Blackheads

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Definition

Blackheads pertain to common skin breakouts characterized by small darkish spots on the skin, usually as a result of obstruction in the opening of the pores.

Diagnosis

There are no diagnostic tests necessary to determine blackheads. A dermatologist can easily detect blackheads by examining a patient's face and/or affected skin areas.

Treatment

Basic treatments for blackheads include over-the-counter lotions or gels applied on the blemishes or on specific areas of the skin, as well as certain oral medications like antibiotics. Common topical creams used to treat blackheads are benzoyl peroxide and a variety of creams, ointments, and pills aimed at unclogging the skin's pores.

Symptoms and Signs

Blackheads appear as visible dark spots on the surface of the skin. Blackheads often affect the skin of the face, but may also affect other skin surfaces throughout the body. They typically occur in adolescents or teenagers, but may affect individuals of all ages, even infants.

Causes

Blackheads develop as a consequence of excessive skin oil, sebum, dead skin cells and congesting toxins being expelled through the skin. These congesting toxins, along with excess oil and sebum, clogs the skin pores and cause blockheads. Dirt, which can also obstruct the pores, is another contributing factor to blockheads.

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