The names of blackheads and whiteheads literally come from its colour of origin, with the main difference of black and white colours. But there’s more to just that simple differentiation. The key to eliminate these pesky breakouts is to know what your enemy is.
Both blackheads and whiteheads are considered non-inflammatory acne, and are caused by clogged pores when excess sebum gets trapped inside your pores. (Both are equally annoying and difficult to get rid of!)
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What are blackheads?
Blackheads are open comedones, and when the pores filled with sebum and bacteria are exposed to the air, the melanin causes a chemical reaction and oxidizes, thus turning black.
What are whiteheads?
On the other hand, whiteheads are closed comedones where the follicles beneath your skin become filled with sebum and bacteria. However, as the opening is small, oxidation does not happen and the whiteheads therefore remain white.
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How to get rid of blackheads and whiteheads?
For milder cases, you may opt for a salicylic acid-based exfoliant, which helps to gently cleanse the pores from deep within and remove any excess impurities and dirt. The salicylic acid is also effective in reducing acne, and helps to prevent future breakouts from occurring.
BABOR Cleanse & Peel Mask
- 2-in-1 Scrub and Mask
- Salicylic acid which helps deep-clean the skin
- Exfoliating effect
Dr BABOR pore refiner:
- Minimise appearance of large pores
- Refine pores by giving the complexion a mattified appearance
One of the most important things to remember is to stop touching your face. The dirt from your hands will easily be transferred to your pores, causing breakouts subsequently. While it may be tempting to scratch off those blackheads and whiteheads from your face, spreading bacteria across your face is definitely not a good idea.
The safest and most effective method is to visit your favourite salon for an extraction facial to remove your clogged pores once and for all. However, regular visits are recommended if you wish to maintain a clean complexion in the long run.