Our expert says:
Hi Mel, thank you for the question.
Whiteheads are a form of acne that is caused by an excess build up of sebum that cannot escape the small opening of the follicle. These simple at home guidelines (see below) are essential to try and control their recurrence but ultimately extraction (with a special instrument called a comedone extractor) may be the only answer for immediate relief.
These skin care guidelines (unless your dermatologist instructs otherwise) can help improve treatment results:
Do NOT pop, squeeze or pick at whiteheads as this can make them worse by spreading inflammation. With medical treatment, removing lesions is rarely necessary; however, when comedone removal is needed, it should be performed by an experienced healthcare professional.
Gently wash your face twice a day with a mild cleanser and pat dry. Whiteheads are not caused by poor hygiene, and vigorous washing and scrubbing will not clear your skin. In fact, scrubbing, exfoliating, and using hard brushes or granules can irritate your skin and make the whiteheads worse.
Use “noncomedogenic” (does not clog pores) cosmetics and toiletries; when buying cosmetics and other products that you will use on your skin or hair, be sure to look for ones labeled “noncomedogenic.”
Avoid excess exposure to sunlight, and do not use tanning booths or sun lamps; contrary to popular belief, tanning does not clear whiteheads.
From the NeoStrata range I would recommend the following:
NeoStrata Clarifying Cleanser
Oil Free Lotion SPF 15 (day)
Oil Control Gel (night)
Spot Treatment Gel
Clear Skin Solution (once or twice daily)
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