Doctor's Answers (1)
It sounds like you’ve got closed comedones. In colloquial speak, whiteheads!
Comedones are formed because of increased sebum production, and debris blocking your sebaceous ducts and hair follicles.
You are already doing the right things – BHA and retinol can help with comedones. You need to use them consistently, even when you don’t see any comedones.
Some other things that may work:
Finally, superficial TCA peels can work quite well for closed comedones, in your case. Speak to your doctor about this option, but make sure you do your own reading about all the other treatments yourself first too (to ensure you don’t go in wanting one treatment, and come out having bought a special 10x whitehead acne treatment “package”).