Whiteheads on chin – How to get rid of them?

August 25, 2014 | 0

A whitehead is a type of acne that forms when dead skin cells accumulate with oil, and bacteria within one of the pores. Unlike a blackhead, a whitehead forms under the surface of a closed pore. Whiteheads, also known as closed comedones have a microscopic opening to the skin surface. Since the air cannot reach through the skin the material is not oxidized, and remains white. Whiteheads are similar to pimples; small, hard and raised above the skin but there’s no redness, swelling or contents that can be squeezed out.

Causes

  1.  Choosing wrong skin care products is one of the main causes of whiteheads on chin. Moisturizers, sunscreens or foundations containing oil or petroleum derivatives are unfit for the skin.
  2. Long term sun damage can also be the cause of whiteheads.
  3. It is also important to avoid unnecessary skin care products like toners, astringents and skin conditioners.
  4. This could also be a genetic problem. A genetic propensity to whiteheads is because of hormonal fluctuations that include menstruation, puberty, pregnancy or even menopause.
  5. When the epidermal cells are more cohesive and the pores get blocked because they don’t exfoliate normally, whiteheads are most likely to form in such a situation.
  6. Dead skin cells inside the pore are an ideal breeding ground for the harmful bacteria and when the white blood cells fight the bacteria it causes inflammation that forms whiteheads.
  7. Too spicy, oily and sugary food can also be a major cause of whiteheads.
  8. Not cleaning the face regularly and especially after wearing makeup can be responsible for this problem.
  9. Too much exfoliation of the skin causes the dead skin cells to block the hair follicles.
  10. Shaving could cause dryness that erupts the accumulation of whiteheads.
  11. Surprisingly, the oil when applied to hair when drips also affect the skin. One must take precaution in applying the oil in a way that it doesn’t come in contact with the skin.

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Treatment

Natural removal: People everywhere and of every age could get whiteheads.  Many products in the market these days offer great results but contain chemicals and are also expensive. To avoid this alternative one must resolve to drinking plenty of water and using a mild face wash. Using a natural facial mask is one of the best and easiest options.

Leave them the way they are: The ideal way is not touching it repeatedly so that it dries on its own. If that doesn’t happen then one could consult a dermatologist or a beautician.

Exfoliation: The best way is to keep the area clean and exfoliate it as and when necessary. Using a mild and oil free exfoliating skin cream by massaging it gently will open up the pores and keep them dirt and residue free.

Using honey: Massaging honey on the chin will let it absorb in 10 to 15 minutes. After that it has to be washed with lukewarm water and gently patting it dry will complete the process. If the whiteheads are many then one can massage it before washing the honey off. This will open the pores and allow the honey to clean deep into the pores.

Avoiding whiteheads

To avoid the taxing and expensive procedure for their removal one must already take precautions such as:

  1. Washing the face twice a day with fresh water.
  2. Using creams and lotions containing Salicyclic acid or antibacterial products to keep the skin healthy.
  3. Drinking a lot of water to keep the skin hydrated.
  4. Letting the skin sweat occasionally will open up the pores and flush out the bacteria in it.
  5. Applying a good skin toner at least twice a day.
  6. Not fiddling with acne or other eruptions on the chin.
  7. Following a healthy and energetic routine.
  8. Including a lot of good proteins and carbohydrates in the diet and eating fresh fruits, vegetables and green vegetables keeps the skin healthier.

The don’ts of treating Whiteheads

  • Whiteheads should not be confused with blackheads since they are completely closed pores and blackheads are partially closed.
  • Careless handling of the skin while removing them could lead to permanent scarring. Find out why popping whiteheads is bad for you.
  • Touching face with dirty hands is a complete no when it comes to skin care.
  • Trusting an inexperienced dermatologist could be very dangerous.
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