2 Big Blackhead Myths

Like acne and so many other skin conditions, myths abound about how to get rid of blackheads. Below are the 2 most common.

Blackheads Are Caused By Dirt: Just in case you missed this part in the intro, blackheads are not caused by dirt. If you have larger pores, the dead skin/sebum build-up reacts with oxygen turning the substance black. Voila-a blackhead! A whitehead occurs when the pores’ opening is smaller and the sebum plug does not react to the oxygen.

You Can Shrink Your Pores: Nope, not possible. Pores are not muscles, therefore they cannot open or close. They are simply holes that house the hair follicles and sebaceous glands that are covering your body. Some things, however, can make pores appear smaller-such as lemon juice, which is an astringent and causes contraction of skin tissue. Otherwise, keeping them clear from blockages that can stretch them wider is the way to go. Genetics, age, and sun exposure can all play a role in how large your pores appear, but there really is no magic trick to making them “shrink.”

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