Plans for parties, outings or even night outs with friends and families are something we all look forward to all the time. Everybody puts best efforts to look good and stand out from the crowd. The problem arises when zits and whiteheads pop up at any moment like unwanted, uninvited guests. A number of reasons lead to these ugly whiteheads. While whiteheads or closed comedones are very common in people who have oily skin, they might also be caused due to excessive stress, unhealthy food habits and improper diet, chain smoking and not cleaning the face properly at night before going to bed. If you want to get rid of whiteheads on nose, chin and face, use the following home remedies.
Home Remedies for Whiteheads
The good news is that whiteheads are not stubborn and painful and can be removed easily using the below given home remedies.
Oatmeal is great for your weight management and for the skin as well. It combats whiteheads on face and keeps skin acne free. This scrub is very easy to make. All you need to do is mix 1/3 cup of oatmeal, ¼ cup of brown sugar and ¼ cup of honey. Massage the face with this scrub for 7-8 minutes and after that, it should be washed off with warm water. It opens up the hair follicles which remain blocked, and prevents popping up of further whiteheads.
Tomatoes do miracles to the health as well as skin. Vitamin C in tomatoes rejuvenates dull skin and fights off ugly whiteheads. All you need to do is rub tomato pulp on the affected areas and leave it on for about five minutes. Then wash it off. It starts showing results quite fast.
Like tomatoes, lemons are also rich in vitamin C. Take a cotton ball and dip it in a bowl full of lemon juice. Apply this cotton ball on the affected areas and let it sit for an hour or so. The skin may feel a burning sensation. But, you need not worry about it. Besides removing whiteheads, this remedy also adds glow of your facial skin.
4. Orange Peel
Being loaded with vitamin C, orange detoxifies skin. Dry the orange peels in sunlight for a week until they become brittle. Grind the dried peels to make a powder. Now blend this powder with two cloves of garlic and a few drops of lemon juice to make a thick paste. Spread this pack on the affected areas. After 10 minutes, wash off with water.
Mix milk, lemon juice and salt together in the ratio 2:1:1 and apply it on the face. Let it sit for some time and then wash it off.
- Or else, mix milk and salt together and massage it on the skin in gentle, circular motions. Then wash it off with cold water. Repeat this for 3-4 times a day. Also, remember not to be too harsh on your face while massaging it.
Almonds have amazing benefits on the whiteheads. You just need to grind a few almonds into a fine powder and make a paste with some rose water and oatmeal. Apply it on the face, focusing more on the affected areas. Let it sit for 20-25 minutes before washing off with cold water.
Cornstarch is also a superb ingredient for the skin. For preparing a cornstarch pack, you need to mix cornstarch with vinegar in the ratio 3:1. Apply this pack on the face, focusing on the whiteheads prone areas. Let it stay for 20-25 minutes; thereafter, rinse it off with warm water.
8. Rice Scrub
For a good rice scrub, soak rice in water overnight for 5-6 hours. In the morning, grind the rice to make a paste and apply it all over the face. This kills the dead cells and removes the whiteheads. It also brings back natural fairness of skin that stays hidden under the dead skin cells.
9. Sugar and Olive Oil Scrub
Olive oil is known to have great benefits for the skin and hair. Mix a teaspoon of sugar and a few drops of olive oil. Now, with a soft toothbrush, apply this scrub on the face and rub it gently for 10-15 minutes. After this, wash it off with the cold water.
10. Gram Flour
Mix raw milk (which has not been boiled yet) or a few drops of rose water in gram flour to make a thick paste. Apply this pack on face and wait till it dries completely. Then using a soft cloth, remove the pack and wash off the face with cold water. The face will brighten up instantly.
Yoghurt is as easy on the skin as it is on the stomach. Mix 3 teaspoons of yoghurt with 2 teaspoons of oatmeal, one teaspoon of lemon juice and a few drops of olive oil. Apply this pack on the face and leave it on for 10 minutes. Then wash it off with water. It not only helps remove whiteheads, but also moisturizes the skin.
Mix ½ tablespoon of cinnamon powder with a tablespoon of baking soda, a tablespoon of lemon juice and a few drops of water. Apply this paste on the face and leave it for some time. Then wash it off with cold water.
13. Soap and Salt
Mix a few drops of liquid soap with a pinch of salt. Rub it on the affected area very gently. Then wash off the face with cold water. It will help get rid of whiteheads overnight.
14. Rose Water
Dip a cotton ball in a bowl of rose water (preferably chilled rose water) and apply it on the face. Remember you need not wash it off. Daily application of rose water will give you great results.
Potatoes have skin lightening properties. Grate a potato and extract its juice. Refrigerate this juice until it is chilled. Now dip a cotton ball in it and apply on the affected area. Leave it for an hour and then wash it off with cold water.
