How to Get Rid of Whitehead Pimples

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To eliminate whiteheads, it is important to thoroughly clean the skin. (Image: amanaimagesRF/amana images/Getty Images)

Acne is a condition that causes the skin to erupt in bumps that can take manifest in many different forms, including papules, pustules, nodules and cysts. Acne pustules, also known as whiteheads, are typically pus-filled, making the center of the bump appear white and infected. Whiteheads are often unsightly, and many people are keen to eliminate them quickly. In order to clear the skin and eliminate whiteheads, it is important to thoroughly clean the skin, apply heat to open up the pores and allow the pus to drain out, and apply an antibacterial substance that will kill off the acne-causing bacteria.

Step 1

Wash the skin well using tea tree oil castille soap, which is gentle on the skin but effective enough to remove excess oil, dirt and impurities. Splash the face with water, then pour 1 tsp. of tea tree oil soap into your hand. Add a small amount of water, and rub your hands together to create a rich lather. Spread the lather onto your skin, covering the entire area well. Rinse with water. Do twice a day.

Step 2

Apply a hot water compress to open the pores and let the pus drain out of the whiteheads. Soak a washcloth in nearly boiling water, and gently squeeze out the excess once it is cool enough to touch. Place the washcloth over the area affected by whiteheads, but avoid scrubbing or rubbing the whiteheads. Gently press the washcloth onto the skin, allowing the heat to penetrate the pores. Once the cloth cools, repeat the process a couple more times to help the pores open and drain. Apply heat to the whiteheads once a day.

Step 3

Spot-treat the whiteheads with tea tree oil. Dip the end of a cotton swab into tea tree oil, then again into water. Dab the diluted tea tree oil onto each individual whitehead, allowing the oil to soak in. Do twice a day.

Things You'll Need

  • Tea tree oil castille soap

  • Water

  • Towel

  • Washcloth

  • Tea tree oil

  • Cotton swab

Tip

Helpful Information:

Tea tree oil is an antibacterial oil that the Department of Dermatology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital suggests is just as effective as benzoyl peroxide in clearing acne breakouts, but without the damaging side effects such as peeling, burning or redness.

It is important to avoid picking or popping whiteheads, which can lead to skin damage and scarring. Although popping a whitehead relieves the pressure and irritation from a whitehead, it can result in a blemish that is more red and unsightly due to the damage it causes on the skin.

Tea tree oil is extracted and bottled in its pure form, and should be diluted in a 5 percent solution before applying it to the skin.

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