Blackheads, acne and spots: what's the difference and how can you cure them?
*Skin blemishes* can play havoc with your complexion, have you reaching for the antiseptic cream and even throw your confidence for a loop. Whether you just have the occasional *blackhead* or a more long-term struggle with your skin, it's important to understand what kind of *spots* you are dealing with.
##What’s the difference between blackheads and other spots?##
All blemishes alter the complexion, but while some look red and angry, others are less noticeable. *Blackheads* are caused by *blocked pores*. They sit just beneath the surface of the skin and, as the name suggests, they have a *black head*. Unlike other kinds of spots, they are open, meaning that when the air hits the surface, it turns the pore black. *Whiteheads* are similar to blackheads, as they are caused by clogged pores - but in this case, they are entirely beneath the surface of the skin. The air can’t get to them, so they’re the same colour as your skin, but create a small, sometimes painful bump. *Acne* forms deep below the surface of the skin. The bumps caused by acne are accompanied by a painful throbbing sensation and unlike traditional *pimples*, they don't have a head. Acne is also linked to hormonal imbalances. As such, if you are prone to outbreaks, you often get them around the time of your period, and they usually appear on the lower half of the face around the chin and the jawline. Never squeeze these as they can easily get infected. Classic pimples are called pustules. They are hard, red, and often have a white or yellow middle that’s just begging to be squeezed. Of course, it’s best to avoid giving in to this temptation, since it can lead to scarring.
##The best way to tackle blackheads, acne and pimples##
Your everyday habits can have a huge effect on your skin. You can cleanse using Garnier’s Pure Active Anti-Acne Foam and Pure Active Anti-Acne Scrub which are infused with salicylic acid that fight off the 12 signs of acne and oil. You should also consider adding a toner adapted to your skin type to your daily routine like the Pure Active Multi-Action Toner, since it will help break down the dirt, oil and dead skin cells on your skin’s surface. Using a 3-in-1 skincare product such as Garnier’s Micellar Water Blue – which is best for oily or acne-prone skin - in the morning and evening will also provide a good foundation for face care. It is skincare made easy as it removes makeup, cleanses, and tones your skin without the need of rubbing or rinsing. Moisturiser is another essential, as dry skin can lead to irritation and make your breakout worse - try a light moisturiser, which is adapted to your skin type. This can provide lasting hydration without clogging your pores. You should also make day cream a part of your morning skin care routine, like the Garnier Light Complete Multi-Action Whitening Serum Cream that provides extra UV protection with SPF19. For extra care a few times a week, try using a face mask to keep your skin fresh and revitalised. A sheet mask containing charcoal, such as the Garnier Serum Face Mask Pure Charcoal, will naturally draw out dirt and excess oil and tighten pores, helping to prevent blackheads. Understanding your skin is the first step to managing blackheads, acne and pimples. Once you’ve got the terminology figured out, it’s time to establish a skin care routine that keeps your skin hydrated and balanced, ultimately making breakouts easier to manage.