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So you’ve got whiteheads popping up under your lower lip, and it’s really starting to mess with your flawless complexion. Although whiteheads are not quite as noticeable as big, red zits, they can definitely still be seen. There’s no magic cure for whiteheads, and no treatment that is going to work instantly; however, try some techniques to get rid of the whiteheads and learn how to prevent them from visiting your skin in the future.
What Are Whiteheads?
In short, whiteheads are pus-filled zits. They form when the pores become completely blocked with oil, dead skin and bacteria. This makes a small, white dot on the skin. Sometimes, whiteheads are hardly visible to the naked eye, but other times the pus ball can be pretty large. Whiteheads are caused by not washing your face properly, excessive sweating or even just the fact that you have acne-prone skin.
Home Remedies for Whiteheads
Getting rid of whiteheads is a priority if you’re trying to keep a clear complexion. A variety of home remedies claim to help unclog the pores and banish the blemish for good. Make a facial mask by mashing up the flesh of two apricots. Spread the apricot onto the whiteheads and leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing it off. Chamomile tea also works well as a cleanser to clear up whiteheads. Brew a few chamomile tea bags and dab the cooled tea onto the whiteheads with a cotton ball. Do this at least twice a day. For another home remedy, mix 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and 2 tablespoons of sea salt to make a scrub for whiteheads. Let the mixture steep in a bowl for about five hours, then scrub it onto your skin. Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing it off. Tomatoes can also help to get rid of whiteheads. Slice a tomato and place it onto the whiteheads. Lay flat for 15 minutes so the tomato stays on. Then, wipe any juices off gently with a soft cloth.
Once you get rid of the existing whiteheads under your lower lip, it’s time to get proactive and keep them from coming back. Since whiteheads are caused by dirt and oils, wash your face at least twice a day. Use an all-natural or soap-free cleanser and warm water. Keep your skin moisturized with an oil-free face cream. Avoid using oily cosmetics. Keep your hands and hair off your face since both contain lots of oil.
If you’re using over-the-counter products to clear up whiteheads, look for ones containing benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, alpha hydroxy acids or salicylic acid. These are the most effective ingredients at combating any type of acne. In addition to taking good care of your skin, take care of your body as well to reduce the likelihood of whiteheads popping up. Eat lots of fruits and veggies, drink plenty of water and limit processed or refined foods and those high in sugar or saturated fat. Remember, your skin is the largest organ in your body so what you put in your body can have quite an effect on its outward appearance.