To get rid of whiteheads, wash and tone the skin, apply a salicylic acid lotion, and dab on a benzoyl peroxide spot treatment. Repeat this five-minute procedure daily to banish existing whiteheads and prevent new ones. The supplies you need are water, a washcloth, soap, toner, cotton pads, salicylic acid lotion and a benzoyl peroxide spot treatment.
- Wash the skin
Wash the skin with mild soap and warm water. Rub the washcloth gently over the skin, then rinse thoroughly.
- Apply alcohol-free toner
Wet a cotton pad with an alcohol-free toner, and swab it over the affected area. Swipe the pad in one direction only, and examine it after every pass. If the pad becomes grimy, discard it and use a new one. If you have dry skin, apply the toner to the whiteheads only. If your skin is oily, treat the whiteheads and the surrounding skin.
- Apply salicylic acid lotion
Cover the affected skin with a thin layer of salicylic acid lotion. Keep the product away from your eyes, and wash your hands after you apply it.
- Apply a spot treatment
After the skin fully absorbs the salicylic acid lotion, dab a benzoyl peroxide spot treatment on each whitehead. Keep it off of the surrounding skin to avoid dryness and irritation.