Whiteheads are another form of acne, just like pimples and blackheads. Anyone who’s ever suffered from acne (and most of us have) know just how unsightly whiteheads can be. They can appear anywhere on the face, nose, chin, forehead, or chest and are excellent at spoiling your blemish-free and polished look.
Most common in people with oily skin as well as those going through hormonal changes, like teenagers and pregnant women, whiteheads are an unsightly addition to an otherwise pretty face.
Whiteheads end up showing up on your skin when your pores become clogged. Stemming from the sebaceous glands that naturally produce oil to moisturize your skin, whiteheads will appear when there is excess sebum secretion. Oil ends up getting trapped inside the pores along with dirt and other impurities and turns into a white little pustule, which is commonly known as a white head.
Since they’re not exposed to oxygen like blackheads are, they usually appear as white or yellowish color. Whiteheads most often show up on the cheeks, nose, and chin especially in teens that are going through a host of hormonal changes.
Getting Rid of Whiteheads Naturally
There are plenty of ways to naturally get rid of annoying and unsightly whiteheads. The first rule of advice is never to pop them! Doing so will only make things worse and could turn your little whitehead into a full-blown big, ugly pimple.
No one wants that, and the best thing for you to do when they show up is to try some of the following at-home remedies that will help to naturally get rid of your whiteheads without causing any further irritation to your skin.
Always remember that taking preventative measures to keep whiteheads (and other forms of acne) from forming is something that should be taken seriously. Get in the habit of establishing a regular facial care routine. Whether you’re prone to oily, dry, or combination skin, wash in the morning and evening with a face-wash specifically made for your skin type. Establishing good skin care habits are essential for beautiful skin at any age.
If you’ve got whiteheads, or know you’re prone to whiteheads, look toward the following remedies and preventative measures to keep your skin looking smooth, beautiful, and polished.
13 Ways to Prevent and Get Rid of Whiteheads
1. Wash Your Hands Before You Touch Your Face
Your hands come in contact with pretty much everything in your environment and pick up a lot of dirt, bacteria, and germs. While you shouldn’t ever really touch your face with your hands, we all well know that this can be next to impossible.
Making sure you wash your hands regularly, and always before you touch your face, will keep whiteheads and other forms of acne from becoming more aggravated. Keeping your hands clean all the time will also help prevent any germs and bacteria from making their way to your precious pores.
Keeping your hands clean, and always washing them before you touch your face is one of the best methods for preventing whiteheads, as well as making them worse. If you are seriously prone to bad skin, be sure to wash with antibacterial soap before touching your face.
2. Establish a Regular Facial Cleansing Routine
Keeping your face clean is really a no-brainer when it comes to preventing and getting rid of whiteheads. The thing is, many of us don’t wash our faces on a regular basis and then end up wondering why our skin gets so bad. Establishing a regular facial cleansing routine is vital for beautiful skin, and you should wash at least twice a day to ensure you keep your skin clean.
Washing your face once in the morning and once at night before bed will keep your face clean and minimize the chances of dirt and oil building up in your skin and resulting in unsightly little whiteheads. Choosing a facial cleanser that has alpha hydroxy acids or salicylic acid will help unclog pores and help keep your complexion smooth and blemish free.
3. Use a Natural Apple Cider Vinegar and Green Tea Toner
Part of your daily skin care routine should include the use of a natural toner. Toners are a great way to keep skin and pores clean, and some even work to help clear blemished skin. A homemade toner consisting of apple cider vinegar and green tea is one of the best toners you can use to get rid of whiteheads and will add some serious brilliance to your skin.
To make this natural toner, mix one part brewed green tea and one part apple cider vinegar in a glass jar. After washing your face apply this to your skin with a cotton ball. The apple cider vinegar smell will go away when it dries and you’ll be left with a deeper clean than you can get by washing alone.