Everyone gets whiteheads at one point or another. Yes, we all want clear skin but it’s not always possible. Whiteheads are probably the most common issues that people without perfect complexions have to deal with. I’m going to share everything that I know about whiteheads, what they are, how you can prevent from getting them and how to treat them in the event that they show up on your skin.
What’s A Whitehead?
A whitehead is a specific type of acne. It’s a comedone that can appear anywhere on your body but typically shows up on your chest, face, shoulders, and back. Whiteheads and blackheads are often confused with one another. A whitehead has a closed comedone versus a blackhead that has an open comedone. Neither of which are very appealing and both are a pain to deal with. The whitehead is not referred to as a pimple because a pimple is filled with red liquid or some sort of oil.
What Causes Whiteheads
Now that you know the difference let me explain what causes these ugly skin blemishes. As our pores get clogged, a whitehead will often form. Pores of our skin get clogged very easily, especially during the years in which we are going through puberty. In some cases, taking medications can cause our bodies to produce more oil that can clog the pores of our skin.
Preventing Whiteheads From Forming
Common with typical skin care issues, the most effective way to treat a whitehead is to put forth best efforts to avoid getting them. That doesn’t mean that I’m suggesting that you scrub your skin a ton. Nor am I suggesting that you do anything drastic that may further disrupt your skin. Doing so may only lead to the further onset of whiteheads. Instead, you should think about incorporating a skin care routine that consists of the following actions:
– Always washing your skin with warm water.
– Using a high quality yet gentle cleanser.
– Using a salicylic acid
– Using a vitamin C serum
Both the salicylic acid and the vitamin C serum can be purchased without a prescription. Both of these types of products are great when it comes to removing oil from your skin and protecting your recently cleansed skin. Therefore, they both work well to prevent whiteheads from forming. There’s no surefire way to prevent them from occurring but it helps.
There are different types of treatments that you can get if you want to eliminate those ugly whiteheads. Some people are more prone than others to have these types of breakouts. If you’re more prone to getting whiteheads then you may need to take extra precautions. Whatever route you wish to take, homeopathic or traditional, both methods have been known to work. You simply need to find the best method for you personally.
If you’re not sure which route you want to take, you can take the most economical and least invasive home remedy approach. In the event that doing that doesn’t work for you then you can decide to see a professional to obtain something that’s prescription strength.
Regardless of which treatment you choose to try, you should never ever pop your whiteheads. Doing so can mean more risks versus the benefits. If you pop your whiteheads, the debris which is blocking the pores can spread to cause other issues with your skin. Always leave whiteheads to cure and clear up themselves, no matter how tempting it is to pop them.
If you choose to take the home remedy approach, then you may find yourself having a few extra benefits in doing so. For starters, they work relatively quickly and do so without incorporating the use of nasty chemicals. Not too mention you’re likely to smell great!
Here are some home remedies that can clear up your whiteheads.
Heat can help open up your clogged pores. What you can do is incorporate a steam bath or a hot shower. I also recommend applying a very warm damp clean towel to your face. If you decide to do this then you should do it daily.
Homemade scrubs are awesome and they work great. Some scrubs can be made with just a few simple ingredients that can be found in your kitchen. (Read this article to learn all about it.) It’s okay to try different scrubs every few days. The important thing is to scrub your skin very gently. It’s important to follow up your homemade scrub session with an oil-free moisturizer.
You can make an oatmeal scrub, salt scrub, sugar scrub or even a tea scrub. In fact, tea tree oil is great for your skin because it’s very astringent. Simply, drop a few dabs of this on your whiteheads. It may help clear up your whiteheads quicker.
There are a few other ways that you can try and clear up your whiteheads. Although I typically don’t advise this method, you could always try a dab of toothpaste on your whitehead. Another technique that you can try is applying lemon juice to your skin. This is pretty easy, all you need to do squeeze half a lemon onto a cotton pad and apply the pad to your skin.
If these techniques don’t work then you need professional help. In that case, I suggest that you let a dermatologist check you out.
Some of the techniques that you can count on a dermatologist recommending that you try taking antibiotics or Retin-A. Both of these help with cell turnover and skin rejuvenation. They may also suggest that you apply Azelaic acid cream or gel, which helps reduce bacteria on your skin.
If you can find a way to get your skin under control, then you’re not going to need to worry about taking any of these medications. All those pesky whiteheads can be controlled with home remedies. Best of luck and let me know if you need any further help clearing up those whiteheads!