Do you feel that when you were just about to take relief that you managed a mighty escape from breakouts, but now you are caught up with whiteheads? Fret not, for there is a solution for everything. Whiteheads and blackheads are the not so cool partners that leave your face looking one step away from being called ‘absolute clear skin’. Although whiteheads do not make your skin look bad as a breakout, these are certainly unhealthy for your skin and guess what, they are a type of acne too!
Whiteheads and blackheads are called comedones which are non-inflammatory acne blemishes. When your skin’s tiny pores are clogged with sebum or excess of facial oil produce, dust, grit, etc., they cause whiteheads. The clogged pores are hosts for bacterial growth.
They cause eruptions on the pores and form whiteheads, which are similar to acne in nature but are devoid of the puss cells, inflammation and pain. When these clogged pores with sebum and bacterial growth come in contact with air, they get oxidized and turn black- blackheads ultimately!
Whiteheads make skin rough, and gives it a dull look. They are a sign that your skin is in great need of a proper skin care routine and help. There are many ways to prevent and remove whiteheads. Topical removal of whiteheads at a spa, application of Salicylic acid and Benzoyl peroxide are few of the most effective and best ways for immediate results.
However, if you aren’t very keen about these methods you can always turn to home remedies that help to remove whiteheads. Here are few…
Whiteheads removal at home
This is one of the most trusted and simple ways to handle whiteheads. Once in a week, heat some hot water in a pan and bend over it to make your face directly hit against the steam. The warmth from the steam opens up clogged pores and loosens the whiteheads from skin surface. This makes it easier to be removed using a whiteheads removal applicator or the facial scrub you will follow up with.
2. Baking soda with water
A small amount of baking soda with water is one of the best remedies to fight against the bacterial build up on face that causes whiteheads. It also helps to balance the pH level in skin which will check on sebum production. Use this mixture as an exfoliator once in a week. If you have sensitive skin you can avoid this remedy and try others.
3. Lemon juice
Plain lemon juice for face is a brilliant hack. Its alpha hydroxyl acid content works to balance sebum, unclog blocked pores and fight bacterial build up, and also lighten the scars and marks left behind by whiteheads. The abundant source of Vitamin C in lemon juice is an additional bag of goodies for your skin. Apply lemon juice on your face twice a week and wash off after 10 minutes. Dilute the lemon juice with rose water or plain water, especially if you have already acne prone skin.
4. Tea tree oil:
This is one of the best oils that work on whiteheads. Tea tree oil is anti bacterial in nature and also an astringent. This means your skin pores are tightened and also bacterial activity is reduced to a great extent, which thereby suppresses whiteheads. Use plain tea tree oil for face, leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and wash off.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar:
If you didn’t know already, apple cider vinegar is an effective natural alternative for toner and astringent. It aids to fight bacterial infection and build up, from the skin’s surface. Mix water and apple cider vinegar in equal parts and apply it over skin using cotton ball, concentrating on the areas with whiteheads. Let it stay for 20 minutes, and wash off with lukewarm water.
You can also use other natural products to combat whiteheads. They include; cornstarch, oatmeal, honey, walnut powder, apricot, ground almonds, cinnamon, etc.
Pay attention to…
Your diet: Consume a lot of vegetables and fresh fruits. They will help to clear out the toxin build up from body. Your skin will be naturally healthy which means less of sebum and whiteheads. Take Vitamin E and C supplements since they aid in skin renewal and repair. You can either include them as tomato face packs, lemon juice, orange juice, avocado mask, etc., or consume them directly.
Your skin care routine: Exfoliate twice a week and not more than that. Cleanse face twice a day without fail. Indulge in the use of facial oils to improve overall skin health. You can try Vitamin E oil, Kumkumadi Thailam, olive oil, etc.
Keep hair away from face, change pillow cases regularly, avoid touching your face (you will be spreading the whiteheads without your knowledge), do not attempt to remove whiteheads or blackheads using your nails or fingertips (they carry the most amount of bacteria), replace face towel with disposable tissues (to keep away bacterial build up), pamper your skin with the amazing benefits of facials.
Your face products: Use cosmetic products that are non comedogenic, skin products that contain ingredients that are safe for your skin type (and do not cause you to break out). Clean your make up applicators regularly since they are the most viable source of bacteria.
Your lifestyle and hormones: Consistent everyday exercising is one of the best ways to maintain overall health and give way to good skin as well. Exercising helps you to push away toxins from within the body, and it also opens up skin pores like magic. As you sweat out your excess calories, you will also sweat out the bacterial build up from your skin. Go in for a shower post exercising.
Do not fall back on wet wipes. They do not cleanse your skin like a good face wash and water. Whiteheads also have a lot of its roots connected to hormones and genetics like every other skin factor. If home remedies do not seem to work for you, consult a dermatologist to help you out with whiteheads control.
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