Blackheads are something we are all familiar with, but did you know they are also called open comedones? Blackheads are usually caused by a pore that gets clogged with keratin (skin protein) and sebum (oil). Given the black color many believe these spots are clogged with dirt, but really it’s the exposure to air that oxidizes the clogged pore and turns it black. Don’t worry though, most blackheads can be extracted with a trusty comedone extractor!
Rhinophyma is a part of rosacea (a common skin condition, especially among people of Celtic descent), that is significantly more common among men. It affects the nose, causing thickening of skin and dilated pores. The skin around the nose thickens due to an excess production of oil from the sebaceous glands (oil glands). Even though this is not a life-threatening condition, the appearance of it can personally affect those who have it.