Blackheads and Blocked Pores

Blackheads and blocked pores appear as small bumps on the skin that have a dark surface, and this is why they are referred to as blackheads. They tend to be the first stage of acne and can often develop into a pimple.

Problem Blackheads

They form when open hair follicles become clogged. Every follicle contains a sebaceous gland and a single hair that produce oil called sebum. This oil helps to keep the skin soft but when dead skin cells and other oils collect in the open hair follicle it becomes blocked which causes bumps called comedones. If the bump stays closed a white head will form; if the bump opens and the air gets to it a blackhead will appear.

Causes of Blackheads

Although most people have blackheads, those with oilier skin are more prone to them. Blackheads usually start to appear after the onset of puberty when hormone levels change and skin becomes oilier. Stress can be a contributing factor in the formation of blackheads as can certain body lotions and cosmetic products. Although there is no direct link between what people eat and drink and blackheads, some research suggests that dairy products can trigger them among certain people.


Clear+Brilliant is a fantastic way to treat superficial blackheads and blocked pores and works especially well on younger patients. This gentle laser treatment works to remove the blocked pores in the top layer of the skin. After the skin has healed you will start to notice the reduction in the size of your pores, leaving a refreshed and rejuvenated complexion. Some patients may require several treatments to see the full benefits and each treatment only takes 20 minutes. The patient can expect to experience mild redness directly after treatment but this usually disappears within a few hours.

Chemical Skin Peels

Skin peels are a great option for dealing with deep-seated blackheads. Using chemical compounds, a skin peel works deep down into the skin to help stimulate collagen and elastin production and to promote the growth of new cells. A skin peel will help to reduce the enlarged pores that cause blackheads. In addition, the treatment can reduce the appearance of sun damage, pigmentation, acne scars, dry skin and dull skin tone.

At 111 Harley St. we provide an initial consultation to determine what results you hope to see from a skin peel as well as ascertaining the strength and type of skin peel to use.

The procedure is very quick, taking only 30 minutes. We recommend a course of six skin peels, at two-week intervals to keep the skin looking clear. There will be no redness or flaking and you are able to return to work the same day.

Extra care in the sun after having a skin peel and a SPF of 25 of higher should be worn at all times.

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