Treating Blackheads – Whiteheads

Larry Jaeger is a well respected dermatologist and founder of Advanced Dermatology Associates, a network of Dermatology treatment centers in Manhattan and The Bronx. Larry Jaeger has successfully treated thousands of patients suffering from blackheads, whiteheads and other forms of acne outbreaks: Treating Blackheads – Whiteheads.

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Causes of Blackheads & Whiteheads:

Blackheads are referred to as “open comedones” and whiteheads are referred to as “closed comedones”. Simply put,plugging of the pores of the oil gland.

In teenagers, the oil glands are stimulated by hormones and the oil gland makes more oil and a thicker oil than it was before and as a result sometimes the oil will dry up and form a plug in the opening of the pore where the oil gland drains out.

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Differences Between Blackheads and Whiteheads

If this plug is open to the air, the outside air will change the dried up oil material and turn it dark. And so this is what a blackhead is, or an open comedone. If a little bit of skin grows over that dried up oil plug, then the outside air cannot get at the dried up oil material and can’t turn it dark and therefore the plug that forms is referred to as a whitehead, or a closed comedone.

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Your Skin’s First Sign of Acne…

Larry Jaeger explains that comedomes are of a concern because they are the earliest stage of acne. If comedones or plugs can’t drain out and the oil backs up in the gland. The gland ultimately enlarges and breaks under the skin and causes an inflammatory reaction and this results in the acne pimple developing.

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Treating Blackheads – Whiteheads:

For treating blackheads and whiteheads, Larry Jaeger uses various exfoliating agents that peel the skin. Retinoic acid or Retin A, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or mild acid peels are some examples. It is also possible to use a special instrument that removes the material in the comedone or the dried up material.

For treating closed comedones, Larry Jaeger makes a tiny little nick with a fine needle in the opening of the pore to allow the material to be removed. In the case of an open comedone it can just be removed without doing that. Cleaning out the pore in this method, the oils and the bacteria can then drain freely, and that way can prevent new acne pimples from forming.


Dr. Larry Jaeger is the medical director of Advanced Dermatology of New York and specializes in the area of Medical, Cosmetic and Surgical Dermatology. Treating Blackheads – Whiteheads.

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Makeup Causes Pimples

“Makeup Causes Pimples”

Larry Jaeger and his team of distinguished physicians at Advanced Dermatology Associates discuss the main reasons for acne outbreak and other skin care problems associated with makeup causes pimples.


Six Makeup Tips Preventing Pimples:

  • Never sleep in your makeup. Makeup causes pimples!!!
  • Every night before bed, make it a point to thoroughly but gently remove all traces of makeup from your face and neck. This minimizes the chance that the makeup will clog the pores, and also removes dirt and excess oil that built up on your skin throughout the day.
  • No need to scrub at the skin. All you really need is a gentle cleanser and your hands or a soft washcloth.
  • After cleansing, don’t forget to apply those acne treatment medications if you have them.
  • Choose makeup labeled noncomedogenic: Noncomedogenic makeup does not contain ingredients known to clog the pores. And reducing the amount of pore blockages is a good place to start when treating acne. If you have very mild comedonal acne, sometimes your breakouts will improve just by changing to noncomedogenic makeup.
  • Clean your applicators frequently: Half of the fight against blemishes is reducing the amount of acne-causing bacteria on your skin — and makeup brushes and applicators are bacteria magnets.
    Wash all makeup brushes with antimicrobial soap at least once each week. For a quick, mid-week sanitizing, thoroughly spray your brushes with with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol and wipe excess alcohol and makeup off with a clean paper towel.

Bonus Tip: Disposable makeup applicators are a great alternative, especially if you’re super busy and find it hard to find time to clean your brushes.

Preventing Pimple Outbreaks

To prevent your makeup from causing pimples…


Dr. Larry Jaeger also recommends the following makeup/cosmetics:

  • Choose powder-based makeup instead of liquids.
    • Although liquid makeup gives better coverage, many have an oil base. This is definitely not something you want to put on your acne prone skin.
  • Instead, consider a powder-based makeup. They feel lighter on the skin, and they have the added benefit of helping to absorb excess oil.
    • If you really love liquid makeup, that’s OK. Just make sure it’s a good fit for blemish-prone skin. It should be oil-free and noncomedogenic.
  • Try switching brands.
    • If your acne seems to worsen after wearing makeup for several days in a row, you may want to try a different brand. Certain makeup formulations, even those labeled noncomedogenic, can cause breakouts in sensitive individuals.If this seems to be the case for you, try another brand. Your skin might tolerate one better than another.
  • Go bare whenever possible.
    • Leave your face makeup-less at least a few times a week. Allow your skin time to breathe and heal.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable going makeup-free all day, cleanse your face as soon as you get home.

Makeup Causes Pimples