Ugly and unsightly, whiteheads are the result of excessive secretion of sebum oil, caused by sebum and keratin plugging up the skin pores close to a hair follicle. Small in size, they appear on the skin’s outer layer looking like a raised white bump. Though not as ugly as blackheads, they can create problems for you if they set deep in to the skin. Not only are they ugly and unsightly, they also spoil the texture of your skin. The fine, delicate skin areas of our face are more prone towhiteheads, which usually appear on the sides of the nose, the cheekbones, temples and foreheads, including under the eyes.
For a smooth, lustrous skin it is not only necessary to prevent but also get rid of whiteheads. Those who suffer from an oily skin should adopt a cleansing routine that involves washing the face with medicated soap twice or thrice a day.
Using a daily face scrub made of gram flour, haldi and lemon juice. Always applying toner after washing the face and using a natural moisturiser like jojoba oil to finish the cleansing routine.
Once a week, steam your face for 15 – 20 minutes as steaming helps unclog skin. After apply a face pack to help draw out skin impurities and tighten skin pores. Roast and powder pomegranate seeds, mix with fresh lime juice and apply mixture on the areas plagued withwhiteheads.
Rinse off with warm water. Another good face pack is an egg white beaten stiff with a teaspoon of honey added to it. Apply to whiteheads and leave on for half an hour before rinsing with warm water.
To prevent white and blackheads, pimples and acne, apply a paste of fresh fenugreek (methi) leaves every night before going to bed. Leave overnight, rinsing off with cold water in the morning.
Using home made scrubbers made from fruit peels, such as orange peels dried in the sun and powdered, mixed with rosewater and milk cream and applied to the skin, not only makes the skin clear, but smooth as well by removing the whiteheads.
Don’t let the paste dry completely, it is to be washed off when half dried by rubbing in the opposite direction to remove dead skin cells and remove whiteheads. Rubbing lemon peel also helps reduce the occurrence of whiteheads.
Almonds soaked over night in water and ground to a paste next morning, with honey added to it, should be applied to the face for 10 – 15 minutes and then rinsed off with warm water. This should help remove whiteheads to some extent.
A grated potatoes poultice also helps clear skin blemishes, pimples and whiteheads. A paste of sandalwood and rosewater applied for 20 – 30 minutes and then washed off with warm water works its own magic on whiteheads.
To keep whiteheads at bay, plenty of water should be drunk to detoxify the body and remove toxins from the skin. In fact, drinking fresh fruit juices or a lemon juice with warm water first thing in the morning works marvels in detoxifying the skin.
Creams and gels containing alpha Hydroxyl fruit acids should be used, as these help to unclog pores and make white head removal easy.
And don’t forget to use medicated soaps and cleansers together with an oil free moisturizer.