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27 Aug 2007

Whiteheads
Good day

I hope that you can help.

I'm struggling, at the age of 26, with very bad whiteheads. Please tell me, why do one get whiteheads, what's the cause thereof, how can it be treated?

I useally try and squeeze it, whereas at the same time I'm brusing my skin and causes blemishes and pimples. I'd like your help asap. I'm not a teenager anymore and don't need it.

I started using Dermaheal from Saturday and Filorga ampules (which contains AHA fruit acids), as well as drinking Ovelle.

Am I in the right direction, should I continue with the above.

Please tell me what I can do the prevent same.

Looking forward to hear from you.

Kindest regards,
I
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01 Jan 0001

Hello “I”, thank you for the question.
I firmly believe that one should consult a dermatologist with skin conditions, as this allows for an accurate assessment/diagnosis and an appropriate treatment. Not all acne lesions are actually acne, and not all acne treatments work for everyone. However, today, virtually every case of acne can be resolved and mild acne usually has a good outcome with at home treatments. Contributing factors should firstly be excluded:
Medication: Some medications that can induce acne include anabolic steroids, some anti-epileptic medications, the anti-tuberculosis drugs isoniazid and rifampin, lithium and iodine-containing medications.
Chronic physical pressure on the skin: Chafing from the straps of a backpack or tucking a violin between the jaw and chin can cause chronic physical pressure on the skin and may induce a type of acne.
Chlorinated industrial chemicals: These may induce the occupational skin disorder known as chloracne.
Metabolic conditions: Changes in the hormonal balance, such as stress or hormonal conditions/abnormalities can induce acne.
Whiteheads (pores that are completely blocked) are classified under mild acne and the following may be tried:
Gently washing the affected area(s) with warm water and a mild soap twice a day to remove dead skin cells and excess oil. Some facial washes are specific for acne and both Nimue and NeoStrata (and a number of other ranges) cater for acne skin. Acne is not caused by poor hygiene, and vigorous washing and scrubbing will not clear your skin. In fact, all that scrubbing can irritate your skin and make acne worse. The way to clear acne is with appropriate acne products and good skin care.
Using a topical (applied to the skin) over-the-counter acne treatment containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
Do NOT pop, squeeze or pick at acne.
Use “noncomedogenic” (does not clog pores) cosmetics and toiletries. So all the topical application of products should be oil free.
AHA’s do help with clearing out pores and helping to keep them unblocked.

Give acne products enough time to do their job (6 to 8 weeks).
Avoid excess exposure to sunlight, and do not use tanning booths or sun lamps.
I hope this gives you an answer and, if the above does not give relief, please consult your dermatologist.
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