Posted by: M | 2008/10/13


Good day

I hope that you can help me. I' ve got a question. Why do we get white heads? What are the cause of them and how can it be treated effectively?

I' ve spoken to 3 different people about my problem. One said I must test my cholesterol. The other person said I must exfoliate frequently, seeing that it' s clogged pores. And the third person said my skin is dehydrated.

I really don' t know who to believe. Is there maybe a possibility that stress also concludes to this problem. I' ve got an combination skin, but at the same time are a bit sensitive as well.

I' m using the following of Environ: Sebuwash, AHA toner, AHA day lotion (SPF 15), AHA cream (for the evening), Sebu spot for pimples and C-quence Eye gel. I don' t think I' m using the wrong product, but the other day a lady told me I must get a better moisturizer because my skin is dehydrated. So I went and got a sample of the Superdefense Anti-age prevention from Clinique. It' s very nice. Does the Environ maybe exfoliate too much and remove too much natual oil so then my skin thinks to produce more sebum. I don' t know. Please help. Do you think I' m on the right track? Must I add something else to my regim? What is the best way to get rid of the whiteheads? Please tell me how to prevent them from coming? They really are hard to squeeze and I prefer not to squeeze until they irritate me too much.

Your help is highly appreciated. Looking forward in hearing from you.

Kindest regards,

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Hi M, thank you for the question.

White heads are a mild form of acne and are typically caused by blocked pores (due to an overproduction of sebum) with a resultant bacterial infection.

The following topical regime (skin care) should be followed:

Do not pick, scratch or traumatize the skin in any way
Do not exfoliate, scrub, or use granular facial washes as this will aggravate the white heads
All topical products should be oil free including moisturizers, SPF, makeup, etc.
Gently wash your face with a glycolic acid or salicylic acid wash twice daily
I would stop the AHA toner and the AHA night cream and instead use the NeoStrata Oil Control Gel (at night) and the Oil Free SPF 15 during the day

To the above regime you should consider starting a twice monthly (for about 2 to 3 months) and then a monthly glycolic acid peel regime until the whiteheads have cleared.
More information on acne and its treatments can be found at my web page: and click the Skin and Acne tab under the Resources heading.

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

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