Whiteheads are no less annoying than pimples. If you are prone to get pimples and acne zits, you’re bound to get whiteheads too. And they appear mostly on your T-zone area that is the area on your face that consists of nose, forehead and chin area. Whiteheads, usually called closed comedones in medical terms, form due to excess sebum and dead skin cells that further end up blocking the hair follicle underneath the skin pores when dirt and grime accumulate on your face. I know, they are as irritating as any other acne zits. And don’t even get me started how badly our fingers itch to pop those stubborn white bumps and in the process to do so, we end up having more of them. But, we’re going to reveal some tips and tricks on how to get rid of whiteheads so they won’t mess up with your beautiful face again. Follow the below mentioned tips and get clearer skin in no time!
1. Keeping Hands Away From Your Face
No matter what, for god’s sake, DO NOT touch the whiteheads on face without washing your hands properly. You want to know why? Because your fingers are tend to be covered with full of bacteria, dirt and grime by the things you handle and touch throughout the day. Touching your face without washing your hands will only transfer those bacteria from your hands to your face. And result? You give permission to those whiteheads to appear more. Surely, you wouldn’t want them right? So it is always advisable to clean your hands with a good anti-bacterial hand wash.
2. Regular Face Cleansing
If you want to escape from the fact of getting whiteheads forever, you have to make it a habit to cleanse your face regularly-once when you wake up in the morning and other before your bed time. This step will keep whiteheads at bay as cleansing your face at regular intervals will minimize the production of excess oil and will remove every tiny bit of dirt and pollutants that have gathered on your face all day long. Make sure to invest in a good quality cleanser that claims to lessen oil production and helps to remove whiteheads on face.
3. Scrub Every Alternate Day
Exfoliating your skin ensures removal of dead skin cells that clog your pores. So exfoliate, exfoliate and exfoliate. It is even better to steam your face before exfoliating as it opens up the pores and makes it easier for scrub to clean. It is always recommended to use a toner after scrubbing to close your skin pores. Alternatively, you can even use ice cube to run over your face after scrubbing to close your pores.
4. Pamper it with a Moisturizer
Dry skin is also prone to whiteheads. Applying moisturizer after washing and exfoliating ensures your skin to retain moisture and keep it away from drying. Whatever your skin type is, a good moisturizer is must for your skin. Those being said, spend some money in a good moisturizer. If you have oily skin, invest in water based moisturizer and if you have dry skin, choose moisturizer that will hydrate your skin from deep within.
5. Mask Once a Week
If you want to remove whiteheads real quick, it is advised to do face masking every once a week. It is because no other beauty products can remove dead skin cells better than a face mask. You can prepare your own face mask at home. Haldi and honey, both these ingredients go really well with each other as these two have anti bacterial properties. Make a paste of these two and apply on your face for 20 minutes. Later, wash it off with cold water.
6. Make Up Removal
Many of us tend to forget remove our make up after returning from work. If you really want to bid goodbye to whiteheads forever, you must never forget eliminating your make up from your face before bedtime. It is so because make up gives access for your skin to clog due to dirt and impurities which further results into whiteheads and blackheads. As we have already discussed before, coconut oil and coconut water can really serve as the best make up removal. If you want to go all natural, dab some cotton ball in coconut water or oil and wipe your face with it.
Best Homemade Remedies to Get Rid of Whiteheads:
Exfoliate With Oatmeal
Oats are really good exfoliators and helps removal of dead skin cells. All you need to do is make a mixture of honey, oats and sugar all together and apply it on the T-zone are or the areas where you’re prone to whiteheads. Scrub that area for 5-7 minutes and wash it off. Oats and sugar will help open up blocked hair follicles whereas honey will help to moisturize and kill acne causing bacteria.
Steam It Up
A facial steam (usually known as sauna) is one of the most effective cure for whiteheads problem. The steam helps in opening your skin pores and releases the buildup of dirt and grime, oil and dead cells. What you need to do is boil some water in a pan and when you notice the steam is forming, turn off the heat. Place your face over the pan while holding a towel over your head so that steam is entrapped in the region of your face only. Let your face soak the steam for about 6-12 minutes and pat your face dry with a clean towel. Do this every alternate day.
Lemon juice is a clear shot way to cure whiteheads. It has many inflammatory properties and it is enriched with hydroxy acids which helps exfoliate skin and assists cell regeneration. It even helps in removing excess sebum from your skin pores. Simply dip a cotton ball in lemon juice and apply all over your face. Let it dry for a while and rinse it off immediately.
Brown Sugar Scrub
DIY sugar scrub can do miracles to your skin. It exfoliates your skin so that your skin gets rid of dirt, excess oil and dead cells which are the main reasons for skin debris. Mix 1 tablespoon of brown sugar with ½ tablespoon of honey. Gently massage this scrub on your nose and chin areas where everyone is likely to get whiteheads. Do this for 5-7 minutes. Wipe it with the help of a clean cloth and wash your face. Repeat this twice a week to witness a remarkable result.