How to Clean Oily Skin to Remove Whiteheads & Blackheads

Oily skin poses a higher risk of blackhead and whitehead formation, which could develop into acne flare-ups. According to the Doctors Book of Home Remedies, oily skin is hereditary as well as a result of hormonal imbalance during puberty, pregnancy or menopause. You can treat oily skin with proper skin care designed specifically for greasy, acne-prone skin. It will remove blackheads and whiteheads and dry overly lubricated skin.

Step 1

Cleanse your face twice daily with a glycolic acid facial cleanser. According to, glycolic acid eliminates surface oil from the skin while exfoliating and removing clogs from pores. Glycolic acid is sometimes combined with other acne remedies to boost its effectiveness. Be sure to read the product labels to ensure for any interaction warnings regarding the product ingredients with glycolic acid.

Step 2

Apply a drying mud mask to your face weekly. Mud or clay masks absorb excess oils from the skin while toning and tightening pores. According to the Doctors Book of Home Remedies, darker colored clays and muds absorb more oil from the face, while lighter colored clays and muds are ideal for sensitive skin.

Step 3

Apply a salicylic-acid-based lotion to your face after cleansing, suggests Salicylic acids allow oxygen into deep pores in order to destroy bacteria and remove whiteheads and blackheads. When using salicylic acid products, examine your skin closely for signs of excessive drying and redness. Discontinue use if you experience any adverse reactions.

Step 4

Wash your face with hot water and a gentle drying soap. Hot water acts as a solvent, eliminating trapped oils from the skin, according to the Doctors Book of Home Remedies. Drying soaps help by removing surface oils and dirt that could potentially clog pores, increasing whitehead and blackhead formation.

Things You'll Need

  • Glycolic acid wash

  • Mud mask

  • Salicylic acid lotions

  • Gentle drying soap

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