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Definition: Blackheads

I throw around terms like pimples, acne, blackheads, and milia pretty loosely, but there are distinctions between these various forms of bumps on your face. Since we already know all about acne and milia (those pestering deep white bumps), I thought I'd explain exactly what blackheads are so that you'll have a better understanding of your skin and the best products to use for your specific trouble areas.

Blackheads are comedones (clogged pores) that are blocked by excess oil and dead skin cells. The black color isn't because of dirt or makeup (a common misconception); rather it is from sebum that has been oxidized by the air. They are a type of acne vulgaris and typically appear in the T-zone. Blackheads are easily removable by extractions and by regular exfoliation.


dianadilettante dianadilettante 7 years
@sxymanl the extraction tool? I have it, but it doesn't really work for me since I don't really know the best way to use it. My friends told me to push and pull away the blackhead using the circular part, and it doesn't work, so I try the extraction part and DAMN, it hurts! I'm thinking of just buying and using the Biore blackhead nose strip, since it's supposedly effective. *sigh*
canyourock canyourock 9 years
See your esthetician ladies!!!
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 9 years
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Nasty! I hate blackheads.
any any 9 years
yuck that pic is really gross... i hate black heads, i used biore, deep cleansing pore strip...
misscoopa misscoopa 9 years
Ewww.... sick.
lindac lindac 9 years
Do they have a vacuum device that will suck those things out? I hate, hate, hate them - and like most everyone else here - I get them right where that picture shows them.
NiceDriveway NiceDriveway 9 years
Is it wrong that I just want to pick at those blackheads in that picture???
mnp mnp 9 years
Nasty pics. GROSS. ::shivers:: Retin-A works or you can have an esthetician give you an extraction but it takes weeks to prep your skin for that.
Dublin62505 Dublin62505 9 years
Prescription Tazorac gel (if you are prone to oily skin) or Tazorac cream (if you have combo/dry) is great at eradicating blackheads.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
CVS daily blackhead scrub.Morning and night.
Bearwoman Bearwoman 9 years
I actually saw a post online the other day where, if you have blackheads, you are encouraged to use earwax remover!
ladychaos ladychaos 9 years
I went to a derm who gave me this stuff called azalax (sp?) cream, and it works to shrink your pores. I get tons of blackheads, and since I've been using that cream, along with my many exfoliation methods, I've seen my skin get soo much clearer! The only thing that sucks is that unless you have really great insurance that covers the cost (or a good amount of the cost) for prescriptions, a tube of that stuff will run you about $120 (but it does last a hella long time).
katella133 katella133 9 years
@puddlesworth-to give the definition of a blackhead. That seemed obvious to me. @psychotic_virus-thanks for the tip, I dont' really get pimples but I do get blackheads and they definitely suck.
puddlesworth puddlesworth 9 years
what is even the point of this post?
ediebaby ediebaby 9 years
ugh, i have'em too, but not as bad as the person in the pic or maybe it is lol anyways thx for the tip psychotic_virus.
red4bonez red4bonez 9 years
I hate blackheads. I used to have a lot of them but I started to use Neutrogena black head astrogen and wash and mash for black heads and now I have a lot less of them. Yay. It is so hard to get rid of them though.
emalove emalove 9 years
Blackheads are so annoying!
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Yikes! Those look worse than normal! I try my best to keep on top of mine, but I find that too much exfoliation and extraction doesn't do very much good - it tears my skin up too much. Which means I have to leave them for a few days, ugh. :-(
pandacn pandacn 9 years
this is making me want to go use a nose strip now.
super-grover-c super-grover-c 9 years
these are my biggest skin problem! i have HUUUUUUGE pores. it's seriously disgusting. does anybody know of anything that can sort of block up pores so the stuff doesn't turn dark?
rgrl rgrl 9 years
:rotfl: Where did you find that yucky picture? Yes blackheads stink and most people get them in that exact spot. You just have to do regular maintenance.
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