All types of comedones including whiteheads occur mainly due to the hormonal imbalances occurring within our body during the adolescence. The fluctuation in the hormonal levels results in excess production of oil or sebum from our skin. This excess oil makes our skin more susceptible towards being attacked by bacteria; bacteria are responsible for causing infection and inflammation of the skin.
According to medical experts, both blackheads and whiteheads are lesions called the comedones. The blackheads are referred to as open comedones and the whiteheads are referred to as closed comedones. The whiteheads are termed so because the skin pores do not stay open on the surface of the skin in case of the whiteheads. The factor that separates comedones from other skin lesion types is inflammation. Unlike other skin lesion types like pimples, nodules and cysts, the blackheads and whiteheads are not marked by inflammation.
According to a number of expert dermatologists, picking the whiteheads or covering them with scarves, caps and hats can aggravate the condition of the whiteheads. However, there are many opposing these claims of the dermatologists. Often women experience severe breakouts before the beginning of menstrual periods. There’s also a theory that suggest that factors like high humidity and air pollution can trigger the appearance of blackheads and whiteheads. However, none of these skin lesions have anything to do with dirty skin and intake of greasy and sugary foods like pizza and chocolates.
How to remove the whiteheads? Cleaning the face twice every day using a mild cleanser of your choice can help you in removing the whiteheads. While cleansing the face, you must massage the areas with whiteheads gently using your finger tips. Never use harsh cleansing pads and washcloths for the purpose as they may harm your skin. The dermatologist might ask you to use OTC topical medications containing active ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, resorcinol, lactic acid or salicylic acid for eliminating whiteheads from your skin.