Blackheads, Whiteheads, and Acne



Most people will develop pimples on their face during the teenage years which can last to adulthood. Whiteheads are pimples that have a clogged pore which has closed and bulged outward. A blackhead is an open pore which has clogged and developed a dark color due to oxidation and exposure to air. Both types can become infected by bacteria.

When bacteria grow inside of blocked pores, there is inflammation of the skin which causes pain and swelling under the surface. Many people try to pop the pore to drain the material inside. However, this causes scarring, more pain, and additional infections in the future.

Some women find that birth control pills or patches help to clear acne since the hormones are better balanced. There are side effects with birth control hormones, so it is important to discuss with your doctor what may be appropriate for your condition.

The best treatment is to consult with a doctor and cosmetologist regarding facial cleansers, avoiding chemicals on the face which cause pores to be blocked, and maintaining a healthy diet. Some cases of acne are severe and will require oral or topical antibiotics 3 or assets. These medications can be used for months or years to help keep the skin clear.

  • Sadia Emran, (281) 881-1112
  • Aqua Beauty Texas


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