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 an unhealthy diet, stress, acne, smoking, and an unclean face. The symptoms are similar to those of acne, the only difference is that whiteheads are not painful. Whiteheads are easy to remove and can be prevented at home, by using these remedies.
The Cause Of Whiteheads
Whiteheads, also known as closed comedones, are a common type of acne blemish. They occur when pores become clogged with excess oil (sebum), dead skin cells, and bacteria. Several factors contribute to the formation of whiteheads:
- Excess Sebum Production: Increased sebum production can be triggered by hormonal changes during puberty, menstrual cycles, or hormonal imbalances. Excessive sebum can clog the pores, leading to the formation of whiteheads.
- Dead Skin Cells: The skin naturally sheds dead skin cells, but sometimes they can accumulate and mix with sebum, causing blockages in the pores.
- Bacterial Growth: Propionibacterium acnes, a type of bacteria present on the skin, can multiply rapidly in clogged pores. This can lead to inflammation, further exacerbating the formation of whiteheads.
- Hormonal Factors: Hormonal fluctuations, such as those occurring during puberty, pregnancy, or certain medical conditions, can increase sebum production and contribute to the development of whiteheads.
- Cosmetics and Skincare Products: Certain cosmetic and skincare products, particularly those that are comedogenic or contain pore-clogging ingredients, can contribute to the formation of whiteheads. Make sure to always clean the face properly before going to bed but also before applying make-up.
- Genetics: Some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to developing whiteheads and other types of acne.
It’s important to note that squeezing or picking at whiteheads can worsen inflammation and lead to potential scarring. Regular cleansing and exfoliation can prevent whiteheads.
We highly recommend following our diet to lower you sebum production and balance out your hormones.
Facial Whiteheads Around Nose And Mouth
The pores around the nose and mouth are typically larger compared to other parts of the face. Larger pores are more prone to accumulating excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria, leading to the formation of whiteheads.
The T-zone, which includes the forehead, nose, and chin, is also often oilier compared to the rest of the face. The excess sebum production in this area can contribute to the development of whiteheads, especially around the nose and mouth.
How to Naturally Get Rid Of Whiteheads
Many Home Remedies are used for all kinds of acne, have a look at our long list of natural approaches to clear you skin from whiteheads. It includes the famous tea tree oil works as it is an antibacterial and antifungal, and kills the bacteria present on the skin. You can also try facial steaming, tomatoes and many other remedies easily made at home.
For this article we’ll specifically focus on scrubs, to prevent you picking on the whiteheads an eliminating the puss with ease.
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 to your skin. Massage gently for 5 minutes, and then rinse it off with warm water.
2. Clay Mask
A 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.
3. Corn Starch & Baking Soda scrub
Mix corn starch with baking soda and vinegar in a ratio of 3:1 to make a paste. make sure to do this in a bowl big enough as the mix will bubble. Apply this to the affected area and leave it on for 15 minutes. Next, wash off using warm water.
4. Grinded Almonds scrub
Buy almond flour 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.
5. 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.
6. Garlic, Lemon Juice, and Orange Peel Scrub
Take 2 cloves of garlic, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, and ½ orange peel (you can dry the orange peels in the sun and make powder). Using a blender, make a thick paste. Apply this scrub to the affected areas. Wait for 10 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water. Repeat twice a day.
7. Sugar and Olive Oil
Mix a few drops of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of sugar. With the help of a soft toothbrush, apply it 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.
8. Soap and Salt Mix
Mix 1 tablespoon of liquid soap with ½ a teaspoon of salt. Apply the mixture to the whitehead and rub it gently. Wash your face with cold water afterward. 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.
9. Green Gram Flour
Make a scrub by mixing 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil with 1 tablespoon of green gram flour. Use this scrub every day to remove whiteheads.
Do’s When Suffering from Whiteheads
- Keep your face clean. Wash it twice 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 every day if you have dandruff.
- Keep your hands off your face.
- Get a facial treatment at the spa once 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.
Don’ts When Suffering from Whiteheads
- 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.