What are Blackheads and Clogged Pores, Cystic Acne?
A blackhead, or open comedome, is an opening on the skin with a blackened mass of skin debris, bacteria and oil covering the opening. Blackheads can also be yellow in colour and can affect people with any type of skin but are generally more common in those with oily skin. Cystic acne or clogged pores is when pores in the skin become blocked. These blockages can become inflamed and infected. Cysts occur when the inflammation leads to rupture of the hair follicles (which can also be cause by squeezing the spots, or by hard scrubbing) releasing matter (oily substance or puss) that triggers wider inflammation, and deeper, hard, painful cysts. Scars may form if not treated.