Comedones, or blackheads as they’re commonly known, are small dark dots that appear in individual pores. These can be found particularly in the central areas of the face such as the forehead, nose and chin but may also appear on the chest or back too. Blackheads are very common in teens and people who have combination or oily skin types because comedones are caused by excess skin oil, or sebum, and debris such as dead skin cells that build up in the pores and block them. Contact with air causes the sebum to oxidise and become darker in colour, which is why they’re often referred to as blackheads.
Blackheads are known as open comedones as the pore is visibly open, while these blocked pores can sometimes become covered by skin, in which case they’re known as closed comedones.
Leaving comedones alone can be risky as they become larger in time or turn into future spots, but dealing with these skin problems can be a sensitive matter. Thankfully, professional treatments such as deep cleanse facials, gentle peels or microdermabrasion can help to reduce and remove the amount of comedones. These treatments help clear the pores and reveal a smoother, tightened complexion which can reduce the amount of new comedones that form. While professional treatments are a helpful comedone solution, a good home skincare regime is very important in dealing with the problem head-on.
While there’s a huge amount of skincare products available that claim to help remove or reduce blackheads, it’s important to make the right choice in dealing with this tricky issue. Cleansing the skin is an essential part of any skincare routine as it removes debris, impurities and the build up of oil that can block the pores and cause blackheads. One of the best cleansing products for preventing comedones is Dr Sebagh Foaming Cleaner, which is suitable for all skin types and can be used whether you have oily, combination or dry skin. For skin which is prone to spots or mild acne, Dr Sebagh Breakout Foaming Cleanser will thoroughly cleanse your pores of all impurities without stripping the skin or leaving it feeling dry and tight.
Another helpful product for banishing comedones is Dr Sebagh Skin Perfecting Mask, which performs a number of great roles- it absorbs excess oil, eliminates impurities and tightens the pores. The Skin Perfecting Mask helps to refine the texture of the skin, leaving it looking smoother and more toned while preventing future blocked pores from forming.
Even oily skin types need daily moisturising, but many people choose a product which is too rich for their skin and can actually contribute to blackheads and whiteheads. In contrast, an oil free product will help to moisturise the skin without trapping debris and clogging the pores. A great choice for this is Dr Sebagh Luminous Glow Moisturiser as the nourishing oil free formula helps to brighten the complexion and smooth the skin to reduce large pores and comedone formation.
By understanding how comedones form and knowing exactly which products will help to reduce and prevent the new formation of blackheads and whiteheads, you can treat this common skin problem as effectively as possible.