When you suffer from blackheads, it can feel like they’re impossible to get rid of no matter how many different facial products you try. While there are many blackhead products available from the supermarket or chemist, these products are often ineffective and may in fact exacerbate the problem. If you have exhausted topical treatments professional blackhead extraction offers an effective treatment alternative. At Victorian Laser & Skin clinic we have been successful in minimising the appearance of blackheads, by using a variety of treatments extraction, skin needling, skin peels and microdermabrasion.
While blackhead extraction can cause pain in some individuals, this is usually very minor and also very short-lived. If you’re afraid of experiencing pain, you might like to consider one of our other treatment options for blackheads, such as microdermabrasion or skin peels.
Blackheads and whiteheads are incredibly common. They affect people of all ages but are most prevalent in adolescents during puberty. They not only look unsightly, but can also cause pain and redness. Fortunately, there are professional whitehead and blackhead treatments available that are effective and successful for most sufferers.
These are characterised by flat brown or black dots that vary in size and are often located on the face. They may become inflamed as a result of infection, which can cause a reddening of the surrounding area.
These are raised bumps that, as their name suggests, are white or slightly yellow in colour. They vary in size and most commonly seen on the face.
Both blackheads and whiteheads occur as a result of a clogged hair follicle (comedo). What makes them different, however, is the type of comedo and what causes it to be clogged.
These are known as ‘open comedones’ because, although the follicle is blocked, the blockage is open to the air. They occur as a result of excess facial oil and sebum production, dry skin and dirt – which cause the follicle to become blocked – while oxidisation makes them follicle appear brown or black. When a blackhead extraction facial is performed, all oil, sebum, dry skin and dirt is gently squeezed from the follicle.
Whiteheads are known as ‘closed comedones’, as the blocked follicle is closed to the air. Like blackheads, whiteheads are caused by excess facial oil and sebum production, dry skin and dirt. The difference between the two lies in the presence of bacteria that result in whiteheads. Propionibacterium Acnes bacteria multiply in the clogged pore causing redness, infection and the production of pus. As the clogged follicle is closed to the air, the pus stays underneath the skin.
As part of our professional blackhead removal in Melbourne, we offer skin peels, skin needling, and microdermabrasion to eradicate unsightly clogged follicles. We can also perform an extraction facial that’s successful for removing blackheads.
Contact us today to find out more or seek answers to any questions you may have, including “what treatment is best for me?” and “can I get blackhead removal in my area?”
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