Blackheads, solar comedones & whiteheads

Blackheads form when a clog or plug develops in the opening of hair follicles in your skin. Each follicle contains one hair and a sebaceous gland that produces oil. This oil, called sebum, helps keep your skin soft. Dead skin cells and oils collect in the opening to the skin follicle, producing a bump called a comedo.

A comedone that has an opening to the surface of the skin is also called a blackhead. If it doesn’t have an opening to the surface it is called a whitehead or comedone.

Large blackheads before treatment

Large solar comedones on eyelid

Solar comedones – similar to the elderly Tasmanian shown in the photo – are often caused by prolonged exposure to sunlight and found on middle-aged or older persons.

Farmers and outside workers are the most affected and though harmless in themselves look ugly and as they enlarge impede sight if located on eyelids or surrounding areas.

With clusters of blackheads, as shown on the neck of the man in the second photo, if untreated often develop into sores and carbuncle-type lesions. Again, fractional lasers are ideal for treatments and both of the persons shown in the photographs were completely cleared after a single treatment.

Aquarius’s Co2 fractional laser is ideally suited to the removal which is painless, swift and permanent.
Fractional lasers can also cover larger areas when multiple lesions occur and only require one treatment for removal, leaving the skin scar-less and a natural colour. Blackheads and comedones most frequently appear on faces, eyelids, back, neck, chest, shoulders and arms.

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