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White Spots In My Pores

Dear Sugar
I've been having trouble with the pores on my nose for months now. There's little white bits in each pore that are visible, and they really stand out when I put on foundation or powder. I've tried exfoliating, pore strips, the works and nothing seems to change. Are they really clogged? What can I do to get them clear again? Wants Perfect Pores

Dear Wants Perfect Pores
As per Dermatologist Zoe Friedman, the white spots could be closed comedones or milia. Comedones are small, white or dark bumps that give skin a rough texture. The bumps are found at the opening of a pore. Essentially, they are whiteheads and you can use a topical acne medication to help with your complexion.

Milia are deeper seeded white bumps that form when skin cells become trapped rather than exfoliate naturally. They turn into tiny cysts that appear like white beads or bumps below the surface of the skin. Milia can occur on the skin or on mucous membranes like the inner surface of the cheek or the border of the lips and they are more common in children. They need to be extracted manually.

You should probably go get checked out by a dermatologist in your area in case the bumps are something else.

Try and keep sun exposure to your face limited and wear oil-free sunscreen such as DERMAdoctor Body Guard Exquisitely Light SPF 30 For Face & Body and using glycolic acid can help remove unwanted surface debris and cleanse the pores. Exfoliating cleanser options include: DERMAdoctor Wrinkle Revenge Antioxidant Enhanced Glycolic Acid Facial Cleanser 2 and Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash .

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