Whiteheads vs. Blackheads

Before We Go On

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Whiteheads and blackheads are very common. Sometimes it’s unnoticeable and won’t bother you. Other times, it’s the only thing you notice - either way, these little guys are just as annoying as your typical pimple. That makes perfect sense because whiteheads and blackheads are mild forms of acne. Whiteheads and blackheads form the same way acne is formed. Pores are clogged by sebum and dirt and these pesky little bumps form. The biggest difference between the two is that blackheads are the result of a wide-open pore when air gets in the sebum oxidizes and darkens. While a whitehead is the result of a microscopic opening in the pore, since no air touches the sebum it remains white. 

So what do you do? Well, take it from us: Do. Not. Squeeze.

We’ve all been there, it’s so tempting because it seems like it’ll make it go away. But remember, unless you want a bigger pore while inflicting some damage to your skin - you might not want to touch it at all. 

The best way to deal with blackheads and whiteheads is to incorporate products that lessen the growth and to be consistent. Here are a few tips to add to your current skincare routine! These are some basic pointers to help you manage the appearance of blackheads and whiteheads. If you’re finding that none of these are helping it’s best to go see a dermatologist and discuss your best options! 

 

Cleansing 

Use a mild soap with a chemical exfoliant or vitamin a derivative (BHA, AHA, Retinol, Salicylic Acid, and et.c). 
Wash the skin gently in circular motions. 
Use lukewarm water.
No need to over-cleanse!  
Do: Wash your face after sweating to avoid sebum build-up.
Do: Remove your makeup daily.

Choosing Products

Choose products that don’t clog your pores (Oil-free, and noncomedogenic).


If it looks ready to pop - There is one way...

Pop after a warm or hot shower. 
Avoid getting your fingernails in your skin. 
Apply gentle pressure.

 

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