Whiteheads and Blackheads: Getting Rid of These Stubborn Little Bumps

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Acne—nobody wants it on their face! However, it is very inevitable. As we grow and experience hormonal changes in our bodies, we will eventually come face to face with these nasty little bumps. A lot of adolescents and young adults all over the world experience acne problems but not really everyone has a good and fact-based idea on what they are coming up against at and how they can treat it.

Acne goes by different types. The very common are whiteheads, blackheads, papules, pustules and cysts. Each of them are different and require different treatments as well. Thus, it is very important that you get to know first what type of acne you have in order to know how you can treat it properly.

Why do I have acne?

The main reason why acne appears on your face is because of clogged pores. Your body’s glands produce oil and are secreted from your facial pores. Oil is good because it moisturizes your skin and keeps it from drying but too much secretion of it may result into your pores clogging. And with dead skin cells on your face, outside bacteria setting in and other reactions happening inside your pores, acne gets developed. And it may be one or two or all of the four common types.

What are whiteheads and blackheads?

Whiteheads and blackheads are the two mildest forms of acne. They are known by dermatologists as comedones. A comedone is a plug of sebaceous and dead skin material that gets stuck in your hair follicle. It can either be open (blackhead) or close (whitehead).

Whiteheads are those white little bumps that kind of looks similar with pimples but only without the redness or swelling. They appear often on the forehead, cheeks and under the eye but can also appear in other areas of the face. They are usually stubborn to treat because they are closed and the contents are not easily squeezed out.

Blackheads on the other hand are kind of similar to whiteheads only that they are black. This difference in color is due to blackheads appearing in the surface area of the skin where oxygen is able to reach the hair follicle and oxidize the oil and dead skin cells inside. Their growth is definitely not because of dirt or general hygiene, just as how a lot of people think it is. Blackheads usually appear on the forehead, nose and chin but may also appear in other areas of your face.

Removal of whiteheadsHow do I get rid of whiteheads and blackheads?

Another myth that you need to overcome first before trying any treatment in getting rid of your whiteheads and blackheads is the myth of overnight effect. Do not believe products that guarantee you a one night fix, because acne problems are stubborn don’t go away as easily as we think they do. It usually takes 8 weeks to really see the result of your treatment, so be patient enough to do it every day. Beauty is pain anyway.

Try these following steps and you can say goodbye to your whiteheads and blackheads problem.

  1. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and pat it dry. Avoid using harsh soaps or facial cleansers and scrubbing your face because in so doing, your skin might get irritated, adding more problems.
  2. Steam your face. Steam will help open your pores so that you can better remove whiteheads and blackheads.
  3. Use a well-formulated toner, preferably with salicylic acid. Salicylic acid has been proven to treat acne.
  4. Apply a well-formulated BHA exfoliate according to your skin type.
  5. Control oil on your face by using oil blotting papers and non-irritating clay masks.
  6. Use a comedone extractor. This is very helpful in getting rid of those deeply seated whiteheads and blackheads, but remember to be gentle on your face.
  7. Moisturize your face. This might come as a surprise but many researches have proven that moisturizing the skin helps a lot in preventing breakouts. Just make sure that you avoid using greasy moisturizers. Instead, use those that are water-soluble.
  8. Use non-comedogenic make-up products.
  9. Be consistent. I have to reiterate that just in case you get a little bit excited again.
  10. Visit an expert dermatologist. If your whiteheads and blackheads problem is not improving, seek advice from an expert and have your face checked. There might be other serious reasons for your problem and dermatological treatment might be needed.