The most important thing to remember when trying to get rid of whiteheads is to keep your skin scrupulously clean. Whiteheads, blackheads and other types of pimples are caused by blockages of sebum (skin oil), dirt and bacteria in the pores. By removing as much dust, grime and bacteria from your face as possible, you will greatly reduce the risk of pimple breakouts.
One aspect of a good cleansing routine that many people forget about is toning. In fact, many have never used a toner before. Lots of different types of toner are available on the market, including those specially formulated to treat acne and help get rid of whiteheads. It is advisable to go for one that does not contain alcohol, to stop your skin becoming too dry.
Applying toner is easy
Wash your face with your regular cleansing product.
Dry your skin thoroughly.
Place a cotton ball or pad over the top of your toner bottle and quickly tip it upside down and upright again so that a very small amount of the liquid soaks into the ball.
The cotton ball or pad should be fairly damp, not too wet or too dry!
Gently move the cotton ball across your face, avoiding the delicate skin around the eyes but covering every other section including the hairline and under the chin. Work the cotton ball in soft, sweeping movements without rubbing too hard.
Leave it to soak into the skin for a few minutes.
Toner can dry out the skin, so if you already have dry skin apply it only every other day, and if your skin becomes too dry, apply it even more infrequently.
Why Toner Can Help Get Rid of Whiteheads
Many dermatologists believe that toner has four benefits to the skin which can be of major benefit to you if you suffer from whiteheads or other acne blemishes.
It deep cleanses the pores, removing all tiny traces of dirt, dead skin cells and make up that your cleanser might have missed. Many people talk about toner closing the pores. Strictly speaking, the pores do not “close”, however they do appear to be smaller when they have been deep cleansed and free of impurities.
It balances the skin’s pH level, which is important to protect your skin from environmental impurities.
It hydrates and nourishes the skin tissues, promoting healthy cell function.
It helps other products, such as moisturizers, to penetrate the skin, enabling it to benefit from all the added nutrients.
Three popular skin toners are Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner, Dermalogica Multi-active Toner and Burt’s Bees Rose Water and Glycerin Toner.
|[easyazon-image align=”center” asin=”B0000535RA” locale=”us” height=”150″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/11TK1FFWE2L.jpg” width=”150″]||[easyazon-image align=”center” asin=”B0001EKTZQ” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31ATTdZfgLL._SL160_.jpg” width=”107″]||[easyazon-image align=”center” asin=”B002DPUXZ2″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31WepeWpO9L._SL160_.jpg” width=”85″]|
|[easyazon-cta align=”center” asin=”B0000535RA” height=”28″ key=”amazon-us-small-orange” locale=”us” width=”120″]||[easyazon-cta align=”center” asin=”B0001EKTZQ” height=”28″ key=”amazon-us-small-orange” locale=”us” width=”120″]||[easyazon-cta align=”center” asin=”B002DPUXZ2″ height=”28″ key=”amazon-us-small-orange” locale=”us” width=”120″]|
Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner is oil-free, non-comedogenic (it won’t block pores) and claims not to dry out the skin.
Dermalogica Multi-active Toner contains no artificial colors or fragrances, is formulated to prepare the skin to absorb moisture, and contains lavender, balm mint and arnica to hydrate and soothe the skin.
Burts Bees Rosewater & Glycerin Toner contains natural ingredients to improve the tone and texture of the skin and is thought to be one of the most gentle toners on the market.
Oil Free Makeup Products Can Help You Get Rid of Whiteheads
If you have oily skin, the last thing you want to put on it is more oil! Follow these tips for choosing oil free makeup.
Choose oil free liquid or powder foundations to absorb oil and create a smooth finish.
Mineral makeup is ideal for oily skin because its dry particles absorb moisture.
For pimple prone oily skin, opt for a foundation with salicylic acid to help dry up the sebaceous glands and help get rid of whiteheads.Alison Graham on Google+