What is a whitehead with acne?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A whitehead is an acne lesion that forms when excess oil and dead skin cells clog your pores and block the opening. The medical term for a whitehead is a closed comedo because the pore is closed. Acne is caused by too much sebum (oil), dead skin cells, and bacteria clogging your pores. It is the most common skin disorder and produces small, red pimples on the face, neck, back, chest and shoulders. Good skin care each day, along with over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications, can help you manage acne breakouts. Talk to a dermatologist (a doctor who specializes in treating skin, nail, and hair conditions) about treating whiteheads or other acne breakouts.

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