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Dr. Bernard Seif
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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

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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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 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). For information on acne SEE: http://bit.ly/Za0vuz For info on Accutane SEE: http://bit.ly/1vIpboG To attach a photo to HT questions :www.imgur.com ...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, Im 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, Im 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

Dr. Marsha Davis
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Facial Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more