Tired of getting whiteheads on your skin time and time again? Tried different treatments and remedies to get rid of them, but had no results? Looking for way(s) to say them goodbye, once and for all? If yes, then you’re at the right place.
Let me explain why.
In this detailed post, I won’t only give you some extremely practical tips and tricks on how to get rid of whiteheads, but I’ll also show you the exact strategy that will literally give you with the ability to say goodbye to them once and for all.
Here’s what the strategy is:
- First, we’ll understand what a whitehead really is and how it is caused. It will help us in ensuring that what you’re going to treat really is a whitehead. Also, by understanding the causes behind it, we’ll be able to treat it more effectively.
- Secondly, I’ll show ALL the best tips, remedies, and treatments that will effectively fade away your whiteheads.
- Finally, we’ll discuss how to prevent them. We’re not here to learn temporary ways to get rid of whiteheads. If you don’t follow this step, you’ll deliberately open the doors for them to appear again.
But if you’re in a rush, you can jump over to any step you want to read first, but I highly recommend you to follow them in the given order. Click the links below to jump to any step you like.
The First Step – What are whiteheads and how are they caused?
The Second Step – How to get rid of whiteheads.
The Final Step – How to prevent whiteheads.
What Are Whiteheads And How Are They Caused?
Whiteheads, also known as “closed comedones”, are a typical form of acne that is characterized by the appearance of small or medium sized bumps. There isn’t much difference between the materials inside a whitehead and a blackhead. But in a whitehead, follicles are microscopically opened to the surface. As a result, there isn’t any way for the air to reach the follicle, so the material inside does not oxidize or turn to black, and thus, you call it a whitehead.
Just like the ordinary acne, the major cause behind the outbreak of whiteheads is excess production of sebum, which clogs your skin pores. This over production of oil can be triggered by several conditions of your body including puberty, menopause, menstruation, or pregnancy.
And here’s the good part.
What I want to assure you is that if you’re only suffering from whiteheads on your skin, then you’re in a luck. Because they’re considered to be the initial stage of acne. Therefore, taking measures for treating them right now ensures the prevention of a greater vulnerability.
Getting To The Point
The essence of what we’ve discussed throughout this step is that the main cause behind the outbreak of whiteheads on your skin is the excess of oil, which causes pore clogging. However, this isn’t the only cause behind whiteheads, but it definitely plays an important role in their development. That’s why we’ll concentrate more on controlling these things in our approach to get rid of whiteheads once and for all.
How To Get Rid of Whiteheads
There are dozens of ways you can reduce excess of oil to avoid pore clogging, but I’ve picked only the best ones to only provide you with the ways that are proven to work.
1. Salicylic Acid Washes
Salicylic acid is used as a prominent ingredient in most of the OTCs with the concentration of up to 2%. It can be very effective in opening up the clogged skin pores as it helps in slowing down the shedding of dead skin cells within the follicle.
It comes in many forms and is easily available on the drugstores – just check the back of the product and see if it includes salicylic acid as an ingredient. If your whiteheads are less in amount, you can use it in the form of gel or an ointment to apply over your affected areas. However, if they’re found in abundance, a cleanser or face wash would be more effective.
The best ones include:
- Aveeno Clear Complexion Cream Cleanser
- Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser, and
- Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash.
2. Benzoyl Peroxide Gels and Cleansers
Another handy OTC treatment, in regard to getting rid of whiteheads, is benzoyl peroxide. Primarily, it is used as an anti-bacterial agent with the concentration of up to 10% in the form of gel, cream, or wash. It can go one step further in not only cleaning up the clogged pores, but also destroying any early bacteria that may already exist, as a result of its antibacterial properties.
The procedure for applying BP is same as of salicylic acid (read above).
Top products include:
- CLEAN & CLEAR® CONTINUOUS CONTROL® Acne Cleanser
- Acne.org Treatment (2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide), and
- Glytone Acne Gel (10% Benzoyl Peroxide).
A Word of Caution about Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid
You might give a minimum trial of a month or two of an over the counter salicylic acid gel and/or a benzoyl peroxide gel. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label, and you must be patient because medications to prevent whiteheads generally take about eight to twelve weeks to begin to work.
