Home Remedies for a Whitehead

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Whiteheads are a type of acne that forms when the pores on the skin become blocked with oils, dead skin and grime, causing the pimple to develop a white head. Unlike blackheads, which are typically more difficult to see with the naked eye, whiteheads are usually clearly visible to anyone looking at your face. You can try using over-the-counter acne products, but the cost of these products really adds up over time. Instead, use some cheap and effective home remedies to wipe out whiteheads from your face once and for all.

Apple Cider Vinegar

The high acid content in apple cider vinegar works to dry out the whitehead, which helps it to heal quicker. Apple cider vinegar also helps to reduce inflammation and infection and works as a toner and astringent. After washing your face well, mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with eight ounces of warm water. Dab the solution onto the whiteheads and leave it there for at least 20 minutes before rinsing it off. Do this a few times per day until the whitehead disappears.


This all-natural sticky substance has uses that extend far beyond sandwiches and hot tea. Honey has been used for many years in skin care, and can help to get rid of whiteheads. Honey has antibacterial properties, so it will reduce the bacteria in the whitehead that’s causing it to thrive. Honey also gives your skin an all-around glow and helps to speed up the overall healing of whiteheads. Put a couple of tablespoons of honey into a microwave-safe bowl and heat it for 10 to 20 seconds until it’s warm. Dab the honey onto the whiteheads, wait 15 minutes, then rinse your skin with cold water. Do this one to two times daily until the whiteheads are gone.

Lemon Juice

It might be sour on your tongue, but your skin will think lemon juice is oh-so-sweet when it helps zap away those nasty whiteheads. Lemon juice contains antibacterial properties and helps to reduce inflammation and swelling associated with whiteheads. The high acid content in lemon juice works to dry out the whitehead to keep it from growing. Soak a cotton ball with undiluted lemon juice and dab it onto the whiteheads twice a day. If undiluted lemon juice is too harsh for your skin – it occasionally may cause severe burning or redness – dilute it with equal parts water prior to dabbing it onto your skin. Leave the lemon juice on your skin for about 20 minutes before rinsing with cool water.

Tea Tree Oil

Native to the Australian outback, is the Melaleuca alternifolialis tree provides us with tea tree oil, a natural alternative to common acne fighting ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Tea tree oil contains antibacterial and antifungal properties, so it stops the whiteheads from progressing and helps to promote healing. It may be necessary to dilute tea tree oil before putting it on your skin. It is very potent and can cause a reaction to some skin types if used undiluted. Test tea tree oil on your wrist to check for any skin reaction prior to putting it on your face. If you want to dilute the oil, mix it at a ratio of one part tea tree oil and nine parts water or aloe vera gel. Dab the diluted or undiluted tea tree oil directly on the whiteheads after thoroughly cleaning your face. Leave the tea tree oil to dry onto your skin without rinsing.