Acne comedoniano or comedonal acne is a type of acne that produces pimples known as whiteheads and blackheads. It is a form of acne vulgaris, or common acne. All acne comedoniano pimples are caused by a blockage of the hair follicles in the skin.
It may seem weird to have follicles in a place like the side of the nose where there do not seem to be any hairs. In fact there are microscopic hairs all over the skin everywhere on the body. Some people have more or less depending on their genetic inheritance, but we all have hairs that we cannot see. These hairs have follicles (the depression in the skin in which they grow) and these follicles can suffer from excess sebum causing blockage.
Acne Comedoniano and Sebum
Sebum is the natural oil that keeps our skin smooth and moisturized. Production of sebum is affected by our hormones and most people produce more around the time of puberty and into young adulthood. Some people’s skin produces so much sebum that it collects in the follicles, causing blackheads.
An open comedo (plural: comedones) is a blackhead. These form where the follicle remains open to the air. The sebum mixes with keratin, forming a semi-solid substance that blocks the follicle. On the surface where it has contact with the air, it oxidizes to a dark brown color. They are not really black.
Closed comedones are similar but a thin layer of skin forms over the comedo so the sebum does not have contact with the air and remains a yellowish color, forming a small bump. These are called whiteheads. They sometimes become infected, forming pus. Infected whiteheads usually grow larger over a couple of days.
Since comedones are formed by over production of sebum, it is important not to use harsh acne treatments on them. Products that dry out the skin will make the body think it is not producing enough sebum, so it goes ahead and makes more, making the problem worse. Even washing many times a day with soap can have this effect.
Given time, the body will use its own natural healing resources to deal with Acne Comedoniano. Blackheads will be expelled from the follicle and whiteheads will dry up. However, the pimples and blackheads are usually unattractive, so many people prefer to look for an acne comediano natural treatment to get rid of them faster.
Blackhead Natural Treatment
Acne Comedoniano Blackheads can be removed with a pore cleansing strip. This is an adhesive strip that you stick over the worst affected areas, e.g. the nose, and leave for 10 minutes. When you peel it off according to the directions, it will automatically extract many of the blackheads which stick to the strip.
Whiteheads can be treated with a natural antiseptic such as creams based on tea tree oil or aloe vera juice. This can help to reduce and prevent infection and the formation of pus.
Food and Blackhead Prevention
However, prevention is always the best method for natural treatments for Acne Comedoniano. One of the best ways to prevent acne is to take a close look at your diet. It is often effective to cut out milk products including cheese, cream and all of the milk based substances like whey, milk powder, lactose, milk solids etc that are found in many processed foods. This is because most dairy cows are fed huge quantities of sex hormones to keep them producing milk even when they do not have a calf. These hormones will only add to the already high levels of hormones that are circulating in the body of an adolescent or young adult.
At the same time, reduce sugar intake to as close to zero as you can, and increase your consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. This will give the body more of the vitamins and minerals that it needs to fight all kinds of infection, disease and irregularities, including acne comedoniano or blackheads.