What is Blackheads and how to get rid of them

What is Blackheads and how to get rid of them

Blackheads, we all know them and we all hate them!
But the truth is…do we actually know what a blackhead is?

Blackheads are open skin pores or hair follicles that are clogged with sebum and dead skin cells that need to come out of the skin. A common misconception is that they are caused by trapped dirt but this is not the case. They are black because the chemical inside, melanin, has been oxidized by the air and turned the dead skin and natural oil (sebum) inside black. 

The difference between a blackhead and a whitehead? 

The difference is that the blackhead is in an open pore and the whitehead is in a closed pore. A whitehead contains the same dead skin and natural oil (sebum) as a blackhead but because it’s been inside the closed pore and hasn’t been exposed to air, it stays a white colour. With whiteheads, the skin hasn’t ruptured yet. However, the pore only has so much space. As the body continues to produce sebum and dead skin, the pore opens up. If the pore remains clogged once it opens, the blemish turns to a blackhead as it oxidises. When bacteria find clogged pores and begin to feed on it, that’s when whiteheads and blackheads turn into red, inflammatory acne.

Jojoba oil as a blackhead treatment

The reason Jojoba is so good at tackling not just blackheads but other forms of breakouts and acne is because of its unique ability to rebalance your skin’s sebum production. As a liquid wax ester and not really an oil, Jojoba is the closest botanical match to the molecular structure of our skin’s own oil. This means our skin instantly recognises jojoba as its own and accepts it deep beneath the surface of the skin. Jojoba works with your skin not against it. Once applied jojoba acts like a qualified dermatologist. It assesses your current skin condition, its needs and wants and makes all your skin dreams come true! If your skin is dry and not producing enough sebum, our Wadi-Wadi Jojoba helps to kick start your oil production and instantly provides up to 8 hours of moisturisation. Because breakouts and blackheads are caused by an over production of sebum, our Wadi-Wadi Jojoba instantly recognises the need to rebalance the skin and helps reduce that oil production. It does this by dissolving any excess sebum in or on the skin. As blackheads are a form of excess sebum, it dissolves blackheads as well.

Because of this unique makeup, and its innate ability to help over 8 billion different skin types, our Wadi-Wadi Jojoba is at the heart of our entire skincare collection.