How do I get rid of my blackheads and whiteheads?

How do I get rid of my blackheads and whiteheads?

Whiteheads and blackheads are known as comedones, and are a certain type of acne.   They are both filled with sebum and dead skin cells, creating the ideal playground for bacteria to grow. The difference between the two is the oxidation of melanin (which gives the follicle a black or white color); the blackheads have a larger opening so the air makes the melanin oxidize, turning black and the whiteheads don't have a large opening, so the air access is limited, making the melanin white.

As popping the whiteheads and blackheads is highly NOT recommended, and may lead to infection and acne scars, the only practical way to deal with whiteheads and blackheads is PREVENTION. Prevention in this case means using an efficient acne treatment that actually helps to regulate the sebum secretion and a consistent, effective cleaning method.

Properly clean your face twice daily, and remember the 3 following things:

    1 - Don't scrub your face.  This creates more oil, and may also cause abrasions that allow bacteria to access deeper layers of the skin, which is exactly what you don't want

    2 - No picking or popping! This allows more bacteria to enter, creating a vicious inflammation cycle; it also destroys tissue

    3 - If you use makeup, use a non-comedogenic product and always wash it off properly at night

In addition to treating and preventing your acne with the right treatment and cleaning method, you can use thiscomedone fighting skin mask, which helps to dissolve the sebum accumulated in your skin pores. It can be used twice a week. Do not use if you have open cysts.

Comedone Fighting Skin Mask


  • 1 egg white

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 2 tablespoons high quality extra virgin olive oil (or olive nectar)

  • 1 small peeled papaya or 2 thick slices of a large peeled papaya

  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda


Mix all ingredients in a blender on a low speed until creamy. Massage on a clean face with your fingers in circular motion with moderate (not high) pressure for about 30 seconds. Leave on for twenty minutes, and then rinse with lukewarm water. 

With a promise of clear skin,
Dr. A

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