Whiteheads, also known as closed comedones, are a form of acne caused by skin pores clogged with trapped dirt, sebum and dead skin. People with overactive sebaceous glands and excess sebum production are more prone to develop whiteheads. Whiteheads are more common in acne-prone skin because the cells lining the pores are stickier, thereby promoting clogged pores.
Use these natural home remedies to get rid of whiteheads.
Face steam or sauna is one of the best natural treatments for the Whitehead. It unclogs and helps loosen the accumulation of dirt, oil and dead skin cells.
-Boil some water in a pan to create steam. Turn off the heat and place your face over the steam to allow the steam to soak into your face for five to eight minutes. Finally, pat dry your skin with a clean towel.
Baking soda is good for gentle exfoliation of oil, dust and dead skin cells from the skin. It also helps to maintain the pH balance of the skin.
-Mix a little water in one teaspoon of baking soda to make a thick paste. Apply it on the affected area and wash it off after a few minutes. Repeat two or three times a week until you are satisfied with the results.
Oatmeal works as a natural exfoliating agent, it is great in getting rid of the accumulation of dead skin and dirt. It also absorbs excess oil and opens up the pores.
-Apply a simple paste of powdered oatmeal mixed with water. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then scrub it off to exfoliate your skin, minimize pores and reduce blackheads.
Homemade sugar scrub will work wonders for your skin. Sugar scrub can peel your skin to remove extra oil and debris trapped in the pores without causing drying.
-Mix together one tablespoon sugar with one tablespoon of honey. You can also add a few drops of lemon juice.
-Apply it on your face and gently massage in circular motions. Leave it on for a few minutes.
-Wipe it off using a wet washcloth and then wash your face.
-Do this once or twice a week on a regular basis.
Lemon juice is rich in alpha hydroxy acids, which helps to exfoliate the skin and promote cell regeneration. It also helps to remove excess oil because of its astringent nature.
-Dip a cotton ball in lemon juice and apply the juice on your face.
-Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and then wash your face with cold water.
-Do this daily before going to bed. Continue for at least a few months.
Apple cider vinegar works like an astringent and removes extra oil from your skin. It also has antiseptic properties and antibacterial properties that help fight acne.
-Mix one part apple cider vinegar with three parts cornstarch. Spread it on your face. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes before scrubbing it off. Clean your face with a washcloth soaked in warm water. Follow with a cold water rinse to close the pores.
Tea tree oil can be used as a natural astringent that reduces oiliness and removes whiteheads. Tea tree oil also has antimicrobial properties that can be use in fighting acne.
-Dip a cotton swab in water and put three or four drops of tea tree oil on it.
-Dab it on the affected area and leave it on at least for 30 minutes.
-Wash it off with cool water.
When used as a scrub, cinnamon helps to reduce blackheads and whiteheads. It also promotes the production of collagen to promote skin regeneration. In addition, cinnamon has antibacterial properties to combat acne.
-You can apply a paste of one teaspoon honey with one teaspoon of aloe vera gel and a pinch of cinnamon powder. Leave it on for about 15 minutes before rinsing it off.
Gram flour, also known as Besan, is also an excellent ingredient for deeply cleansing and exfoliate your skin to absorb excess oil. You can also use Besan to remove unwanted facial hair.
-Mix two tablespoons of gram flour in sufficient yogurt to make a thick paste. Spread it on your face and leave it on until it dries completely. Scrub it off and then wash your face.
-Repeat two or three times a week on a regular basis.