Whiteheads are one of the most common skin conditions that people deal with daily. But what people don’t know is that there is a difference between whiteheads and acne. Meaning that people can get whiteheads, blackheads, cystic acne, and pimples. People are not aware of the fact that there is a difference between pimples and whiteheads. Here at Mederm Esthetics & Laser Clinic in Concord, we help treat whiteheads and provide tips so that you can go out feeling confident with clearer skin.

Whiteheads Versus Pimples

Oil in your skin occurs innately and this is called sebum. It is formed by sebaceous glands that are located inside the pore. When sebum is stuck inside, it starts to increase. If bacteria on the exterior of the skin is also stuck in the pore, it starts to become irritated and a pimple forms. Whiteheads are not quite inflamed like pimples but when they are not treated, it can turn into a pimple.

How To Spot A Whitehead

Simply enough, a whitehead is a closed pore and a blackhead is the opposite as the pore is open. It is easy to spot a whitehead as you will notice a white bump, or it may also appear a bit yellow as well. They are commonly small in size and hard when you press on them. Many people squeeze whiteheads as they are undesirable. But people don’t realize that if a whitehead is not meant to be squeezed then you shouldn’t pop it. If you have to use a lot of force to squeeze a whitehead then you shouldn’t do it as this can irritate the healing process and infect it.

Whiteheads 101

Now there is no cure for whiteheads meaning that you wont ever not get them but there are ways to minimize and reduce getting them. The reason why people get them in the first place is because of high levels of the hormone androgen. During puberty, it is common for teenagers to get whiteheads. There are also higher chances of fluctuations in hormones during menstruation, menopause, pregnancy, stress and anxiety. Touching your face also plays a factor. People touch there face without even realizing it. Avoid touching your face and also drink lots of water and avoid eating a lot of greasy foods. In addition, genetics can also play a factor as well as sun exposure. Making sure you use physical SPF (medical grade) products when in the sun plays a factor in managing whiteheads. EltaMD skincare carries great SPF sun care products that we also carry and sell.

So how do you treat them? You want to stick to a skin care routine and have good products. AlumierMD carries excellent products that we carry and sell. Use products that have benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and AHA’s as well. You can prevent them by making it a habit of washing your face in the morning and before you go to bed, changing your pillowcases, and exfoliating your skin two to three times a week. In addition, finding ways to reduce stress and anxiety is important if you deal with it daily. Stress and anxiety can trigger whiteheads and other types of acne. Some other things to keep in mind is to not scrub your whiteheads as this can irritate them and make them worse. Also, remember to remove your makeup before you go to bed as this can contribute to whiteheads as well. There are great makeup removers that will leave your skin feeling soft and supple once removed.

Overall, certain things will trigger whiteheads but keep in mind that getting whiteheads during adulthood can happen. Whiteheads don’t only occur for teenagers. As well, whiteheads are easily treatable and there are many things you can do to prevent them. It is a matter of finding the root issue in why you are getting them and then go from them. It is always good to have a skin care routine on top of other reasons why you may be getting them. Being consistent is important with skincare if you want results and results won’t appear over night. Seeking advice from skin care experts at Mederm Esthetics & Laser will have you living a life that is closer towards clearer skin.


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