Milia Treatment – Whiteheads Removal
How to get rid of whiteheads
Do you get little white spots on your face?
You probably have heard about “baby milk spots”. They are difficult to get rid of and they can affect all ages. Basically they come about when keratin ends up getting stuck under your skin. Though this condition is most commonly found with babies, it can affect adults too.
What are whiteheads and what could it indicate?
This often observed skin condition is called milia. While often unknown by its name, it is well known as whiteheads by the over 3 million people who suffer from it every year just in the US.
Milia affects adults very much as well. The reason that those spots appear, often is too much sun exposure, burns, blistering and sometimes including the use of steroid creams.
While hard to get rid of, milia can indeed be treated by many natural and home remedies.
Home remedies for whiteheads
We’re going show you how to use home remedies to rid yourself from these little bumps:
Honey too has a lot of healing properties and it’s been used since thousands of years for healing purposes. The moisture attracting ability of honey will help your skin exfoliate the outer layer. This in turns causes new skin growth.
Mix with sugar for additional benefits.
Castor oil has been a go-to remedy as white heads remover a long time, but usually it is used for constipation, asthma and bladder infections. Turns out, it’s great for skin care as well.
Equal parts of olive oil can be mixed with castor oil and then applied to your face. Allow it to soak in well, and then dry off your face.
Lemon Juice and Sugar
The amazing antioxidant and healing properties which lemons have make them a great treatment, although we generally don’t recommend lemon for acne and lots of other skin problems. Mix 2 tbsp. of sugar with the juice of half a lemon, and add 1 tsp. of oil. (Average cooking oil will do, but we recommend Olive oil)
Apply it to your face and let it act for 20-30 min.
Steaming Your Face
You’ve probably heard of how good steam is helpful to get rid of toxins. Steaming opens up the pores and releases all the impurities lying within the layers of skin.
Tea Tree Oil
Antibacterial and anti-fungal properties are the most important effects of tea tree oil. It works great for your skin.
Take a small amount and apply it to the affected area. Allow it to act overnight, and then wash your face in the morning.
Cornstarch and Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix these two in order to create an astringent paste. Then place it on your face and leave it for about 25 minutes. Finally rinse it off.
Pomegranate Peel Powder
Pomegranate peel powder is the most well-known agent for a milk spot treatment. It’s excellent antioxidant and exfoliating properties help to cure your skin.
First roast a pomegranate peel until it turns brown. Then, crush it to a powder. Finally (if you like) you can mix it with lemon juice.
Now apply this to your face and let act for about 15 minutes. Then wash off. You should do this for a few weeks on a daily base and your skin should clear noticeable.
Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties are the highlights here. Healing acne breakouts, blackheads, boils, milk spots, and other common blemishes are standard fare for many cultures using these leaves.
Take a handful of them, grind them with a little water, then apply this paste to your face for at least 15 minutes. Then wash it off.
Remove Makeup before you go to bed
This should be a standard practice as leaving makeup irritates your skin and can cause impurities. It’s always important to free your skin from chemicals and make-up whenever possible.
Stay In the shadow whenever possible
On sunny days you should try to stay in the shade as much as possible! The sun rays are harmful under your delicate skin condition and may cause unpleasant damage.
Whiteheads over 20
When people in their 20s start to experience acne problems they didn’t have as much before, there are normally three explanations.
- First: new stress from school pressures or starting out on a career, which can be a different type of stress than occurs in other situations. In the cases of two and three, it’s important to keep in mind that too much testosterone in relation to estrogen results in more oil production by your body.
- Second: introduction of birth control using the pill, for actual birth control purposes or hormonal problems associated with conditions such as PMDD or PCOS that are not helpful when hormonal balance is part of the reason for your skin problems.
- Third: the start of new skincare or makeup routines in anticipation of “getting older” involving clogging ingredients.
Keep this in mind when whiteheads appear on your skin.
Clogged pores and skin irritation
Excess oil and the resulting irritation of pore linings leads to “under grounders”; skin that has not experienced a lot of acne or oil before will not be able to accommodate newly flowing increases of oil, so the oil will get stuck and irritate the pore lining. The white top happens when bacteria can now thrive in pores where the air has run out due to swelling and impactions. Although every blemish without exception starts out with a microscopic blackhead, growing blackhead material isn’t always involved in the formation of angry acne blemishes. In other words, oil and irritation aren’t always the cause, but they are always what make things worse.
When will baby milk spots disappear
In our experience as acne specialists, they usually last in babies from 2 weeks to 2 months. Some mothers report that breast milk makes then disappear faster. In case of grown ups and adults, the vast majority of the time a recently worsened or new acne problem in someone younger than mid 20s is caused by a combo of too many pore clogging products (even many acne products worsen acne!) causing impactions in your pores, plus too many changes in birth control prescriptions from teens into 20s causing sensitivity of the body making it more difficult for your skin to deal with oil rushes behind the impactions. This means a thorough overhaul of skincare, makeup, body care and hair care, and a serious reconsideration of chosen birth control methods. It’s not the right medication that is needed actually; it’s the right daily skincare and the right makeup.
The colorless bumps often called “whiteheads”, are actually accumulated blackhead material stuck behind pore openings. In this case a plug has prevented the way for the oil and dead skin cell mix, which blackheads are made of, to come out onto the surface of your skin every day as normal. This mix just gets backed up more and more, rarely becoming inflamed (unless you pick at them!). They are officially called closed comedones. When you see mostly, or only, closed comedones, and there is no prior history of substantial acne, you should look at pore clogging products as the main cause.