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What can you do about skin impurities?

Almost all of us experience small white or black spots, called blackheads, on our nose, forehead or chin at some point. But they are far from beautiful.

What you should know about blackheads

Blackheads and all the blackhead removal creams on the market can seem quite bewildering. The following advice from NIVEA is here to help with your concerns.


How blackheads occur

Skin impurities always occur at the sebaceous follicles. These follicles, which are made up of a small hair and sebaceous gland, are found mainly on the face, chest and back. If the follicle channel becomes blocked or if bacteria get into the pores, a blackhead will appear. Blackheads are also referred to as comedones. They occur when the sebaceous glands get blocked and the excess oil cannot flow out. This causes "whiteheads" to form. If the skin breaks open at the end of the gland, the sebum takes on a darker colour upon contact with the air. In this case, we refer to this as a "blackhead". When this occurs, it is time to look into cream for blackheads, in order to prevent blackheads from forming into spots.

From blackhead to spot

If blackheads do not open by themselves, they become a serious problem: the built-up sebum serves as a breeding ground for bacteria, and this can lead to pus-filled inflammations.The result is that a red spot will appear. Never squeeze a spot! When it bursts, it can inflame the surrounding tissue - one spot will quickly be joined by another. This is why it is important to use a blackhead removal cream when you first spot a blackhead, to prevent future problems.

Find out more about what causes spots here.



Does your skin tend to suffer from impurities, such as blackheads and spots? With preventative care that is tailored to your skin type, you can prevent blackheads from appearing.

Combination skin

With combination skin, the cheeks tend to be dry, whilst the skin on the forehead, nose and chin is blemished and oily. This skin type is a particular challenge in terms of skincare. Make sure you tailor your facial cleansing routine to the particular needs of combination skin! Choose a moisturising and oil-free care product, such as Daily Essentials Oil Free Day Cream, which prevents blemishes in the T-zone.

Oily skin

Blemished, oily skin produces too much sebum and makes the skin appear shiny. The pores become blocked and blackheads or spots occur. Intensive cleansing is especially important here. Remove excess sebum with a gentle face wash which is kind to your skin and provides plenty of moisture. Why not try the NIVEA Daily Essentials Gentle Exfoliating Scrub?

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