How to Drain Whiteheads

Whiteheads pop up when pores get clogged with oil, dead skin cells and bacteria. It's tempting to squeeze and pick at your whiteheads, but that's a ticket to bleeding, scarring and even an infection. If you just can't wait for the bump to go away on its own, lancing is a better idea. To lance, insert a sterilized needle into the whitehead. This drains the sebum and other fluid and allows the skin to heal more quickly.

Dip a cloth in rubbing alcohol and use it to sterilize a sewing needle.

Apply a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the whitehead with a cotton swab. This sanitizes the skin, killing germs and bacteria that can cause infection.

Stand in front of a well-lit mirror, then hold the needle parallel to the whitehead.

Slide the needle carefully into the white tip of the pimple, then push it through to the other end.

Lift the needle up slowly to pull away the tip of the whitehead. Allow the sebum and other fluid to drain.

Moisten a cloth with a benzoyl-peroxide solution, then dab the lanced whitehead gently. This disinfects the broken skin.

Smooth a bit of antibacterial cream over the drained whitehead, then cover it up with a small, round bandage. This will soak up any remaining fluid and protect the skin from infection.