What Are Closed Comedones?
A closed comedone forms when a pore becomes clogged with sebum and dead skin cells. Closed comedones are small, round bumps that appear on the skin’s surface.These are different to the common spot/whitehead/breakout as they are typically not inflamed, and sometimes look very similar to milia under the skin. They are usually white or yellow, ranging from a couple to many under the skin.
Closed comedones are caused by a combination of factors, including excess oil production and build up of dead skin cells. When these substances accumulate in the pores, they form a plug preventing the sebum from draining. This causes the pore to become clogged and a white bump to form. Topical chemical exfoliators can help to reduce the amount of oil and debris in the pores, which in turn can help to reduce the size of the comedones, as well as in clinic treatments to remove and extract the bumps. Contact Eden Skin Clinic today to learn more about closed comedone treatments.
Treatments to help reduce closed comedones
You can consider cosmetic treatments to help reduce closed comedones at both our London clinics in Kensington and Wimbledon clinics.
AlumierMD Skin Peels
Here at Eden Skin Clinic, we offer a three AlumierMD skin peels that can be used alongside AlumierMD home skincare products for optimal skin health.
The HydraFacial is an advanced skin treatment combining cleansing and exfoliation with personalised boosters to improve the appearance of a wide range of skin concerns.
Medical Microdermabrasion uses a highly controlled vacuum suspension of fine, medical-grade crystals, which are gently passed over the skin to exfoliate it. Medical Microdermabrasion is pain-free with minimal discomfort and has little in the way of recovery time.
What causes Closed Comedones?
Understanding the cause of closed comedones can help you prevent future ones. Clogged pores are the leading cause of closed comedones. Your pores can become blocked for several reasons.
**Certain life stages can increase the amount of sebum, or oil, your pores produce. The increased oil production causes clogged pores and therefore closed comedones.
These stages can include puberty, menstruation, and pregnancy. Incorrect products which are too oily or too heavy for certain skin types, not washing the skin thoroughly as well not removing makeup properly can all contribute to closed comedones occurring.
Closed Comedones can develop anywhere on your face like the cheeks, chin, and forehead. These particularly oily parts of your face are particularly prone to them forming. You may also develop them on your chest, back, and shoulders.
What is the difference between a closed comedone and a blackhead?
Blackheads are called open comedones. These comedones consist of follicles beneath your skin with large openings or pores. These large pores become clogged with a substance known as sebum. A chemical reaction with the sebum occurs under your skin. Melanin is oxidised and turns the clogged pores a black colour. Thus, it differentiates from closed comedones, which appear white in colour. The follicles beneath your skin become filled and blocked and may have a tiny opening at the top of your skin. Air can’t enter the follicle, so the content inside doesn’t undergo the same chemical reaction that causes blackheads to become dark. This results in small, raised white bumps on the skin.
Closed Comedone Treatment Costs
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