The good fortune of blemish-free skin does not favor us all. In fact, excessive oil and skin cells, every day exposure to bacteria, fluctuations in one’s hormonal levels, a stressful lifestyle, unhealthy food intake and one’s genetics key in as contributing factors to whiteheads. A pore that has been plugged and is covered with a thin layer of skin is called a whitehead. As they have no air exposure, a lack of oxygen causes them to remain white.
Although some people characterize whiteheads as dirt, it is important to remember that they can simply not be washed and should therefore not be connected to poor hygiene. Whiteheads can make an appearance anywhere on the body, however, most commonly the nose, forehead, cheek, chin and shoulders are affected.
10 ways to treat whiteheads at Home.
Incorporating some home remedies using ingredients found in the kitchen or fridge can help you immensely. These simple remedies will help you in experiencing a marked improvement in your whitehead problem.
Facial steaming tends to soften the debris that is lodged inside pores ensuring easy removal. Once the skin’s surface is warm, it becomes receptive to treatments such as masks and serums. In addition, one can see a rosy flush across their skin which is evidence of improved blood circulation.
- Bring to a boil water in a small pot.
- Pour water into a bowl and add essential oil (such as lemon, rosemary etc). You may add an herbal tea bag instead to achieve the same result.
- Using a towel as a cover, expose your face to the steam for 5 to 10 minutes.
2. Fruit Peel Scrub:
Scrubs help in exfoliating dead skin cells and clearing clogged pores. Citrus fruits consist largely of a dependable supply of vitamin C – this tightens skin and provides protection against acne. The natural bleaching agent in citrus fruits also helps lighten the tanned skin.
- Dry peels of citrus fruits (oranges, limes, lemons, etc) in the sun.
- Grind dried peels with some coarse brown sugar.
- Rosewater and some cream of milk should be added to the powder.
- Apply on skin and rub it in the opposite direction when half dried.
- Rinse skin with lukewarm water after 20 minutes and pat dry.
- Repeat at regular intervals (twice or thrice weekly) for best results.
3. Tea tree Oil
Tea-tree Oil is touted for its antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It also seeps into the barriers between skin and sebum producing glands to keep clear skin.
A cotton ball should be soaked in tea tree oil to dab onto the area affected by whiteheads. This will help fight bacteria and prevent breakouts.
4. Lemon and Egg White Mask
A potent natural treatment for oil and bacteria elimination comes in the form of lemon juice. It helps in banishing blackheads and lightening of spots caused by sun and hyperpigmentation. In addition, whites of eggs are known to brighten and tighten the skin which feels like provide a natural lift.
- Beat an egg white and a teaspoon of lemon juice to produce a mixture of smooth consistency.
- Apply this mask on your clean face, covering the face entirely.
- Leave the mask on for 20 – 25 minutes to dry.
- Peel off gently using your fingers.
5. Baking Soda
Baking soda is an amazing exfoliator that provides excellent results. It can be used to create a deep pore cleansing mask that is successful, unlike any other ingredient. It can effectively slough off dead skin and dirt while regulating the pH levels of your skin.
- To four tables of baking soda add a cup of warm mineral water.
- Apply the mixture evenly onto your face and leave it on for 10 minutes.
- Remove the mask by rinsing with cold water and finish your treatment by moisturizing.
It is recommended that a deep pore cleanse such as this should be followed after facial steaming to maximize results.
The simplest and perfect ingredient for a face mask is the tomato providing nourishment from vitamin A, C and K. Natural antioxidants and minerals found in the fruit can serve as a cleanser to remove makeup, dirt and dead skin build up. Additionally, oil can be neutralized by regular use of tomato.
A small tomato should be peeled and mashed. The pureed tomato is to be applied to skin affected with whiteheads. This is best as an overnight treatment so leave the pulp on your face and sleep. Wash face with warm water in the morning to reveal clear and glowing skin.
Cornstarch has benefits of soothing any skin irritation, including sunburn and allergies. It also works best at absorbing oil.
Take 3 parts of cornstarch and one part apple cider vinegar (works as a natural toner). Mix both ingredient well in a bowl. Apply the paste onto skin affected by whiteheads and leave to dry for 15-30 minutes. Once dry, wipe with a clean cloth. Wash face with lukewarm water to clean residue. Create a paste by mixing both ingredients. Apply mixture for 15-30 minutes. Finally, a cold water rinse is required to close your pores.
8. Blanched Almonds:
Almonds are packed with antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acid and most importantly vitamin E.
Grind a handful of pre-soaked almonds. Adding two tablespoons of almond paste with two tablespoons honey and a squeeze of lemon make a paste. Exfoliate skin with the honey and almond scrub. Wash off after 15-20 minutes for best results.
Oatmeal consists of anti-inflammatory components helping to soothe dry, irritated or itchy skin. It also effectively absorbs sebum while exfoliating the skin.
To two tablespoons of oatmeal add a tablespoon of honey. Apply mixture onto your skin for 20 minutes. Clear blocked pores with lukewarm water.
An alternative to honey can be plain yogurt. Once you have exfoliated your skin, rub an ice cube over it to close pores and avoid future clogging.
Potatoes provide an ample supply of vitamin C which is vital for skin health. It helps to fight dark spots and wrinkles.
Grate a raw potato and apply the paste as well as juice onto your skin. This helps in fighting white heads. For best results, the affected skin should be massaged twice every day with potato that has been grated.
Prevention is Better than Cure:
Primarily, to ensure you have healthy skin you should focus on keeping hydrated. An accumulation of toxins in one’s blood and liver tend to cause chronic skin problems. Drinking a recommended 8 or more 8 oz. glasses of water helps you flush out deadly toxins.
At the end of your day, remember to remove all your makeup before you hit the bed for well-deserved beauty sleep. Make up that remains on skin can cause build-up in pores and can clog them. Clean your face with a mild cleanser that suits your skin.