What Causes Blackheads?
In order to banish blackheads, you first need to know how they even happen in the first place. “A blackhead is a waxy plug made up of oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria that gets lodged into a pore and blocks it,” says Dr. Draelos. “Then, as the wax plug slowly gets pushed toward the skin’s surface to be expelled, it comes in contact with the air, oxidizing it and turning the tip of the oil plug black.” Yummy.
So How Are They Different From Whiteheads?
Unlike a blackhead, a whitehead has a very thin layer of skin over the oil plug that prevents it from oxidizing (and, thus, keeps the blemish white and gooey. Sorry). And because these are two very different kinds of breakouts, they need to be treated accordingly.