A growing number of people are turning to home remedies for whiteheads as gentler alternatives to harsh chemical products. If you have sensitive skin but still suffer from whiteheads (also known as milia), you may find a home remedy to be very successful. If you are planning to make your own home remedy, there are some specific ingredients you should use for your treatment to be successful.
Common Ingredients in Home Remedies for Whiteheads
- Fenugreek leaves
- Lemon juice
- Groundnut oil
You may be wondering, what do these particular ingredients have that make them suitable for getting rid of whiteheads? Some of them, such as lemon juice, contain acids (fructose, glucose, pectin and fruit acid) that stimulate collagen and elastin, which helps maintain good skin. Lemon also has an anti-bacterial effect which helps to keep the skin clean and fresh, and prevents whiteheads and other types of acne from forming. Mix one part lemon juice with one part groundnut oil and apply it to the affected part of your skin.
Other ingredients, such as potatoes, fenugreek leaves and pomegranates, are very good at absorbing toxins and impurities out of the skin. Grate a raw potato and spread it over your face (you will need to lie on your back and remain still!). Create a paste of fresh fenugreek leaves or roasted, crushed pomegranates (mixed with a little lemon or lime juice and apply it to your face. The longer you leave the paste on your face, the more good it will do!
Some types of vinegar are often used in home remedies for whiteheads. Many people recommend apple cider vinegar as an acne treatment because of its powerful detoxification and purifying properties. It can be applied directly to affected areas as a spot treatment, but it is advisable to do a sensitivity test first – dab a little on an inconspicuous part of your face, such as under your chin, and leave it on for at least 15 minutes to make sure you do not react badly to it. If you have very sensitive skin, try diluting the vinegar with water before applying it.
Even Home Treatments for Whiteheads Should be Used With Caution!
Although these home treatments are 100% natural, please remember that it is possible to experience adverse reactions to them, in the same way that you might react badly to a manufactured acne treatment. Those with very sensitive skin should always test a new product – natural or otherwise – in a small and inconspicuous area before applying it on more visible areas!
Whatever you choose to use to any treatment on your skin, you should always go for a product that is going to do good and not harm! Having said that, most people find home remedies have a positive effect on their skin and are definitely cheaper than ready made preparations. The down-side is that these remedies can be a little messy and time consuming and although they are effective, they often take longer to achieve results so you need to be more patient and persistent!
Many over the counter treatments include these natural ingredients, such as Pernox Scrub Cleanser Tube for Oily Skin, and Balancing Oil – Himalayan Geranium and Pomegranate. So if you don’t feel ready to try making your own home remedies for whiteheads, you could try one of these first.Alison Graham on Google+