White heads are one of the most annoying types of acne, as they are the most visible for many people. This specific type of acne is caused, like most acne, due to excessive oil build up in pores.
Look at the below image to see what they look like:
Oil paired with dirt and dead skin cells can cause the pores to become inflamed and infected. Many want overnight relief, and while 8 hours of treatment can’t completely get rid of these pesky bumps there are a few ways how to get rid of white heads in such a short amount of time.
Getting Rid of Whiteheads:
We’ve split this section into 2 parts:
- Everyday activities to help reduce whiteheads
- Natural products to use to fight whiteheads
Most people straight away pop white heads because on the basis they think it will help in the short-term. While you may get rid of the top of the acne, it does not get rid of the underlying problem. Before you go trying to prevent the acne, take these few precautions to stop it from the beginning:
- Keep your face clean.
While this may sound trivial, the best way to stop the excessive dirt or oil from clogging pores is by washing your face at least twice a day with a mild cleanser as to remove the dirt. This is important because if you can take this extra precaution then it would be hard for the acne to develop from the beginning.
- Wash your hands/don’t touch your face.
Relating to the previous point, many people are not aware how many times they subconsciously touch their face. Several times a day you may rub your eyes, put your hand on your cheek when thinking, or rub your face because of an itch. The oils and bacteria from your hand then transfers to the pores on your face, thus contributing to clogging them. Washing your hands semi-regularly will help stop the transfer and thus will help stop the acne from appearing in the first place.
- Don’t exfoliate.
While many people will advocate profusely to exfoliate, contrary to popular belief this doesn’t always work well. Keep in mind the type of skin you have when following this advice. Exfoliating works well if you do not have broken skin, however if you have moderate to severe acne, this actually does more harm than good. Exfoliating will break open the acne and thus lead to scarring. Instead, try a mild cleanser that contains benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. These two ingredients will help fight the acne instead of irritating your skin.
Note: 2.5% works just as well as the %10 of the ingredient in the product. It also causes less irritation for those who have sensitive skin.
Natural remedies are great for your skin and body. While they may be more expensive than artificial solutions, the health benefits from them are often much greater. Below are some of of the most effective natural remedies for white heads.
- Coconut oil.
This is by far our favorite natural remedy for acne. It may seem a little counterintuitive because the white heads were the result of too much oil in the pore. However applying coconut oil directly on the pimple that is infected, (granted the skin is not ruptured or you didn’t pick at it) will help bring the redness down.
The inflammatory properties of coconut oil, if left over night will help bring the swelling of the pimple down and may even help speed up the maturing process of the pimple.
Used in the Indian culture, cutting a piece of garlic and rubbing the inside on the white head sometimes helps bring the swelling down as well. This varies per person and it must be left on either for a few hours or overnight for best results.
- Turmeric paste face mask.
While your face may be a little orange afterward, combining turmeric and flour (for oily skin) or cream (for dry skin), mixing it together and applying it also helps kill the bacteria on your face. Turmeric has antiseptic properties which travels through the pores to help kill the infections that may be building. While this does not completely replace the cleansers that have salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, the turmeric mask will also help brighten up and hydrate your skin.
Getting rid of whiteheads, like many other forms of acne can be annoying and time consuming and, unfortunately, there is no instant, overnight success. Cleaning your skin, moisturizing with oil-free products and consistency are the best ways to achieve success and have healthy skin!
Be sure to try out coconut oil, as users typically see fantastic results within a week or two of consistent use!