Pores that contain hairs and sebaceous glands are in fact all over our body, but blackheads are mostly on our face because there’s the higher concentration of sebaceous (oil) glands around our t-zone (forehead, nose and chin). Blackheads sometimes pop up on our chest, neck and bum too. Cheeky! Sebum (oil) lubricates our skin and keeps it healthy, but sometimes we produce extra sebum, which stretches the pore so it appears larger than normal and creates a fertile environment for blackhead formation.
Our lovely hormones control how much sebum we produce, and it may be no surprise that at puberty, it’s very normal for sebum production to go up 500%. It’s just nature doing its incredible thing. Stress, menstruation and pregnancy can also affect our hormones and sebum production. So, if you experience more blackheads around this time, don’t worry, it’s a very normal fluctuation in the natural processes in your body.