white·​head | \ ˈhwīt-ˌhed How to pronounce whitehead (audio) , ˈwīt-\

Definition of whitehead

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a small whitish elevation of the skin (as on the face) due to retention of sebum and dead skin cells in a skin pore blocked by a thin layer of epithelium

called also closed comedo, comedo, milium

— compare blackhead sense 1


biographical name (1)
White·​head | \ ˈhwīt-ˌhed How to pronounce Whitehead (audio) , ˈwīt-\

Definition of Whitehead (Entry 2 of 3)

Alfred North 1861–1947 English mathematician and philosopher


biographical name (2)

Definition of Whitehead (Entry 3 of 3)

William 1715–1785 English dramatist; poet laureate (1757–85)

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Salicylic acid dots target the pore-clogging gunk in your average pimple, clay and charcoal stickers remove blackheads, and hydrocolloid patches make quick work of whiteheads. Deanna Pai, Condé Nast Traveler, "6 Spot Treatments to Save Your Skin from Breaking Out While Traveling," 5 Aug. 2019 Body acne tends not to show up as frequently as blackheads, but instead can be whiteheads, pimples and cysts. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "What Is Acne? What Causes Pimples and How to Treat Them," 27 June 2019 Unlike cysts, blackheads, or whiteheads, lipomas don't ooze or spew pus. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "The 7 Biggest Dr. Pimple Popper Lipoma Extractions Ever," 5 July 2019 There are two different types of comedones: Open (blackheads) and closed (whiteheads). Allure, "How to Get Rid of Blackheads, According to Dermatologists," 3 May 2019 Salicylic acid is really only ideal for blackheads and whiteheads. Kat Suico, Allure, "The 21 Best Skin-Care Tips of All Time, According to Dermatologists," 23 Mar. 2019 The five-product range — made to cleanse, exfoliate, tone, treat, and moisturize — is stacked with pore-care superstars, all meant to efficiently combat the most common and irritating skin issues like whiteheads, blackheads, and uneven skin texture. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "This K-Beauty Brand Just Launched at Walmart and Products Are Already Selling Out," 1 Aug. 2018 Apparently, one full hour of watching Dr. Sandra Lee (better known as Dr. Pimple Popper) work her magic and drain pus from some of the biggest cysts, boils, and whiteheads is still not enough. Hilary Shepherd, Teen Vogue, "Dr. Pimple Popper Launches New Website With Behind the Scenes Videos," 8 Aug. 2018 Unfortunately, blind pimples are more difficult to treat than a whitehead or blackhead. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Blind Pimples," 30 Oct. 2018

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1886, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of whitehead

: milium

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