Are you annoyed by the appearance of the pesky blackheads on your skin? Well there are a lot of misconceptions regarding blackheads. Blackheads are not just dirt stuck in the pores of your skin, they are oxidized sebum from our skin. Blackheads appear on the skin due to clogged hair follicles, usually on the T-zone of our face that is the foreheads, nose and chin. But they also appear on the back, arms, shoulders and chest. Earlier we shared with you home remedies to effectively get rid of blackheads, now we answer some of the frequently asked questions about blackheads.Also Read - Winter Skincare Essentials: 8 Tips to Keep Your Skin Smooth And Radiant This Winter

What is the cause of blackheads?

Blackheads can be caused because of various reasons. The most common reason is if your body produces excess oil then your pores are prone to get clogged and result in blackheads and whiteheads. Another main reason is hormonal changes in the body that triggers the oil glands to produce excess oil which is likely to clog your skin pores. Also Read - Beauty Hacks: Hair Length, Skin Pores and 3 Other Things We Cannot Control, Expert Says

What are comedones?

A comedone is a clogged pore. When the dead skin cells along with the sebum and oil blocks hair follicle in the skin it forms a small bump or skin lesion. Closed comedones are whiteheads when the follicle is completely blocked.  When a comedone is open, it oxidizes on coming in contact with the oxygen and appears black in color. Also Read - 6 Home Remedies to Get Rid of Dry And Patchy Skin This Winter

Top 9 frequently asked questions about blackheads, answered!

Why do we have dark spots on our nose?

The blacks spots on the surface of the nose are nothing but blackheads. So when the pores get clogged with sebum, dead skin and bacteria on coming in contact with oxygen get oxidized and thus give a black appearance.

What causes the pores to clog?

The pores in your skin can get clogged because of the oil produced by the skin, dry or dead skin cells, and dirt. External factors such as pollution and using a lot of cosmetics can also trigger pores to clog. It can also be the result of hormonal changes It is very important to keep the pores free of clogs to prevent any kind of breakouts.

Top 9 frequently asked questions about blackheads, answered!

How do you get rid of blackheads?

Exfoliation is the best way to get rid of blackheads. You can use a lot of home remedies to get rid of the blackheads. Use egg white mask, honey lemon pore strips, cinnamon and honey strips of baking soda to bid goodbye to the stubborn black spots.

How to clear blackheads with toothpaste?

Using toothpaste to remove blackheads is one of the most popular ways that people use these days. To use toothpaste, first wash your face with warm water and then pat dry using a clean towel. Apply a layer of toothpaste to affected area and then let the toothpaste dry completely. Once it is dry, gently scrub it. This will remove the blackheads from your pores.

How do you exfoliate your nose?

To exfoliate the nose, first wash your face with lukewarm water and then pat it dry with a towel.  Use a scrub made of water and baking soda or sugar and olive oil to exfoliate the area. Wash it off and apply a light moisturizer so that your skin is not dry afterwards.

How to use a blackhead extractor tool?

Before you use the blackhead extractor tool, clean your face and keep a washcloth soaked in warm water over you face or simply steam your face so that the pores are open. Now grab the blackhead extractor tool and place the part where there is a metallic loop over the blackhead or whitehead. Gently apply pressure above the clogged pore so that everything gets drained. Push the tool down a little, to make sure everything inside the follicles get extracted. Once you are done disinfect your face and the tool to avoid any kind of infection.

Top 9 frequently asked questions about blackheads, answered!

List some of the tips to get rid of the clogged pores

To get rid of clogged pores you need to make sure that you always keep your skin clean with a gentle cleanser twice a day. Also choose skincare products carefully as per your skin type, so  the product does not trigger your skin to produce excess oil. You can always use over-the-counter retinols to apply topically. Use readily available nose strips or home remedies for the same.

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