If you have been plagued by whiteheads and skin breakouts, you need to find out if you are using the wrong skin products or not maintaining the right skin care regimen. Find out more on tackling and removing whiteheads.
What are whiteheads?
Whiteheads occur due to sebum, oils and cellular fragments, which combine and become rigid to form unbreakable plugs inside the hair follicle. Whiteheads are closed from the top of the skin by the cellular fragments at the follicle opening. Due to the closed top surface, whiteheads are not exposed to oxygen.
Oxidization does not take place and the whiteheads do not turn brown. They appear light yellow in color and are also termed as milia. In combination with bacteria, these whiteheads can cause acne and in severe cases lead to cystic acne. The skin around the eyes and cheeks and areas with fine skin is more prone to whiteheads.
Some skins inherently do not do a good job of exfoliating or might secrete excess sebum. Using skin care products that do not suit the user's skin type or using inferior quality skin care products. Continuous exposure to sun can also cause milia. The skin gets thicker and this becomes a stumbling block in exfoliation of the epidermal layer.
How to remove whiteheads
Home remedies to remove whiteheads
Whiteheads are commonly removed using an extractor. Boil water in a pot and let it to steam. Steam your face in this water for about 6-8 minutes. Cover your head with a towel while you are steaming. Steaming the face allows all the pores to open up. Look into the mirror and place the extractor loop right on the whitehead to be removed and gently press; this will remove the whitehead completely.
Apply either a small amount of alcohol or benzoyl peroxide on the treated area. This will keep bacteria away from the open pores. Many dermatologists opine that it may be better not to use extractors to remove whiteheads. Use of exfoliators can help in dealing with whiteheads. But if you are keen on removing the whiteheads, use a sterile stainless steel comedone remover.
Use of gentle exfoliating scrubs or gentle peels may instead help in removing surplus surface debris on the skin, thereby tackling formation of whiteheads. Washing the face with warm water a couple of times a day might help dislodge the whiteheads. Alternatively you can place a towel dipped in warm water and squeezed dry on the face.
Many suffer from itchy whiteheads; especially in humid summer. Women might notice tiny itchy whiteheads near or inside the vaginal walls. While they might be regular whiteheads, they can sometimes be symptomatic of herpes or hpv. It is best to consult a doctor and then decide on course of treatment.