You must be familiar with blackheads but have you dealt with their long lost sister yet? Yes, we’re talking about whiteheads. You might know them as those white spots that spruce up out of nowhere and aren’t visible on your skin. But, just because you can’t see them, doesn’t mean that they don’t need immediate attention. Instead of oil being trapped on the outer surface (in the case of blackheads), a whitehead is formed when oil is trapped within your skin. Since the air can’t reach inside your skin, these spots don’t oxidize and tend to stay white.
We know what’s the first thought that pops into your head when you spot a whitehead (or two or even a group) — squeeze them out. But that’s where you’re going wrong — never ever squeeze whiteheads, especially with your fingers. This can lead to the whitehead turning into a small bump and ultimately, causing rashes and sometimes even permanent scars. And, you definitely don’t want that!
After hearing about the ill-effects of squeezing, we hope you won’t be indulging in that. But, fret not. There are several other (and more) effective ways to get rid of whiteheads — home remedies, treatments and medicines. So, if the only question in your mind is to how to get rid of whiteheads, scroll down for all the solutions.
Now that squeezing is not an option, we are here to sort you out with some super effective home remedies to remove whiteheads.
This age-old, trusted ingredient works wonders when it comes to whitehead removal. All you have to do is extract aloe vera juice from the plant, mix it with lemon juice and finally, massage it all over your whiteheads. With aloe’s cleansing power and lemon’s antimicrobial properties, this whiteheads remedy is sure a win-win.
Honestly, we can’t count the benefits of Honey just on our fingers. They are far too many, aren’t they? Add whiteheads removal to that list too. Again, the bacteria-fighting properties of honey make it work like a dream. Simply, heat honey for 10-15 seconds and apply it on your face after cleansing. Leave it on for 15 minutes. However, make sure that honey is not too hot or you'll end up burning your face (nightmare!).
In sickness or when you are looking for an effective whiteheads treatment, trust boiled water to save the day. Especially, when you’re using it for facial steam. Transfer boiled water in a container and keep it close to the affected area i.e. nose, cheeks or forehead affected by whiteheads. Alternately, you can also place hot towel on your head and let the steam transfer to your face. The warm water will cleanse your pores, helping you get rid of whiteheads.
Apple Cider Vinegar
We won’t be exaggerating when we say that Apple Cider Vinegar works like magic for your skin. So, if it makes it to our list of home remedies for whiteheads, you shouldn’t be surprised. With its antibacterial properties, the ingredient reduces inflammation and even has the power to shrink pores. Mix two to three tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in warm water and apply it on whiteheads after washing your face. Keep it on for 20 minutes and repeat the same whenever you need it.
What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when we talk about baking a cake? Okay fine, what’s the second thing - we are sure your first thought is eating it! For us, it’s baking soda. The good news is that this ingredient works just as much for whiteheads removal. You wonder why? Because of its exfoliant properties that will cleanse all impurities. Use the Baking Soda paste and apply it all over your face or simply, on your whiteheads. Keep it on till it turns into a dry paste and then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
Witch Hazel works the most as an astringent. So, you can apply it straight on your whiteheads. That’s right, you don’t have to mix it with anything. Wet cotton ball in it and use it twice a day. This is a great whiteheads on face treatment because it unclogs pores and did we mention, it reduces inflammation too?
Tea Tree Oil
If there’s one ingredient that is present in all sheet masks and face creams, it has to be Tea Tree Oil. No surprises there. After all, it has so many benefits including whiteheads removal. Dip a cotton ball in Tea Tree Oil and apply it straight on the whiteheads at least twice a day. Follow this routine till you see visible results.
A toothpaste just doesn’t improve your teeth but also, provides solution for the popular question — how to remove whiteheads from nose. Cover the whiteheads on your nose or any part of your face with a layer of toothpaste and keep it on for at least 30 minutes. Rinse it off before your skin encounters any infection. Follow this routine once or twice a day, depending on the intensity of your whiteheads.
If we have to go by what our ancestors used to say - all body problems have one solution i.e. Turmeric. Haven’t you been asked to drink haldi doodh every time you have fallen sick? Guess what? Turmeric even helps you get rid of whiteheads. All you have to do is make a paste with turmeric and water or even, honey and apply the paste on your whiteheads. Leave it on for at least 20 minutes and repeat the same twice a day.
DIY Sugar Scrub
To whoever said sugar is bad for you, has definitely never encountered whiteheads. A DIY Sugar Scrub will work wonders as a whiteheads of face treatment. All you have to do is mix sugar with honey and lemon juice and scrub it all over your face in circular motions. Wash your face with lukewarm water after a few minutes. But, don’t use this scrub too often — twice a week would make the cut just right.