What’s what and who’s who?
It’s no wonder many of our users are confused about the differences between whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, and papules.
Because what’s the difference and which are you potentially dealing with?
We’re here to (hopefully) clear things up a bit.
If you're all about "I-learn-best-by-looking-at-images", we got you. Scroll your way down to the bottom of this post, and you'll have a visualization of the terms.
If you're more of a reader, we'll go ahead and read all about it:
BlackheadsA blackhead usually emerges when a pore gets clogged with dead skin cells, oil and/or bacteria. This pore is then left open (and not covered by your skin) resulting in the top of the clogged pore turning black (that’s due to oxidation).
The name comes from, guess what, the dark or black appearance of blackheads.
If you exfoliate (a fancy word for removing dead skin cells) gently on a daily basis, you can prevent pores from getting clogged by impurities.
Having just explained blackheads, you’ll never guess what whiteheads look like…
Anyway, whiteheads emerge for a different reason: It’s usually when a hair follicle gets clogged by dead skin cells and sebum. If it remains closed and untreated, it shows by getting a white spot on top of it (hence its name).
Whiteheads are sort of an early stage of pimples. So it’s pretty important to unclog the white head before it gets infected, red, and swollen.
PimplesOnce again, it all starts with a clogged pore…
Pimples, a form of inflammatory acne, emerge as a result of a clogged pore that contains dead cells and sebum.
This pore then gets infected by bacteria and that’s where the trouble starts.
It usually looks like a red lesion that’s filled with pus.
And do not squeeze the little sucker(s). Instead, try to treat it with suitable skincare products.
PapulesPapules are a bit harder to spot, as they’re mostly located under the skin.
Papules are usually hormone-related and often hurt… a lot!
Despite being located under the skin, they may still appear as small bumps on your skin. Typically, papules are the same color as your skin or they may be slightly red.
Papules don’t contain pus like pimples do.
A promise is a promise: Here's that visualization of the terms 👇
No matter if you have a single-blackhead-on-the-chin-and-a-few-pimples-on-the-forehead or a why-so-many-whiteheads kind of condition, fear not.
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