Blackheads are small bumps that appear on the skin due to clogged hair follicles. These bumps are called blackheads because the surface looks dark or black. Blackheads are a mild type of acne that usually form on the face, but they can also appear on other body parts.

Causes of Blackheads

Blackheads develop when the pores on the skin’s surface become clogged with too much oil and dead skin cells. When the pore is still open, the oil-and-dead-skin-cell mixture oxidizes when it comes into contact with air, giving the area a darkened or black appearance. Genetics, hormonal changes, and some medications can all have a role in the formation of blackheads.

  • When the production of natural oils becomes too high and/or oily products are applied excessively, pores can get blocked.
  • Shaving the skin opens the hair follicles and makes them more prone to clogging.
  • Diets that are high in oil intake can also cause blackhead breakouts.
  • Cosmetics and clothing can also block the pores and result in blackheads.
  • The increased presence of acne-causing bacteria can also cause blackheads to come out.

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