- Up to one in five adults has blackheads, and they can be ‘frustratingly hard to treat’, experts agree. Still, there are ways to avoid having any
- We take a look at what causes them, why relying on make-up wipes can clog your pores and why, if you have to, you should use your fingers to squeeze blackheads
Blackheads are a form of acne. They happen when a skin pore becomes clogged with oil, bacteria and dead skin.
“Like potholes in a road, our pores can fill with debris, which then oxidises with air and turns black,” says Brian Toy, a dermatologist in the United States.
Up to one in five adults has blackheads, which, although common, “can be frustratingly hard to treat,” says Toy.
Still, there are some steps that you can take to prevent blackheads and get rid of them when they occur.
Why you have so many blackheads on your nose
Blackheads are most common in areas of the skin that have more sebaceous glands, which produce oil.
The highest concentrations of these glands are found on the nose, chin, neck, back and chest, says Smita Ramanadham, a US plastic surgeon and skincare expert.