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Everything You Need To Know About Closed Comedones

There is nothing more annoying than a breakout of comedonal acne. It may feel like you’re in a constant battle with bumpy skin and redness. But don’t let closed comedones get you down. 

The best way to take care of closed comedones (more commonly known as whiteheads) is to know what they are and how they form in the first place. A little knowledge can go a long way. That way, you know what you can do about it in the future. 

Comedones don’t have to be dreadful when you’re equipped with the right products to prevent and take care of them. 

What Are Comedones?

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Like most acne, comedones form when some combination of oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells build up and plug a follicle or pore. 


Closed comedones form when the follicle or pore is completely blocked and not exposed to air. This leaves a bump or a whitehead under the surface. 

Contrary to popular belief, what we think are whiteheads are pustules. Just like the name suggests, it means a pore filled with pus. Pus is a build-up of dead white blood cells.

Whereas closed comedones are not filled with pus. It’s an accumulation of debris. They may be white or even skin-toned and hard to touch.


Open comedones on the other hand are blackheads. When the skin opens and exposes the trapped debris to the air, it oxidizes and turns black.

There are also large comedones which are a type of cyst. They appear as blackheads but they’re much larger. 

It’s not inflammatory. But if left untreated it can result in inflammatory acne.

Why Am I Getting Closed Comedones?

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Comedones can pop up at any time on their own. It may indeed be triggered by your hormones regardless of age. But there are other factors to consider as well.

You may notice breakouts due to any of the following:

  • Stress

  • Diet

  • Your cleaning routines

  • Hormones

If you notice repeated breakouts of comedonal acne, it’s also important to consider your lifestyle. 

If you find closed comedones near your hairline, is it the products you’re using? 

If you find that one side of your face is prone to breakouts compared to the other, make sure that you’re washing yourself and your things. 

Change your pillowcase often. This could be contributing to the appearance of closed comedones. Also, be sure to sanitize the screen on your phone. We touch the surface of our phones often, so make it a habit to wipe it down at the end of your day.

They can also pop up because of irritated, chafed skin. Make sure your clothing isn’t too tight or repeatedly rubbing in one area. If you’re able to remove tags on clothing items, do so.

If you’re using overly harsh products on your skin, this can be another culprit as to why you’re experiencing breakouts. 

If you’re in the habit of touching your face, try to be more aware so you can break this habit. It could be contributing to why you’re having closed comedones as well.

How Do You Get Rid Of Closed Comedones?

If you’ve checked all of the above, and still find that you have closed comedones then what can you do next?

A doctor may prescribe a topical cream or extract those bumps. An esthetician could provide the same service. But treatments like that can get quite expensive with multiple visits. 

What if you could use something that could stop closed comedones before they have a chance to form?

If you’ve tried everything and you haven’t seen any results, look no further than our Clear Skin Kit

If you’re looking to balance oil, detoxify skin, and smooth your complexion, this four-step process is the solution. It works to help your skin clear up and make the bumpy, inflamed texture a thing of the past. You may see your results in as little as thirty days. 

The reason these formulas work so well is because of the specially curated ingredients we use. Everything chosen is rich in antioxidants and nourishing vitamins that minimize scarring, balance oil, and soothe inflammation.

Our formulas contain 100% vegan, natural ingredients that are amazing for your skin. Even if you’ve tried everything else, this kit may become your new best friend.

Our Clear Skin Kit helps to heal, soothe, and smooth skin without harsh ingredients that strip away skin’s good bacteria. It works to hydrate skin and give it a glowing appearance. 

Whether you have open or closed comedones, our system works to balance and decrease the oil in your skin. 

It comes with our Clarifying Hydration Dew, Radiant Cleansing Nectar, Clear Skin Elixir, and your choice of cream: The Flawless Nourishment Cream and The Flawless Water Cream.

If your skin is more on the dry side or if you’re looking for a fantastic night cream, consider our Nourishment Cream. 

If you’re oily and want something lightweight, the Water Cream is better for you.

Purging Closed Comedones

To keep your skin looking its best, also consider our Perfectionist Overnight Serum. If you’re looking for a more radiant complexion, it’s the perfect addition to your night routine.


While most brands have 1 - 3 active ingredients in their formula, ours boasts over 40!


Rich in antioxidants and Vitamins E & A, it protects, nourishes, and perfects. It evens out hyperpigmentation caused by acne, dark circles, or sun spots. It also reduces any swelling and irritation for more sensitive skin types.


Add a few drops of our serum and pat gently into the skin for absorption before adding your night cream.


Use it as a regular part of your routine and watch the quality of your skin improve.


Closed comedones seem scary but it’s very common. The good news is that it doesn’t have to rule your life. The better news is with the right tools on your side, a breakout is easy to treat. 

With an amazing skincare routine in place, you’ll have glowing skin in no time. Say bye-bye bumps and hello to the smooth skin you’ve wanted.

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