Whiteheads… are these pimples the opposite of blackheads?

whiteheads on the chinWhen fighting acne, it is important to understand that acne and pimples come in all shapes and sizes. Some of the most talked about blemishes are blackheads and whiteheads. We have talked a bit about blackheads on here, but we'd like to touch on whiteheads.

As an acne specialist, I have heard a lot of different opinions on what whiteheads are and how to prevent them. Some folks simply think that whiteheads are the opposite of blackheads - while others think that whiteheads are a completely different type of acne all together. Read on to see what whiteheads actually are and learn more about the difference between these pimples and blackheads.

What is a "whitehead?"

formation of whiteheads

A whitehead is a premature blackhead. We say this because a white head is basically a blackhead that hasn't reached the surface yet. Whiteheads are also known as "closed comedones," this is because the pore is never opened and the substance inside the pore never goes past the surface of the skin. Whiteheads look like bumps under the skin. This congestion under the skin is also called "maturation arrest" acne.

If a whitehead is just a young blackhead, what is the difference between whiteheads and blackheads?

The simple difference between these two blemishes is that a whitehead hasn't reached the surface yet, so there is no discoloration. When the pore opens up to the air, it causes a dark color-without the air, the material that is stuck in the pore remains white and causes bumps.

To learn more about whiteheads, blackheads and how to prevent acne all together, contact the Skintherapy Acne Clinic of Utah and schedule a consultation today.

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