What Causes Blackheads?

Something that a majority of females, and males, deal with during puberty is: blackheads.

Blackheads are one of the most common forms of acne. Although people who have oily skin are more vulnerable to blackheads, anyone can get them. They form when pores become clogged with a combination of dead skin cells and excess oil (sebum) from your sebaceous glands.

And, unlike whiteheads, which create closed pores, blackheads have open surfaces. This creates an oxidation that is dark in color.

Blackheads usually appear on the face, but did you know they can also form on these areas of the body:

  • back
  • chest
  • neck
  • arms
  • shoulders

But what causes this troublesome skin condition?

There’s many factors that could contribute to the production of blackheads on your skin, but the main factors are:

  • producing too much body oil
  • the buildup of the Propionibacterium acnes bacteria on the skin
  • irritation of the hair follicles when dead skins cells don’t shed on a regular basis
  • undergoing hormonal changes that cause an increase in oil production during the teen years, during menstruation, or while taking birth control pills
  • taking certain drugs, such as corticosteroids, lithium, or androgen

Some people believe that what you eat or drink can affect acne, and I think that does make sense. Dairy products and foods that increase blood sugar levels, such as carbohydrates and those containing high levels of fat, may play a part in triggering acne, but researchers aren’t really convinced that there’s a strong connection.

While researchers are still researching on this, we’re stuck here trying to pinch out that tiny spot of frustration out of our skin (which is no way actually helps).

Even if there are many ways to treat blackheads from surgeries and treatments to desi totkay, the most reliable way is to honestly take care of your skin by keeping a good water level in your body, and exfoliating and washing your skin regularly.


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