How to Remove Embedded Whiteheads
Acne can occur on anyone's skin at any time of life. It often appears as simple whiteheads, which look like small, pus-filled pockets on the face. When pores get clogged with oil, dead skin cells and bacteria, the material gets trapped inside and forms pus, according to Brown University Health Education. Sometimes, these whiteheads are severe and are deeply embedded into the pore, making them hard to treat. Though it may be tempting to pop those pimples, it's a much better idea to use dermatologist-approved treatment methods to remove embedded whiteheads.
Use a gentle facial soap and warm water to wash your face each morning and night. Make sure the soap is oil-free so it won't clog your pores, says the American Academy of Dermatology on AcneNet. Avoid scrubs, as they can irritate embedded whiteheads and break them open, leaving the possibility of scarring.
Use an over-the-counter acne treatment on your embedded whiteheads. Look for products with benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid as main ingredients, says AcneNet. Dab this cream directly onto your embedded whiteheads after cleansing to dry up the blemishes and prevent their return.
Apply a prescription cream to your embedded whiteheads if over-the-counter solutions don't work. Stronger topical forms of benzoyl peroxide may be prescribed as well as topical antibiotics or retinoids, according to Brown University Health Education.
Schedule an appointment to have your embedded whiteheads professionally removed. Using a sterile tool, a dermatologist will push down on the skin surrounding whiteheads that are deeply embedded into the skin, forcing the material inside to come out, says AcneNet. This may need to be repeated to completely remove the severe whitehead for good.
Useful Tips for treating whiteheads:
- Remember: whiteheads should be extracted by an experienced esthetician or dermatologist.
- To prevent whiteheads from forming in the first place, you should use a mild facial cleanser that is oil-free and wash your face at least twice a day.
- Never squeeze or pick at a pimple as doing so may spread the inflammation and leave an ugly red scar behind.
- Use a face cream or moisturizer containing salicylic acid.
- Always look for antibacterial skin care and cosmetic products.
- Use skin care products with benzyl peroxide, salicylic acid or AHAs.
- It’s essential to keep your skin clean all the time in order to prevent the formation of whiteheads.
- Drink plenty of water to keep your skin and body hydrated and to remove the toxins from your skin.
- Always apply a toner after cleansing your face in the morning and in the evening to close the pores.
- Remember: there is a difference between a blackhead and a whitehead, blackheads are partly blocked pores and the fully blocked pores are called whiteheads.
- Never try to remove whiteheads at home – this may lead to serious skin infections and permanent scarring.
- Remember: usually the whiteheads go away by themselves in a few days.
- Never forget to remove your makeup in the evening; otherwise this may clog the pores resulting in blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and rash appearance.
- Never use harsh facial cleansers, soaps or lotions.
- Always look for noncomedogenic and nonacnegenic skin care and makeup products.
- Like the blackheads, the whiteheads can be seen on the areas around the face, especially around the nose, eyes, cheeks and forehead.
- Never use oil-based makeup precuts as they may contribute to the buildup of oil in the follicles.
- Always apply moisturizer after washing your face.
- Don’t forget to exfoliate your skin once or twice a week with a mild exfoliator to remove the dead skin cells.
- Remember: the appearance of your skin is influenced mainly by your skin care routine.
- Always wear a sunscreen or sunblock with SPF at least 15, even during the winter months to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
- Avoid touching your face with dirty hands – you can transform bacteria and cause inflammation.
- Remember: the best way to prevent whiteheads is to keep your skin clean and well moisturized all the time.
- Regular facials can help prevent whiteheads because they will keep your pores clean.
- Do a cleansing face mask once or twice a week.
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