How To Get Rid Of Whiteheads

Posted on: 24 March 2018


Whiteheads are much like blackheads—they are caused by clogged pores on the face. The difference between the whitehead and blackhead (aside from their color), is that whiteheads are stuck on the surface as the pore is not usually large, while the blackhead is debris that is clogged inside the pore and when it becomes oxidized, turns black. Having either on your skin may make you feel self-conscience, leading you to use extra makeup to cover it up. This can actually make your skin worse. Read below for tips on how to clear up your whiteheads.

Use A Good Facial Scrub

Use a facial scrub to remove your clogged pores. Something that contains salicylic acid will help clear pores and remove oils from the skin, leaving it soft and smooth. Use a scrub in the morning and before bed at night to get rid of the day's makeup. Never sleep with your makeup on your face, as you'll clog your pores and could cause problems such as premature wrinkles or even eye infections.

Wash In Warm, Rinse In Cold

Warm water will help open up the pores, allowing them to get thoroughly cleaned. Close your pores when rinsing your face by using cool water. The cool water will close your pores and can help prevent dirt and other buildup from getting into your pores.

Moisturize Properly

Moisturize your skin properly using a moisturizer that is made for the face and light enough that it will not clog your pores or cause oily skin. If you aren't sure what type of moisturizer you should be using, consult your dermatologist. Some moisturizers may hydrate your skin, but could be causing you acne and clogged pores. If you notice this happening with your moisturizer, discontinue using it.

Never Pick

If you spot whiteheads, don't try to pick at them or pop them thinking they are filled with pus. You will cause sores to develop, which can be unsightly and lead to scarring. Do not pick at these and allow the cleanser to remove the whiteheads instead.

Choose A Healthier Lifestyle

A healthier lifestyle may actually improve your skin as well.

  • Exercise. Exercising daily and sweating can clear out clogged pores working from the inside of your body and out. Get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day.
  • Hydrate. Drink plenty of water to keep your body well-hydrated. You should drink at least 8–10 glasses per day.
  • Stop smoking. Smoking can do a lot of damage to your body, but it can really do a number on your skin. If you're smoking, try your best to quit.
  • Make healthier choices. Choose to eat healthier food and it will reflect in your skin. Eat less greasy and oily foods and stick to fresh instead.

Whiteheads are a lot like blackheads. Take good care of your skin and you can get rid of both. If you are having a hard time getting rid of these whiteheads, or have other skin issues, make an appointment with a dermatology professional today.