Blackheads and whiteheads are common problem among those who have oily skin apart from this it also is one of the problems among teenagers which often also stays on irrespective of their age which might even extend to twenties, thirties and forties.
What causes blackheads and whiteheads?
Everyone is not aware of the self-moisturizing mechanism out skin has which is through sebaceous glands which secretes oil named sebum which are stored in follicles. Based on this mechanism whenever the follicle becomes full oil is spilled onto the skin which helps in keeping the skin healthy and moisturized, however there is small portion of oil trapped inside this follicle instead of just flowing onto the skin.
This results in development of bacteria in the follicle itself which ultimately leads to creation of pimple though there are also times when instead of infection everything gets clogged up in follicle to form comedones which are commonly referred to as whiteheads and blackheads.
What is the difference between a blackhead and a whitehead?
Whenever the follicle opening becomes wider than its normal size is the reason formation of comedone named blackhead, since the sebum and dead skin cells which have been trapped react chemically with air that finally results in oxidation of melanin which is the actual reason for its black color.
While the whitehead is formed due to the hair follicle’s lack of exposure to air which clogs up the sebum and dead skin cells however the color it gets is due to the lack of exposure to air which does not allow oxidation of melanin hence the clogged matter remains white in color.
How do we get rid of blackheads and whiteheads?
Little patience and time are enough along with consistent use to maintain clear skin, there are several products which might be suggested by dermatologist however among these also there are certain products which are expensive and take much longer time to show their actual purpose. However here are some easy to follow home remedies which can be included in daily beauty regime which will eventually show improvement or even total elimination.
Toothpaste – It is one of the effective removers of blackheads and whiteheads, for which a thin layer of this has to be applied on the infected areas after which it has to be left on for face for about 25 minutes. Though initially there might be slightly burning sensation later it will get normal which when removed will almost disappear the top of blackheads and whiteheads for which it will be necessary to wash the face thoroughly. This procedure will be helpful to those who follow it for every two weeks.
Tomato - Antiseptic properties of tomato have the ability to dry up the whiteheads and blackheads for which the tomato has to be mashed after peeling and applied on blackheads and whiteheads it is even best to leave it on while sleeping which has to be washed in morning with warm water.
Lemon – Wash the face with warm water before applying this mixture of lemon juice with pinch of salt after which it has to be applied on blackheads and whiteheads. This mixture has to be left on face for about 20 minutes after which it has to be once again cleaned with warm water.
Lime – Mixing equal quantities of lime juice and cinnamon powder also can be applied for blackheads which have to be left on for entire night and washed in the morning.
Cornstarch – Mix Vinegar and cornstarch in 1:3 ratio to make it a paste which has to be applied on problem area for about 15 to 30 minutes later washing it with warm water.
Yogurt - Mix two tablespoons of oatmeal with three tablespoons of yogurt along with teaspoon of olive oil and one tablespoon of lemon juice which has to be applied on face to sit on for about five to seven minutes later washing off with cold water.
Almond or Oatmeal – Paste has to be made from oatmeal or almond powder with sufficient rose water and applied on problem areas with fingertips on entire face for about 15 minutes and washed off with cold water.
Rice – Soak rice for 5 hours in milk after which it has to be made paste in blender which has to be used as scrub on affected areas of body.
Coriander leaves – Mix coriander leaves and turmeric with water to makes paste which has to be used as mask to remove blackheads.
Honey – Honey is best choice to remove blackheads for which it only has to be spread across those areas which have lot of blackheads.
Potatoes – Grated potatoes have to be rub on area with blackheads and left on for 15 minutes after which it has to be washed off.
Baking Soda – Mixing equal parts of baking soda and water will make a paste which has to be rubbed onto the face or other body parts which are prone to blackheads and has to be left on for about 15 minutes after which it has to be washed on with warm water.
Remember – Be gentle to your skin. Never pinch, scrape, poke, press, or squeeze too hard!