Blackheads and Whiteheads: What They Are and How to Treat Them

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Keeping your skin clean and clear can sometimes be a challenge with the myriad of different potential skin problems to deal with. There’s oily skin, dry skin, whiteheads, blackheads, and acne. Blackheads and whiteheads can be particularly stubborn and frustrating, but that doesn’t mean they’re impossible to get rid of. Today in the Seoul Mamas blog, we’ll talk about what blackheads and whiteheads are and how you can clear your skin of them.

What are Blackheads?

Blackheads are sometimes referred to as open comedones. Blackheads are actually a form of acne, appearing as small black dots in your pores. A blackhead is the result of a clogged hair follicle. The hair follicles on your face can get clogged when dead skin cells and sebum mix. A chemical reaction causes the black color that their name is derived from. Blackheads are caused by the overproduction of oil in your pores.  

What are Whiteheads?

Whiteheads are very similar to blackheads. They’re a common form of acne and are sometimes referred to as comedones. They’re also clogged pores, but the difference is the pore is covered by a layer of skin. Blackheads are open and the color is due to their exposure to air, whereas whiteheads trap the oil and have a white to yellowish color. Whiteheads also form due to an overproduction of oil from your sebaceous glands.

Treating Blackheads and Whiteheads

Blackheads and whiteheads can take some time to get rid of but, with the proper routine, you can clear them away and keep them relatively at bay. A gentle daily cleanser with a gentle exfoliator used several times a week should help to make a big difference. Blackheads respond especially well to salicylic acid products. There are also various blackhead and whitehead specific treatments on the market.
As tempting as it may be, the one thing you don’t want to do is try to squeeze blackheads and whiteheads out. Not only does this irritate the skin, it can also cause scarring. Cleansing over time and getting your skin on the right track is the better way to go.

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