Whiteheads are one of the most common reasons for seeking medical advice. The doctors
who will be well qualified to discuss this issue with you include your primary care doctor
or your dermatologist
. Whiteheads are a form of acne caused when skin pores become completely clogged and closed off, allowing skin oils, bacteria, and white blood cells to collect forming a thick white material. Therefore, the principle of preventing and treating whiteheads includes cleaning the skin debris out of the pores and preventing it from forming. Although there are many products and chemicals that can be used, the basis of any effective treatment is simply daily skin cleansing with a good facial soap. Adding an exfoliative preparation (such as with microbeads) can provide additional help, as the friction can break up skin debris further. If these steps do not work, then you will need to choose a comedonolytic product (skin debris stripper). The commonest and safest products include those that contain benzoyl peroxide. As always the diagnosis and the management of your particular skin concern will require a physical examination by your personal physician. Setting up an office visit with your primary care doctor or your dermatologist might be indicated.