How to Get Rid of Whiteheads. A whitehead is a form of acne where the sebum or oil is clogged inside the pore. This type of acne is not inflamed or infected. They appear in the form of tiny, white, raised spots in areas around the nose, cheekbone or where the skin is fine. Follow these tips to tame existing whiteheads and to prevent new ones from forming.

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Apply a hot, wet compressor on an existing whitehead to open the pore. Pop the whitehead with a sterile needle and gently squeeze it. Wash your hands and face before and after to avoid infection.

Exfoliate with a facial scrub suitable for your skin tone 2 to 3 times a week. Use a natural exfoliate like oatmeal mixed with yogurt if you have oily skin or milk in case of dry skin. Apply this paste all over your face, leave it for a couple of minutes and massage with your fingertips in circular motion.

Keep your skin clean by washing your face diligently with warm water and mild soap at least twice a day. Steam your face over hot water to unclog the pores once every 3 days.

See a dermatologist if home treatments are not helpful. Whiteheads are removed using an extraction method at the office where the dermatologist uses a sterile pen-like instrument to open the pores and remove plugged skin cells and sebum.

Use topical lotion or cream that has retinoid (derived from vitamin A) to open clogged pores. Any acne or blackhead cream like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide will also work on whiteheads.


  • Drink a lot of water to flush the toxins from your body.