Acne comes in many forms, with one of the most common being whiteheads. They can be painful and embarrassing, and can even be the source of a lot of stress for those that struggle with them. Battling with acne, and more specifically, whiteheads, can be tricky. While we are eager to get rid of them, going about treating them in the wrong way can actually lead to further inflammation, cause more to pop us, and even worsen the state of the skin to be easily scarred and pigmented. While there are many home remedies for whiteheads that go around on the internet, some of them can be too harsh or irritating on the skin, causing more problems to occur. So, we’ve come with our own top 4 home remedies for whiteheads that are gentle, while being super effective!
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What are whiteheads and what causes them?
Just like their name, whiteheads are the little bumps on your face that have a white center. They develop similarly to blackheads in that they result when a pore is completely blocked, and traps inside sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells. The only difference is that blackheads form due to a blockage in the pores, while whiteheads form due to a narrow pore that makes it difficult for impurities to properly exit the surface of the skin.
So what home remedies for whiteheads are there?
The best home remedies for whiteheads are ones that make use of the things that are easily found at home, such as good skincare products, and different tools. Because it’s expensive and a hassle to make frequent visits to the dermatologist, just follow these four simple tips and say goodbye to whiteheads!
1. Gently exfoliate to repair and renew the skin
Our skin is constantly regenerating itself in order to repair damage that accumulates throughout the day. This is especially important when it comes to dealing with acne as proper skin cell turnover promotes new skin growth, fighting pigmentation and scarring that can come during the healing process. To ensure that the skin is able to properly rid itself of dead skin cells that can possibly interfere with this process, maintain a gentle exfoliation throughout your skincare routine. Look for AHA toners that can be easily used to not only exfoliate, but also soothe and prevent inflammatory acne by keeping the skin hydrated as well.
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2. Extract with the help of a needle and extractor tool
The worst thing you can do is pick at your acne and squeeze pimples with your hands. There are a number of different harmful, acne causing bacteria that live on the hands, and the pressure and strength that goes into the act of squeezing can break the skin, causing redness and even scarring. Taking a needle that you have at home, sterilize it with rubbing alcohol and use it to puncture a small hole at the top of the whitehead. This prevents unwanted scarring, and allows the impurities to leave the skin. If you have an extractor tool, use this to extract the pimple, but if not, use two cotton swabs and squeeze the area as you would using your fingers.
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3. Soothe skin with whitehead fighting ingredients
Look for skincare products that feature whitehead fighting ingredients. Some of the most well known are tea tree, aloe vera and centella asiatica – however, many people don’t know about what is dubbed “Korea’s tea tree”, mugwort. Mugwort contains soothing properties to calm and reduce inflammation, relieve irritation, and repair the skin. Try mugwort essences and masks to ensure the skin is able to detoxify itself from the acne causing bacteria and impurities, while also delivering nourishment and hydration to prevent further unwanted pimples from popping up.
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* We recommend: [I’M FROM] Mugwort Mask
4. Prevent scarring & infection with pimple patches
If you’re scared to pop your pimple, try using pimple patches! They not only keep the spot safe by creating a protective barrier against environmental irritants to prevent further inflammation and infection, but also contain properties that absorb the impurities and moisture contained within the spot so that you can take it off and be met with a less painful and noticeable spot. They also work great on spots that have already been extracted, as they minimize chances that it gets infected again before healing, also reducing chances of scarring.
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