What You’re Seeing: A typical zit with a white dot in the center.

What’s Going On: Blame it on your clogged pores. “Skin cells stick together inside your pores, blocking the opening, ” explains Dr Puneet Goyal. The white you see at the top — hence “whitehead” — is the blocked pore. Oil trapped beneath it mingles with grime and bacteria, causing inflammation and the red, swollen bump that ultimately makes a pimple.

How to Handle It:
Consider salicylic acid your secret weapon. “This beta hydroxy acid helps remove excess oil and exfoliate dead cells from the skin’s surface to keep pores clear, ” says Dr Puneet.

Inflammatory Acne — Papules
What You’re Seeing: Patches of small, red zits that don’t come to a head.
What’s Going On: Meet papules. No, they’re not things you’d find growing on the grounds of Hogwarts (though they sound like it). These are a type of inflammatory acne and they’re the work of bacteria. “Growth of the bacteria p. acnes on the skin promotes inflammation, causing acne bumps to become red and tender, ” says Dr Puneet Goyal.

How to Handle It:

Your best bet is benzoyl peroxide. “Benzoyl peroxide can kill acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation, “. Try a cream like the BPO & ADAPLENE Duo Dual-Action Acne Treatment, which also exfoliates with lipo-hydroxy acid. Be aware that it can seriously dry out skin so moisturize well after you use it.


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