We all know how irritating whiteheads can be, which is why we do our best to take the preventive measures to keep them away! But what exactly can you do to keep these small forms of acne free from your skin? Read on as I show you all about how to prevent whiteheads to help you out!
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What Are Whiteheads and What Causes Them?
Before anything else, what are whiteheads anyway?
These are mild forms of acne which take the appearance of small, white bumps. It usually affects patches of skin on your chin, forehead, nose, and/or cheeks. They aren’t painful (unless popped), but they can look and feel irritating for many who have them.
There are various reasons as to why whiteheads occur, one of the biggest being the changing levels of one’s hormones. The changing levels usually occur during puberty, pregnancy, menstruation, or from the use or oral contraceptives.
Besides that, other causes include an overproduction of sebum, which is the oily substance which protects the skin. Poor diet, lack of proper skin care, exposure to air pollution and sweat, as well as the use of certain medications and wrong skincare products also cause whiteheads.
Fortunately, there are ways to both treat and prevent whiteheads from happening.
How to Prevent Whiteheads
While there are good treatments to help remove whiteheads, what about preventing them from happening at all? Here are the four helpful tips you can follow:
1. Look Into the Products You Use
One of the causes of whiteheads come from the types of products you use. Certain skincare products might not be right for your skin, causing blemishes and acne. That’s why if you continue to experience acne despite the skincare routine and preventive measures you do, it’s time to review what you use.
As much as possible, use water-based skin care products, avoiding those with oil. Go for non-comedogenic products and makeup (no alcohol if you have sensitive or dry skin) that do NOT clog pores. And remember to always remove your makeup at night using gentle makeup removers, also washing your sponges and brushes at least once a month with gentle baby shampoo.
2. Cleaning and Protecting Your Face
I highly recommend that you start a proper skincare routine if you haven’t already. Wash your face twice a day using mild cleansers to remove any excess oil and pollutants your face meets throughout the day, lessening clogged pores. I suggest that you use cleansers with salicylic acid which cleans our dead skin cells.
Before heading out, apply topical lotion with sunscreen to protect your skin from the harsh rays of the sun, which can also cause acne. Exfoliation is also important, but should only be done once or twice a week. This prevents and treats whiteheads, removing excess oil before it causes issues.
3. Wash Your Hair and Pillowcases
Your face meets with your bedsheets and pillows every night for hours at a time. Because of this, there’s more of a risk of getting acne because of dirty sheets.
Remember, we shed a lot of dead skin cells and our sheets meet with bacteria and dust. As a result, it makes our skin more prone to acne! That’s why it’s crucial to keep your sheets clean and fresh. Make sure that you wash and/or change your sheets at least once a month.
Also, make sure that you prevent oil buildup on your hair, which causes oil buildup on your skin’s surface. Do this by washing your hair at least every other day and tie it back if your hair is long to prevent it from meeting with your face.
4. Keep a Healthy Diet and Exercise
Of course, what you eat is crucial in keeping your skin clear and healthy. There are strong correlations between consuming greasy foods and dairy to acne, which is why it’s best to avoid it as much as possible. It’s best to go for all-natural foods that reduce inflammation and fight bacteria which cause acne.
Remember to drink water and stay hydrated as well, which really cleans your body, including your skin! Consume at least eight glasses of water a day.
Furthermore, exercise helps in keeping your skin clear, as it increases blood flow and removes toxins from our body. Go for your favorite exercises at least thrice a week and feel the benefits!
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Wrapping It Up
With the proper knowledge on how to prevent whiteheads, you’re able to keep your skin clear and free from blemishes! Hopefully, this article on whiteheads helped you find solutions to promote better skin. So don’t wait any longer and look into any of these tips today!
If you have any questions or want to share your tips and experiences on preventing whiteheads, then comment below. Your thoughts are much appreciated!