Bacteria, oil, and dead skin cells can partially block a pore, producing a blackhead. This is in contrast to whiteheads, which are completely closed. Blackheads get their dark pigment because of reactions between the air and the contents of the pore. It can be very tempting to squeeze blackheads, but this isn’t something you should try at home. Instead, visit a dermatology clinic for safe, professional extraction.
If you try to get rid of blackheads at home by squeezing them, you’ll end up redistributing the infected material to other areas on and under your skin. This increases the risk of a worsening acne breakout. Plus, squeezing blackheads increases the chances of acne scars developing later on. Dermatologists have a better solution. They are trained in the use of comedone extractors, which gently coax the contents of a clogged pore to the surface without spreading the bacteria around.
You’ll find personalized solutions for your acne breakouts at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Give us a call at 801-266-8841 to schedule an acne treatment appointment with one of our dermatologists in Salt Lake City.