Open Comedone (Blackheads)

A blackhead is defined as a yellow or blackish bump or plug on the skin, and is generally found on the face or the back. Blackheads are caused by excess oil that accumulates in the sebaceous gland’s duct.

Signs and Symptoms

Common warning signs that indicate the need for treatment include:

  • Pustules
  • Swelling on and around the skin eruptions
  • Scarring on the skin
  • Redness on and around the exanthemas
  • Inflamed and infected nodules


The major cause of blackheads is the excessive development of oil in the skin. Other causes are:

  • Improper cleansing of skin
  • Over exposure to pollution, dirt and dust
  • Hormonal changes
  • Using greasy cosmetics and hair products
  • Allergic reaction to certain drugs


Some common treatment options for blackheads include:

  • Cleansing the skin with a mild and non-drying herbal soap
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Herbs like Neem, Turmeric, Aloe, Garcinia, Butea, Asparagus
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