If your facial complexion is marred by unsightly blemishes and whiteheads, it can make you feel extremely self-conscious about your appearance. Blemishes, also known as pimples, pustules and zits, are clogged pores that result in red, swollen and pus-filled sores. Severe cases may result in permanent scarring. Whiteheads are clogged follicles that usually appear on the skin as small white bumps. Since blemishes and whiteheads can often last four weeks or longer, take immediate steps to eliminate them through home remedies and over-the-counter treatments.

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Make a steam facial to loosen whiteheads and blemishes by cleaning the pores of your skin, which will loosen any trapped debris. Fill a pot with water until it boils and steam is released. Remove the pot from the stove, wrap a towel over your head to prevent the steam from escaping, close your eyes and place your face over the warm steam until the steam dissipates. Rinse your face with cool water.

Wrap an ice cube in a soft towel and press it against your blemishes and whiteheads. Leave the ice there for five to six minutes. Ice is an effective treatment for emerging blemishes and will also cool inflammation.

Purchase over-the-counter treatments containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, which will help get rid of old blemishes and whiteheads, and also prevent new ones from forming. Apply a pea-sized amount to your face, and massage it into your skin.

Exfoliate your facial skin three times per week. Exfoliating cream can be purchased at health food stores, pharmacies and department stores. Apply the exfoliating cream to your face in circular motions, paying special attention to the affected areas. Exfoliating reduces clogged pores, and creates a smoother skin surface by eliminating blemishes, whiteheads and other skin impurities.

Apply honey to your blemishes and whiteheads before you go to sleep. Honey is a natural bacteria fighter and will help eliminate your skin breakouts.


  • Only use skin care products that state they’re “oil-free” on their labels.

  • Use soaps and astringents each day that are formulated to reduce blemishes and whiteheads.

  • For severe acne, your doctor can prescribe topical or oral medications.