Whiteheads and blackheads refer to closed and open comedomes, which are a form of acne. To be more precise, there are two categories of acne: pimples and cysts in one group, and whiteheads and blackheads in the other.
Comedomes are not as blatant symptoms of acne, as pimples or cysts, but most certainly should be addressed. Usually they are more common and numerous on the face and shoulders, or back.
Acne appears as a result of an inflammation caused by the excessive sebum (skin oil) which clogs the skin pores.
Blackheads, or open comedomes, are actually hair follicles that are opened wider than regular folicles. They are filled with plugs of sebum and dead skin cells deposits, and undergo a chemical process which results in an oxidation of the melanin. This reaction gives the typical black color of the substance in the hair folicle.
Whiteheads, or closed comedomes, are hair folicles closed with the sebum, but unlike blackheads, they have only a microscopic opening to the skin surface. The air can not reach to the substance in the folicle, so it does not oxidize, and remains white.
Here we have some homemade remedies that you can incorporate in your daily beauty regimen to get rid of the whiteheads and blackheads. And after few weeks of daily usage of the homemade remedies you will experience a drastic reduction, even a total elimination of the issue.
First wash your face with warm water. Then, take a bowl and squeeze the juice of one lemon in it, add a pinch of salt and stir the mixture for a few times. Gently apply the mixture on the whiteheads and blackheads. Leave it on to act for about 20 minutes and then wash your face with warm water.
Mix cornstarch with vinegar in a 3:1 ratio making a paste. Apply the paste on the problematic areas and let it act for 15 to 30 minutes. Rinse the paste with warm water and a cloth.
Mix two tablespoons of oatmeal with three tablespoons of plain yogurt. Add one tablespoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of olive oil to the mixture. Stir the mixture constantly until you get a homogenous mixture and apply it on the problematic areas on the face. Let the mixture act for 5 to 7 minutes, then wash it off with cold water.
First grind some oatmeal into powder in a blender and add some rose water in it. Apply this on the affected areas and let it stay for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes wash it off with cold water.
Almond or Oatmeal
Mix either oatmeal or almond powder with just enough rose water to make a spreadable paste. Apply it to your problem areas with your fingertips first and then apply it to the rest of your face. Let it set for about 15 minutes and then rinse your face with cold water.
The toothpaste is an effective whitehead and blackhead remover. Apply a thin paste on the problematic areas and leave it on for at least 25 minutes. It is likely that you will feel a burning sensation when you apply the thin layer of toothpaste, but this is normal and it will stop quickly. Immediately after you remove the toothpaste, you will notice that the tops of your whiteheads and blackheads have disappeared, but you still need to thoroughly wash your face to remove the buildup underneath. Repeat the procedure every other day for two weeks.
Tomatoes are full with natural antiseptic properties that successfully dry up the whiteheads and blackheads on your face. Take a small tomato, peel it and mash it. Apply the tomato pulp on your whiteheads and blackheads before sleeping. Leave the tomato pulp on your face all night and then wash it offwith warm water in the morning.
Grate few raw potatoes and then gently rub the affected areas with the mixture. Rinse it off after15 minutes.
Prepare a mixture of baking soda and water in ratio 1:1 and rub it on your face or other body areas that are prone to blackheads. Leave it on to act for 15 minutes and then wash it off with warm water.
In water crush some fenugreek leaves and mix until you form a paste. Apply the paste on your faceand leave it on for 15 minutes, then remove it. In order to keep your face free of blackheads you need to repeat this procedure every night.
Honey is also great for removing blackheads and whiteheads. Apply honey on the affected areas and remove it after 15 minutes. Remember notto pinch, press,poke,scrape, or squeeze your skin too hard!