Blackheads, Whiteheads, Pustules? Choosing The Right Medication For Your Skin Problem

The products mentioned in this article are sold by Galderma and The Proactiv Company LLC, both of which are affiliates of the company that owns Acne.com.

Blackheads, Whiteheads, Pustules? Choosing The Right Medication For Your Skin Problem

The products mentioned in this article are sold by Galderma and The Proactiv Company LLC, both of which are affiliates of the company that owns Acne.com.

Taking control of skin problems is easier than you think! Whether you suffer from blackheads, whiteheads or pustules (a fancy word for zits), there’s one key thing you need to remember: Be consistent.

First and foremost it’s super-important to figure out what you’re dealing with. Once you identify the problem you can figure out treatment.

What you need to know …

Pustules: Pustules are annoying puss-filled dots that are usually accompanied by redness and inflammation. They have a tendency to grow large and they scream “pop me” every time you look in the mirror. For starters, do not pop. Popping can push bacteria inside the skin and make matters worse.

Instead, try a new over-the-counter option such as Differin® Gel 0.1%, the first FDA-approved OTC topical retinoid acne treatment. Differin® Gel 0.1% is oil-free and was developed by dermatologists.

If over-the-counter options are not nixing the problem, try talking to a doc about a prescription medication, like Epiduo® Forte (adapalene and benzoyl peroxide) Gel, 0.3%/2.5%.

Whiteheads: Whiteheads happen when oil, bacteria and dead skin cells get trapped inside the pores. The best way to deal with them is to wash your face with a mild cleanser and warm water. Then apply a thin coat of an acne treatment.

Our go-to option? Proactiv®’s Emergency Blemish Relief. The prescription-grade benzoyl peroxide targets pores, and conditioning ingredients help keep the skin calm and hydrated.

Blackheads: Blackheads are a mix of oil and dead skin cells that are set in your pores. When they’re exposed to air they turn black. It turns out the dark color doesn’t come from dirt − it comes from oxidation!

One of the worst things you can do is scrub too hard. Exfoliating with a harsh cleanser can actually damage the skin and make the problem worse.

Instead, you want to look for a product with an active ingredient, like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide that you can leave on your skin all night. Within a few weeks, you should start to see a significant difference.

It’s totally normal for acne medication to dry out your skin. Believe us – we’ve been there. So make sure to lightly cover your face with an oil-free moisturizer afterward. And get that SPF on your face – whether it’s in your foundation or moisturizer.

Four rules to live by: cleanse, medicate, moisturize, protect. They all go hand in hand!

Important Safety Information

Indication: Epiduo® Forte (adapalene and benzoyl peroxide) Gel, 0.3%/2.5% is indicated for the topical

treatment of acne vulgaris. Adverse Events: In the pivotal study, the most commonly reported adverse reactions (≥1%) in patients treated with Epiduo Forte Gel were skin irritation, eczema, atopic dermatitis and skin burning sensation. Warnings/Precautions: Patients using Epiduo Forte Gel should avoid exposure to sunlight and sunlamps and wear sunscreen when sun exposure cannot be avoided.  Erythema, scaling, dryness, stinging/burning, irritant and allergic contact dermatitis may occur with use of Epiduo Forte Gel and may necessitate discontinuation. When applying Epiduo Forte Gel, care should be taken to avoid the eyes, lips and mucous membranes.

 You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit

www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1‐800‐FDA‐1088.

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