Whiteheads are a form of acne that typically appears on the skin as small, round, white bumps. This type of acne is caused when sebum, dirt and dead skin cells clog the pore area and block the pore opening. People with excess sebum production usually have this problem. Pollution, genetic factors, oily food can trigger these whiteheads. Most of the hair follicles on your body produce sebum, so it is possible to get whiteheads on other areas of your skin besides your face.
There are benzoyl peroxide creams and gels such as Benzac AC available in medical shops, which works better to remove and control these whiteheads. Here are a few most effective home remedies to remove whiteheads:
Home Remedies To Treat Whiteheads:
Facial steam is very effective in opening the pores and removing the dirt and bacteria that have clogged in the pores.
Fill a pan with hot water and place your face over the pan while covering with a large towel over your head so that the steam do not escape. Allow your face into the steam for 15-20 minutes. You can also use a clean towel soaked in hot water instead. Wring out the excess water and place the towel over the face. Dip the towel again in hot water and repeat for 15 minutes.
Once the pores are open, use a Salicylic acid face wash( Ranbaxy Minozs Foaming Face Wash, Amazon.in) to deep clean the pores and remove all the dirt and bacteria trapped into the pores. Rinse your face with cold water for 1-2 minutes to close the pores.
Exfoliation is the key for clean skin. Baking soda maintains the pH balance of the skin and also works as a gentle exfoliate. Mix one tbsp of baking soda with a little water and gently rub the paste over the skin for few seconds to remove the whiteheads. Repeat twice a week. It removes the dead skin cells and also deep cleanses the skin which is essential for controlling acne.
Take half cup of oatmeal and half cup of sugar and run in mixer to form a coarse powder. Store this powder and use as a scrub. Take 2 tbsp of the scrub and mix with one tbsp of lemon juice or a little water. Rub this paste over the affected areas of skin for 5 minutes gently. Wash with cold water. Repeat 2-3 times a week for good results.
Apple Cider Vinegar is a great astringent. It removes excess oil and it also has great anti-bacterial properties. Mix one tbsp of vinegar with one tbsp of water and apply this solution over the face using a cotton ball. Leave for 10 minutes and rinse with plain water. Apple Cider Vinegar can also be used in face packs.
Cinnamon has skin regenerating properties. The antimicrobial properties of cinnamon removes the dead cells and bacteria and controls acne. It improves blood circulation and makes the skin very healthy. Cinnamon powder can be used as a scrub or as face pack.
Mix one tbsp of cinnamon powder, one tbsp of oatmeal powder and 1-2 tbsp of honey. Mix little water to make a thick paste. Apply this over the face and leave for 10 minutes. Rinse with cold water.
Cinnamon is very strong and you may feel burning sensation on skin. Avoid if you have sensitive skin. Patch test is recommended before you use this face pack.