Whiteheads are small, firm bumps that are caused by your pores being clogged with oil. They are closed and the oil is trapped under your skin, which keeps their appearances closed, unlike blackheads. Sometimes they can become red with irritation as well. Have you ever had a whitehead? If you have, you know what a pain they can be. Sometimes they can even hurt. Unfortunately, the best cure for most whiteheads is time. You just have to let them heal, but you can do things to help speed the process along.
The first step in avoiding or clearing up whiteheads is to wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser. Make sure it is oil-free. This will keep your pores clean and clear. Exfoliation is a great next step that helps get rid of whiteheads. You can use a regular exfoliating scrub once a week or make your own scrub using baking soda and water to create a paste. Make sure to gently rub your exfoliator on your face and never scrub, as this can irritate your skin and cause even more whiteheads.
Medication can help get rid of whiteheads. Look for medication containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.1 If you need an extra strength version, see your dermatologist or doctor. Start with a low concentration or it may irritate your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin.
If you can’t handle looking at your whiteheads anymore and want to remove them, you can use a stainless steel comedone remover. Steam your face before you remove them or take a warm shower to open your pores. Gently press with the comedone remover to remove the whitehead then use rubbing alcohol to remove bacteria from the pore to avoid infection.
Make sure you switch to oil-free products, including cleansers and other skin products, hair products and makeup. Oil clogs your pores which lead to whiteheads.
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1 – Facts from Healthline