16. Egg and Honey
Honey is a natural cleanser and moisturizer. Eggs make your skin firm. Mix ½ teaspoon of almond oil, 1 tablespoon of yoghurt, the white portion of an egg and a tablespoon of warm honey. Apply this mixture in a thin layer on the face. Keep it on for thirty minutes and then wash it off with warm water.
Toothpaste wards off pimples and whiteheads. Take a little bit of gel-based toothpaste and apply it on the affected areas of the skin. Let the toothpaste sit for a few minutes and then wash it off properly with the cold water.
Steaming is a great way not just for whiteheads removal, but for lighting up the dull skin too. Take facial steam for 15-20 minutes every day. Regular steaming will prevent further breakouts of the whiteheads.
- Alternatively, warm up some water and dip a clean towel in it. Wring it to drop off excess water. Lie back in a relaxed position and put the towel on your face. This opens up the clogged skin pores. Do this every day for about 30 minutes to get the best results.
19. Fuller’s Earth
Take some fuller’s earth and mix a few drops of rose water in it. Apply it on skin in a thin layer. Wash it off with lukewarm water once it dries up.
20. Baking Soda
Take a teaspoon of baking soda. Add a little water to prepare a paste. Apply it on your face. After a few minutes, wash it off. Use this remedy 2-3 times a week.
Note – This home remedy is not recommended for people with sensitive skin.
21. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Since apple cider vinegar acts as an astringent, it eliminates excess oil from the skin. Take a cup of water. Add 1 tablespoon of ACV to it. Use a cotton ball to apply the solution on face. Wait for 10 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water.
Strawberries exfoliate the skin and open up the clogged pores, and in this way, cure whiteheads in a natural manner. Make a paste by mashing 2-3 strawberries. Add 1 tablespoon of honey to it. Massage it on your face in circular motions. Rinse off after 10-15 minutes. Repeat this remedy 1-2 times a week.
Herbal Remedies for Whiteheads
23. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is well-known for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which check various skin problems including zits, pimples, acne and whiteheads. Mix tea tree oil with a few drops of water or aloe vera gel. Soak a cotton ball in this mixture and apply on the face. Leave it for 10-15 minutes. Finally, rinse off with water.
Note – Don’t use tea tree oil directly on the skin. But again, make sure you do not dilute the mixture too much; else, the tea tree oil will not be able to retain its original properties.
24. Green Tea Bags
Take a used green tea bag, refrigerate it for 4-5 hours and then put the chilled green tea bag on whiteheads. Do this every 2-3 hours daily for a week. You will definitely notice the difference.
25. Coriander Leaves
Coriander leaves possess anti-bacterial properties. Grind some coriander leaves to make a paste. Add a pinch of turmeric and a few drops of water to it. Apply this mixture on your face once or twice a week. Coriander leaves are great both for blackheads and whiteheads.
Mix some sandalwood powder with a few drops of rose water and make a thick paste. Apply this mixture on the face and let it sit till it dries up completely. Use cold water to wash it off.
27. Aloe Vera
Mix aloe vera gel with honey in equal proportions and apply on the skin. Keep it for about half an hour and then wash it off with warm water. It leaves the skin fresh and moist and also does a great job in fighting off the whiteheads.
28. Fenugreek Leaves
Get some fresh fenugreek leaves; crush them adding a few drops of water to make a thick paste. Apply this on the face at night before you go to bed. Wash it off with cold water the next morning.
29. Indian Lilac Leaves
Take ½ cup water. Boil orange peel and Indian lilac leaves in this water until the water evaporates. Now mash the boiled leaves and peel. Add soy milk, yoghurt and honey to it. Apply it on your face, focusing on T-zone. This remedy will leave you with soft and supple skin.
- Wash your face every night before going to bed.
- There is no better detoxifier than water. It also boosts up your metabolism. So drink 3-4 liters of water every day.
- Change the pillow cover every week.
- Keep your hair clean. If dirt accumulates in hair, it affects the skin too. Make sure you wash your hair every alternate day.
- Apart from vitamin C, consume lots of vitamins A and E to keep your skin healthy. For this, you need to eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Apply a sunscreen with SPF of more than 30, if you go out in the sunlight.
- While using any scrub on the face, do not rub it with all your force. Remember, extra rubbing will not do any good to your skin. So be gentle.
- Never ever burst those whiteheads.
- Stay away from oily and spicy foods. Such foods lead to the toxification of the system and results into unsightly whiteheads.
- Do not touch your face very frequently. The germs on your hands cling to facial skin when you touch it frequently.
- Even if you are blessed with normal skin, do not opt for oil-based products or creams.
- Do not use hot water for washing your face. Instead use lukewarm water.