Blackheads Laser Treatments, Causes, Symptoms and Common Questions

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What are Blackheads?

Blackheads, medically referred to as open comedones, are a common form of acne that manifests as small, dark spots on the skin. They occur when pores become clogged with a combination of dead skin cells and sebum, the natural oil produced by the skin. The black colouration is not due to dirt but is a result of the pore’s contents being exposed to air and undergoing oxidation.

Types of Blackheads

Blackheads can vary in size and severity and are often categorised into two types:

  1. Microcomedones: These are the precursors to blackheads, invisible to the naked eye and can evolve into either blackheads or whiteheads.
  2. Macrocomedones: These are larger, more visible blackheads and can sometimes be felt as small bumps on the skin’s surface.

What Causes Blackheads?

The formation of blackheads is influenced by several factors, including:

  • Excessive Production of Sebum: An overproduction of oil by the skin can lead to clogged pores.
  • Build-up of Dead Skin Cells: Accumulation of dead cells on the skin’s surface can block pores.
  • Hormonal Changes: Fluctuations in hormones, particularly during puberty, pregnancy, or menstrual cycles, can increase oil production.
  • Diet and Lifestyle: Certain foods and stress levels might contribute to the development of blackheads.

Symptoms of Blackheads

Blackheads are characterised by small, dark spots that appear most commonly on the face, particularly the nose, chin, and forehead. Unlike other forms of acne, they are flat on the surface and have a dark, open pore at the centre.

How Can I Prevent Blackheads?

Prevention is key in managing blackheads effectively. This includes:

  • Regular Cleansing: Using a gentle cleanser twice daily can help remove excess oil and dead skin cells.
  • Exfoliation: Regularly exfoliating with a mild product can prevent dead skin cells from accumulating.
  • Oil-free Products: Opt for non-comedogenic skincare and makeup products that do not clog pores.

Laser Treatments for Blackheads We Offer at Pulse Light Clinic

At Pulse Light Clinic, we offer advanced laser treatments that target blackheads at their source, providing a long-term solution for clearer, smoother skin. Our state-of-the-art laser technology gently removes the layer of skin clogged with oil and dead cells, stimulating new, healthy skin growth and reducing the appearance of pores.


Beyond in-clinic treatments, maintaining a regular skincare routine is vital for preventing the return of blackheads. This includes cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturising with products suited to your skin type and needs. Additionally, adopting a balanced diet and staying hydrated can support skin health from the inside out.

At-home Treatments for Blackheads

For those seeking at-home solutions, a range of treatments can help manage blackheads:

  • Topical Retinoids: These vitamin A derivatives help increase cell turnover, preventing the clogging of pores.
  • Salicylic Acid: Found in many over-the-counter cleansers and treatments, salicylic acid can help break down blackheads and prevent new ones from forming.
  • Charcoal Masks: These can help to draw out impurities and oil from the skin, although they should be used sparingly to avoid over-drying.
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FAQs Blackheads and Laser Treatments

Can blackheads be permanently removed?

With consistent treatment and skincare maintenance, blackheads can be effectively managed and reduced over time.

Are blackheads a sign of poor hygiene?

No, blackheads are not caused by dirt or poor hygiene but are a natural skin condition influenced by various factors like genetics and hormonal changes.

How often should I exfoliate if I have blackheads?

It's generally recommended to exfoliate 2-3 times a week for oily or blackhead-prone skin, but this can vary based on skin sensitivity.
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How can I remove blackheads naturally at home?

Natural remedies such as using a mixture of honey and cinnamon or applying green tea can help to gently cleanse the pores. However, for best results, professional treatments are recommended.

Are pore strips effective for removing blackheads?

Pore strips can provide temporary relief from blackheads by removing the top layer of dead skin and trapped sebum. However, they may not prevent future blackheads and can irritate sensitive skin.

Can makeup cause blackheads?

Yes, using non-comedogenic (non-pore-clogging) makeup is essential as certain cosmetics can contribute to the formation of blackheads by clogging pores.

How often should I have professional treatments for blackheads?

The frequency of professional treatments varies based on your skin type and condition. Our specialists can create a personalised treatment plan during your consultation.

Do blackheads lead to acne?

Blackheads are a type of acne called open comedones. If left untreated, they can become inflamed and turn into more severe forms of acne>.