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Do whiteheads insist on living rent-free on your face? This is an unfortunate fact for many of us, especially those with oily or acne-prone skin. We deal with it with scrubbing, washing our faces too often, and using products that often turn out to be irritating. If you’ve always wondered how to remove whiteheads, gently, effectively, and without causing further damage to your skin, read on.

Whiteheads — small, white, or flesh-colored bumps on the skin — are formed when dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria become trapped in your pores. Medically, it is referred to as a closed comedone and is a type of non-inflammatory acne, which means they do not usually swell and are not painful. Whiteheads can also be triggered by friction (hello, maskne!) and can appear on the chest and back as well. They can also be caused by puberty, menstruation, or pregnancy. Of course, lifestyle plays a lot into it, too.

How to Remove Whiteheads: Products to Use

Go gentle on your skin! Cleansing should be a gentle, pleasing — and effective — experience.

There’s a misconception that scrubs and washing vigorously with soaps that leave skin “squeaky clean” make whiteheads go away. This is false and will only damage the skin further and strip it of the protective moisture barrier that keeps acne at bay.

Instead, look for products with ingredients that specifically target whiteheads, such as trusty benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Benzoyl peroxide fights acne by getting rid of the bacteria and dead skin cells that are clogging your pores. It can also be a spot treatment for more severe breakouts. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that goes deep into the pores to promote exfoliation and is much gentler.

To treat whiteheads, experts recommend washing the face twice a day with lukewarm water, eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated with water, reducing stress, and always wearing sunscreen. Avoid staying out under the sun and avoid over-washing the skin. On the other hand, if you exercise or sweat excessively, it’s important to wash your face immediately to prevent further clogging your pores. Finally, use products that treat as well as nourish the skin without causing further irritation. Here are some tried-and-tested whitehead-busting products to add to your skincare routine:

Start your cleansing routine with a deep cleansing balm. 

Instead of washing with harsh soaps, try double cleansing, which is, as the term suggests, cleansing your face twice but with gentle products that don’t strip skin of oils and moisture. Usually, the first step in double cleansing is an oil. POND'S Cleansing Balm is a unique blend of oils pressed into a solid balm. Scoop a pea-sized amount and massage the balm on your face until it turns into a silky oil. Rinse with warm water, and follow with your cleanser.

Clear whiteheads with POND'S.

POND'S Acne Clear Facial Foam is your solution for acne that has active Thymo-T Essence, a powerful ingredient that comes from extracts of thyme leaves. It targets pimple-causing germs and prevents acne from coming back. It also has salicylic acid, herbal clay, gentle scrub beads and brightening essence to help clear the skin of whiteheads and other forms of acne, as well as brighten the complexion. Take a pea-size amount and build a lather between your palms. Massage the foam gently on your face for 30 seconds, and then rinse with lukewarm water.

Wash away residue and prep the skin with a toner.

You need to follow up with a toner after washing to rid skin of any soap or debris left, as well as replenish the skin with moisture. POND'S Acne Clear Pore Conditioning Toner has salicylic acid and tea tree oil, that deeply cleans and unclogs pores, and Pore Tightening Essence that conditions pores for smooth, refined skin.

It also has vitamin B3 and sunscreen, a duo that brightens and evens out your skin tone by protecting it from the UV rays. Apply toner on a cotton pad and swipe up gently around the face. Use a light touch and don’t rub. If you’re using treatment on your skin, allow the toner to absorb a bit (without being completely dry) before applying treatment.

Congratulations! Now you know how to remove whiteheads — go on and evict them from your skin with these tips and products that have been proven effective and nourishing on skin, along with a balanced diet and regular exercise. Share this article and spread the word!