Blackheads and whiteheads are both skin issues that need to be dealt with. There is a difference though. This difference merits learning about so that you know the appropriate ways to tend to your skin to avoid hurting your skin. Neither is an absolute condemnation of your skincare either. They’re simply routine issues that come up from how the skin works. Remember that your skin is actually a highly complex organ that is at once shedding its outer layers to maintain a cohesive barrier against the outside world and secreting oils to create a protective moisture seal. It’s various functions are meant to let it take care of itself at the same time that it is protecting the rest of you. Unfortunately, these useful functions can end up creating situations where none of them work quite as well as we’d like and we end up having to solve one problems. Fortunately, neither blackheads nor whiteheads are terribly notable problems.
Most of us have a good idea of what blackheads are, but it doesn’t hurt to do a quick review. They are pores that have gotten clogged by various things that have ended up on your skin. Most of the time they are combinations of your skin’s natural oils, dead skin cells, and assorted debris that has gotten stuck in the oils over the course of time. All of these end up sliding into a pore. The process levers the pores open some visually and results in the overall appearance of a large pore. Your pore will be fine when the problem is solved and constrict back to normal size as long as you do no lasting damage to it while treating the blackhead. The black coloration is actually due to the compounds stuck in your pore holding the pore open and being exposed to the open air. They slowly shift to the darker color thanks to exposure. Strangely enough, whiteheads aren’t that different.
You’re actually dealing with more or less the same problem as blackheads if you’re dealing with whiteheads. They’re also caused by the assortment of various things on your skin getting stuck in a pore. There is a key difference though. The pore stoppages that create whiteheads don’t actually leave themselves exposed to the air. All the components of the clog slide into the pore and create the perfect environment for bacteria and other issues within the pore while sealing it from the outside. There are no exposed sections that end up oxidizing and creating a darker color. Unfortunately, they’re just as prone to cause problems and can sometimes feel a little more resistant or difficult to deal with because they seem harder to track before they become an obvious problem. While whiteheads and blackheads look different, the fact that they are almost exactly the same problem means treatment is generally quite easy and quick while allowing you to readily control the factors that lead to the problem.
Treating The Issues
The key is frequently learning to use a good cleanser. You’ll want to find one that utilizes an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) like glycolic or citric acid in its formula to help get into the pores and dissolve the problem. The stronger salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid, is another component to look for if cleansers utilizing AHAs prove insufficient. Your skin will, in essence, be getting very light exfoliation through these cleansers as well as oil control. This will help ease some of the primary causes of blackheads and whiteheads while also helping to clear out your pores over time. Don’t forget to fully exfoliate every now and then to further maintain a healthy skincare routine that works against both blackheads and whiteheads. For particularly stubborn cases of each, we recommend consulting your dermatologist and considering a professional facial as well to get just the right treatments to help improve the quality of your skin.
Whatever name they go by, clogged pores are a problem that is relatively common for everyone with skin. We’ve simply gotten relatively good at minimizing the problem. The simplicity of treating both blackheads and whiteheads should help ease any worries you may have about the problems. Your skin will be fine. All you have to do is make sure it keeps getting cleaned regularly and the problem should go away soon enough.