Blackhead and Whitehead

Blackhead and WhiteheadFollicles that get blocked are called pores. When Sebum gets blocked, bacteria start to grow which start out as blackheads and whiteheads called microcomedone.

Blackhead and Whitehead: A whitehead is formed when the blocked sebum and bacteria remains intact below the surface of the skin. Whitehead changes into small white spots and are invisible to the naked eye. When the pore opens to the surface and the sebum, a Blackhead is formed. The sebum has the skin pigment called melanin. When this oxidizes, it changes into brown or black color. A wash will not help this because this is not dirt which is formed. Blackhead once formed take a long time to get cleared as it slowly starts to drain to the surface of the skin.

There are various ways for the whiteheads and blackheads to get cleared. If they have been for long, it takes time to weed off. This break can happen often or at intervals depending on the levels picking or touching the skin. It is advisable not to touch or prick the whiteheads or blackheads as it may take longer to get the pores cleared off. For the removal of Blackhead or Whitehead, it is best to take the advice of a dermatologist.

When a follicle breaks on the bottom surface of the skin, total breakdown can take place that may lead to inflammation. A severe inflammation unattended for long can lead to lesions with the pus formation. An inflamed lesion can burst that may also inflame the surrounding area. These lesions form into nodules or cysts.