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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Whiteheads (Overview)

Whiteheads = closed comedon (containing oil, bacteria, skin debris) which is a form of acne.


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How do I remove small whiteheads on my skin?

How do I remove small whiteheads on my skin?

Clean and Buff: Clean: start with conservative measures for whiteheads and oily skin. A cleaning routine is necessary. Consider soaps with dead sea salts which provide a drying effect. Benzoyl peroxide is the main stay for topical therapy for acne. It can be purchased over the counter. Keep your hands off your face.
Buff: microdermabrasion along with exfoliants. If these measures fail, physician review. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
88 Doctors shared insights

Whiteheads (Overview)

Whiteheads = closed comedon (containing oil, bacteria, skin debris) which is a form of acne.


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How exactly does tretinoin 'drain' whiteheads?

How exactly does tretinoin 'drain' whiteheads?

It doesn't.: It promotes cell turnover and growth if the deeper cell layers which causes shedding of the superficial layers and the associated shifts while decreasing rue activity of the sebaceous glands to decrease the future formation of whiteheads or sebaceous cysts. ...Read more

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Know why I got them (heavy creme). How do I get rid of and prevent whiteheads in the future?

Know why I got them (heavy creme). How do I get rid of and prevent whiteheads in the future?

Rein A: Retin-a or one of it's derivatives (differin, tazorac, (tazarotene) etc) is the best preventative prescription for this. In addition, you may see a dermatologist who can open up and drain the white heads and inject a local cortisone to the bumps. Your skin will thank you for the trip to the derm office! ...Read more

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Apparently I have a staph infection, my vagina is itchy and red spots which turn into whiteheads keep popping up in diff places. What does this mean?

Apparently I have a staph infection, my vagina is itchy and red spots which turn into whiteheads keep popping up in diff places. What does this mean?

? Folliculitis: This sounds like folliculitis (inflammation of the hair follicle). Staph can cause it. But there are other things that can cause a folliculitis. You should have the contents of one of these "whiteheads" cultured to be sure it is staph before you accept an antibiotic. And if you shave your bikini area it could be you are spreading the problem. So, stop shaving for now, get treatment and new razors. ...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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Does Accutane cure whiteheads? I have tons of whiteheads, 8th day on 10mg/day. It remains the same.

Does Accutane cure whiteheads? I have tons of whiteheads, 8th day on 10mg/day. It remains the same.

Yes, but: Accutane (isotretinoin) is usually reserved for severe cystic acne. It's use is restricted as it can cause birth defects if taken while pregnant..

One would probably have to wait longer than 1 1/2 weeks to see effect. (ask your physician).

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How do I get rid of whiteheads?

How do I get rid of whiteheads?

Topicals: Topical benzoyl peroxide and retinoids usually can do the job. ...Read more

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Does vitamin D3 help clear acne (not genetic or hormonal)? I've been taking vitD3 for a week. Instead of clearing up, I'm breaking out on chin & cheeks

Does vitamin D3 help clear acne (not genetic or hormonal)? I've been taking vitD3 for a week. Instead of clearing up, I'm breaking out on chin & cheeks

Vitamin D 3: The vitamin has been recommended in the treatment of acne. However, acne can get worse before it gets better. Give the vitamin more time to work. If no improvement, see a dermatologist after 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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How can you avoid whiteheads after waxing hair?

See below: Make sure the aesthetician uses antiseptic and a moisturizing lotion after waxing and that you continue to use an antiseptic type solution afterwards for a day or two. ...Read more

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How to stop whiteheads?

Scientific Rx: If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared you in two weeks, or you have scarring or lesions on your trunk now, get with your personal physician who can add something to your topical Rx. Ignore everything you read on the internet about acne. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Am I too old to get whiteheads?

Am I too old to get whiteheads?

Whiteheads: Anyone can get whiteheads at any age. Adults often get them from oils in cosmetics. Sun damage also triggers whiteheads in later years. ...Read more

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Can whitehead disappear itself?

Can whitehead disappear itself?

Yes, sometimes: A whitehead is a collection of sebum or sticky oil in an oil gland whose openening is blocked. Sometimes the plug enlarges enough to rupture through the thin skin layer. However, it often ruptures more internally which causes inflammation, which is a red Paulette or pimple. Retin A (tretinoin) type products help to exfoliate the skin and helpful for those with acne with mostly comedones. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat whitehead?

What can I do to treat whitehead?

Whitehead: You can treat one whitehead by simply pricking it open with a sterile needle. If you are getting a lot then you have acne and you can consider using over the counter benzoyl peroxide products or see a dermatologist or gen doc to try differin, retin a (tretinoin) or similar meds. ...Read more

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What are some good ways to clear up whiteheads?

What are some good ways to clear up 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). If > mild acne see dermatology. ...Read more

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Sisters are always going on about whiteheads. What are they?

Sisters are always going on about whiteheads. What are they?

Closed comedones: White heads are known medically as closed comedones. They are blocked follicles that are plugged with keratin and sebum. They appear white because the keratin that plugged them has not been oxidized... After this occurs, they become blackheads, or open comedones. ...Read more

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What are some home methods of clearing whiteheads besides masques?

What are some home methods of clearing whiteheads besides masques?

Here's some: White heads, or closed comedones, are hair follicles filled with keratin and sebum from oil glands in your skin. You can try an otc benzoyl peroxide wash, or get a prescription for retim-a or differin (adapalene) to help. ...Read more

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People are always going on about whiteheads. What are they caused by?

People are always going on about whiteheads. What are they caused by?

Blocked follicles: Whiteheads, or closed comedones, are due to hair follicles that are plugged by a combination of keratin (skin flakes) and sebum (skin oil). ...Read more

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I Shaved A few days ago & bout a day later I got about 4 whiteheads were I shaved at, Do I pop them or let them go away over time.

I Shaved A few days ago & bout a day later I got about 4 whiteheads were I shaved at, Do I pop them or let them go away over time.

Leave them alone: They will open up on their own. You can use warm compresses and antibiotic ointment on them. Squeezing them increases the inflammation and can drive the infection deeper. ...Read more

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What causes whiteheads in the vaginal area?

What causes whiteheads in the vaginal area?

Many: Infection is most common, but it is also possible to have ingrown hairs, blocked ducts, and normal variants. ...Read more

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How do I remove small whiteheads on my skin?

Clean and Buff: Clean: start with conservative measures for whiteheads and oily skin. A cleaning routine is necessary. Consider soaps with dead sea salts which provide a drying effect. Benzoyl peroxide is the main stay for topical therapy for acne. It can be purchased over the counter. Keep your hands off your face.
Buff: microdermabrasion along with exfoliants. If these measures fail, physician review. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have whiteheads on armpits?

Yes..: Yes you may have those in the axially area, however, if they are very tender, hard or fluctuate may not be a whitehead and instead boil or an abscess. If it is painful and growing bigger see your doctor for exam and treatment as necessary. ...Read more

Dr. Marsha Davis
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