What is Blackheads, whiteheads and how to get rid of them

What is Blackheads, whiteheads 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?

What are blackheads?

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.

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How to remove blackhead:

Double cleanse

Double cleansing is a must have when suffering from blackheads. Our natural cleanser collection is made to remove impurities, makeup and excess sebum without stripping your skin. Begin with our Jojoba Activating Cleansing Oil to melt away dirt, makeup, sunscreen and excess sebum from the pores. Then go in with our Citrus Gel Cleanser to target excess sebum production. Helping calm skin, this cooling cleanser has antibacterial properties to decongest, clear and regulate oil production.

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Next up exfoliate

Exfoliating helps with skin turnover. Your skin naturally sheds dead skin cells around every 30 days and this happens without us even knowing. This allows us to welcome the bright, healthy new skin below. By exfoliating, you are giving your skin a little boost and ensuring that all that dead skin doesn’t end up clogging your pores and eventually causing breakouts. Our Jojoba Bean Natural Exfoliant is a great way to help your skin out. Not only does it complete the lifecycle of our Jojoba bean making this product completely zero-waste, it is a super gentle way to achieve cleaner and clearer skin. This dry scrub is designed to be mixed with our golden liquid jojoba. Finely milled, this is great for sensitive skin types and not only are you receiving the benefits of exfoliating, you are also providing your skin with essential omegas, vitamins and nutrients from our Australian Wadi-Wadi Jojoba!

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Remove Sebum

Clarifying Collection is clinically proven to reduce pore size and sebum production leaving you with minimal to no breakouts! Using botanical heroes like Niacinamide, Seaweed, help your skin with the power of nature. A complete three step regimen to prevent breakouts – yes please! Elevate your skincare regime with natural skincare from The Jojoba Company. Shop natural moisturisers and facial oil all specifically designed to care for your skin.

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