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White Comedones: Symptoms and Treatment


Comedones are clogged hair follicles in the skin, caused when keratin, dead skin, oil, and bacteria get trapped in your skin pores.

Approximately, 85% of people between the ages of 12 and 24 experience at least minor acne.[1]

- Self-diagnosable
- Treatable by a medical professional
- Short-term: Resolves within days or weeks

They are a form of acne, also known as whiteheads and visible as small white or flesh-colored dots.


A small single bump or a set of bumps usually white or flesh colored.


For treating small outbreaks, an over-the-counter (OTC) medication of salicylic acid or glycolic acid may be sufficient. OTC medications usually take time, so it is best to use them for more than 8 weeks. Prevention can be done by making dietary changes, cutting down on smoking, and alcohol along with maintaining good personal hygiene.


- Topical agents such as azelaic acid, benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and sulfur are effective in treating comedones.
- If topical agents are ineffective, then it may be because of an infection or allergy, oral medicines such as antibiotics, isotretinoin, and spironolactone are generally prescribed.
- Very severe cases may be treated with surgical intervention such as acne surgery, which uses needles and blades to open and remove comedonal lesions.
- Other treatments include microdermabrasion, which is effective for both open and closed comedones.
- Cryotherapy involves applying liquid nitrogen and freezing your comedones for removal.


Comedones are a very common phenomenon. They can be effectively treated using the right medication. If your symptoms recur and persist over time, then specialist intervention should be sought. At mfine, you can contact us for professional advice on every aspect of healthcare for effective treatment and overall well-being.

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