Acne vulgaris (commonly called acne) is a skin disease caused by changes in the pilosebaceous units (skin structures consisting of a hair follicle and its associated sebaceous gland).
A blackhead (medically known as an open comedo, is a yellowish or blackish bump or plug on the skin. A blackhead is a type of acne vulgaris. It is caused by excess oils that have accumulated in the sebaceous gland's duct. The substance found in these bumps mostly consists of keratin and modified sebum (an oily secretion of the sebaceous gland), which darkens (resembling dirt) as it oxidizes.
The blockages of keratin that cause acne occur deep within the narrow follicle channel, where it is impossible to wash them away. These plugs are formed by the failure of the cells lining the duct to separate and flow to the surface in the sebum created there by the body. Built up oil of the skin can block the passages of these pores, so standard washing of the face could wash off old oil and help unblock the pores.
A 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide facial cleanser will help get rid of blackheads. Applying beta hydroxy acid to the face on a regular basis has been shown to help get rid of blackheads. Beta hydroxyl acid (Salicylic acid) is an organic acid that exfoliates the skin, allowing dead and dying skin cells to slough off more readily, thus opening the pores. Opening your pores allows the comedones (blackheads) to come to the surface for easier blackhead removal.
First with regards to your 2008 response to Acne Vulgaris, can the 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide facial cleanser, beta hydroxy acid, or the Salicylic acid be use on my legs? I have these symptoms on the tops of my thighs and they are starting to cause mild pain when I get "goose bumps" in the O.R. at work.
Secondly, some internet research on 'Ingrown Hairs on Thighs' suggested home remedies like making concotions of witch hazel and asprin tablets while others suggest Australian Tea Tree oils. I even found a product in Sally's Beauty supply store called TEND SKIN a skin care soultion used for razor bumps, ingrown hairs and razor burn on men and women. As I haven't shaved my thighs in many years I thought this maybe was the wrong way to approach my particular issues. I have tried extracting some of the bumps and there is a fine hair within the "stuff" that comes out of messing with it but that is a futile effort and just leads to darkened areas.
These bumps are about the size of pin pricks and cover the entire surface of my leg however on my upper leg the bumps are palpable and on my lower leg they are not.
Some tips to remove pores.
• Apply the paste of fresh papaya to reduce the size of pores.
• Apply the juice of one ripe tomato to your face. Leave to dry and rinse off with warm water. This helps to reduce the appearance of large pores and prevents clogging.
• Use ice cube over your skin to shrink any large pores.
• Massage your skin with olive oil or coconut oil.