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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.

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