Acne: The Subject Nobody Wants To Discuss

Most people can point back to a time in puberty when acne was present in their lives, but it’s a subject that most don’t like to talk about. For those who are curious as to what the difference is between blackheads and whiteheads, this article is for you. They’re both forms of acne and both types are caused by clogged pores. Whitehead pimples come from a build-up of bacteria in the follicles beneath the skin, with small openings that don’t allow air to come in. Blackheads are exposed to air through larger pores in the follicles, causing the whiteheads to oxidize and blackening them. Both are treated in the same way, mostly with over-the-counter products that help open the pores and allow bacteria and dirt to be washed out. Products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid are best, as they dry out acne and remove oil and dead skin cells that are also clogging the pores. It’s important to take a “hands-off” approach, as picking at pimples will only make them worse. Common myths about acne include eating chocolate causes pimples, washing your face often will stop breakouts, you can get rid of pimples by popping them, makeup makes breakouts worse, and tanning can clear up acne. None of these things are true.