How to get Rid of Whiteheads & Clogged Pores Fast
Acne in any form is annoying, inconvenient and often pretty embarrassing. One of the most perplexing forms of acne for many however are whiteheads. Those odd little raised bumps that don’t quite seem to be pimples but aren’t blackheads either because, well, they aren’t black. This can be one of the most difficult forms of acne for people to try to treat as they are often not even sure what it really is, let alone how to deal with it! Please do not use any blackheads removal tool to get rid of whiteheads
So What are Whiteheads Anyway?
Whiteheads are basically clogged pores but the oil, dirt and bacteria that is blocking the pore has yet to ‘surface’, so they don’t take on the dark hue of a blackhead, something that is caused by oxidation when the debris is exposed to air.
Even though they are often not as obvious as an inflamed, red pimple or a cluster of blackheads whiteheads are still pretty ugly and no one actually wants to live with them if they don’t have to. And the good news is that you really don’t have to live with them and you don’t have to spend a fortune to remove whiteheads either.
While there are a lot of creams and potions available in the drug store that can be used to ‘spot treat’ whiteheads not everyone is comfortable with adding a lot of chemicals to their skin – especially is it’s rather sensitive – or with spending a lot of money on treatments they can’t even be sure are going to work for them.
It’s for these folks that we’ve been taking a look at some natural remedies to get rid of whiteheads and have chosen some of the very best of them to share with you here.
Here’s a Few Proven Tricks to Get Rid of Whiteheads that I personally tried and love:
1. Get Rid of Whiteheads with Cornstarch and Vinegar?
The key to getting rid of whiteheads is unclogging and cleaning those pores, so the combination of oil absorbing corn starch and naturally astringent vinegar is a rather powerful one.
• 1 tablespoon white or apple cider vinegar
• 2 tablespoons cornstarch
• Small mixing bowl
To make your whitehead treatment,
• combine the vinegar and cornstarch in bowl and stir until you a left with a smooth paste. Apply the paste to the whitehead affected areas of your face and leave it to dry for 15-20 minutes.
• Once time is up, rinse it off with lukewarm warm,
• Followed with a cool rinse to help close the now clean pores you’ve just treated.
Note: For the best possible results steam your face before trying this home remedy to get rid of whiteheads. Doing so will open up clogged pores so that they are easier for the mixture to go to work on.
This is a treatment that can be repeated a couple of times a week – but not every day – to help keep new whiteheads at bay too.
2. Remove Whiteheads with a Rice Powder Scrub
Gentle exfoliation is another effective way to cleanse the clogged pores that are causing your whiteheads. Rice powder is a good, natural choice that is not too harsh for sensitive skin, has some good natural oil absorption properties and provides just the right amount of ‘scrubbing power’. Mixing it with milk adds a natural skin brightener while also creating a thicker, more effective scrub.
• One cup uncooked rice (it really does not matter what kind)
• Milk (½ cup)
• Small mixing bowl
• Begin by washing, and perhaps even steaming your face, to ensure it’s basically clean before you begin.
• Crush the rice to form a powder. You can do this in a food chopper or with the back of a spoon and a little elbow grease.
• Add the rice powder to your mixing bowl and then slowly add ½ cup of milk.
• Mix until you are left with a fairly smooth paste.
• Apply the paste to the whitehead affected or whitehead prone areas of your skin
• And massage it into your skin gently in the same way as you would a standard scrub.
• Rinse the residue away with lukewarm water and then close your pores with a quick cold water rinse.
3. Get Rid of Whiteheads with an Oatmeal Yogurt Scrub
Yes, we know, oatmeal and yogurt sounds more like a yummy mid-morning snack than a skin treatment but it’s actually a rather good all natural way to get rid of whiteheads too. Oatmeal is a fabulous but very gentle exfoliator and the live cultures in yogurt help fight the bacteria that can cause whiteheads and other acne problems.
• Creating a scrub is very easy,
• Simply mix plain yogurt and oatmeal to form a scrub,
• Use it to gently exfoliate whitehead affected areas of the skin
• And then rinse it away with lukewarm water.
And yeah, if you make a little too much you can always throw in a few sprinkles and treat yourself to a reasonably healthy little sweet snack.
4. Use Fuller’s Earth Clay to Remove Whiteheads
Fuller’s Earth is a bentonite clay that has a myriad of uses, from helping adjust the PH of the soil in your garden, it’s added to cat litter for absorption purposes and it’s a great beauty aid too.
If you’ve never gone looking for Fuller’s Earth before the good news is that it is easier to find than you might imagine. Not only is it very readily available online but you can find it at Walmart, Target and even in home centers like Lowes.
• Fuller’s Earth Clay
• To use it to help battle annoying whiteheads
• Mix into a thick paste by adding water and a little lemon juice.
• Apply the thick paste to whitehead affected areas and allow the mixture to dry.
• Rinse away with warm water
• and then follow up with a quick cold rinse to close the pores.
Extra Tips on How to Remove whiteheads
1) However tempting it is to do so – and we know it is – you should never squeeze whiteheads. The reason that they are white, as opposed to black, is that they are still closed. Squeezing them will do one of two things; open the pore just a little and cause whiteheads to become blackheads, or worse still, spread pus and bacteria and cause the kind of cystic acne you really do not want to deal with.
2) In addition, have you noticed that we have advised you several times now to steam your face before trying these treatments? Steam is in fact an effective weapon against acne in general and especially whiteheads.
3) Steaming your face opens pores just enough that whatever treatment you then choose to make use of will be able to penetrate far more effectively. You don’t need a special facial steamer either. Holding your towel covered head over a bowl of hot water for a few minutes gets the job done just fine.
Hopefully these easy to follow, easy to use ways to get rid of whiteheads are a help to you, as no one should have to live with ugly acne if they don’t have to. If you do decide to give one of these treatments a shot – and we hope you do – please do take the time to drop us a line or two to let us know how they worked out for you.