A lot of people out there are all too familiar with the word ‘blackhead’. They concentrate on the oily areas of the skin, such as the forehead, the nose and the chin. The skin cells from these parts do not get shed properly and are entrapped in the oils or sebum to be precise, and clog the pores in the skin.
This plug hardens and its exposed part gets oxidised and takes on a black colour. The ‘whitehead’ or the pimple has, on the contrary a microscopic opening to the skin. Reflecting these differences are medical terms for blackheads and whiteheads — open comedone and closed comedone (singular comedo), respectively.
The popular belief about the cause of blackheads is that they are brought about by being unhygienic. This comes as a great offence to people who are continually vexed by this problem. And in my opinion, anyone who is bothered enough to complain would not be slacking off, in the very least to wash their face.
How to Get Rid of Blackheads from Nose
Here is a revelation. It is true that exfoliation two to three times a week helps to ward off this nuisance, but excessive scrubbing or the use of a harsh cloth can further disrupt the shedding of skin cells and cause the skin to dry out. In dried skin, oil production will increase as compensation, making one more prone to blackheads.
Other causes of blackheads could be hormonal in origin. Testosterone, the male sex hormone, present in differential quantities in both sexes is responsible for excessive production of sebum, i.e., oil from glands in the skin. Hormonal levels in body especially change around puberty, so the skin might become unduly oily, but in the time around the early 20s, the body adapts and the skin usually becomes relatively clearer.
Similarly, stress can also cause changes in these chemicals. In some, the turnover of skin cells is obstructed. For example, in tapering hair follicles, into which these oil glands open, the skin cells, oil, and keratin are more likely to block the pore. Positive family history is also linked to their occurrence.