I just got a bad whitehead yesterday by my upper lip. The dayyyy before I have to go to the dentist (tomorrow). Today it is red around the edges and the middle is drying up but still looks like a whitehead. This literally happened the last time I went to the dentist a few weeks ago, and now I have to just go back for a quick thing and boom, same kind of zit, same area. Last time I just went with it but this one seems even worse. and it hurts ....I thought I was doing good but this literally came out of nowhere yesterday along with a few others. I use to squeeze all my zits/pores in the past and actually got quite good at it, but i've fully committed to not touching them anymore and letting them heal on their own.....and now this. Before I would think it was crazy to just leave a whitehead, but my skin heals much better this way now and I get no marks. Plus, I'd like to be able to stick with my new plan but I do feel like ppl will judge you if you go out in public or somewhere where someone is going to be all in your mouth, and you have an intense whitehead. ughh. what would you do if you were me? besides pop it, its kind of past that point now. im thinking some concealer even though I don't wear make up often.
theres plenty of other stuff they can give u besides bp..retin a...differin...salycilic/glycolic acid...aha (alpha hydroxy acid) good luck and its always good to follow your intuitions! its ultimately your choice, not the doctors.
try african black soap! there's a good article on the website xojane about it posted just a few days ago. they won't let me post the link here but google "xojane african black soap". it has helped clear my insanely bumpy/clogged pore skin and just salycilic acid did nothing for me either. xxxx
you could try shea butter. it doesn't break me out at all and will absorb into even the driest skin. Jojoba oil wouldn't really absorb for me either. Shea butter is extremely effective but some have reported it to be comedogenic, but most find it non comedogenic. also African Black Soap is a good alternative cleanser to bp w/similar effects.