White Head 101

Little did I know when I felt my first zit that having acne would be so complicated. I mean why can’t there be just one type of pimple coming in small, medium, large and super sized just like the McDonald’s menu? It would certainly make things a lot easier. But no, we have to have rosacia, acne cosmetic, cystic acne, blackheads and of course, white heads. Where in the world do all of these come from? How do I get rid of them? Let’s start with the last one and try and work our way backwards in the next several weeks.

White Heads

Closed comedones, aka white heads, are a combination of sebum (oil that our pores produce) and keratin clogging up the opening to the skins pores. They appear as little white bumps just underneath the top few layers of skin. They may look innocent enough—at first. However, if left untreated they can turn in to something much more complicated and painful.

Your ounce of prevention

To avoid having to deal with these unsightly skin blemishes should drink a lot of water. Drinking water is a great way to help your body flush out damaging toxins and keep your skin fresh. This one small tip can help keep whiteheads at bay.

Wash your face nightly, and be sure to deep cleanse at least three times a week. Using stream as a part of your cleaning regimen will soften up your pores and help your cleaning product do a better job.

Your pound of cure

Use creams and gels containing alpha hydroxy fruit acids because they will help you in unclogging your pores and begin getting rid of the whiteheads.

If you rub a little bit of some lemon peel onto your skin it’ll help eliminate some of your chances of getting them in the future.

Next time we’ll take a look at some other types of acne and how to deal with them as well.