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What are blackheads?

What are blackheads?

Those black dots on your skin? Chances are they are blackheads. How do you get it and how do you get rid of it?

What are blackheads?

A blackhead is also known as a comedo. It is an accumulation of sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells under your skin. It is actually a small blockage of a pore.

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There are two types of blackheads

There are two types of blackheads:closed and open blackheads. You can recognize the latter by the black dot. They lie on the surface of the skin, exposing them to oxygen and turning them black. The black is therefore not dirty, as is sometimes thought.

Closed blackheads lie deeper in the skin and are therefore more difficult to remove than the open version. You can recognize these blackheads by a white tip and can become inflamed more easily and thus develop into a pimple.

What can you do about blackheads?

It is best to leave your skin alone, in addition to good cleaning and care. If you do have some stubborn blackheads that you want to tackle, there are a number of things you can do. For example, you can steam your skin or use a comedone spoon to squeeze out the blackhead. Read what else you can do against blackheads.

Sante 12, 2016 | Image:Shutterstock