Why and How of Whiteheads

Whiteheads, also called as ‘milia’, appear as tiny, pearl-like raised spots on the skin. They are usually seen on delicate skin surfaces. Generally, they make their presence felt on areas such as forehead, under the eyes, cheekbones, etc. They occur along with other skin problems such as acnes, pimples and blackheads.

Whiteheads are similar to blackheads in their root cause. They are also formed by the hardening of sebum on the skin pores. The difference is that, since oxidation does not take place, white heads do not turn black. This is because, since it appears on delicate areas, the hardened grease does not get exposed to air. Whiteheads are harder to be removed since the pores are not open. Unlike blackheads that appear only on oily skin, whiteheads peep out on all sorts of skin combinations, including dry skin. Drinking lots of water is an effective means by which white heads can be checked. This helps in detoxifying the body and thus skin gets cleared off such irregularities. Including a glass of fresh fruit juice in your breakfast also helps to keep whiteheads at bay. Rubbing lemon peel on the affected part can also check whiteheads to a good extent. Always go for medicated soaps and quality cleansers. Moisturisers that you apply on the skin should be completely oil free. Drinking a glass of warm water into which a lemon has been squeezed is found to extremely effective in checking whiteheads.

Steaming the face, at least once in a week, also helps in opening up the skin pores. After the steaming is done, it is advisable to apply face packs or gels which contain alpha Hydroxyl fruit acids. Such creams make the removal of whiteheads easier. No attempt should be made to pinch off or forcibly remove whiteheads. Since the pores remain clogged, such tampering will only worsen the situation.


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