Blackheads are a type of spot like whiteheads

How to get rid of blackheads

You all know how frustrating blackheads can be! Find out more about what blackheads are, what causes them and how to help reduce them.

What are blackheads?

Blackheads are a type of spot like whiteheads.

Diagram of Blackhead

Like spots, blackheads show up when there’s too much oil on the skin and pores get blocked. Once the pore is blocked with dirt and dead skin cells, bacteria begins to form and this leaves a visible black dot on your skin, hence the name blackheads.

Diagram of Blackhead formation

Blackheads are generally more common in people with oily skin and excess oil production is linked to hormonal changes in your body, like those that happen when you’re going through puberty. Blackheads usually pop up on your T-zone (your forehead, nose and chin) because these are the areas of your face that contain the highest number of sebaceous (oil producing) glands.

Know your T-Zone

The T-Zone is made up of the forehead, nose and your chin. It is called the T-Zone as it is shaped like a letter T! These areas of the face contain a higher amount of oil glands (sebaceous) making these parts prone to oiliness and blackheads.

Diagram of T-Zone