There is a lot of misinformation out there about the causes of blackheads and acne, therefore I will debunk 4 of the most commonly accepted fabrications. Whether it is through old wives tales, or mistaken “common sense”, almost all of us will have heard at least one of these myths at some point in our lives. But now you will be able to separate fact from fiction and know the truth about blackheads!
4 Blackhead Myths
Myth 1: Blackheads Are Caused By Dirt!
Wrong! Blackheads are not caused by dirt. Blackheads are in fact caused by excess skin oil, sebem and congesting toxins which are secreted by the skin from the blood and other fluids which supply the skin with nutrients. When these fluids are found in excess, as in people with oily skin, the pores become clogged with fluid, causing whiteheads, blackheads and acne.
This means that acne is in fact an internal problem and the best way to prevent it is to reduce the production of these fluids and stop the build up of fluids in the pores. For most people this simply means drinking plenty of water, eating fresh fruit and keeping your face clean.
Myth 2: You can scrub away blackheads.
This myth is in fact the most harmful of all the blackhead myths. Scrubbing at the skin can cause serious damage to your complexion, leaving damaged skin and scarring behind. Gentle exfoliation once to twice a week is great for removing damaged skin and keeping skin clean, however scrubbing the skin only causes harm.
Myth 3: You can shrink your pores.
Many products out there claim to be able to shrink your pores in order to reduce blackheads. This is nonsense. Pores are not muscles and therefore cannot open and close, they simply function as holes for the removal of fluids and to house hair follicles.
There are however ways to reduce the visibility of pores and therefore the visibility of blackheads. For example, lemon juice may be used as an astringent to contract the skin tissue. Many blackhead products also contain astringents. However, the best way to reduce the visibility of pores is to keep them clean so that they are not stretched by trapped fluid.
Myth 4: Makeup Causes Blackheads and Acne.
When makeup is used properly this is not true. What can cause acne and blackheads to worsen is leaving makeup on over night. This causes the pores to become clogged with fluids that cannot be released. So long as you follow the instructions you have nothing to worry about with makeup!