skin? Why do I get them? And most importantly, how can I get rid of them?!
They are called blackheads - or sebaceous filaments -, and they can be quite stubborn and frustrating!
What are blackheads?
They are small bumps that appear on the skin due to a clogged hair follicle.
This is how it happens: A clogged hair follicle causes dead skin cells to start building up, layering like bricks, trapping your skin's sebum (oil). When this occurs, your sebum does not obtain any oxygen, causing oxidation (which is why blackheads have that black surface look).
Why do we get blackheads?
Blackheads can be a mild form of acne, more commonly found on the face, although it can be present on the back, neck, or even in the ears!
Blackheads happen more often in teenagers than in adults. Blackheads can be stubborn to treat, but they will eventually go away. Blackheads are non-inflammatory, which means there is no infection, and they will not cause pain and discomfort like cysts or pustules. They just look unclean on the surface of the skin.