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Whiteheads are inflammatory acne that often appear in hot summer weather, causing your skin to become inflamed and you gradually feel less confident in communication. If not treated early, acne will quickly scar and be difficult to treat. The following article will help you better understand whiteheads and how to treat them effectively.
What is whiteheads?
Whiteheads are one of the types of acne. They form when skin cells die for a long time, together with oil secretions and the bacteria that clog pores. Unlike blackheads, these are usually located below closed pores.
This type of acne usually appears in both men and women between the ages of 14 - 35. In which, women are more prone to whiteheads due to exposure to toxic substances in cosmetics. In men, acne develops during puberty. If not treated properly, whiteheads will persist into adulthood.
Causes of whiteheads
Increased sebum production causes clogged pores and whiteheads. Obstructed pores can be caused by the following reasons:
During puberty, acne begins to appear the most and most severe, including whiteheads. At this stage, the hormone is suddenly changed, causing the oil glands to work vigorously and increasing the amount of sebum. Specifically, the brain will secrete the hormone GnRH, which stimulates the pituitary to produce Androgen.
If you have a family member or family member with a history of whiteheads, you are also at high risk for this condition. Because genes determine sensitivity, the inherent health of your skin and skin group, and hormonal stability.
3. Hormonal changes
Hormonal instability occurs not only during puberty, but is also affected by the menstrual cycle, when using oral contraceptives or during the premenopausal period. Many women find that in the first 6 weeks of pregnancy, acne and inflammation appear more than usual.
Studies suggest that sebum-producing cells contain receptors for stress-related hormones. Because, when humans are under prolonged stress, the cells are responsible for producing natural oils and acting out of control, causing excess sebum to form whiteheads.
5. The lifestyle is not scientific
The habit of living not in moderation, frequently staying up late and working too hard will directly affect your health as well as your skin. The organs in the body are responsible for eliminating and producing new cells at night, but staying up too late will interrupt the process and put pressure on the organs. in.
Symptoms of whiteheads
For easy identification, whiteheads will have the following symptoms:
Whiteheads are pimples appearing on the skin that will be round, white spots protrude from the skin's surface. Sometimes they will be too small or grow sporadically, making it difficult for the naked eye to detect.
Whiteheads can appear on any part of the body and clog pores. In particular, the facial skin is the most likely place to encounter this type of acne, especially growing on the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. Some cases will develop on the back, chest, shoulders, or arms.
Treatment of whiteheads thoroughly
Whiteheads are one of the mild types of acne, so it's easy to treat and effective quickly. Here are some whitehead treatments that you can refer to:
1. Use of Western medicine
For new onset of acne, you can find topical medication at pharmacies and combine with cleanser to treat. But if the acne is a lot, it is best to see a dermatologist for treatment.
To get rid of acne quickly, you can use topical or oral medication. Usually, drugs containing the following ingredients will be prescribed by a doctor, such as:
Medicines containing ingredients Benzoyl peroxide: Helps reduce the amount of oil secreted inside the pores along with the salicylic acid contained in the compound will directly dissolve the existence of whiteheads.
Retinoids: Helps to remove dead skin cells and prevent clogged pores.
Antibiotics: Help kill acne-causing bacteria on the skin, effectively reduce inflammation and redness.
Combining other acne medications: Spironolactone, Isotretinoin, laser therapy, chemical exfoliation or steroid injection, ...
2. Treatment of whiteheads with natural ingredients
Using natural ingredients is the safest option and has no side effects. Here are some tips to treat whiteheads with natural ingredients that you can apply:
A steam bath is a quick and effective way to treat acne. Because the rising steam will dilate pores, remove dirt and acne easily.
Ingredients: 1 fresh lemon + 5 lemongrass roots + 1 little salt.
Directions: Rinse lemongrass and crush, put in a pot to boil cLoan Nguyen #366
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