How to get rid of Blackheads or Whiteheads?
Protecting our skin from the increasing dirt, dust, and pollution has become a big deal which in turn results in many skin problems like acne, blackheads, whiteheads, rashes etc. However, there are so many home remedies that can help you maintain your skin. And these remedies do not take much of your time or money.
One of the skin problems that are caused by pollution, dirt, and dust are blackheads and Whiteheads.
Blackheads and Whiteheads have become one of the major beauty distracters. Going to a parlor and removing them might be a time taking task in our busy lives. So we bring you home remedies to remove blackheads and Whiteheads.
In this post, you will come to know
- What are Blackheads and Whiteheads?
- What are the causes of Blackheads and Whiteheads?
- How to remove them?
- How to avoid them.
So let’s get started!!
What are Blackheads and Whiteheads?
The medical term for blackheads and whiteheads is “open comedo” and “closed comedo” respectively. The clogged pore or hair follicle in the skin is called a “comedo” or “plug”. When the amount of dirt, bacteria or oil is high on the skin, they block the skin pore or hair follicle resulting in blackheads or whiteheads. This may also cause acne. If the clogged pore is open then it results in Blackhead. If the clogged pore is closed by skin it results in whiteheads.
Blackheads and Whiteheads are common in adolescents. However, we can see this problem in all types of age groups.
Each and every follicle contains one hair and a sebaceous gland that produces oil. The sebum or the oil produced by the sebaceous gland is what keeps our skin soft. The sebum, dead skin cells and bacteria gets collected in the opening of the hair follicle, and when they are exposed to the air or oxygen, the dead skin cells turn black, hence resulting in blackheads.
Similarly, Whiteheads are also caused in the same manner but whiteheads are mainly caused due to increase or change in hormone levels. That is the reason they are mainly observed during
If the sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells are trapped in the follicle and if the surface of the hair follicle is closed, then it is called a whitehead. It is said that acne, blackheads, and whiteheads are more common in women than in men.
Before starting with the ingredients to prepare the recipe (sic) that helps you to get rid of those little beauty distracters, try this simple procedure that helps you maintain your face clean and dirt free.
Procedure to remove dirt from your face:
- Cover your head with a towel and bend over a bowl of boiled water and let your face absorb the steam like you are trying to unblock a stuffy nose.
- After a few seconds of the above steps, take a cotton ball and wipe your face gently. In this step, you see that the dirt on your face gets on to the cotton.
- Repeat this process two to three times with a good amount of steam.
- At the second time, instead of a cotton ball, take a cotton bud and very gently try to take off the blackheads and whiteheads by rubbing on them very gently. You can also use the blackheads remover tool to remove them. A few small blackheads and whiteheads can be removed by doing this.
- When you are done, wash your face with cool water.
Hot water or steam opens the pores while the cool water or ice closes the pores.
5 Home remedies to remove blackheads and whiteheads:
Honey is a good moisturizer for our skin. It also acts as antibacterial and antioxidant. Take a spoon of honey and apply it on the blackheads and whiteheads using your fingers. Gently start tapping on the skin. Make sure the honey is as thick as possible. Do this for 2 or 3 minutes and wash your face. As you pat the honey on your skin, due to the stickiness of honey, it pulls out the dirt that is clogged in the pores. In this way, you can remove blackheads and whiteheads as well as moisturize your face.
Tomatoes are well known for oil absorbing and pore-shrinking qualities. Also, they are also rich in Vitamin C and A which helps in skin brightening. Rub a few slices of tomatoes on your skin especially on the blackheads area for 15 to 20 minutes and wash it off. This will help you clear the excessive oil from your skin and eventually results in decrease of blackheads and whiteheads.
Take one or two tablespoons of clay and mix it water to make a paste. Clay can be facial mask clay or fuller’s earth powder. Apply this mixture onto your skin evenly and wait for 15 to 20 minutes. Once the mask is dry wash it off with lukewarm water.
Clay removes dirt, excess oil and impurities from the skin hence reducing the blackheads and whiteheads. Try this twice a week and you will see effective results.
Take one egg and extract the egg white into a bowl. Apply this egg white, layer upon a layer about two or three layers. Let it dry for 10 – 15 minutes. When you feel a tight pull like feel on your skin, take a wet cloth or a wet cotton ball and start rubbing on the applied mask. This procedure not only removes blackheads and whiteheads, but it also makes your skin soft and smooth.
Take two or three tablespoons of baking soda and mix it with water to make a paste. Apply this paste on the blackheads and whiteheads effected area. Leave it for 15 – 20 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water. Repeat this for twice a week.
Baking soda is known for its exfoliating properties which helps in removing the dirt and sebum that is clogged in the pores. It is also a pH neutralizer which helps to control the sebum production.
How to avoid blackheads and whiteheads?
Along with the above-suggested remedies, few precautions are to be taken to avoid the future breakouts of blackheads and whiteheads.
Some of them are:
- Drink more water.
- Keep exercising.
- Exfoliate your skin and keep it clean.
- Do not touch the affected skin with dirty hands.
- Keep your pillowcase washed, neat and clean.
- Use facial steam once or twice a week to keep the pores open.
- Use minimal makeup and do not forget to remove it before going to bed.
These are the basic steps that are to be followed to avoid blackheads and whiteheads.
Hope these tips will workout for you. Please comment your thoughts below.