Whiteheads and other forms of skin rash are some of the most common skin complaints. The doctors
who will be best 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 are clogged by dead skin debris which allows a back up of oil, bacteria, and white blood cells to collect. The main treatment is to keep the skin clean and to apply cleansers that remove the debris, such as benzoyl peroxide. It can be quite common to get these whiteheads around the lips in the beard line. Excessive shaving might make the problem worse by drying out the skin, especially in cold weather, so skin care will be even more important in this region. Occasionally, infections of the hair shafts, or folliculitis, can look like whiteheads. If there are large, inflamed, pus containing bumps around hair shafts that do not get better with good skin hygiene, your doctor may prescribe medications. As always the diagnosis and the management of your particular skin concern will require a physical examination by your personal physician. Scheduling an office visit with your primary care doctor or your dermatologist might be indicated.