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How to Get Rid of Whiteheads

Want to know to get rid of whiteheads? If you have them on your face, you’re like millions of other people who struggle with the occasional breakout or more chronic acne. So, whether you woke up this morning to find a new pimple on your face or are looking to prepare for the next breakout, there is no need to panic.

Fortunately, there are several ways to get rid of whiteheads—and they don’t involve squeezing or picking at them, which can leave scarring and permanent damage. First off, it’s essential to understand why you have whiteheads in the first place to take the right approach to get rid of them.

What are Whiteheads?

There are two types of pimples. The first is a blackhead, which often presents itself in the form of small dark dots in your pores. The second is a whitehead, which occurs when a pore becomes completely blocked by dead skin cells or oils from your face that prevent it from adequately ejecting its contents. 

This buildup in your hair follicle causes pressure inside your pores and leads to inflammation and an accumulation of pus-filled liquid under your skin. As a result, whiteheads tend to be more painful and prominent than the preceding blackhead. For that reason, they can be especially pesky and daunting. 

What Causes Whiteheads

The leading cause of whiteheads is a buildup of oil, debris, or bacteria in your pores. When you have an excess amount of sebum, it mixes with dead skin cells to create plugs that block hair follicles, which causes them to become inflamed and produce more sebum. This results in a cluster of clogged pores that can make your skin look like it has tiny white bumps on it. 

Not only do these clusters make your skin look bad, but they can also be painful or even cause infections if left untreated. Below are some of the leading causes of whiteheads:

Is it Safe to Pop a Whitehead?

Before you go after those pesky whiteheads, it’s a good idea to determine whether they’re safe to pop. The general answer is no; you should not pop your whiteheads at home if you can avoid it. The risk of causing permanent damage or creating a more severe breakout far exceeds the benefit of popping the pimple.

While you should avoid popping your pimple at all costs, we understand that sometimes you can’t resist. However, if you MUST pop your whitehead (and we stress, must), you must ensure that it has fully emerged, to the point where it looks like it may pop on its own.

Only in that case, should you ever attempt to pop it on your own. While we still advise against it, if you decide to pop your whitehead, you should never do so with your bare fingers—this can cause bacteria from your fingernails to get into the pimple and cause an infection.

Instead, use two q-tips or an extraction kit. If light pressure does not cause it to pop immediately, stop. Trying to pop a pimple before it’s ready is a sure way to generate a more significant breakout or cause permanent scarring. If the pimple is not quite ready, you can visit a dermatologist who can inject a cortisol shot that will cause the whitehead to shrink instantly. 

Other Ways to Safely Get Rid of a Whitehead

Now that we (hopefully) convinced you to resist the urge to pop, we urge you not to panic! We have other solutions to help you get rid of whiteheads SAFELY at home.

Acne Patches

We bring you a product that is almost as satisfying as popping your pimple but safer and more effective. An excellent way to remove whiteheads is by using Truly Clear acne patches. Apply them on top of your pimples at night before bed for best results. Then, in the morning, you will be shocked to see the gunk that was removed from your pimple. 

Implement a Reliable Regimen

One of the biggest challenges acne sufferers have is finding a regimen that works, committing to it, and using it consistently. Once you implement a new skincare routine, you need to stick with it, even if you don’t see results right away. It can take up to three months for your skin to adjust to a new routine, and unfortunately, this is when most people stop using it consistently or switch to something new.

Truly Clear solves this problem by making a practical and straightforward solution to fighting acne for good. Our products are 98.42% natural and plant based. Use our bar to cleanse and treat your acne in one step. You will be so thrilled with the results you won’t want to switch to another product. 

How to Prevent Whiteheads

The best way to fight off whiteheads is to make sure they don’t appear to begin with. Using the Truly Clear Acne Bar and implementing good hygiene into your lifestyle can prevent acne altogether. To help reduce the risk of breakouts, avoid touching your face and wash your sheets and pillowcase frequently. 

When to Go to the Dermatologist

It’s not a big deal if you experience the occasional breakout or have the very common small white bumps on your face. It’s important, however, to know when those tiny blemishes are indicators of something more serious. If you experience severe or cystic acne, bleeding, swelling, pain, or itching—it may be best to seek professional help. 

Closing Thoughts

Truly Clear is a skincare company that offers several ways for users to achieve clear, healthy skin in a simple, easy-to-follow method.

