Due to poor diet, and not being able to take care of the skin, we all have to face many problems related to the skin. Whiteheads are also one in this. Whiteheads are considered a form of acne, which is under the skin. These are small and white bumps on the skin. Whiteheads are more on the oily parts of the body. Hormonal changes, lack of skin care, and bacteria are considered to be the main causes of whiteheads. With good skin care, this problem can be reduced to a great extent.

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Today in this article you will learn about the causes and treatment of whiteheads -

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  1. What are whiteheads?
  2. Whiteheads cause
  3. Whiteheads removal treatment
  4. Takeaway
Doctors for Whiteheads - Causes and Treatment

Whiteheads are a type of acne caused by dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria getting trapped in the same pore. Whiteheads can occur on any part of the body, but whiteheads are more commonly seen in the nose, chin, forehead, and T-zone. Apart from this, whiteheads can also occur on the chest, shoulders, and back. Whiteheads can occur at any age in men and women.

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Whiteheads are raised white lumps on the skin, which reduce beauty. To fix this problem, it is necessary to find out its reasons. The causes of whiteheads are as follows -


Bacteria can also cause whiteheads and pimples on the skin. To avoid this, you need to take more care of your skin.

Other reasons for having whiteheads -

  • High Glycemic-Rich Foods
  • Oil-based skin care products
  • Oil skin massage
  • StressAnxiety, and Anger

All these reasons can cause whiteheads and pimples on the skin, but there are some conditions that can trigger this problem, such as -

  • Some medicines
  • Tight bra or sports uniform
  • Pollution
  • Profuse sweating
  • Popping pimples
  • Scrub the acne-prone area

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Many studies show that people who have a family history of whiteheads are more at risk.

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Contraceptive pills

Birth control pills that have high progesterone can cause whiteheads. This increases the level of hormones in the body of women, this can lead to pimples and whiteheads.

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Most people can have whiteheads at puberty age. During this, sex hormones cause changes in the body. About 83-95 percent of 16-year-olds have pimples and whiteheads.

Overproduction of sebum

Whiteheads can also be caused by the overproduction of sebum and oil on the skin. When the amount of sebum and oil increases, the pores get clogged. The production of sebum can be high in puberty, periods, and pregnancy. Sebum is produced by the sebaceous gland.

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Hormonal changes

Pores get clogged due to hormonal changes. Because of this, you may have to face whiteheads. Clogged pores can trigger acne.

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Correct skin care is needed to remove whiteheads. Apart from this, whiteheads can also be removed with the help of some home remedies and medicines. The following remedies can be tried to remove whiteheads -

Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA)

Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) can also help in removing whiteheads. It works as an exfoliant. AHA helps in removing dead skin cells. Also protects from closed pores.

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Laser skin resurfacing

Laser beams are used in laser skin resurfacing to remove whiteheads. These laser beams reduce the amount of oil released from the sebaceous gland.

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Chemical peels

Under chemical peels, a mild chemical solution is used to remove layers of the skin and reduce whiteheads.

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Dermatologists use a special device to clean the skin of a person suffering from whiteheads. In this, the top layer of the skin is removed, thereby removing the clog that causes whiteheads.

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Oral antibiotics

If needed, a person suffering from whiteheads can be asked by a skin specialist to take oral antibiotics. These antibiotics do little to kill the bacteria that cause blackheads.

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Benzoyl peroxide

It is available as an over-the-counter product as a leave-on gel or wash. It kills the bacteria that cause acne.

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Azelaic acid

It is a natural acid, which is found in barley, wheat, rye, etc. It kills microorganisms deposited on the skin and reduces inflammation.

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Salicylic acid

It is available over the counter as a cleanser or lotion for whiteheads. It can help in removing the top layer of damaged skin. Salicylic acid completely removes dead skin cells, so that the pores are clean. Salicylic acid is an astringent. It absorbs excess oil from the skin, reducing oil production. Therefore, salicylic acid can be used to remove whiteheads and acne.

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Retinoid is a good treatment for whiteheads. Using it continuously for 3 months can give a lot of relief to whiteheads. You can apply retinoids on whiteheads at night. It can help prevent acne and whiteheads. If you are using retinoids for whiteheads, you must apply sunscreen, as retinoids make the skin more sensitive to the sun.

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Whiteheads are a kind of skin problem. This occurs when the pores get clogged and sebum gets accumulated on the skin. During this, white lumps start appearing on the skin. Dirt, oil, and bacteria can trigger whiteheads. Correct skin care is necessary to remove them. Apart from this, some home remedies and medicines can also help in removing whiteheads.

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