Whiteheads are pesky blemishes that everyone encounters at some point or another. Whenever they pop up, we can’t wait to get rid of them as soon as possible. However, using store bought acne treatments can often be counteractive, as many of them contain harsh ingredients. Luckily, there are a number of ways that you can fight current and future whiteheads with household ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard.
Dr. Dendy Engelman told StyleCaster all about what causes whiteheads and why you should never pop them, no matter how tempted you may get:
“In those who are acne prone, the cells lining the follicle (or pore) are stickier. This can cause the opening of the follicle to get clogged. When this happens dead skin cells, sebum (or oil), and bacteria become trapped leading to a closed comedone (AKA whitehead).”
When asked whether popping whiteheads was an option, Dr. Engelman quickly turned down the idea;
“Never! It can push the bacteria in the follicle deeper into the pore and cause inflammation and potentially scarring… If you are desperate to get rid of a whitehead, acne surgery can be performed by a dermatologist or other trained professional.”
Before you resort to surgery, there are a few natural remedies you should try out to clear up your skin. Keep on reading to learn how to get rid of whiteheads naturally!
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Lemons are rich in Vitamin C, which can help the skin rejuvenate more rapidly, and get rid of whiteheads at a faster rate. Juice half a lemon, and remove the skin. Rub the skin on your face for a few minutes, and repeat twice a week. The acidity of the lemon juice can be a little harsh for your skin, so be sure to only use the outside!
Steaming your face will help to open pores and bring whiteheads to the surface. By steaming your face one to two times a week, you can help get rid of whiteheads faster without having to pop them. Simply boil one cup of water and place it in a clean container. Put your face over the container and cover your head with a towel to ensure no steam escapes. After steaming for 10 minutes, pat your face dry with a clean towel.
Oatmeal is a fantastic exfoliant because of its texture and nourishing properties. Move dead skin and bacteria from your face by preparing powdered oatmeal and mixing it with a cup of unflavored yogurt. Place the mixture on your face and let it set for about 20 minutes, and rinse off with cool water to close your pores. Repeat this process twice a week to see results!
This is a very mild option to remove the oil from your face and should be used on those who have sensitive skin. Mix equal parts sandalwood powders and rose water to form a paste and apply on the affected area. After 10 minutes, rinse with warm water.
A fantastic (and cost effective) exfoliator, sugar can be used to remove dead skin cells and trapped dirt under your skin. Mix some honey and sugar together to form a paste and massage it into your face. Leave the mixture on for about 10 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
Use fenugreek leaves to create an effective overnight mask to help get rid of white heads. Simply mix equal parts fenugreek and water and apply to your face. Let it sit on your skin overnight and rinse it off in the morning.
Apple Cider Vinegar
A great DIY astringent in case you don’t have any toner, apple cider vinegar has some ingredients that help kill bacteria that cause whiteheads and other forms of acne. Add one tablespoon to apple cider vinegar to one cup of water—this formula dilutes the vinegar since it can be harsh if applied directly to the skin. Using a cotton ball, dab the mixture onto your face and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
Tea Tree Oil
This oil’s antibacterial properties help prevent whiteheads and remove oil from below the skin’s surface. Add a few droplets onto a cotton swab, and only apply directly to the affected areas. Tea tree oil is pretty harsh, so make sure only to use this method of your skin is extremely oily. After 30 minutes, rinse your face with cool water.
A spice that many cook with, this can also be used as a spot treatment for whiteheads and pimples. Simply create a paste with the leaves and water, and apply to the affected areas.
With soothing and nourishing properties, Aloe Vera can work to prevent future whiteheads. Apply the gel straight from the aloe leaves to your face to get the best results.
Doing a yogurt mask is a great way to gently nourish your face, and eliminate whiteheads. Apply a mixture of unflavored yogurt and honey to your face for 20 minutes, and rinse off with warm water.
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