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Want to know what blackheads are? And what is the difference between blackheads and whiteheads?
Both blackheads and whiteheads are comedones. Naturally produced sebum lubricates our hair and skin and normally drains to the surface. If sebum becomes blocked and the pores get clogged by sebum and dead skin cells it causes bacteria to grow. This buildup of sebum and bacteria causes comedones. Whiteheads are comedones that stay beneath the surface of the skin.
Blackheads are open comedones that darken due to oxidation of melanin exposed to air. They are not dirt and scrubbing does not remove them. Normalizing overactive sebum production and removing dead skin cells helps prevent comedones.