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Asian Woman looking at mirror for blackheads and whiteheads

Do you know this?

Blackheads and whiteheads are considered as non-inflammatory acne.

This means their treatment differs slightly from other forms of acne which are inflammatory such as cysts, papules and nodules! 

With the pandemic causing an increase in 33% of healthcare workers developing some form of acne, it is important to customize your skincare routine to suit your needs and effectively treat your acne! This is an effective way for blackheads removal without the need of specialized treatment!


Key Takeaways:

  1. Blackheads and whiteheads are a type of non-inflammatory acne, requiring different treatment from inflamed acne!
  2. Using a customised skincare routine targeted to blackheads can help effectively treat and prevent it
  3. Choosing natural ingredients, personalised to your skin, is better than following popular trends that work for others.

Blackheads VS Whiteheads: What is the Difference?

Before you learn about blackheads removal, let’s look into the different ways to identify if you have a blackhead or whitehead.

The difference between blackheads and whiteheads


What Are Blackheads 

  • An open comedone. 
  • Blackheads form when oil and dead skin cells are trapped in the open pore get oxidized and turns dark in color
  • Many people tend to squeeze blackheads out – but this is unadvisable
  • Squeezing blackheads can lead to internal skin tears
  • They tend to appear when hormones lead to the increased production of sebum
  • Blockage of pores by masks can escalate the occurrence of blackheads

What Are Whiteheads

  • A closed comedone.
  • Whiteheads form when oil and dead skin cells are trapped in a closed pore. 
  • It often appears as a closed bump that is white or yellow in color
  • It cannot be extracted by squeezing.
  • Often occurring due to a change in eating habits, stress or poor sleep.


Blackheads VS Whiteheads: The Effective Way of How to Remove Blackheads?

Treat your blackheads and whiteheads effectively just by changing up your skincare routine to personalise to your specific needs. 

The suggestions below are advisable for anyone that is looking for an effective solution that does not involve expensive treatments. 


Cleansing with a Gentle Cleanser

Many blackheads and whiteheads stem from extra sebum settling on the skin for prolonged periods. Look for cleansers that offer gentle exfoliation and provide hydration to your skin. 


Those with ongoing blackheads, look out for cleansers without fragrance or colourants. This helps avoid further irritation of your open pores which might lead to inflamed acne. 

Non-comedogenic Cosmetic Products

Be on the lookout for non-comedogenic skincare when you go shopping! These products will not clog pores, preventing the build up of oil and help with blackheads removal. 


Be Wary of OTC Topical Treatments

Be extra careful when selecting topical treatments! Azelaic acid, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide are all familiar names in the acne skincare industry.


But did you know…


Benzoyl peroxide will not work on blackheads?

This ingredient is great for clearing bacteria on the skin – which is the case for inflammatory acne. But not if you are looking for blackheads removal! The blockage in the pores is the cause, not the external bacteria.


Using the wrong ingredients for your skin concern will not solve your acne and wastes your time and money. The worst would be that the ingredient causes irritation that leads to more skin problems!


Choose Natural Alternatives Instead

Most beauty enthusiasts will swear by their favourite ingredient, but that does not mean it will work for you!

The current situation in the world has seen a rise in maskne – which is acne caused by wearing masks. 


This increase in skin sensitivity has brought more attention to synthetic ingredients such as retinol, benzoyl peroxide and Vitamin C which can often cause irritation and redness when used by sensitive skin types. 


Be kinder to your skin. Check out the natural alternatives which offer a well-balanced pH formulation and clinically proven efficacies to ensure your skin does not react negatively to these ingredients. 


Get Plentiful Rest

Studies found out that stress does have an effect on acne – in particular the C.acnes bacteria. Ensure that you get enough sleep in a day and take some time each day to relax. 


The best way would be to enjoy your night time skincare routine for some peaceful self care before you snooze. Getting plenty of exercise can also help to reduce stress.


What Not To Do for Blackheads and Whiteheads


Avoid Picking and Squeezing

Ever looked in the mirror and saw that ONE blackhead that looks so good to pop?

Avoid the temptation at all costs.


Without the help of a professional, self-popping blackheads can irritate the skin and make the problem worse. 


Steaming Blackheads are a Myth

Logically, if blackheads are caused by oil trapped in pores, opening them up would be the solution…



There has been no research that justifies this, some people even find that it makes their problem worse. 


Stop Harsh Scrubbing

Aggressively scrubbing and exfoliating will not make blackheads disappear magically overnight. In fact, they might do the opposite of a blackheads removal and multiply more. 


Your skin has a delicate balance of oils and microbiome which when exfoliating, will strip your skin of these healthy oils and bacteria.

Your oil glands will then work harder to replace the lack of sebum with more, leading to overproduction and more clogged pores.


Understand Your Unique Skin Type and Personalise Your Skincare Routine

The road to acne recovery will be a long one. 

Investing in a good and customised skincare routine is a great way to start. 

Learn more about your skin with our skin iD test. In just 1 minute, the skin assessment will uncover your skin type and offer you a fully personalised routine with detailed information on which ingredients your skin needs. 

What’s more – these products are developed and made right here in Singapore to ensure the highest standard of quality and safety. 

Do you want to learn more about your skin type? Take the skin iD test today and receive a personalised skincare routine instantly.  


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