Black Heads

Overview

Blackheads are ugly, annoying, and very common. Said to be the first stage of acne, a blackhead, also known as an open comedo, is a widened hair follicle upon your body which is covered by a blackened mass of skin debris, bacteria and oil. Although they can sometimes be yellow in colour they are know universally as blackheads. Typically blackheads make their presence felt after the onset of puberty when hormone levels are running rampant.The hormones stimulate the sebaceous glands which in turn produce substances of an oily nature. The pores become blocked with the excessive accumulation of oil, which when exposed to air turns black. People with any type of skin can have blackheads, but generally they tend to gather more on oily skin.
Consequently the use of oils and make-up can cause and aggravate blackheads. Contrary to popular belief, chocolates and greasy food do not cause blackheads and although stress and anxiety can cause people to pick at their blackheads and make them worse, stress in itself does not in itself affect blackhead occurrence.

Treatments and Pricing for Blackheads

Treatment Courses
Microdermabrasion from:£65 £39
Skin Peel from:£80 £48
Laser from:£185 £111

How to Get Rid of Blackheads

To get rid of blackheads and prevent them from returning it is vital to keep your skin clean and your pore openings from becoming clogged. Blocked pores lead to a build up of oil and the formation of unsightly blackheads.
The best way to get rid of stubborn and hard to shift blackheads once they’ve formed is to use a product which can simultaneously reduce and absorb excess oil while removing dead, built-up surface skin cells. Products which contain irritants such as alcohol, peppermint, menthol, lime, and eucalyptus actually increase oil production and worsen the condition so it is best to avoid these ingredients when possible.
A little manual exfoliation with a gentle and well-formulated BHA (salicylic acid) cleanser will work wonders on your blackheads to leave a smoother texture and cleaner feeling skin. Once your skin is well exfoliated, avoid greasy moisturisers as much as possible because their thick consistency and ingredients can clog pores and reverse all the hard work done in the exfoliating phase of your routine.
To avoid blackheads from returning there are some simple measures that you can take. Sustain oil – free complexion through irritant-free clay masks and oil-blotting papers, lessening oil and grime from building up on the face will dramatically reduce the chances of blackheads making their dreaded return.
Keeping your hair away from your face will also prevent oils being transferred to the skin. Exposing your skin to sunlight or ultra-violet light will help to unblock pores and beat the blackheads. A word of caution though, when exposing your skin to direct sunlight always be aware of the risks and use a non-greasy SPF sunscreen.
sk:n have helped thousands of people with blemishes and impurities of all sorts. If you want to discuss your specific requirements then you can book a consultation at any one of our many clinics nationwide.

Our treatments

we use high-tech laser treatment combined with pore-purifying technology; skin is purified from the inside and out, leaving your complexion clearer for longer. This safe and simple procedure of acne treatment is pain-free and carried out by one of our skincare experts at our clinic .
Skin Peels work by removing dead skin cells and encouraging new ones to grow, leading to a fresher, more glowing you. The procedures are used all over the world to treat skin problems such as wrinkles and lines, acne scars, hyper-pigmentation, and sun damage – the results can be life-transforming! Whatever your skin dilemma, there’s sure to be a peel to suit.
Microdermabrasion can best be described as plastic surgery without the plastic… or the surgery! It’s one of the simplest and least disruptive skin treatments and is ideal even for people with sensitive skin.