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How To Treat White Head Pimples The Right Way

White head pimples are annoying BUT they are the easiest type to treat! They’re basically a blocked pore with a layer of dead skin over the opening…

How To Remove White Head Pimples

The tips on this page will help you get rid of white head pimples faster and prevent new ones from forming!

How To Treat White Head Pimples

  • When you first see one appear – there is usually a small amount of inflammation. It’s never recommended to try to squeeze it now while it’s still forming. Any attempt will be in vain, and it will stick around for a lot longer and become a larger, uglier mess!
  • Apply a clay mask to the spot – this will often dry pimples out completely, especially if you can leave it on overnight, so you’ll just need a bit of concealer to cover any remains
  • If there is no inflammation (no redness or tenderness) – some are formed this way, and others lose all inflammation after the first day.
  • The best way to get rid of a small whitehead is to pop it (believe it or not). There’s always advice against doing this but if squeezed right it can get rid of that spot a lot faster.

How To Prevent White Head Pimples

Pointing to a white head pimple on chin

If you deal with whiteheads often, there’s something in your skin care routine or lifestyle that is causing them.

Treat the ones already on your face with the options above. Then implement some of the points below to prevent more from forming:

  • Assess your skin care – eliminate too-rich moisturizers, heavy sunscreens and thick makeup as these can clog pores.
  • It’s still important to use sunscreen but choose one that is non-comedogenic (usually the ones without physical blockers like zinc)
  • Do a double cleanse every night to thoroughly clean skin. Wipe this over your face until the cotton comes away clean so you can be sure there’s no dirt left
  • Follow your cleanse in the evening with an exfoliant to dissolve oil and dead skin cells, which takes care of existing whiteheads and prevents new blockages from developing. 
  • With consistent use the exfoliant will rebalance your skin and take care of any left over scars from over-zealous squeezing sessions. Our Salicylic Daily Exfoliator 2% is a great product for oily/blemish prone skin
  • If your skin isn’t properly hydrated it will produce more oil to compensate – make sure your cleanser isn’t too harsh (better to do a double cleanse with a gentler one). And always follow with with a light hydrating moisturizer
  • At least twice a week, apply a clay mask for 20mins to detoxify and exfoliate skin, control oil, help get rid of acne and unclog pores

Bona Fide Skin Care Clearing Clay Mask

Where on your face are they forming? This can be important!

  • Take note of where most whiteheads are appearing on your face – around the hair line can be from not rinsing shampoo thoroughly.
  • Sides of the face can be from using a phone or not changing your pillowcase regularly.
  • Breakouts on your cheeks are generally from too-rich creams and insufficient cleansing. Sometimes exercising in the evening with the day’s make up still on
  • Don’t use harsh scrubs on your skin – these irritate and can cause micro damage. The exfoliation action they do provide is uneven. Try a daily application of salicylic acid to keep your pores unblocked and skin clear
  • Working up a good sweat at least twice a week is a great way to clean out pores and increase circulation to skin. Try a sauna if exercise isn’t your thing (although it should be as there are so many other benefits to it!)

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What Are Whiteheads?

The ‘white’ pustule is caused by a build up of dead skin cells and oil inside a pore.

Good bacteria normally on the skin’s surface turns “bad” here and multiplies.

(For more details about how pimples form see this page)

These spots aren’t formed deep in the skin like blind pimples. Instead they usually start out as a blackhead type blockage and turn white when the pore opening is covered.

This makes them easier to treat than blackheads.

Because the opening is never covered on a blackhead pus never forms – which means they can stick around indefinitely.

Whiteheads on the other hand will go away on their own (if you can withstand the temptation to disturb them!) because the body will always eliminate an infection no matter how small

Either by erupting onto the skin’s surface or dissolving it inside the pore.

There’s usually minimal inflammation due to containment of the pus, and this doesn’t affect the surrounding tissue.


White head pimples are fairly easy to treat as they don’t have a lot of inflammation. They go away on their own if left alone – unlike blackheads.

However this doesn’t mean they are any less common and annoying.

The tips on this page can help you to get rid of them faster, and to prevent further ones from breaking out on your face!


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2 Comments

  • My face looks like a potato because it has so many pimples spread across my skin! Thank you for letting me know that using clay can dry out pimples! I’ll need to try that tonight. Along with trying your tips, I want to find a good place I can go to for acne care. I’ve been battling this for a while, and I feel like it’s time to take control.

    • Hi Lilia,

      I totally feel your pain. I’ve been battling severe cystic acne for months now. And I finally found the culprit: Candida Overgrowth in the Gut. I researched the ton out of it and it turns out the acne is just a SYMPTOM. Just like how Chronic Sinusitis, and constant sinus issues, are actually just a SYMPTOM of Candida Overgrowth, something I’ve also suffered for years. These are both symptom of the guts good and bad bacteria being out of balance. And the reason it goes out of balance – meaning too much bad bacteria and not enough good bacteria to keep it under control – is usually due to antibiotics, and a diet full of refined sugars, processed foods, and any other food or drink that the bad bacteria feeds off of which makes it multiply out of control. The antibiotics kill the good along with the bad bacteria. It’s a vicious cycle, if you think about it. That’s why acne medications and treatments NEVER WORK. Because A: it’s treating the symptom, not the cause, B: those antibiotics and other prescription meds kill the good bacteria which is responsible for preventing the skin from having issues in the first place, and C: most people have a diet where they are eating breads, rice, drinking eating dairy, etc… You can treat the acne, but unless you get to the source and kill the yeast overgrowth, you’ll just keep getting it and it is a never ending battle. I highly recommend Lauricidin to kill the yeast overgrowth – absolutely NO side effects as it is not a drug – it is a highly concentrated compound of coconut oil. It was actually created by a doctor. I recommend you read about it, how it works, and then after about 10-15 days, take Dr. Ohhira’s probiotic – possibly the best probiotic I’ve yet to see due to how he makes it. Because basically, you’re going to kill off the yeast overgrowth, and then you’re going to introduce the good bacteria back into your gut, restoring balance to your gut flora. And try to reduce anything from your diet that will feed the yeast overgrowth, while you’re trying to get your gut back under control. Google foods that contribute to Candida overgrowth, for a full list. You may experience “die-off” symptoms during those 10-15 days, and that is simply the toxins leaving the body (although you really shouldn’t experience anything major, maybe a tiny tummy ache or headache) I didn’t get anything other than more acne because that is one way the toxins leave the body. But it’s only a few days, and the important thing is you’re treating THE SOURCE. I wish you all the best, and I hope this helps you.

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