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Whiteheads and blackheads are both types of comedones, which are clogged hair follicles (pores) in the skin. They are common forms of acne, but they differ in appearance, formation, and treatment. Here’s a look at the differences between whiteheads and blackheads:

Whiteheads (Closed Comedones):

Whiteheads form when dead skin cells, oil (sebum), and sometimes bacteria become trapped within a hair follicle.
They can appear as small, white or flesh-colored bumps on the skin, usually raised and can feel firm to the touch.

To treat Whiteheads we recommend; regular, gentle cleansing to remove excess oil and dirt. Topical treatments containing Salicylic Acid and Niacinamide are also beneficial. It’s important not to squeeze whiteheads, as this can lead to irritation and potential scarring.

Blackheads (Open Comedones):

Like whiteheads, blackheads form when dead skin cells and oil clog a hair follicle.Blackheads appear as small, dark spots on the skin. The dark color is not due to dirt but is caused by the oxidation of melanin (skin pigment) in the clogged pore when it is exposed to air. They can feel slightly raised but are usually less noticeable by touch compared to whiteheads.

To treat blackheads we recommend; regular exfoliation to help remove the buildup of dead skin cells and prevent clogged pores. No squeezing or using those dreadful pore strips!

-Collette xx