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.

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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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