A whitehead is a form of acne that manifests as a small white bump on the skin. They form when hair follicles become blocked with the body’s own excess oil or external impurities such as dirt or bacteria.
Unlike blackheads, the clogged area is not exposed to the air and it does not turn black and the infection forms as a tiny raised white spot
So how to get rid of whiteheads ?
Well, whiteheads usually appear around the forehead, cheeks, eyelids and most commonly around nose and can unfortunately appear with blackheads and other forms of acne.
Whiteheads can be quite unattractive and people suffering from them often become quite self conscious. It is possible to reduce or get rid of whiteheads with the correct cleansing regime and there are many tried and tested remedies which you can try to get rid of whiteheads.
Unlike blackheads it is not the best move to try and remove whiteheads with an extractor. That is because the pore is closed around the spot and forced whitehead removal can damage the skin causing further infection instead of removing whiteheads.
Many people recommend the use of a honey mask. Honey is often used in natural remedies for blackheads as well as whiteheads because it is a natural anti-bacterial.
Honey treatments can help kill the germs and clear the clogged up pores that cause the whiteheads to form. To be really effective in whitehead treatment, a honey mask needs to be used every few days or so.
Another simple technique is the use of the hot and cold compress. This is a traditional and ancient method that is simple to do and very effective.
Firstly it is important to wash your hands and face carefully, after this dab the hot compress on the whiteheads. This reduces the swelling and discomfort and after a little time may get rid of them altogether.
Any system that you use to get rid of whiteheads should be focussed on gently opening the blocked pores and allowing your skin to breathe.
It is most important to keep your skin clear and clean and free of pollutants. For this reason it is best to avoid applying creams and ointments. You should also avoid putting make-up on the area.
You might do this to conceal the whiteheads, but you will actually be making them worse. Keeping your skin clean and fresh is by far the best way to prevent and get rid of whiteheads.