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Why did my dermatologist say that I have comedones?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Comedones are breakouts, commonly called acne. Your doctor said you had comedones because you have pores plugged with oil, dead skin cells, and other material. When a comedo is covered with skin, it is a closed comedo or whitehead. When it is open to the air is called a blackhead. A comedo is a non-inflammatory type of acne, the kind that doesn't have a ring of inflamed red tissue around it because bacteria haven't invaded the pore.

Comedones are a type of acne lesion, commonly referred to as blackheads and whiteheads. Blackheads are, as the name implies, the brownish/black small bumps in open pores, often around the nose, chin, and other locations on the face. These are sometimes referred to as "open comedones". Whiteheads, or "closed comedones" are another type of comedone or acne lesion. These are usually small and whitish bumps often on the forehead or other locations on the face. They are not usually red, like inflammed acne lesions. Both open and closed comedones are treated with medications that help open the pores and break up the comedone.

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