What Are Blackheads?
Blackheads consist of excess sebum (oil), dead skin cells and environmental grime in a pore. They are also called an "open comedos". The "black" appearance of clogged pores is due to the time exposed to oxygen, resulting in "oxidation". Most blackheads start out as brownheads due to the presence of still soft sebum, but with time, persistent congestion and lack of extractions, those brownheads harden and turn black. They often resemble black plugs, or splinters. By the time they turn black, they are usually well established, impacted and need to be manually extracted.
How Do I Get Rid Of Blackheads?
When soft, productive brownheads turn to Blackheads they typically need to be manually extracted during a Blackhead Clearing Facial. Often topical microexfoliants containing retinols and benzoyl peroxide are used and prescribed to alleviate blackheads, but they usually fail to resolve them fully on their own A Blackhead Clearing Facial will effectively clean skin which compliments such topicals by including Blackhead extractions (removal). When blackheads are not extracted over time, that congestion can stretch out the elasticity of the pore. When blackheads are extracted, PORES WILL CONTRACT AND APPEAR SMALLER.
What Is A Blackhead Facial?
A Blackhead Clearing Facial starts with gently exfoliating the hardened stratum corneum which forms the "cap" on top of Blackheads holding them in the pores. This exfoliation is combined with generous steam to open and soften the pores to prepare for extractions. Appropriate preparation is KEY to successful Blackhead extractions, and avoid trauma to the skin. Blackheads are then manually extracted either by hand, or with an designated extraction tool, or a combination of both. An appropriate mask will then be applied to the clean pores.
What is Acne?
There are many contributing factors to developing acne, everything from genetics and hormonal imbalances, to excess oiliness, and poor hygiene. It's caused by acneis bacteria which flourishes in the presence of excess sebum.
What Type of Acne Do I Have?
There are 4 different Grades of Acne:
*Grade 1: Occasional Acne which hormonally mediated. Both blackheads and whiteheads (which are closed comedones) are present. Skin Type is both oily and dry.
*Grade 2: Acne most of the time, which presents with papules and pustules, and slight inflammation and redness. Skin Type is usually oily.
*Grade 3: Acne ALL the time, which presents with a combination of papules, pustules and nodules. Severe inflammation is present and requires aggressive treatment to clear deep rooted anaerobic bacteria. Skin Type is oily, damaged and sometimes scarred.
*Grade 4: Presents with deep nodules, cysts and inflammation which requires medical attention and medication. Skin Type is often deeply pocked and scarred.
How Do I Treat My Acne?
Acne should be treated first with an Acne Clearing Facial. This effective Acne Facial includes deeply cleaning the skin, followed by careful and gentle extractions. Post-extraction application of high frequency light will then kill remaining acne bacteria. An application of a salicylic and glycolic peel will microexfoliate excess sebum and bacteria, followed by a medicated mask containing sulphur and salicylic acid which heals and dries remaining lesions. An at-home Acne Clearing regimen will be recommended to ensure continued results.
Do you have Blackheads and/or Acne? Call (210) 349-5215 to schedule a facial today!