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Hello Skinvestors,
We all must’ve always wondered about the exact cause of whiteheads. Let us understand the causes and learn some homemade natural treatments to get rid of them.

Whiteheads technically formed when sebum gets trapped inside the follicles clogging the skin pores. There are many reasons why pores can get blogged. Let’s explore them and how they cause whiteheads.

  • Hormonal Changes – Hormonal changes during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause can lead to the formation of whiteheads. During the periods of hormonal changes, the amount of sebum secretion increases which block the pores and cause whiteheads. For this reason, women are more prone to whiteheads compared to men.
  • Certain Medicines – Certain medicines such as birth control pills that affect hormonal levels can trigger whiteheads and acne.
  • Rise in Level of Androgens – Androgens are male sex hormones that are present in different degrees in both men and women. Increase in androgen hormone in women due to hormone replacement therapy or menopause may lead to whiteheads as well as pimples and acne.
  • Heredity – It has been noticed than sebum production is also controlled by heredity and genes. Genes can make the skin more sensitive to hormones. People with acne prone skin are more susceptible to get whiteheads.
  • Makeup and Cosmetics Use – Excessive use of cosmetics and make up can lead to whiteheads and acne because even when make-up is removed; it leaves behind traces that clogs the pores.
  • Poor Skin Hygiene – Improper skin care, not cleaning your face regularly and not removing dead skin cells through exfoliation leads to blockage of pores which invites bacterial infection and whiteheads.

There are natural homemade remedies to get rid of whiteheads!

Lemon juice
Fresh lemon juice is a popular beauty ingredient that is extensively used to treat skin problems, lighten skin tan and fight dandruff. Along with this it also works great against whiteheads. The citric acid present in lemon juice works as a potent astringent that removes whiteheads from the roots by dilating the skin pores and drying out excess oil.

Cut a lemon into half and extract the juice by squeezing it, add the equal amount of water to the juice, immerse a cotton ball into the mixture and dab the lemon juice solution to the affected areas. Applying it once a day is enough because too much lemon juice on the skin causes skin irritation and dryness.

1.Rice scrub

Scrubbing is the ultimate solution to the question of how to get rid of dead skin cells, and it is also one of the most effective home remedies for whiteheads. Exfoliating the skin in a gentle manner opens up the clogged skin pores; removes white heads, dead cells, dirt, and impurities from the skin. The fine grains of rice flour works as an excellent face exfoliant and has the capacity to treat whiteheads on face, nose and chin and prevent them from reappearing in the future.

Add 1 teaspoon of honey to 1 teaspoon of rice flour and mix them to form a sticky paste, smear it on the face and nose, wait for 20 minutes and remove it by gently massaging the face with water. This procedure can be tired 3 timed every week.

1.Baking soda

Baking soda is not only an essential culinary and baking ingredient but also an extremely popular beauty ingredient that is widely used as a part of home remedies for skin and hair care. Application of baking soda to the scalp is undoubtedly one of the best at home dandruff remedies that actually works. The astringent properties of baking soda soaks excess oil, sebum, dirt and dead skin cells from the skin and also helps to maintain the pH balance of the skin making it impossible for blackheads and whiteheads to grow and flourish.

Add a little water to 1 teaspoon of baking soda and turn it into a thick paste, smear it evenly on the affected areas, wait for 10 minutes and wash off immediately. Keeping it more than 10 minutes can dry out the skin excessively. Use this cure 2 to 3 times a week until whiteheads are removed completely. Baking soda should not be applied to sensitive skin.

Treatment and removal of whiteheads once and for all requires some investment of your time and some lifestyle changes which include proper diet, sleep, skin care, and hygiene. Here are a few measures that help prevent whiteheads from appearing. It’s time to invest in your skin!
  • Keep your face squeaky clean by washing it twice a day with a mild cleanser in order to minimize the chances of oil and dirt building up in the pores.
  • Exfoliate your face using a good quality scrub at least twice every week to get rid of whiteheads, dead skin cells and impurities that clog the pores.
  • Scrubbing can leave your skin dry, so it is essential to hydrate the face with a moisturizer irrespective of your skin type.
  • You can opt for oil-free moisturized if you have oily skin. You can apply a clay mask once every week. Clay masks work as effective absorbents that help to soak excess oil and sebum from the skin.
  • Remove make up every night before you go to sleep. Makeup can clog the pores and contribute the formation of whiteheads.
  • If you want to opt for medicines to remove whiteheads, then choose facial products and cleansers that contain alpha hydroxyl acids, salicylic acid, or benzoyl peroxide.
  • Resist the urge to pop the whiteheads with your hands, because it may turn into a painful pimple.
  • Avoid excessive exposure to the sun.
  • Follow a fruit and vegetable detox diet plan for 2 to 3 days every month to flush out toxins from the body.
  • Avoid spicy and oily foods, carbonated drinks, coffee, chocolates, and alcohol.

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