Blackheads & Whiteheads

What is it?

Comedones are a mixture of sebum and dead skin cells that clog your pores. Blackheads are caused by overproduction of sebum in your pores which get trapped and gets into contact with air, which causes it to oxidize, giving it its black appearance at the surface. Whiteheads are closed comedones which are caused when sebum builds up just below the surface of the skin, it is covered by a layer of skin, preventing it from coming to the surface and being excreted, giving it a bumpy appearance.

Comedones and blackheads are normally caused by over exfoliating. When you over exfoliate your skin, your skin will become dry, and in order for it to compensate the dryness, it will overproduce sebum, which will in return clog your pores. The lack of exfoliation can also cause this condition, by not exfoliating enough, sebum will accumulate with dead skin cells in the pores causing blackheads.

In most cases this will happen when a person has an oily skin, which tends to over produce sebum, the skin type tends to be more present in adolescents, and even older women with hormonal imbalances, in both cases it is due to the androgen hormone which stimulates over activity of the sebum glands.

Instore Treatments

At Glo Laser & Beauty our therapists will provide you with the best possible treatments to treat comedones, Beta Plus peels from Lamelle will help to get rid of excess dead skin cells and dissolve the sebum inside the pores, we can also treat this on a monthly basis by doing deep cleanse facials from our chosen product ranges Lamelle or Nimue, where comedones will be gently extracted without causing harm to the surrounding skin and using a specified mask to assist with controlling oily skin.

Home Care Products

For home care products, we also recommend a product that contains salicylic acid that can dissolve the sebum inside the oil glands, such as the Clarity Active Cleanse from Lamelle, or use a good enzymatic exfoliator such as Nimue’s Exfoliating Enzyme to gently lift off the dead skin cells. We recommend that you also use a great moisturizer, such as Nimue’s Purifier Night Cream, which contains Retinol, a form of Vitamin A, which is an excellent skin regulator, which helps to regulate the production of sebum, speeds up skin cell turnover and healing and controls infection inside the oil glands from spreading.

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