Whiteheads are small, hard, white or yellowish bumps – can be attributed to many factors; some to do with the products we use, others connected to genetics and skin characteristics. Medically known as closed comedones, they form when dead skin and sebum (oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands) block the hair follicles. When this oil plug makes it to the skin’s surface and is exposed to air, it oxidizes, creating black dots which are called blackheads. They are more common in people with oily skin and those undergoing hormonal changes (puberty, pregnancy), and usually appear on the cheeks, nose and chest.
Luckily, there are several things you can do to eliminate them and improve your skin’s look. Natural remedies, however, are no miracle solution, so be prepared to invest some time and patience into realizing your aspirations and becoming free of blackheads and whiteheads.
Home Remedies to Get Rid of Whiteheads and Blackheads
1. Facial steaming
You can easily do this personal spa treatment at home. The steam will help open the pores and is one of the best ways to get rid of whiteheads and blackheads.
- Boil some water and pour it into a large bowl.
- You can add a few drops of essential oil: lavender, chamomile, rosemary, lemon.
- Put a large towel over your head and place your face over the bowl for 5 to 10 minutes to let the steam do its work.
- If you see that the whiteheads and blackheads have softened after the treatment, you can gently push them out (but don’t press or squeeze hard).
- Repeat this at least once a week.
Alternatively, soak a towel in warm water, wring it and then place it over your face for a few minutes to achieve a similar effect to steaming.
2. Oatmeal scrub
It’s important to give your face a proper scrub and supply it with some beneficial nutrients. You can make the following scrub at home:
- Mix equal parts of raw honey and oatmeal (adjust consistency if you want).
- Apply it on your face and leave it for 20 minutes.
- Before removing, massage your face gently for a few minutes.
- Rinse the scrub off using lukewarm water.
You can also use this oatmeal scrub that also contains white clay (also called kaolin clay) which has many benefits including antibacterial and detoxification properties. White clay can be used on a daily basis to help clean the skin and remove dirt from the pores. You can find more facial scrubs suggestions here.
3. Baking soda
Baking soda can be combined with water to create a thick paste. Mix one part water with three parts baking soda to create a baking soda paste. Leave the mask on your face until it dries and then wash it off. This treatment can be very useful after facial steaming. Instead of baking soda, you can also use clay and make a clay mask. Find here more uses for baking soda as a kitchen medicine.