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What is the difference between a blackhead and a whitehead?

What is the difference between a blackhead and a whitehead?

White and black head: White heads are skin irritations filled with pus. Black heads are clogged pores. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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What can I do to treat whiteheads, not blackheads?

What can I do to treat whiteheads, not blackheads?

White Heads: Whiteheads should be extracted by an experienced esthetician or dermatologist. To prevent from forming in the first place, you should use a mild facial cleanser that is oil-free and wash your face at least twice a day. Never squeeze or pick at a pimple as doing so may spread the inflammation and leave an ugly red scar behind. Use a face cream or moisturizer containing salicylic acid or retin a (tretinoin). ...Read more

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How can I remove blackheads and whiteheads on t-zone?

Acne: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day & use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider OTC products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). Retinoids/ comedone extractor can be helpful for black heads. If > mild acne see dermatology. ...Read more

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How to treat blackheads/whiteheads?

How to treat blackheads/whiteheads?

Acne tx: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day & use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider OTC products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). Retinoids/ comedone extractor can be helpful for black heads. If > mild acne see dermatology. ...Read more

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What are the best blackhead/whitehead removal?

What are the best blackhead/whitehead removal?

The best way to: remove them is to see a dermatologist. Don't try to remove them yourself. You will cause more problems with possible infection and/or scarring. ...Read more

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How can I prevent getting blackheads and whiteheads?

Acne: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day & use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider OTC products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). Retinoids/ comedone extractor can be helpful for black heads. If > mild acne see dermatology. ...Read more

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Could microdermabrasion clear up whiteheads/blackheads?

Could microdermabrasion clear up whiteheads/blackheads?

Yes: Yes, can improve both since it merely abrades the surface of the skin, releasing the entraped materials. ...Read more

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I have more whiteheads and some blackheads in my face. These are there from last 25 years. Any remedy?

I have more whiteheads  and some blackheads in my face. These are there from last 25 years. Any remedy?

First get a clean : out, extracting those comedones will help topicals work better and see dermatologist for prescriptions including retinoids ...Read more

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How do you get rid of blackheads and whiteheads?

How do you get rid of blackheads and whiteheads?

Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Whiteheads (Definition)

Whiteheads are mildly reddened, raised skin ...Read more