If wrinkles, fine lines and blackheads weren’t enough, there is another skin condition, that appear as spruced up white spots on the skin, that is simply unflattering and can literally ruin one’s self confidence. Well, if the clue wasn’t enough, it is Whiteheads, we are talking about, the long-lost troublesome cousin of blackheads.
What Are Whiteheads, You Ask?
Whiteheads are actually comedones, a type of acne just like blackheads that usually occur when dead skin cells, sebum, grime, and/or bacteria gets trapped under the surface of the skin while appearing as small bumps. With no air to reach as in the case of blackheads, these spots do not oxidize and simply stay white or yellowish-white throughout. While some of them only appear for a short time period, generally during adolescence, others plague you consistently throughout adulthood and even in the mature ages.Also Read: Types Of Acne: Know The Difference Between Blackheads, Whiteheads, Nodules And Cysts
What Causes Whiteheads?
Whiteheads chiefly occur due to entrapment of sebum within the first layer of the skin. But there are several factors that attribute towards clogging of facial pores. These include:
- Hormonal changes during puberty
- Excessive secretion of sebum
- High levels of humidity in the environment
- Use of certain cosmetics or products
- Consumption of junk and oily foods
- Genetic history of black and whiteheads
- Birth control pills
- Unhealthy lifestyle choices like smoking and drinking
- Poor circadian rhythm
Well, we know the first thought that comes to your mind looking at a white head is to squeeze it out but mind you as this little action of yours can literally torment you with rashes spreading across the face with some of them eventually turning into lifelong scars. But, worry not as we got your back!
We bring you some easy to whip homemade scrubs that will grace you with smooth, glowing, spotless skin in no time.
Homemade Moisturizing Scrubs For Easy Whitehead Removal
Oatmeal And Milk Cream Scrub
3 tbsp uncut oatmeal
1 tbsp milk cream or malai
1 tbsp water
3 drops of tea tree oil
Blend everything to get a coarse mixture.
Apply it all over the face.
Let it harden for 30 minutes.
Wet the face and scrub slowly on whitehead areas.
Wash off properly and apply a moisturizer.
How It Works:
Thanks to the quarry of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, the oatmeal scrub treats dry peeling skin, unclogs the pores, scrubs off dead skin cells and clears whiteheads in a jiffy. While milk cream moisturizes the skin, and prevents over drying, tea tree oil reduces inflammation and restricts further bacterial infection.
Aloe Vera And Sea Salt Scrub
1 tbsp fresh aloe vera gel
2 tbsp dried fenugreek or methi leaves
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 drops of lemon essential oil
Add aloe vera gel, and the oils to the dry methi leaves to make a rough paste.
Smear it all over the face.
Let it sit for 20 minutes.
Use your fingers to slightly the scrub the whitehead prone areas.
Wash off with lukewarm water and apply some lotion.
How It Works:
Imbued with exfoliating and antibacterial qualities, fenugreek leaves effectively removes both white and blackheads, improves blood circulation and helps restore a flawless skin. While aloe vera gel and coconut oil nourishes and moisturizes the skin, the use of lemon essential oil not only soothes irritated and inflamed skin but also bestows a brightened complexion with time.
Turmeric And Brown Sugar Scrub
2 tbsp brown granulated sugar
2 tbsp honey
Pinch of turmeric
Stir the ingredients into a rough paste.
Massage it gently on to the face.
Keep it on for 30 minutes.
Now slowly scrub the affected areas for 2 minutes each.
Rinse your face with cool water and apply some hydrating lotion.
How It Works:
The immense scourging properties of sugar not only helps in removing dead skin cells but also gets rid of whiteheads in no time. While turmeric arrests the various signs of ageing and lightens the skin, the addition of honey prevents bacterial inflammation and moisturizes the skin.