10. Use Lemon
Lemon juice is actually amazing for getting rid of whiteheads and other blemishes that make their way into your pores. It is the high acidity level that is present in lemons that makes them such a good remedy for easily getting rid of whiteheads naturally. To use lemon juice to get rid of unsightly whiteheads, juice half of one fresh lemon into a bowl. Take a cotton ball and soak it with the lemon juice and then apply it directly to your whiteheads. Make sure you apply the lemon juice gently and are careful to target each area of your face where there are impurities. The lemon juice will act quickly and effectively to help remove whiteheads as well as other blemishes like stubborn pimples and dulling blackheads. People with sensitive skin should stay away from this method, as the citric acid in the lemon juice may further irritate their skin.
11. Eat Fruits and Veggies Rich in Vitamins A & E
The health of your skin has a lot to do with the foods you feed your body. Eating a well-balanced diet that is full of all-natural healthy and nourishing foods is highly beneficial for attaining beautiful skin. Foods that contain high amounts of both vitamins A and E are recommended. Vitamin A has a number of acne-fighting functions because it contains retinoid. Retinoid are responsible for unclogging pores, reducing the amount of oil your skin produces, and suppressing androgen formation (androgens in the skin are a major cause of blemishes). Vitamin E helps protect your skin from the sun and helps treat inflammation. Try adding the following foods to your diet to help combat whiteheads and keep them from forming:
• Carrots (A)
• Dark, Leafy Greens (A)
• Apricots (A)
• Bell Peppers (A)
• Almonds (E)
• Kale (E)
• Swiss Chard (E)
• Spinach (E)
The better your diet and the more foods you introduce that contain both vitamins A and E, the healthier your skin will look and blemishes will begin to become a thing of the past. Eat a variety of these foods every day and you will notice serious changes in the health of your skin.
12. Get Plenty of Exercise
It’s no secret that exercise is good for you. Did you know however, that getting regular exercise can help with whiteheads and other skin imperfections? Regular exercise is actually one of the keys to healthy skin and should be implemented into your life to clear up your skin and make it glow.
Exercise is something that promotes healthy circulation, which is something vital for healthy skin. When blood flow in your body is increased, it carries oxygen and nutrients to different cells throughout your body, including your skin cells. This increased blood flow also works to push impurities out of your skin cells, including the toxins that are responsible for whiteheads and acne. Think of exercise as something that clears your skin from the inside out.
You don’t need to get out and run a marathon for healthy skin. Introducing your body to simple, gentle exercise such as walking or yoga are hugely beneficial in getting your blood moving and increasing the amount of blood flow to your skin cells. Fitting in an hour or so 3-5 days a week of exercise is all you need to keep your skin and body healthy. Once you get in the habit of a regular exercise routine, you will begin to notice skin clear up and whiteheads disappear.
13. Keep Your Pillows and Sheets Clean
Our pillows and bed sheets are breeding ground for bacteria, and keeping them clean will help tremendously in keeping these bacteria far from our skin and face. When we skip out on washing our pillow cases they end up posing serious risk to the health of the skin on our face. Think about it. You do all you can to keep your face clean and free from impurities and then end up sleeping for 8-10 hours on a pillow that is full of dirt and bacteria. With your face in contact with a dirty pillowcase for this long, it’s kind of hard not to develop blemishes. Being sure to wash your pillowcases and sheets at least twice a week will ensure that you’re not making your skin worse by keeping dirt and bacteria close.
Other Tips to Get Rid of Whiteheads
If your whiteheads seem to be persistent and don’t go away with any of the above mentioned methods (although they should) you may want to look toward some other alternatives to getting rid of these annoying imperfections.
Try Benzoyl Peroxide
Although not natural, benzoyl peroxide has shown to greatly diminish signs of whiteheads and other forms of acne. It is something that kills bacteria and absorbs excess oil. If you’ve never used benzoyl peroxide before, you should test a small area on your affected skin before going any further. For many, benzoyl peroxide irritates the skin and may cause redness and itchiness the first few times it’s used. If you notice that your whiteheads persist, this more than likely means you’re allergic to benzoyl peroxide and you will need to look to other methods.