Whiteheads are little white bumps that appear because dead skin cells, sebum and oil are clogged in pores under the skin. Wipe out whiteheads around your mouth with a consistent facial-cleansing routine twice daily. The key to getting rid of whiteheads is to keep your skin free of dirt and oil, and to add specific products to your routine.
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Wash Away Bacteria
Wash your face twice daily with an acne-fighting cleanser featuring salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. This combination kills bacteria and sloughs off dead skin cells. Afterward, saturate a cotton pad with toner and swipe along your cheeks and chin. Find one with alpha hydroxy acids to further exfoliate the skin, and an antioxidant such as witch hazel which helps reduce sebum production.
Treat Your Cheeks and Chin
Dab 2- to 5-percent benzoyl peroxide around your mouth and cheeks twice daily, immediately after using the toner. Allow to dry thoroughly before smoothing on an oil-free moisturizer. A non-comedogenic moisturizer containing silicone oils helps stop skin from peeling due to acne products -- and keeps skin from producing more oil, in an attempt to compensate for the drying effects of the products.
Use Proper Hygiene
Refrain from touching your face with your fingertips or resting your hands on your chin and cheeks during the day. Dirt and oil from your hands can be transmitted to these areas, leading to clogged pores and acne. In addition, wipe down your phone with alcohol, and keep it away from your chin while speaking, to avoid spreading bacteria and dirt to your skin.
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- American Academy of Dermatology: Small Changes in Skin Care Routine Can Significantly Improve Skin Affected by Acne and Rosacea