Sometimes you think you’re doing everything you can, keeping your skin as clean as possible, and you still get nasty little bumps on your face that just seem to multiply! They even come in two different colors – black and white!
The Difference Between Blackheads and Whiteheads
Blackheads and whiteheads are often called comedones, which means clogged pores. The major difference comes in the fact that one is opened (blackheads) and one is closed (whiteheads). Then of course you can tell simply by looking at them. One is obviously darker than the other.
Blackheads are obviously easier to find than whiteheads. They can usually be found on the face, back, and even the shoulders.
How do they turn black? It all starts when the follicles with large openings are filled with sebum. The color comes from the oxidized melanin turning the clogged pore into a black color.
Whiteheads are also found on the face, back, and shoulders. Sometimes you might even see them on a person’s arms.
Whiteheads, as we mentioned, have closed pores. The bacteria in the pores don’t get the exposure that blackheads do to air. Because of this, no chemical reaction from oxidized melanin to produce a black color occurs.
How to Treat Blackheads and Whiteheads
Think you’re cleansing enough to remove these bad boys? Sometimes cleansing too much can irritate your skin and actually cause them to occur. Sometimes this is enough to reduce the bacteria that can start their formation.
Perhaps a few things you might change in your daily regime that could help you prevent these bumps from coming back, such as:
- Keeping your hands and fingers away from your face
- Exfoliate at least once a week
- Keep pillow cases clean
- Seek the help of a professional
The oils from your hands can easily get into any open pores on your face. Be very careful to keep this from happening simply by keeping your fingers away from your face as much as you can.
Exfoliating at least once a week can help reduce the dirt your normal daily cleansers may not be able to reach.
Oil from your hair and buildup of dirt on your pillow cases can transfer onto your skin as you sleep, especially if you like to sleep on your face.
Going to an Esthetician can do wonders, because he or she can get those right out and prevent new ones from coming back.
The Wonders of a Proper Extraction
When blackheads and whiteheads occur, it’s sometimes very difficult to get them out. They don’t look pleasant and no matter how long you’ve been cleansing and exfoliating at home, you may notice it just not clearing up. That’s because they are deep into your skin and are pretty comfortable where they live.
Some Estheticians may need to put their backs into squeezing some of those blackheads out, but they WILL know how to properly do so without damaging your skin. They have the proper tools to soften your skin, open your pores, and create just the right amount of light to find them.
If your Esthetician has a tool like the DT2® Skin Resurfacing system, for example, their lives could get a whole lot easier. This system can help get some of the most difficult blackheads and whiteheads to remove.
Of course, if your Esthetician followed the treatment with a very effective light therapy system that focuses on the exact layer of the skin that forms these bacteria building comedones, then it may take a very long time until you see these annoying little beasts again!