Aside from pimples, whiteheads also belong to the public enemy of beauty care. Treating it is a beat of a challenge as its development start when the combination of sebum (oil), dirt, and dead skin cells choke your pore.
There are several approaches to deal with it including home remedies as well as over-the-counter (OTC) prescriptions or natural approach. Depending on which you prefer, or which affects you more positively, you have the free-will to choose which treatment suits you best.
Ways to Get Rid of Whiteheads
To remove whiteheads, the first step is simply to do nothing with the whiteheads. This approach is called hands-off as touching may only lead to more harm like pore-clogging with oil, dirt, and bacteria, plus it can result in irritation and permanent scarring.
Home remedies, on the other hand, are the cheapest and easiest approach against whiteheads. Usually, the ingredients you need are just around the house. However, you should be careful with ingredients that may cause skin irritation such as lemon juice, apple cider, baking soda, and sugar crystals. Some of these ingredients are too acidic for skin, especially for the sensitive one; others are too harsh and can make inflammation worse. Stop immediately if skin irritation occurs.
Meanwhile, natural remedies are becoming famous in cosmetic fans and skin treatments. The negative point on this treatments, though, is that the product may not undergo standard testing. Users are reminded to be cautious when using the following items:
1. Aloe Vera
Like tea tree oil, aloe vera is a plant-based extract that is available in some skin care products. It is reported helpful to remove acne like whiteheads though some studies are still doubtful of its use against acne.
2. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil can help clear whiteheads up through its antimicrobial properties. Some cosmetics products in the form of mask, cleansers, and spot treatments have tea tree oil substance.
3. Vitamin A Cream
Naturally, the vitamin A nutrient possesses a powerful antioxidant. Comparatively, vitamin A reduces inflammation and redness in skin health. It also promotes healthy growth for cells.
There are purchasable vitamin A-contains creams in some stores that you can apply on your face 1 to 2 times a day. But once you applied it, try not to be basked under the sun as these products may be sensitive to sunlight, causing skin redness. Always wear sunblock whenever you use these creams.
4. Witch Hazel
Its substance is extracted from the witch hazel flowering plant. It assists with whiteheads removal because of its astringent and pore opening benefits. The astringent form of witch hazel is the most convenient to use. Drop some on a cotton ball and use it on your face twice a day.
If home and natural remedies don’t do its magic, you may rely on OTC prescriptions for whitehead removal. Here are some that you may consider, but don’t take these suggestions all at once. Be patient as this remedy can take months before you can see the results. Also, taking OTC medicine at once can dry out your skin.
5. Retinoid Creams
Retinoids are acting like vitamin A but in much stronger versions. Using retinoid-based creams can make you look younger by unclogging pores.
Adapalene is one of the OTC retinoids that can be very useful when applied full-faced. Try to apply 2 to 3 nights at first if you have sensitive skin; then increase your nightly use as your skin become adapted to it. If OTC adapalene doesn’t show any positive results, you can ask your dermatologist for a better a retinoids prescription.
Remember to wear sunscreen every day as retinoids can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. If possible, avoid direct hit of sunlight.
6. Benzoyl Peroxide
This chemical can remove excess oil and bacteria plus it decreases inflammation. So it can work both in a spot and full face whiteheads treatment.
Simply look for a product that contains at least 2 percent benzoyl peroxide. Once you’ve found a product, apply it directly to the affected area once or twice a day, depending on how used your skin is with it. After the application, wash your hands, as it can bleach clothes and hair.
7. Salicylic Acid
Oil production is also prevented with salicylic acid use but applying too much can make the skin dry. Product with salicylic acid includes astringents, toners, gel, and creams, as well as most of the moisturizers. Use salicylic acid once or thrice a day.
8. Gentle Exfoliants
Exfoliants (with or without salicylic acid) can smoothen your skin plus it can eliminate excess dead skin cells, resulting for a whitehead-free face. Choose exfoliants with a gentle formula to avoid unnecessary and unwanted dryness and irritation.
Skin Care Tips
Preventing the production of whiteheads is rooted in taking care of your skin. Here are some simple tips you can follow:
- Wash your face using a mild product once every night. It is also advisable that you wash your face after playing some sports or after working out.
- When bathing or washing the face, use lukewarm water.
- Do not exfoliate every day. Too much exfoliation can result in more acne problem and skin irritation. It is better if you try to do it a few times a week. It can avoid clogging your pores through its dead skin cells removal qualities.
- Avoid scrubbing your face harshly as this can lead to skin irritation.
- Use a sunscreen that is designed for the face. General sunscreen can cause clog pores on the face.
- Regularly clean your belongings such as sunglasses, pillowcase, and smartphones to get rid of dirt, oil, and bacteria.
- Oil from the hair can also clog facial pores. So wash your hair regularly.
- Keep hair products away from your face.
If you wear makeup, here are some tips for you:
- Remove your makeup every night by washing it off.
- Clean makeup sponges and brushes every after use.
- Don’t share your applicators or makeup.
- Old makeup should be placed on trash bins. According to an article, face powders can only last up to a year while cream can only last for a few months.
- Makeup jar can harbor bacteria. So avoid using it.
- Some makeup products can less likely clog your pores. It includes products with “noncomedogenic” and “oil-free” labels.