Blackheads (also known as 'open' comedones,) are a type of spot, which rise to the surface of the skin. These spots occur when oil and bacteria have been trapped under the skin, causing an inflammatory, healing response. As the skin over the spot breaks, the contents become exposed and oxidises, causing the open spot to turn black.

Most people will suffer with blackheads at some point in their lives as an occasional breakout or as part of the early stages of acne. Although any type of skin can suffer blackheads, they tend to gather more on oily skin. It is important to clear and maintain the frequency of blackheads, before these develop into a more aggressive form of acne.

There are many reasons why blackheads occur; many blame dirt, stress or certain foods. These factors can contribute to the extent of a person's blackheads, although are not enough on their own. Therefore, taking certain precautions can help with their appearance and frequency. A nutritious diet which contains anti-oxidants (found in fruit - especially intensely coloured fruit, such as red berries, or blackcurrants - and vegetables) should be adopted, to strengthen the skin's capacity to fight infection and heal itself. It is also important to have a good skincare routine that can remove surface grime, make-up and dead skin cells which will obviously worsen congestion.

At sk:n, we offer a number of specialised treatments and an expert product range to help clear blackheads and for you to plan for clear skin.

My friends, family and I have noticed a reduction in my blemishes; which in return has made me 100% more confident and more open in social situations, which is what I was after.

Jevaise, London (Clear skin challenger)

Treatment for Blackheads

At sk:n we use several techniques to treat blackheads. Upon your consultation your practitioner will advise you of the best option for your individual case.

Skin Peels

We offer a number of peels that are designed especially for spot-prone skin. Your practitioner will be able to recommend the most appropriate peel depending on your skin type and condition. Our peels clear blackheads and other spots by sloughing away dead skin cells, clearing congestion and encouraging fresh, healthy skin to be revealed.



Microdermabrasion produces a superficial depth of skin removal to help promote new skin cells and a healthy top layer of skin. The exfoliation process is carried out using a buffing and vacuum mechanism to remove stubborn blackheads and clear pores.



Isolaz combines blue light technology and a pore cleansing vacuum, in order to destroy acne causing bacteria below the surface of the skin, and to extract blackheads and excess oil from deep within the pores. It has an extremely high success rate of up to 90 per cent clearance and many describe the warm, 'vacuuming' sensation as pleasant.


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