Pimples. Blackheads. Whiteheads. No doubt you’ve heard about (and likely dealt with) all of these before.
But what’s the difference between them?
Pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads are all various forms of acne that can affect the face, chest, back, and shoulders. Treating these guys can be a tedious task that requires some serious dedication, but once you’ve devoted yourself to keeping both skin and body healthy, you’ll see noticeable results in almost no time.
That’s right—the right combination of diet, nutritional supplements, and topical skin care (hello, Three-Tiered Solution) can work to combat acne while also fighting the visible signs of aging from the inside out.
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Various Forms of Acne
Not to be confused with “just a teenage phase,” acne can affect teens, adults, and sometimes even infants. Since it’s an incredibly common disease, you need to know what form of acne you’re personally dealing with. Although they may look different, pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads are all a result of clogged pores.
To understand what a pimple is, you need to understand the difference between whiteheads and blackheads. If that pore is completely clogged and remains closed at the surface, it’s what we call a whitehead.
Whiteheads tend to:
- Be clogged with an oily substance called sebum
- Have a white appearance
- Most commonly evolve into pimples
Differing from a whitehead, a blackhead forms when a pore is only partially clogged; this allows some of the trapped sebum to slowly drain to the surface. Oh, and that black color you notice? It’s caused by the oxygen in the air as it reacts to the exposed pore.
Usually, pimples are confused as another name for acne, but that’s not the case—they’re actually another form of acne.
When a pore becomes inflamed, it’s considered a pimple; these usually develop after whiteheads or blackheads have become infected. Blood flow increases as part of your immune response, which is the body’s natural defense against acne.
Whether you have pimples, blackheads, or whiteheads, there’s still a treatment out there for you. It’s incredibly important to treat your acne, especially as an adult; failure to treat these clogged pores leaves you particularly vulnerable to scarring and more outbreaks, potentially even leaving your future health at risk.
Treating various forms of acne is a relatively simple task that involves your diet, nutritional supplements, and topical skin care treatments. Your diet tends to be the most common cause of acne—so much so that beautiful, clear skin has everything to do with what you eat and put into your body.
Altering your diet to include high protein, low-glycemic carbohydrates, and healthy fats are a great start to getting clearer skin, while eating antioxidant-rich foods will also help improve your immune system and help fight acne.
After changing your diet, adding supplements to your routine can also have a major impact on the visible health of your skin. What kind of supplements will offer the most bang for your buck, you ask? Look for those that contain antioxidants, fatty acids, and key vitamins such as Vitamin C, alpha lipoic acid (ALA), and Omega 3.
Topical Skincare Treatments
Combining topical skin care treatments with an anti-inflammatory diet and supplements can help deliver noticeable results in your face, chest, back, or shoulders. It’s all about that Three-Tiered Solution.
Look for products formulated with ingredients such as salicylic acid, ALA, and more to help clear up the appearance of your skin. As an added bonus, these advanced ingredients can also help decrease the visible signs of aging and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.