3. Cleansing (with a Clarisonic Brush)
You might already be aware of the wonders of cleaning your pores with a mild cleanser, but investing in a Clarisonic Brush to use it for cleansing would be icing on the cake. I’ve heard several experts claiming that buying this device for your cleansing purposes is one of the wisest investments on your skin care.
This definitely can be a great way to clear away your existing whiteheads and avoid their future breakouts.
There are a few things to keep in mind if you wish to cleanse your face using Clarisonic:
- If you haven’t bought it yet, contact the customer support of this product to confirm which type of device would be suitable for your needs. There are several types, and you can become confused on which one to choose.
- When cleansing, make sure to not press it over your face. Just use it with a gentle hand and let the device do its job.
- There are many places in this device where bacteria can easily stick, and spread over time. Always clean it thoroughly after use. If you’re skeptical, call the customer care to ask how to clean it properly.
Nevertheless, this can be an exception. You can obviously cleanse your face with a cleanser without using Clarisonic, and there’s nothing wrong in that.
Here are some of the best and highly recommended cleansers to treat whiteheads and avoid pore clogging:
- Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser
- Purpose by J&J
- Phisoderm Deep Cleaning Cleanser (best for sensitive skin).
- Neutrogena acne wash
4. Using Retinoid Creams and Gels to Treat Whiteheads
Retinoid creams or gels can be very effective in treating whiteheads as their primary function is to clean up the dead skin cells in the follicles that cause clogging of pores. Because they are prescriptive treatments, it’s recommended to you to see a Dermatologist and let him prescribe the best one for you.
However, the best retinoid creams are found under the following names:
5. Home Remedies to Treat Whiteheads
There is no denying the effectiveness of home remedies (if used with proper guidelines). However, they usually require more time and persistence to provide you with the results you desire. Keeping this in mind, I’d like to list here some handy home remedies that have worked perfectly for a majority of people.
- Yogurt and Orange: Mix yogurt and orange peel powder and make a thick paste. Apply on face by moving fingers in circular motions, and then wash your face after 15 minutes.
- Lemon Juice: Make use of the lemon juice to get rid of whiteheads as it naturally contains alpha hydroxy acid. Wash your face with warm water, dip a cotton bud into diluted lemon juice, and then apply it to your affected areas. Leave for about 15 minutes before rinsing off.
- Oatmeal: Blend oatmeal to make it a powder and add rose water to make a paste. Apply this paste on your affected areas and leave for 20 minutes. Afterward, rinse your face with cold water.
- Lime and Cinnamon: Mix equal amount of lime juice and cinnamon powder. Apply this mixture to your face before going to bed and leave overnight. Rinse it off at morning.
Now heading toward the third and last step.
How To Prevent Whiteheads The Right Way
We’ve finally made it to the last step. This is the most important step if you’re really willing to get rid of whiteheads once and for all. Let’s discuss the most effective ways of preventing them.
1. Tweak Your Makeup Habits
You might already know that certain cosmetics can promote acne. So, first of all, if you wish to prevent whiteheads, avoid heavy makeup at all costs. Secondly, always make sure to check the “non-comedogenic” or “oil-free” label on all cosmetic products you buy.
Never go to sleep without removing your makeup because it will clog your pores throughout the night.
2. Avoid Greasy Environments
To minimize the appearance of whiteheads, we should never let our sweat build up on our skin surface as this clogs the pores. For instance, working in the kitchen that fries food, working as a short order cook, grilling at a fast food restaurant, having an intense workout, and playing a sport are some of those activities in which we sweat a lot.
You should avoid them; if not, make proper arrangements to avoid the buildup of excess oil on your skin when doing so.
3. Make a Habit of Cleansing with a Mild Cleanser
Making a habit of washing your face two to three times a day with a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil or Purpose by J&J at local pharmacies, can efficiently help your skin to stay clear of whiteheads and blackheads.
Wrapping it up – Your Takeaway From This Guide
Now that brings us to the end of this discussion on how to get rid of whiteheads once and for all. We touched everything from knowing their causes, to discovering the best ways to treat them, and to learning the right ways of their prevention.
As we’ve discussed a number of ways for their treatment, you’re likely to get procrastinated in starting your action against whiteheads. The best approach here is to choose one type of treatment and stick to it for a while. If it does not show noticeable results in a few weeks, move on to the other, until you find the best one.
If you have any questions or want to share something about getting rid of whiteheads, let me know in the comments below.