Everybody gets a blemish every once in a while, even the very talented and versatile celeb, Selena Gomez, does. She says, “I wear a hat, and if I have a pimple, I let it be. I’m like, ‘Yeah, look, I got a pimple. So?’ Everybody does.” 

Blackheads vs. Whiteheads 

What’s the difference? Do they have the same triggers?

Blackheads and whiteheads appear due to the same reasons: pores clogged with dead skin and trapped excess oils. The main difference is the color. Whiteheads appear white because the infected pores are blocked by a sheath of skin, whereas blackheads appear darker because the blockage gets oxidized by the air because, unlike whiteheads, infected pores are exposed and uncovered by skin.

The more important thing to know if you have skin that’s prone to whiteheads and blackheads is how to get rid of acne and prevent it in the first place.  Let’s get down to the basics:

Tip No. 1: Cleanse your skin with salicylic acid

This solution is key to managing skin that’s prone to whiteheads and blackheads. For one, salicylic acid gently exfoliates your skin as you wash, stripping it off of dead skin cells which, if left on the surface of your skin, can block your pores. Another way it helps is by regulating the frequency of skin shedding. Yet another way it helps is by regulating your skin’s excessive oil production.

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Tip No. 2: Don’t wash more than twice daily

Washing dries out your skin. When skin is dry, your skin will tend to overcompensate for the dryness and make more oil than normal. More oil means higher possibility of clogging your pores.

Tip No. 3: Always follow up cleansing with toning

A toner helps acne prone skin in two ways. First, it helps draw out impurities blocking your pores. Second, it tightens your skin, making it less possible for dry skin to become deposited in your pores than when your pores are wide open.

Tip No. 4: Don’t forget to moisturize

Oily skin types are more prone to developing whiteheads and blackheads than do dry or combination skin. For which reason, affected individuals often think that they should skip the moisturizer to lessen the amount of oil in their skin which rather drives the skin to produce even more oil.

Instead of dropping the moisturizer from your routine, look for moisturizers that are lightweight, and seep into your skin rapidly without leaving grease on the surface. 

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Tip No. 5: Purify your skin with tea tree oil   

You can either alternate tea tree oil cleanse with your salicylic acid containing facial wash. Or, prepare a purifying mask several days or nights in a week. To DIY, simply spread tea tree oil on a plate. Spread. Then, place a rice paper on top. Allow the oil to soak in. Set on cleaned and toned skin for at least 15 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water. 

Tip No. 6: Manually draw out stubborn blackheads and whiteheads 

Use surgical gloves to prevent spreading the infection. Blackheads will only need to be squeezed out. Whiteheads, on the other hand, because affected pores are locked in, will have to be pricked using sterilized needle then, squeezed out. Follow through treated areas with antiseptic to prevent inflammation. Of course, getting this professionally done is always an option.

Tip No. 7: Avoid triggers

You should avoid pollution, fatty foods, irritating substances, humid environments and stressful situations which make your skin oilier and expose it to impurities.

Tip No. 8: Keep your routine effective but lean

The last thing you need is too many products layered on your skin. When you layer more products than what is necessary, the likelihood of getting an irritation increases as well. Use only what you need. Look for products that have multiple functions.

Tip No. 9: Spot treat 

When you need stronger solutions for specific areas of your skin, use topical creams and ointments with antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide or, both. Spot treat dark marks as necessary too with skin brightening solutions like Dermisa Skin Fade.

Tip No. 10. Avail yourself of clinic-based procedures

If you think your skin requires more professional attention and feel the need to get ahead of your blackheads and whiteheads problem, try procedures like chemical peels or blue light therapy.


Beautiful, flawless skin is within everybody’s reach. All you needed all along was enough knowledge and the dedication to finally rid your skin of  blemishes.