Do you have blackheads or whiteheads?
Do you know how to tell the difference? It’s important to know so you can treat it accordingly. Both are a form of acne and here’s the difference.
Blackheads are very tiny openings in our skin (pores) that contain oil and dirt. The oil and dirt combo are dark in color and you can sort of look down into the pore and see the oil and dirt. Depending on your skin tone, it can be more visible than on others. You can sort of think of it as a hole in your skin that is packed with mud. They are most commonly seen on the nose, chin, and forehead areas but can also occur on your back. Blackheads can form due to medications, heredity, production of excess oils, and the list goes on.
Remedies for Blackheads
First, NEVER squeeze or pick them. That will only make it worse. My favorite option for removing blackheads is honey. Honey is antibacterial and can gently get down into the pores and remove the gunk without removing moisture the skin needs. Its also great for preventing the blackheads from reoccurring. For more on what honey can do for your skin click here.
Check out another remedy here using baking soda as method to get rid of them.
Tea steams can work to get down into the open pore and loosen the dirt and oil. After steaming your skin, using a gentle exfoliater to slough away the dirt and oil is an easy way to get rid of blackheads.
These are a form of acne that are normally white bumps that are small and round. Whiteheads are actually the opposite of blackheads in that the pore is closed or blocked. Oil and dead skin will clog the pore causing the raised bump that you see. They are more common in oily skin
Remedies for Whiteheads
Again I repeat NEVER squeeze or pick them. That will only make it worse and cause scarring. Some all natural ways to remove whiteheads are to first be sure that you are cleansing your face twice a day. Also, clay masks are a great way to pull away the dirt and dead skin and you can do spot treatments with the mask if you don’t want to apply it to your whole face.
Tea steams are another good all natural remedy. Remember that whiteheads are closed pores, and doing a tea steam will help to open those pores to help release the oil and dead skin. Click here for a tea steam recipe to help clear and open pores.
OR you could just leave it alone and continue with your normal skin care routine (click here for a routine if you don’t have one) as they will more than likely go away on their own after a few days. But I know that’s hard to do. We want it gone NOW!