Black Heads

Black Heads

What causes Black Heads?

Black Heads DiagramAre caused by pores getting clogged. The natural progression of oil production starts in the hair follicle. It starts at the base of the hair follicle and follows the hair follicle up to the surface of the skin. The oil should be expressed out of the follicle pore into the skin and moisturizes the surface. Oil is meant to moisturizer and lubricate the skin. However, if there is a problem with this cycle it can lead to the clogging of the pore. The pore can clog for several reasons: 

  • Physical blockage (dead skin cells, dirt or other particulate matter)
  • Too much oil (it produced at such a high rate, it simple clogs)

When a pore is clogged and the sebaceous material appears at the junction of the hair follicle (follicular pore) if it communicates with the surface of the skin it is then called a black head. A black head has been oxidized, the clog turns black when it comes in contact with the air. If the blockage occurs under the skin it is called a whitehead. No oxidation has occurred. 

These conditions are considered pathologic conditions and therefore are not normal.  

How do you get rid of Black Heads?

Here are some of the best ways to get rid of black heads botin In-Office and In-Home Treatments:Black Heads

In-Office Treatment: 

  • Extract the black head*
  • Medical grade chemical peels*
  • Microdermabrasion*

In-Home Treatment:



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