Blackheads and Whiteheads
And now the big questions: What are whithead and blackhead, and how does each one for? If you want to control acne and to understand acne you must to know what are whithead and blackhead, and their composition.Now we will start with acne, what is acne , and more later we will try to explain whithead and blackhead.
Acne is formed by the sebum (oil) becoming trapped in the skin pores. This mixed with dead shin cells causes the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes to form and multiply. Here is where a blackhead is formed. Blackheads and whiteheads are , known as comedones, and can be more numerous on the face and shoulders. Good, consistent skin hygiene can help improve this condition.
Blackheads, are also known as open comedones, are follicles that have a wider than normal opening. They are filled with plugs of sebum and sloughed-off cells and have undergone a chemical reaction resulting in the oxidation of melanin.
Whiteheads,are also known as closed comedones, are follicles that are filled with the same material, but have only a microscopic opening to the skin surface. With a such small openings, air is unable to penetrate the skins surface and reach the follicle meaning no oxidation of the melanin (or skin pigment). Since there is no oxidation there is any color change so there for it remains white; also thebacteria multiply more causing the infection to be trapped and swell.
Treatment for whitehead and blackhead need time, because this acne form is not so easy to cure. And for regular skin treatment may include benzoyl peroxide what should be effective in clearing acne. But for more information for treatment you have to consult your dermatologist.