How To Get Rid Of Whiteheads

  • Posted on October 27, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Whiteheads are the small white pimples on your body as a result of production of sebum in the sebaceous glands which passes through the sebaceous duct and builds up in the hair follicles. The sebum, a mixture of fats and waxes, gets trapped when the pores are blocked and the mixture turns white or a yellowish color. Whiteheads show up as tiny hard bumps on the skins surface making it uneven.

Following are a few tips on how to get rid of whiteheads.

Don’t squeeze! This will only irritate the area and cause more problems like infection and full blown acne. It may even cause permanent scarring if you are too aggressive with the squeezing.

It is important to not pick at your face, even though the temptation is great and you may not even be aware you are doing it. Your hands are full of bacteria and will only exacerbate the condition. So before beginning any treatment on the affected area, wash your hands thoroughly. Also before cleansing it may be helpful to steam the affected area to help open up the pores. Boil some water in a pot, place the pot on the floor, and sit in a chair, bending over the pot with a towel over your head. Sit for about 10 minutes. Using a mild soap, or soap specifically medicated for acne use, cleanse the affected area by gently massaging as you wash to make sure the soap opens and reaches down into the pores. But remember gently, as again, any excessive action will cause more skin irritation. Twice a day is sufficient as overdoing it will not produce better results. After each washing you may wish to apply a medicated lotion or cream for acne which usually contain Benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

how to get rid of whiteheadsKeep in mind that washing regularly dries out the skin and dry skin is more susceptible to whiteheads, so use oil free moisturizers and keep your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water and fruit juices. This will also help to flush your system of toxins which contribute to acne.

There are numerous home based remedies and masks you can use as well to help gently exfoliate and cleanse the skin to get rid of whiteheads. Most of these home remedies for acne that are on this website often also apply to whiteheads. Find one that suits you and follow the instructions for a more natural way to treat the affected areas.

Diet plays an important role in how our bodies process natural secretions and waste product and in the way we fight infection. Try to follow the food guide recommendations and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables which are rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Fatty foods and unhealthy snacks contribute to poor skin conditions and poor overall health so avoid eating too much junk food. Although poor diet can rarely be directly blamed for having acne, a healthy body is more likely to help fight the conditions which contribute to it.

Wearing too much makeup and not cleaning it off properly at the end of the day is a huge culprit in clogging the pores causing sebum build up. Choose your makeup carefully and always make sure to wash thoroughly before going to bed each night.


So at the beginning of this article it says don’t squeeze (it is not recommended by dermatologists), but the temptation at times may be too great to resist, so here are a few tips on how to remove and get rid of whiteheads manually if you insist. As directed previously, steam the affected area to help open up the pores for easier removal. You can either use an extractor which you can purchase at a drug store which you need to sterilize first with alcohol, or you can gently use your fingertips. Wash your hands thoroughly before this procedure. With a tissue in each hand, place the tissue at the ends of your fingertips and place them at the base of the whitehead. Gently squeeze inwards then upwards. If the whitehead is stubborn and will not budge, do not force it or you will cause more irritation and damage with possible permanent scarring.

With this information on how to get rid of whiteheads and a regular daily cleansing and treatment regime, you will enjoy clearer and healthier looking skin in no time! You might also be interested in reading about how to prevent acne to hopefully help stop the spread of whiteheads!

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