Blackheads

blackheads

Blackheads and enlarged pores are one of the most common complaints we receive from patients at Cenla Dermatology. Our team has a passion for treating acne and rosacea and this naturally leads us to blackheads and large pores since these conditions are very closely associated to blackheads and large pores.

blackheads

Blackheads

Blackheads and enlarged pores are one of the most common complaints we receive from patients at Cenla Dermatology. Our team has a passion for treating acne and rosacea and this naturally leads us to blackheads and large pores since these conditions are very closely associated to blackheads and large pores.

What causes blackheads?

Increasing hormonal levels cause an increase in oil, which can cause more clogging of the hair follicle. Blackheads are more common during puberty due to hormonal changes.  After puberty, hormonal changes related to menstruation, pregnancy, and the use of birth control pills can also bring on blackheads in women

UV radiation damages the collagen and elastin of our skin which worsens the appearance blackheads. They can appear more prominent if they do not have good support by healthy skin. Extreme and excessive long term sun exposure can also cause solar comedones or Favre-Racouchot syndrome.

Oil based cosmetics or simply too much make up can cause increasing clogging of the hair follicles, thus increasing blackheads.  Make sure your makeup is ‘non-comedogenic’ which means not blackhead forming.

This can cause increase friction and rubbing which can clog the hair follicle and increase black heads.

Certain steroid based drugs can make blackheads worse.

– some people are genetically disposed to have more blackheads and acne.  This likely has to do with the way their hair follicles are made and how much oil their oil glands make.

How do you get rid of blackheads?

Don’t squeeze or pick blackheads at home!  It can leave scarring and make them worse! At Cenla Dermatology, we have lots of methods and treatments to reduce blackheads.  Regular cleansing is key for decreasing blackhead formation.  Some of our favorite ingredients are below:

What procedures does Cenla Dermatology Perform to decrease blackheads?

What is the difference between a Blackhead and an Enlarged/Clogged pore?

Enlarged Pores or Clogged Pores often appear on the nose.  Unlike a blackhead, Enlarged or Clogged Pores are caused when either oil in the pore or something around the pore causes the pore to look large.  This can happen because:

Don’t Squeeze large pores!  It makes them worse!  Generally squeezing a large or clog pored is not helpful – no material will come out.  Squeezing these areas can actually damage the skin and make the area look worse and cause scarring.

How do I improve the appearance of Enlarged/Clogged Pores?

It is not likely that any ONE thing will make your large pores completely go away.   But there are lots of different procedures and products to use for maintenance that can improve the appearance of large or clogged pores. 

If your enlarged pores are due to a medical condition such as Rosacea, treating the underlying medical condition will decrease the appearance of large pores.  Our Cenla Dermatology team will make customized recommendations for your skin type.  

What Procedures does Cenla Dermatology offer that decrease the size of my pores?

Chemical peels are skin treatments that have been used for over 50 years with success for many issues in the skin.

Get fresh skin quickly with this medical grade 20 minute facial that suctions blackheads, removes dead skin cells, treats acne and pigmentation and is safe in all skin types.

Secret RF is a novel fractional radio frequency (RF) microneedling system for tissue coagulation and hemostasis designed to address the common signs of aging.

Excel V by Cutera is considered one of the most powerful vascular lasers on the market. A vascular laser is designed to treat many types of blood vessel concerns in the skin

Side effects of Sculptra, as with all dermal fillers, are typically mild. There can be temporary redness and swelling at injection sites. Bruising can happen and is more common on body locations due to the depth of injection. If bruising occurs, we offer complimentary treatment with the Excel V laser, which can decrease the duration of the bruise by 66%. Like all dermal fillers, Sculptra may rarely cause lumps or bumps beneath the skin. If these side effects occur, please contact our office immediately so that we may minimize and treat the side effect.