Whiteheads spoil your looks. So learn how to get rid of whiteheads fast to have a blemish-free and pleasant look without having whiteheads on your face, nose, cheeks, chin or chest. Whiteheads are more common with the people with oily skin. They are more common with those who are undergoing hormonal changes, like teenagers and pregnant women.
Whiteheads are a form of acne. Just like pimples and blackheads, they are caused by clogged pores. The sebaceous glands produce oil to moisturize your skin. When there is excessive sebum secretion (like during teenage due to hormonal imbalance), oil builds up inside the pores along with dirt and dead skin cells. This trapped oil swells and turns into a white pustule and is known as a whitehead. They usually are of white or yellowish color, as they are not exposed to oxygen like blackheads are. They generally occur on nose, cheekbone & chin and affect both women and men during teen years and beyond.
A word of caution is not to pop your whiteheads with your hands, as that will aggravate your problem, causing pimples, infection and even scarring.
Getting Rid Of Whiteheads On Face, Nose And Chin At Home
The best effective way to get rid of whiteheads naturally is to learn and follow good skin care practices to prevent whiteheads. And even if whiteheads appear on your skin, do not worry; you can remove whiteheads successfully by following the “How to Get Rid of Whiteheads Fast Home Remedies” tips outlined below:
How To Prevent Whiteheads?
The most effective way to control whiteheads is to prevent whiteheads from occurring. Following are the preventive measures:
(i) Wash your hands before you touch your face: Do not touch your whiteheads / blackheads / acne. Dirt / Bacteria / Germs on your unwashed hands can aggravate your whiteheads problem. If you must touch your face then wash your hands first thoroughly with antibacterial soap.
(ii) Keep your face clean: Wash your face twice daily, in the morning and at night, with a cleanser to keep your face clean and thus minimizing the chances of oil and dirt building up in your pores. Pat your face to dry, do not rub. Choose a cleanser that has alpha hydroxyl acids or salicylic acid to unclog your pores to ensure that you are less likely to have whiteheads, blackheads and acne (For Acne Read Home Remedies For Acne).
(iii) Exfoliating / Scrubbing: Exfoliate at least once a week. Exfoliating is simply a gentle scrubbing of your skin. Use a facial scrub according to your skin. Exfoliating is a must to get rid of whiteheads, as it helps in removing dead skin cells that clog your pores. To exfoliate your skin more effectively, it is recommended you steam your face before exfoliating to open up your pores. For this follow following steps:
(a) Boil water in a small pan or pot. When the water is boiling, take it off the stove and place it down carefully.
(b) Sit down on a chair. Place the pan of hot water near your feet. Place a towel over your head, lean over the pan to allow the steam come up to your face. Let it steam for 5-10 minutes. Steaming your face lead to opening up of your pores wider, making it easier for your scrub to clean.
(c) After exfoliating, rinse your skin / face thoroughly with clean water, use a skin toner to close your pores. Alternatively, wrap cotton cloth around an ice cube and run it over your face to close your pores.
(d) An alternative to steaming your face is to dip a towel in warm water, squeeze dry, and apply to your face. Repeat it for a few times to make all your face warmed up and let your pores opened up.
(e) If you do not want to use an exfoliating product from the market, you can use oatmeal and curd mix as an effective natural exfoliant.
(iv) Moisturize: Washing and exfoliating are good to keep your face silky and supple. But both can leave your skin dry. Apply moisturizer on your face so that your skin keeps the moisture and does not dry. Dry skin is also susceptible to whiteheads. Applying moisturizer on your face is good irrespective of whatever type of skin you have. We recommend an oil-free moisturizer with salicylic acid.
(v) Mask: You can use a clay mask. It is helpful in removing most dead skin cells. Alternatively, you can use home-made thick paste of baking soda and water. Apply it over your face, let it dry and thereafter wash your face thoroughly with water.
(vi) Remove makeup every night: Makeup clogs your pores and contributes to occurrence of whiteheads / blackheads (For treating Blackheads Read How to Get Rid of Blackheads) / acne. Remove makeup with a good cleansing milk or baby oil and wash your face every night before you sleep to let your face skin breathe.
How To Remove Whiteheads Manually?
