What Exactly Are Closed Comedones, AKA Those Pesky Whiteheads On Your Face?

Messing with them is a ~comedon't~.
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There are many types of pimples that can appear on your face, but the most bothersome are the ones that never seem to rise up to the surface and can't be popped (not that you should do that!) These are called closed comedones, more popularly known as whiteheads

Dr. Dray, a dermatologist and skincare YouTuber, made an informative video discussing what causes closed comedones and how can you treat them. According to her, they are identified as white to skin-colored bumps that appear underneath the surface of the skin. They represent clogged pores and can be caused by a lot of things, such as:

  1. Occlusive skincare ingredients

    Common culprits include petroleum jelly, cocoa butter, castor oil, and jojoba oil.

  2. Haircare products with heavy oils

    They often cause closed comedones on the forehead and sides of the face. 

  3. Genetics

    If your mom or dad has oily skin, there's a 50/50 chance that you might inherit it, too. That's just the way life (and science) works!

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  4. Makeup products

    If you put on a full face of makeup every day without a proper skincare routine, there's a higher chance of your pores getting clogged. 

She also stressed the importance of knowing the difference between closed comedones and pustules. The former is a white-colored bump that appears underneath the skin's surface, while the latter contains pus and can be extracted.

Watch the rest of Dr. Dray's informative video to find out how you can get rid of whiteheads for good:

How to treat closed comedones: tips from a dermatologist | Dr Dray

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