Banish blackheads to clear your complexion and let your skins natural radiance shine through.

What are Blackheads?

Blackheads are a type of mild non inflammatory acne and appear as small bumps on the skin. They are called blackheads as the surface of the bump opens it looks black or dark, this is due to exposure of the air causing it to appear black. When the bump remains closed and is not exposed to air it remains white – and is therefore called a whitehead.

The most common cause of blackheads is caused by overproduction of the oil gland which can happen during hormonal changes, such as puberty, menstruation and pregnancy. Blackheads can also be formed when hair follicles are irritated or when there is build-up of dead skin cells. Most commonly they affect adolescence but can occur at any age.


You’ve probably got some questions, but before you get in touch, we’ve answered the most common ones here.

  • What causes blackheads?

    A number of factors can contribute to the development of blackheads. Excessive sebum (oil) production and accumulation of dead skin cells can lead can lead to a blockage within the follicle resulting in blackheads. Sebum levels can increase during changes of hormonal fluctuations such as puberty, pregnancy and menopause, thus making us more prone to blackheads during these periods. Medications that increase sebum production such as androgens and corticosteroids can also be contributing factors. Skin care products that comedogenic (pore-clogging) and certain environmental factors such as pollutants, dirt and humidity can also contribute to the formation of blackheads.

  • Will I always be prone to blackheads?

    For some individuals blackheads can be long standing concern. If good skin care practices are not adopted then this is more likely. It is vital to address contributing factors such as stress, hormones, and skin care practices, with genetics been the only one we cannot change. Good skin care practices will involve regular cleansing, exfoliating, using oil free products including makeup, active ingredients such as retinols, glycolic and salicylic acids will also be the key to keeping your complexion oil free.

  • What treatments are effective for blackheads?

    There are a number of treatments that can be very effective for blackheads.

    1. Hydrafacial – HydraFacial is an effective treatment that can effectively extract blackheads. This treatment provides a combination of cleansing, deep exfoliation, extraction, hydration, and antioxidant infusion finished with light therapy to deep clean and rejuvenate the skin. The exfoliation process will help to remove the build-up of sebum while the extraction process will remove clogged sebum and debris from the pores to remove the blackhead whilst rejuvenating the skin.
    2. Chemical Peels – The Blue Peel Radiance and ZO Stimulator peel are effective. This will involve an application of a peel to the skin which will gently exfoliate the upper layer of skin cells, and give a deep clean to the pores helping to remove any sebum an debris, resulting in an overall reduction of blackheads with a treatment course. Following your consultation your practitioner will advise the best treatment for optimal results. We will ensure you have a good understanding of how the treatment will benefit your skin, including benefits, any downtime expected, duration and costs.
  • Will blackheads return following treatment?

    If good skin care practices are not adopted then it is likely that blackheads will return. It is vital to address contributing factors such hormones, oil production certain cosmetics and poor skin care practices. A good skin care regimen will involve regular cleansing, exfoliating, using oil free products including makeup, active ingredients such as retinols, glycolic and salicylic acids will also be the key to keeping your complexion oil free.

  • How can ZO Skin Health help to support my skin?

    ZO Principles of Skin Health Restoration specifically focus on restoring skin’s strength and optimizing cellular functions to provide the best treatment outcomes and achieve overall skin health restoration. Skin should be fortified to renew, protect and strengthen itself to maintain healthy skin for life. From correcting and management of ageing, sun damage, and skin concerns such as milia, keratosis pilaris, Eczema, dry skin, pigmentation, acne, blackheads, rosacea, and protecting against future damage, ZO has your skin health covered with its clinically proven, medical skin care brand. Only the highest quality active ingredients like retinoids, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Niacinamide, glycolic acid, lactic acid and more. Following a consultation a prescribed regimen that works to improve your skin concern alongside its texture, repairs your skin barrier and restores a healthy, youthful appearance to your skin will be prescribed.

  • How does the The Advanced Nutrition Programme support my skin?

    Healthy skin starts on the inside, for optimal results this needs to be fed daily with skin specific nutrients. To help improve the appearance of compromised skin whilst supporting skin elasticity, firmness and collagen production experts recommend supporting the skin with supplements from the Advanced Nutritional Programme (ANP) supplement range alongside a healthy diet. Traditional skincare is turned inside out with the innovative, award-winning range of evidence-based skincare supplements. While topical skincare only treats 50% of the skin on the surface, ANP potent nutritional blends feed your skin from within for a proven, 100% skincare approach, your skin will certainly thank you for it. Following your consultation we can advised a complete nutritional approach to optimise your skin health.

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