We do not recommend you to remove whiteheads manually; as it can lead to infection and scarring. But if you want to do it follow these steps with care:
(i) Wash your hands with antiseptic soap.
(ii) To remove whiteheads, first you need to open your skin pores. For this wash your face and follow the same directions for steaming your face as mentioned above.
(iii) Before using extractor sanitize it with alcohol, especially the tip that you will use to extract your whiteheads. Position the extractor on the targeted whitehead, squeeze gently until the sebum / whitehead is extracted completely. If the whitehead does not come out easily, do not force it, as it can cause scarring and infection.
(iv) Wash your hands and message your face with ice cubes. This will act as a natural toner and helps prevent infection.
How To Get Rid Of Whiteheads Using Topical Medication?
If after following above skin care tips about how to get rid of whiteheads naturally, you still get them, use the following procedure to apply over the counter topical medications.
(i) Wash your face or affected area with a mild cleanser or soap. Do this only twice a day. Excessive washing can make your whiteheads worse.
(ii) Pat dry with a clean towel and wait for about 5-10 minutes. Applying any medicine just after washing can irritate your skin.
(iii) Get an over-the-counter acne treatment product, the one which contains benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.
(iv) Apply the OTC product over your whiteheads on face, chin, nose and other affected areas having whiteheads.
(v) Consider these OTC products:
(a) Products containing Benzoyl Peroxide: Benzoyl Peroxide effectively kills the bacteria present in your skin pores and absorbs the oil as well. If you are using it for the first time, try a small quantity first on the affected area. Leave it to dry for 5-10 minutes before moisturizing. It can cause itching and redness on the first few tries. If the whiteheads do not go away, it means you are allergic to it. In such a case, you visit your dermatologist to check about alternative medication to remove your whiteheads.
(b) Products containing Salicylic Acid: Salicylic Acid helps slough off dead skin cells in order to open the clogged pores. It also helps dry up the excessive oil causing whiteheads. However, it may lead to some tingling when you apply it to your skin due to its acidic composition.
(i) If your skin is too sensitive, we recommend either you to apply natural home remedies for whiteheads instead of using otc products or consult a dermatologist.
(ii) If you develop skin rash or blisters or experience intense itching, redness, or swelling, stop using these products and consult a dermatologist.
Precaution: Never over use such OTC whitehead removal products. Use these products as many times as recommended on these medicines. Using in excess will not in any way remove whiteheads faster. It will only contribute in irritating your skin causing redness, inflammation, and even more whiteheads.
Natural Beauty Tips:
(i) Facial Products And Cleansers: Use facial products and cleansers with alpha hydroxyl acids, salicylic acid, or benzoyl peroxide for getting rid of whiteheads.
(ii) Use water based products instead of oil-based products: When choosing your cleansers, moisturizers, makeup and other beauty products do not use oil-based beauty products. They aggravate your acne / whiteheads / blackheads / pimples problems, as they result into oil-buildup. Instead of oil-based, use water based products to remove whiteheads.
(iii) Try to avoid too much of makeup, where ever you can. Makeup tends to clog your pores, which is the main cause of whiteheads and acne.
Natural Home Remedies For Removing Whiteheads Fast At Home
(i) Drink eight to ten glasses of water a day, to flush out toxins and detoxify your system and skin. This will keep you hydrated and less susceptible to pimples and other types of acne.
(ii) Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Include those that are rich in vitamin A and E in your diet (including green leafy vegetables) to keep your system and skin healthy.
(iii) Rub gently lemon on your face. It works as antibacterial agent and the mild acid in it helps in opening pores and removing whiteheads.
(iv) Go for daily exercises. They not only help you in getting away excess oil from your system but help in oxygenating your skin to make it firm and healthy.
(v) Frequently change your bed sheets and pillows. This will help you in keeping your pillow cover bacteria free which otherwise aggravate skin problems, including whiteheads.
(vi) Keep your hair clean. The natural oil from your hair runs down on your face which is the main cause of pimples / whiteheads around the hair line. Clean hair leads to less likelihood of whiteheads on your face.
In case whiteheads and acne problem persist or are acute, we recommend that you consult a dermatologist to remove whiteheads.
Follow the above outlined methods about How to Get Rid of Whiteheads on face, chin and nose and have a blemish-free, clear, charming and glowing face.
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