Whiteheads are a dirty word in skincare. At the mere mention of the name, you can feel your pores clench in fear. Not only are whiteheads an unbecoming sight to wake up to and endure, they are public enemy number one of beautiful, healthy skin.
Luckily, for anyone who has ever wondered how to get rid of whiteheads, there are a few tricks that are known to work. By committing to a regimen that tackles whiteheads at the source of the problem, you can stop them in their tracks.
Just in case you didn't know, whiteheads are born when sebum (the oily secretion of the skin's glands) cozies up with dead skin follicles, plugging up your pores and becoming a buffet for bacteria. The good news is that sticking to your beauty routine—like regularly sloughing off dead skin and clarifying pores — can circumvent a potential whitehead problem!
Here are 7 ways to prevent and get rid of whiteheads stat!
Take the Day Off
At the end of the day you should do you best not to leave a single molecule of makeup on your face. Even the smallest bit of product can clog pores, setting you up for a potential whitehead in the morning. While cleansers are great at cleaning skin, opting for an actual makeup remover before you wash can double down on product-removing duties to make sure your pores are free of any residue.
You should be using a high-quality surfactant-free, foaming cleanser to wash off the day. This will help clear your skin of excess sebum. Naturally, we are biased but our (unscented) Face Foam, which is a great cleanser for sensitive skin, really does help to lift away impurities, dirt, and oil.
Rub It Off
A face konjac cleansing sponge can help you go the extra mile to remove any whitehead-causing buildup. Use one that's super gentle on even the sensitive areas of your face (like around your eyes). You'll be surprised what a difference this can make!
Slough off dead skin cells with an exfoliating cleanser every couple of days. This will eliminate skin cells that could clog your follicles and will leave the skin's surface silky smooth.
Try a Natural Remedy
Look out for certain natural ingredients—like essential oils that are known to help calm irritated skin and reduce your risk of infection.
Get Your Moisturizer To Do Double Duty
While it may seem counterintuitive to lather products onto your face, moisturizing is key to healthy skin. It keeps skin cells healthy and hydrated and helps to prevent breakouts and even wrinkles. Choosing the right moisturizer can help make your skin more resistant to whiteheads. And of course, find a daily moisturizer with SPF to protect your skin against the sun's harmful rays (and prevent irritation that can lead to blemishes).
Keep It Clean
Even the products on your face can wreak havoc on your skin if you aren't careful. Clean your brushes regularly and make sure to switch out your makeup when it expires to keep bacteria at bay.
Lastly, take note of what touches your face. I'm talking about your fingers and your phone. Keep both of those things far far away if you want to prevent whiteheads.
Still dealing with skin woes? Read our article This is For Anyone Who Has Ever Struggled With Acne for more skin tips.