Causes & Cures of Whiteheads


A flawless skin is the dream of everyone; especially females out there today, with exorbitant amounts being spent to get that clean and clear complexion everyone envies so much. Unfortunately, our skin happens to be the most vulnerable part of the body that’s on the hit list of all the dreaded problems that affect it, thus, marring our beauty. One of these common irritants, are white heads.

They mostly pop up on the most prominent parts of the face, such as the nose and cheeks. These white heads are formed as a result of the clogging of the hair follicles caused by the accumulation of oil and sebum produced by the sebaceous glands. Having no outlet, this accumulated matter tends to harden along with the cells and dead tissues and becomes visible from underneath the skin.


At times, these white heads can be rather painful if they get infected with bacterial germs, causing inflammation and may take a lot of time to heal if left the way they are. However , treatment taken in the preliminary stages yields quicker results. White heads can occur as a result of improper hygiene, blood impurities, hormonal changes, and puberty.

Unlike blackheads; which can easily be squeezed out or pulled out using special blackhead removing strips, the task of getting rid of whiteheads can be a rather cumbersome one as they are embedded deep within the layers of skin. Attempting to squeeze out white heads does more harm than good and you can end up damaging your skin and having more unsightly blemishes on it.  There are some home tips which you can use to eliminate these whiteheads from your face, which would also not fall heavy on your pocket. Some of them are:

  • Rubbing a slice of lemon over the affected area twice a week.
  • A mixture of cornstarch and vinegar can also be applied for a more potent double action to effectively treat white heads.
  • Raw milk mixed with lime juice and a pinch of salt acts as an effective lotion that penetrates deep into the skin and unclogs the pores, creating a passage for the accumulated sebum and oil to seep out   by clearing the hair follicles.
  • Some foods and supplements like pumpkin seeds, fruits, milk, water, grains, spinach, vitamins A, E, and B2 can play a very important role in keeping a check on the problem of white heads.


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