Whiteheads, which are also commonly known as milia, can be described as small bumps on the skin that are white in color. Whiteheads, like blackheads, are related to pimples. Whiteheads are more or less acne growths that are caused by similar factors. Whiteheads are very likely the most common type of acne, even more so than blackheads, and whiteheads can be found on people of all ages. Of course, teens are most effected by these blemishes. This is due to the fact that these blemish types are associated with hormonal changes in the body and the hormonal extremes of the human body will take place during puberty and the next few years following this time.
At times, like during puberty, the human body will produce hormones in greater qualities than are normal. During these times of heightened hormone production, the bodily glands will begin to secrete oils in excess as well, and oils like sebum, which cause acne, will be deposited into the hair follicles of the skin. Sebum, cellular fragments and oils will become rigid in the hair follicles of the skin and this will cause whiteheads. Whiteheads will stand up from the skin, but unlike blackheads, the oils that cause these blemishes will not be exposed to the air and will not become black in color. Instead, the cellular fragments will enclose the top of these blemishes and the oils will not have the chance to become exposed to the air and oxygen because of these fragments. Because whiteheads are an enclosed style blemishes, they are also referred to as closed comedones and this enclosing of the blemish is what causes the white or yellow color. However, if bacteria are exposed to the outside of a whitehead, they can still irritate the blemish even though it is enclosed. Fortunately, whiteheads do not often become inflamed or irritated with outside bacteria.
Whiteheads can be treated with various cleansers, all natural treatments and with preventative measure, as with most acne associated skin problems. All natural treatments are becoming the favorite of many people these days as they are safe for use and do not include harsh chemicals or other ingredients that can cause further irritation or harm the skin. This is important because like blackheads and other forms of acne, gentle , but effective treatments are the most helpful and will give the best results.