Anyone who suffers from acne will also have the problem of black or whiteheads on the face. Whiteheads, also known as closed comedones in medical terms, form when dead skin cells and sebum block the hair follicles. They develop under the skin and look like white bumps. Blackheads, on the other hand, are open hair follicles filled with lots of dead skin cells and sebum that have developed because of oxidation. Whiteheads are very common in people who have oily skin. Other causes include unhealthy diet, stress, acne, smoking and unclean face. The symptoms are similar to those of acne, only difference is that whiteheads are not painful. Whiteheads are easy to remove and can be prevented at home, by using these remedies.
Home Remedies for Whiteheads
1. Oatmeal Scrub
Scrubbing helps open up the blocked hair follicles. You can buy a good scrub from your local store or make one at home by mixing sugar, honey and oatmeal. Take 1/3 cup of oatmeal, ¼ cup of brown sugar and ¼ cup of honey. Mix the ingredients and apply small amounts on your skin. Massage gently for 5 minutes, and then rinse it off with warm water.
2. Facial Steaming
Steaming is the best way to get rid of whiteheads, as it unblocks the clogged skin pores. Take a facial steam, once a day.
Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C and are very good for dull skin. Simply rub the pulp of a tomato on the face, focus more on the areas with whiteheads. Leave it for 5 minutes and then wash.
Simply mix 2 tablespoons of milk with a tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of salt. Stir well. Apply it on the face in a circular motion. Wash it off with water and pat your skin dry.
- Alternatively, mix 4 tablespoons of whole milk and 1 tablespoon of regular salt in a bowl. Massage gently on the face. Wash it off after 20 minutes with cold water. Repeat two times in a day.
5. Potato Face Mask
To make the face mask, blend a few raw potatoes and apply the paste on your face. Wait for 30 minutes, and then rinse it off.
The fluoride in the toothpaste can help cure both acne and whiteheads. Simply apply a gel- based paste to the affected area of the face, let it stay for a few minutes, and then wash it off with cold water.
7. Egg and Honey Mix
Egg whites make the skin pores firm, and honey acts as a moisturizer. Mix ½ teaspoon of almond oil, 1 tablespoon of organic yogurt, egg whites from 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of warm honey. Mix well all the ingredients using a fork. Apply a thin layer on the face. Let it sit for 30 minutes. Use warm water to rinse it off.
8. Benzoyl Peroxide
Benzoyl peroxide works as an antibacterial agent which reduces the blockage that causes whiteheads. Utilize benzoyl peroxide, only if you suffer from a moderate case of closed comedones.
9. Clay Mask
Clay mask helps exfoliate dead skin cells. Apply a thin layer and allow it to dry for 10 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water.
10. Baking Soda
Mix baking soda with water and make a thick paste. Apply this paste on your face and let it sit until it dries. Wash off with warm water.
11. Warm Towel
Dip a towel in warm water. Then, squeeze out all the water. Put the towel on your face as you lie down on your back. This will help open up pores. Use this remedy for at least 10 minutes every day, at night before you hit the hay.
Apply lemon juice on your face with the help of a cotton ball. The citric acid will open up the pores, and dry the excess oil.
13. Apple Cider Vinegar
This is best used after a steam bath. Apply some apple cider vinegar on your face and let it dry. Do not rinse.
14. Corn Starch
Mix corn starch with vinegar in the ratio 3:1 to make a paste. Apply this to the affected area and leave it on for 15 minutes. Next, wash off using warm water.
Grind some almonds and mix with some rosewater and 1 teaspoon oatmeal to make a paste. Apply it on the affected area. After 15 minutes, wash with cold water.
16. Rice Scrub
Soak some rice overnight or for 5 hours, and then make a paste by grinding it. Use this as a scrub to remove all the dead skin.
17. Garlic, Lemon Juice and Orange Peel Scrub
Take 2 cloves of garlic, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice and ½ orange peels (you can dry the orange peels in the sun and make powder). Using a blender, make a thick paste. Apply this scrub on the affected areas. Wait for 10 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water. Repeat twice in a day.
