Many of us know how it feels to glance in the mirror and see a dreaded Whitehead on our skin. It’s not exactly a welcome sight, especially if there are quite a few, but the good news is that there are several things you can do to help prevent them from making an appearance.
Exfoliating is one of the best things you can do if you’re looking to help prevent whiteheads, and you don’t even have to do it every day. Two to three times a week can be ideal, but if you have sensitive skin, you’ll want to exfoliate less. Make sure not to use a harsh product that’s going to tear at your skin.
Use Non-Comedogenic Products
When a product is labeled as non-comedogenic, it essentially means that it’s formulated so that it’s less likely to result in clogged pores. Look for products that state that they’re noncomedogenic on the label, but if you’re shopping online, take the time to carefully read the descriptions to see if it’s mentioned.
Use the Right Products
If you’re looking to prevent whiteheads, a benzoyl peroxide cleanser or topical product could be beneficial. When you’re shopping around, look for products that state they’re ideal for your skin type, however, your dermatologist is your best resource for telling you which product would be best for you and your skin. Before you use any product, make sure you do a patch test so you can get an idea of how your skin will react to the product before you fully use it.
Wash Your Face Properly
Speaking of cleansers, it’s important to properly wash your face on a daily basis and not use harsh products to do it. You don’t need to scrub your face hard, just use the product as directed. Also, you’re going to want to make sure you fully wash off your face, including by your hairline and jawline. Avoid using hot water—use only lukewarm—and only blot your face dry with a clean towel; you don’t need to rub it. Lastly, as exhausted as you might be, going to sleep with all the dirt, product, and oil from the day still on your face isn’t going to do your skin any favors, so take the time to wash your face before bed.
Keep Your Hands Off Your Face
We get that it can be tempting to pick at the skin and pop whiteheads on your face, but that could do much more harm than good such as spreading the bacteria or causing scarring if it’s not done the right way. Keep your hands away from your face as much as possible, even when it comes to everyday habits like resting your chin on your hand.
If you notice that whiteheads keep popping up on your skin, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist to get an idea of what’s going on. Depending on your situation, it might just require a little change here and there to your skin care regimen, but the sooner you make an appointment the faster you’ll have your answers.