Published on Dec 9, 2012
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A comedo is a clogged hair follicle (pore) in the skin. Keratin (skin debris) combines with oil to block the follicle. A comedo can be open (BLACKHEAD) or closed by skin (WHITEHEAD), and occur with or without acne. The word comedo comes from Latin to suggest the worm-like look of a blackhead that has been secreted. The plural of comedo is comedones.
The chronic inflammatory condition that usually includes both comedones and inflamed papules and pustules (pimples or zits) is called acne. Infection causes inflammation and the development of pus. Whether or not a skin condition classifies as acne depends on the amount of comedones and infection.
Oil production in the sebaceous glands increases during puberty, which is why comedones and acne are so common in teenagers. Acne is also more common pre-menstrually and in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome. Smoking may worsen acne.
Poor hygiene is not a cause and the black in blackheads has nothing to do with dirt. Washing or scrubbing the skin too much could make it worse, by irritating the skin. Touching and picking at comedones might cause irritation and spread infection. It is not clear what effect shaving has on the development of comedones or acne.
Some, but not all, skin products might increase comedones by blocking pores, and greasy hair products (like pomades) can worsen acne. Skin products that claim to not clog pores may be labeled noncomedogenic or non-acnegenic. Make-up and skin products that are oil-free and water-based may be less likely to cause acne. It is not known whether dietary factors or sun exposure make comedones better, worse or has no effect. Dairy products have been implicated in some studies, although it is not yet clear if they contribute. A high-glycemic diet might contribute.
A hair that does not emerge normally can also block the pore and cause a bulge or lead to infection (causing inflammation and pus).
Genes may play a role in the chances of developing acne. Comedones may be more common in some ethnic groups. Africans and African-Americans may experience more inflammation in comedones, more comedonal acne and it may begin earlier.
This session was, again, on my nose and face. I used videos from several sessions to make this video. I hope everyone enjoys.
I am using a basic wire type comedone extractor and an inexpensive USB microscope (both found on ebay). Please know that it is very hard to keep everything steady and in focus at all times. I try my best and am learning as I go. The music is royalty free (as always) and is called 'Court of the Queen' by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com. Thank you Kevin for the wonderful website. I would also like to thank the nice people at PopThatZit.com and thank everyone for watching and commenting!
This has been an instructional video about the proper use of a comedone extractor.
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