Blackheads, or open comedomes are larger pores in the skin taking the form of a circle, with generally a blacked mass on the skin debris covering the opening. Despite their name, some blackheads can be a pale colour. These nasties are caused by a small blockage in the opening of a pore (follicle). Sebum is designed to lubricate the hair and skin and usually drains out of the pores, but sometimes the sebum becomes blocked and bacteria begins to accumulate. Blackheads are generally caused by this overproduction of such sebums, bacteria and oils, which tends to occur when you reach puberty.
Foods, stress, hormones and family history have no effect with this skin condition as it would do with spots or acne. No, this condition is solely linked with oil production and products blocking our skins pores. The most common areas for this tends to be the nose, cheeks close to the nose, chin and occasionally the fore head. Click here for blackhead images.