This recipe is shared courtesy of our friends at MCBDShop.com

Tighten and detox your face with this luxe DIY CBD bentonite clay and Moroccan red clay face mask.

Clay masks have been a staple in beauty products since before they were called beauty products.  Clay masks are rich in natural minerals and micronutrients that nourish skin as well as being an amazing way to combat oily breakout-prone skin. Clay masks work by drawing impurities from the skin while minimizing pores.  We’ve added our Full Spectrum Hemp CBD Oil from organically grown hemp to add extra healing properties to aid in combating inflammation, irritation as well as healing. Clay masks with bentonite clay and red clay (also known as Indian clay) are best to normal to oily skin and may not be best for dry or cracked skin. If you’d like to skip straight to the DIY Detox CBD Mask Recipe CLICK HERE.

  1. How is CBD beneficial to skin?In a recent study exploring the affects of CBD oil in treating the most common scar producing skin ailments; psoriasis and atopic dermatitis over the course of three months.  The outcome was determined that topical administration of CBD ointment, without any THC, is a safe and effective non-invasive alternative for improve the quality of life in patients with some skin disorders, especially on inflammatory background.  Beyond helping reduce the negative affects of skin ailments, CBD can also help reduce outbreaks from acne.  And, unlike a lot of treatments on the market with dubious benefits and questionable safety, CBD oil has been proven time and time again to be one of the safest things you can put on your skin.
  2. What are the benefits of using a clay mask?Clays have an enormous relative surface area and are thus highly absorbent, and can be used to draw out excess oil, impurities, toxins, and bacteria on the skin and in the pores (3). Clays also encourage dead skin cells to slough off, leaving the skin feeling smooth, clean, and refreshed. Clays have also been studied extensively for their antibacterial properties and can be effective in treating skin infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria (4). These antibacterial properties contribute to their ability to help control blemishes and breakouts when used topically. (from The Curious Coconut)

DIY Detox CBD Clay Mask Ingredients

  • 30mg MCBD Full Spectrum CBD Tincture (for this recipe we used our 1000mg in natural flavor but you can use any strength tincture to reach 30mg, measurements below)
  • 1 tsp Bentonite Clay
  • 1 tsp Moroccan Red Clay
  • 3 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil
  • 1 tsp raw Honey
  • Enough water to make a paste
  • 2oz glass, plastic or reusable container to store mask
The ingredients for the DIY Detox CBD Clay Mask can be reused for other DIY beauty projects including your MCBD tincture!

Directions for Making Detox Mask

For this recipe we’re using the 1000mg Strength of MCBD Full Spectrum CBD Tincture in Natural flavor. Each full dropper of 1000mg oil contains approximately 33.34mg of CBD so just a little shy of a full dropper will work for this recipe.

Measure all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl reserving the water for last. Once your ingredients are portioned into your mixing bowl, quickly incorporate them and then begin spooning in your water 1tsp at a time.

DROPPER DOSING BY TINCTURE STRENGTH

Have an MCBD tincture at home and wondering how much you should use per recipe? Below is a quick reference guide to how strong each tincture is by dropper.

  • 250 mg bottle =30-1 ml servings that equal 8.33mg CBD each 
  • 500 mg bottle = 30-1 ml serving that equal 16.67mg CBD each 
  • 1000 mg bottle = 30-1 ml serving that equal 33.34mg CBD each 
  • 1500 mg bottle = 30-1 ml serving that equal 50mg CBD each 

Incorporate water slowly 1tsp at a time stirring each time with a metal or rubber spatula. A wooden spoon will absorb the moisture and clay affecting your recipe.

Once you’re happy with the consistency of your mask, whip the lumps out to get a smooth consistency that will spread evenly on your skin.

Spoon your mask into the containers of your choosing. This recipe should make 2-2oz containers. Extra mask can be stored in mason jars if you don’t have containers available.

Now is a great time to test the mask on a patch of skin for any potential allergy triggers or staining of the skin from the red clay. If you prefer to do this in the shower, that works as well.

Directions for Use

Apply detox face mask to your face in a thin layer after allergy testing a spot on your hand or wrist. Allow your mask to dry for approximately :15 minutes and then rinse with a warm washcloth or in the shower. The clay will draw impurities from the skin, sooth inflammation and irritation as well as tighten enlarged pores.

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