A type of acne, whiteheads are formed when extra oils secreted by sebaceous glands get mixed with dead cells of the skin and plugs the pores of hair follicles. Because of the plugging, the air does not reach the area and the clogged pores turn white or yellowish.
Whiteheads can happen at the time of menstruation, pregnancy, menopause, and puberty when sebaceous glands are more active than they normally are. They majorly develop on the face – forehead, nose, and chin, known as the T-zone, but can also be seen developing on arms, shoulders, chest, and back.
Whiteheads if picked or when they become severe can leave your face with permanent scars and it can be very frustrating and take a toll on the emotional and mental health of the person
There are a few things that you can take care of if your skin is prone to whiteheads. Lifestyle changes also help reduce acne breakout:
- Wash your skin with a mild cleanser that has ingredients to fight acne. Do it twice a day.
- Avoid excess washing of the face.
- Don’t scrub the area of whiteheads as it will make them worse.
- Regular use of an exfoliating product that is gentle in nature can help in the removal of whiteheads.
- Do not eat many oily and greasy foods.
- Use brands for makeup that are non-comedogenic i.e products that are don’t clog pores.
- Moisturizers and lotions that you use should be oil-free.
- Remove makeup and clean your face before going to bed.
- Don’t pop or squeeze your whiteheads as it can cause scarring.