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Whiteheads vs. Blackheads: Battle of the Blemishes

Blackheads and whiteheads are two common types of acne. 

As the names suggest, blackheads look like black dots on your skin and whiteheads look like white spots. While blackheads and whiteheads form differently, both respond to similar treatment approaches.

Whiteheads vs. Blackheads: Battle of the Blemishes

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How open comedones develop:

Blackheads are also called open comedones. Comedones are the skin-colored bumps that form when you have a pimple. In this case, these comedones consist of follicles beneath your skin with very large openings or pores.

Whiteheads vs. Blackheads: Battle of the Blemishes

When you have dark heads, these large pores become clogged with a substance known as sebum. A chemical reaction with the sebum occurs under your skin. Melanin is oxidized and turns the clogged pores a black color. This form of acne is often found on your back, shoulders, and face.

How close comedones develop:

Whiteheads are known as closed comedones. The follicles beneath your skin become filled with bacteria and have a very small opening at the top of your skin. Air isn’t able to enter the follicle, so the bacteria inside don’t undergo the same chemical reaction that causes blackheads to be dark. 

Whiteheads vs. Blackheads: Battle of the Blemishes

These are typically found on your back, shoulders, and face.

Treatments of both:

Both are caused by clogged pores which means they can be treated similarly.

Look for products that contain benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Both help to remove oil and dead skin cells that clog your pores. You can find everything from facial washes to creams to astringents containing these ingredients at your local drug store.

Few natural remedies may help to reduce acne in some people:

  • Applying tea tree oil to the skin
  • Consuming bee pollen venom 
  • Follow a low glycemic diet

Above all, avoid touching your face as much as possible.

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Dr. Sayyam Azam is a certified dermatologist who has specialized in Clinical Dermatology (Pakistan) and Aesthetic Medicine (US). During her specialization, she was involved in multiple clinical as well as aesthetic dermatological procedures such as botox, fillers, and chemical peels.  As a licensed dermatologist, she is now running a state-of-the- art Aesthetic Center (The Face Clinic) in Multan, Pakistan.

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