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Helpful Tips for Treating Blackheads and Whiteheads

Updated on October 9, 2017
Skin that is Blackhead and Whitehead Free
Skin that is Blackhead and Whitehead Free

Blackheads and Whiteheads Effect the Overall Appearance of the Skin

When blackheads or whiteheads make their unwelcome appearance on the face it can be quite an embarrassing experience. Not only do they affect the texture and the appearance of the skin, but also they are also often very difficult to get rid of.

What are blackheads and whiteheads?

Both blackheads and whiteheads are classified as comedones, which are plugs of dead skin and sebaceous material caught within a hair follicle.

Blackheads and whiteheads are both follicles with different cosmetic effects on the skin. Blackheads are known for their dark discoloration, while whiteheads are known for their pale white color. Blackheads form when a follicle has an enlarged opening, while whiteheads do not have an enlarged opening.

Dirt and oils make their way into both types of follicles; however, with the whitehead, skin covers the follicle and in blackheads, the pore remains open. When the pore is exposed to oxygen, this is what causes the dead skin cells and oils within the black head to turn dark. This is the main difference between blackheads and whiteheads.

Who is susceptible to comedones or blackheads and whiteheads?

Who is susceptible to whiteheads and blackheads? People with combination skin and oily skin are more susceptible to blackheads and whiteheads then people with normal or dry skin.

This is because people with combination and oily skin types tend to have more oils within the skin. Excess oils and dirt can lead to build up not only on the skin but also within the skin. This excess cellular material and dirt then end up trapped within the pores and causes either blackheads or whiteheads to form.

How to Treat Blackheads and Whiteheads

Good Skin Care Hygiene- In order to combat the appearance of blackheads and whiteheads, good skin care hygiene is recommended. This means to wash the face every day with an oil-free cleanser. Lukewarm water should be used to gently lift dirt and oils out of the skin.

Weekly Exfoliation- People who are prone to acne breakouts, as well as whiteheads and blackheads should also incorporate an exfoliating routine. An exfoliating routine will help get rid of the dead skin cells and oils on the face, while effectively treating whiteheads and blackheads. Exfoliating at least once, a week will also help to prevent future breakouts as well.

Benzoyl Peroxide- Since most people with blackheads and whiteheads are also prone to acne, they can also try a variety of skin care treatments. They can use benzoyl peroxide to help treat blackheads and whiteheads; however, they should keep in mind they could be susceptible to scarring. This is especially true if the person has a darker skin tone.

Retin -A- Is another skin care treatment that can be used to treat blackheads and whiteheads is retinoin also known as Retin-A. This is a form of vitamin A that makes skin cells turn over at a more rapid rate. It also helps to reduce the cohesiveness of dead skin cells, which enables the skin to expel the dead cellular material from the pore. This helps to return the pore to a normalized state, which is free of trapped oils and dirt.

Extraction- Although this can be quite a painful experience, there is nothing like have a professional facial performed, as well as an extraction. This is especially true when a person is prone to have blackheads and whiteheads. The esthetician uses a specialized instrument called a comedone extractor. It is a small, circular tool that centers on the comedone and pushes out the excess oils and dirt within the comedone.

The Importance of Seeing a Licensed Esthetician

Although blackheads and whiteheads can be a very unpleasant skin condition to have, there are ways to treat them. Whether it’s by following a strict facial cleansing routine and using a favorite product to help get rid of the excess oils within the skin, it is of utmost importance to seek the expertise and services of a licensed esthetician. A licensed esthetician can perform a variety of skin care treatments to help balance oils within the skin. By following all of these helpful tips, blackheads and whiteheads will no longer be an ongoing skin care issue.

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