I don’t care who you are or what age you are, I’m certain you have acne from time to time. Some people are more prone to it, others are more blessed. Check out this guest post by Micheala who shares with us a safe, natural method for taking care of pimples, specifically whiteheads.
Very few people are blessed with perfectly clear skin and even if you have the most diligent daily skincare regime, you may still fall foul of the odd whitehead.
Whiteheads are a form of acne, which are characterized by the white bump on the top of the spot. They are different to blackheads because the pimple has a very small opening, which prevents oxidization. Blackheads have a large opening, which allows them to be oxidized, bringing about the black colour. Whiteheads are also known as closed comedones.
They are unlikely to cause you physical pain, but spots can make you feel less attractive and affect your confidence as many crave for clear, pimple-free skin. Here are some ideas for effective spot removal:
Popping the whitehead
Whiteheads are different to other forms of acne because they have distinctive white head, which contains sebum. Often, it is best to leave your skin alone and try to avoid touching it, as contact with the spot can make it worse, especially if your hands are dirty.
- Before you even think about popping a spot, you should always clean your hands.
- Ensure you wash them thoroughly to prevent bacteria being transferred from your hands to your skin.
- After cleansing your skin and washing your hands, apply a warm compress to your skin. This helps to open your pores.
- Once the pores are open and you have had the compress in place for a few minutes, you can use a sterile needle to burst the white head.
- After squeezing a spot, it is a good idea to exfoliate your skin.
- Remember to close your pores by splashing your face with cold water after you have done this.
Exfoliating is a great way to refresh your skin, removing dead skin cells and preventing the formation of spots and pimples. Try to ensure that you exfoliate your skin at least once a week and use a specially designed face exfoliate, rather than a body scrub, as these are much gentler.
Apply ice to your skin
Applying an ice pack to your skin can help to reduce redness and inflammation caused by spots. Always remember to wrap the ice pack in a cloth or towel to prevent direct contact with the skin as this may cause irritation.
Natural homemade remedies
One popular homemade remedy for acne is a skin mask made from baking soda and water. This formula should produce a thick paste-like mask, which helps to cleanse the skin, unclog the pores and nourish the skin. Once the mask has been on your face for a couple of minutes, wash your skin thoroughly with lukewarm water and then pat dry with a clean towel.
The best way to prevent acne, including white heads, is to keep the skin clean. Try to cleanse your skin twice a day, always remember to take make-up before you go to bed and treat your skin to an exfoliating skin mask once a week.
Take care when choosing skincare products and cosmetics and look for products that are designed for your specific skin type; if you do not know which skin type you are, ask a beauty expert or your dermatologist.
Hi, my name is Micheala and I love writing articles about skin health. I think it’s important that we look after our skin, especially in today’s current climate! All those free radicals and excessive UV rays can’t be good for us. I like to provide advice for both men and women regarding skin conditions, treatments and pay particular attention to natural remedies. For more information please visit my site at: http://www.dermatologist.org.uk/
Do you have any tips in how to properly and naturally care for pimples? Please share it with us!