Are those stubborn whiteheads spoiling the smooth texture of your skin and leading to open pores? Whiteheads can also turn into pimples if left ignored. However, waging a war against whiteheads is never a good idea. They need to be dealt with gently. Unlike whiteheads, oil and dead cells collect in pockets just beneath the skin, but the pores are not open.
That is why whiteheads can be difficult to remove. It is important to remember that whiteheads should not be pinched with nails, as it can lead to infection and leave marks on the skin. A proper cleansing routine is vital as per the skin type. The use of facial scrubs helps to discourage whiteheads. If the skin is very dry, use a scrub only once a week and only on areas with whiteheads. For oily skin, scrubs can be used more often. But, scrubs should not be applied on pimples, acne or rash.
Keep whiteheads at bay
After cleansing your face, mix baking soda with water into a paste and apply on the areas affected by whiteheads. Wash it off after five minutes. Make a ­solution of apple cider vinegar and water in equal quantities and apply the solution on the whiteheads. Another solution is to mix oats with egg white into a paste and apply on whiteheads. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes.
Moisten with water, rub gently on the area and wash off with water. You can also make a paste of fenugreek (methi) leaves and apply on the face daily, washing it off after an hour. Grated ­potato or potato juice also helps tackle whiteheads. It’s also good to drink six to eight glasses of water daily, as well as adding the juice of a lemon to a glass of water and drinking it in the morning. Drinking barley water also helps to get rid of whiteheads.
(Inputs by beauty expert Shahnaz Husain)