18. Sugar and Olive Oil
Mix a few drops of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of sugar. With the help of a soft toothbrush, apply to the face and rub it. Keep rubbing for 5 to 10 minutes, and then wash it off with cold water. Use this remedy once a week.
Dip a cotton ball in some rosewater and apply to the face. Do not rinse it off. Application of rosewater on a daily basis will help remove whiteheads. You can also add a few drops of rosewater to any mask for better results.
20. Salicylic Acid
Salicylic acid is very effective for the removal of bacteria present on the skin’s surface. Salicylic acid is available in the form on an ointment. Keep in mind that you must apply it only on the affected areas, and not on the entire face.
21. Retinoid Cream
These creams are the ultimate solution for whiteheads and any other form of skin problems. They open up the clogged pores, kill the bacteria and remove any excess oil. Retinoid creams are easily available in any chemist shop.
22. Gram Flour (Besan)
Mix some gram flour with 1 tablespoon of raw milk or rose water and use it as a face mask. Allow it to dry, and then wash off with warm water.
23. Cinnamon Mask
This is a natural mask which you can easily make using ingredients lying in your kitchen. In a bowl, mix ½ tablespoon cinnamon powder, 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and a little water. Apply this natural mask on your face and neck. Let it dry and then wash off with warm water. Use this remedy two times a week.
Mix 3 tablespoons of yogurt, 2 tablespoons of oatmeal, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Mix thoroughly and apply to the face and neck. Leave it on for 5 minutes, and then wash it off with cold water.
25. Soap and Salt Mix
Mix 1 tablespoon of liquid soap with ½ a teaspoon of salt. Apply the mixture on the whitehead and rub it gently. Wash your face with cold water afterwards. Do this several times in a day, until the whiteheads vanish completely.
Note- If the whiteheads do not come out, wait for a day or two before trying again.
26. Green Gram Flour
Make a scrub by mixing 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil with 1 tablespoon of green gram flour. Use this scrub everyday to remove whiteheads.
Herbal Remedies for Whiteheads
27. Coriander Leaves
Make a rough paste by grinding coriander leaves, pinch of turmeric powder and a little water. Apply this paste on your face once in a week to get rid of both black and whiteheads.
28. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil works as an antibacterial and antifungal, and kills the bacteria present on the skin. It also stops further development of whiteheads. However, you must not use tea tree oil directly on the skin, as it can cause a reaction. Dilute it by mixing with water or aloe vera gel in the ratio 1:9. Cleanse your face first. Next, dab a cotton ball dipped in the tea tree oil on the affected area. Leave it to dry and do not rinse your face.
You can purchase sandalwood powder from the nearby herbal shop. Mix sandalwood powder with rosewater to make a paste. Apply this mixture on your face, and wash off when it dries.
30. Aloe Vera
Apply aloe vera gel on the face after your normal cleansing routine. It will keep the skin soft and moist.
31. Tea Bags
Empty any used tea bag and rub it on the area where you see whiteheads. Do this at least two times a weak.
32. Fenugreek Leaves Mask
Make a paste of fresh fenugreek leaves and add a little water to it. Apply on the face before going to bed at night. Rinse it off in the morning with warm water.
- Keep your face clean. Wash it twice in a day.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Eat a healthy diet that includes fresh green vegetables and fruits, especially those rich in vitamin E and A.
- Wash your hair everyday if you have dandruff.
- Keep your hands off your face.
- Get a facial treatment at the spa once in a month.
- Visit a dermatologist, if the whiteheads do not disappear after 8 weeks.
- Use oil-free makeup and foundation creams.
- Remove makeup before you hit the sack.
- Change your pillow cover once in a weak.
- Always keep your skin moisturized.
- Do not pop the whiteheads with your hands; else, it may develop into a pimple.
- Avoid oily and spicy food, alcohol, carbonated drinks, chocolates and coffee.
- Refrain from excessive exposure to the sun.