Living in the Lowcountry, we all know that we have to protect our skin from sunburns and other skin conditions, but did you know that during these humid summer months, your skin may also develop blackheads?
A blackhead is a yellow or blackish bump or plug on the skin that is a type of acne. Contrary to the common belief that it is caused by poor hygiene, blackheads are caused by excess oils that mix with the skin.
Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it affects more than 40 to 50 million Americans today.
Frequent causes of blackheads are genetics, hormones, some medications, stress, humidity, and physical irritation. When it is humid and someone suffering from acne sweats, the sweat may mix in with the oils in the skin, which could cause blackheads. Tight clothing, which chafes or rubs an area of the skin, may also result in blackheads in these humid conditions. Pregnant women may also get blackheads, which is usually a result of significant changes in their hormones.
It is also very common for teenagers and young adults to get blackheads. While it is unknown why, a growing number of women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s have blackheads according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
Here are a few tips to help manage blackheads:
- Do not pick, scratch, or squeeze blackheads as this can cause scarring
- Do not under any circumstances tan to get rid of blackheads. Doing so increases your risk of getting skin cancer.
- Be gentle to your skin. Scrubbing your skin will not clear blackheads and can often times make them worse.
Remember, your skin is your largest organ, so just like your dental cleanings or yearly annuals, make your appointment with your dermatologist today by calling us at (843) 881-4440. Marguerite Germain