A person who is suffering from whiteheads can try cleansing the area with a gentle soap and warm water on a daily basis, according to WebMD. In addition, using an over-the-counter product that contains benzoyl peroxide is effective.
Other means of treating whiteheads include:
- Using a cleanser that contains salicylic acid. This ingredient causes whiteheads to dry out, and gently encourages the top layer of skin to peel away.
- Regularly shampooing hair and keeping it out of the face reduces the amount of grease that enters the skin's pores.
- Avoiding squeezing and picking whiteheads, as this causes the bacteria and oil that causes them to spread.
- Trying not to wear tight headbands or hats.
- Avoiding touching the face, as this spreads grease and dirt into the pores.
- Trying to use makeup that is non-pore clogging/
Individuals who continue to suffer from whiteheads despite taking the above measures should speak with a doctor or dermatologist. Whiteheads arise when dirt, grease, dead skin and bacteria move into the skin's pores. However, some underlying conditions can make them worse. Doctors can prescribe antibiotics for severe cases of acne. In addition, they can give medications that treat other underlying causes, such as low-dose hormonal contraceptives for women who experience whiteheads because of hormone fluctuations during their menstrual cycle.