Our expert says:
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: www.aestheticfacialenhancement.co.za and click the Skin and Acne tab under the Resources heading.
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