When it comes to pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads, there is no
easy way out. Now, if you’re cringing your face and squirming in your seat with
today’s topic, don’t close this page yet – Knowing how to target each type of
acne is crucial for clear, spot-free skin.
The official medical lingo for acne is Acne Vulgaris and
refers to the presence of blackheads, whiteheads, and any other general pimples
on the skin. About 85% of those between 12 and 24 will be affected by acne at
some point. Mild acne can often improve with bump-specific care and drug store
treatments, but severe forms of acne may require a visit to a dermatologist.
When it comes down to it, pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads are
all the result of clogged pores. However, the degree of clogging is where they
really differ. Blackheads are due to partly clogged follicles. When you develop
a blackhead, the pores on your skin become filled with an oil called sebum that
subsequently turns black due to a chemical reaction with the air.
Whiteheads are closed at the surface and entirely clogged by
sebum. They have a white appearance as air is unable to enter the follicle and
incite a chemical reaction. Both blackheads and whiteheads are typically found
on your back, shoulders, and face.
Pimples are the general catch-all name for an inflamed pore. They
usually occur after blackheads and/or whiteheads have been infected. Your
body’s immune system usually reacts to acne by increasing blood flow, and
therefore, pimples often appear as large, often annoying red bumps.
So, how can you target acne flare-ups and prevent long-term
scarring? Mild to medium acne is usually addressed with a combination of
lifestyle changes and topical products. To get on the road to clear skin, make
sure that your diet includes high protein, low-glycemic carbohydrates, healthy
fats, and loads of water. A healthy diet filled with anti-oxidant
rich food can strengthen your immune system and improve your body’s natural defence
Topical skin care treatments can also be a step towards clearer
skin. Look for products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid that work
to dry out acne and remove the oil trapped in your pores.
Last, but definitely not least – Keep your hands off your face!
All the bacteria and dirt from your hands can easily transfer to your face and
clog your pores. Picking at blackheads and popping whiteheads can also spread
the bacteria in your pimples to the rest of your face and cause a larger
flare-up, scarring, or discolouration.
Written by: Prishni Seyone