The tiny white eruptions that you see most often on your face are called whiteheads. Whiteheads are similar to acne. They are also called comedones. Whiteheads are present in adults as well as in teenagers. Though whiteheads are not serious health problem, they are considered nuisance, especially by teenagers because it affects their cosmetic outlook.
These tiny white bumps are found on oily area of face, mostly the T zone. Forehead, nose and chin are named as T zone on face.
What Causes Whiteheads On Chin?
Whitehead results when the skin pores get blocked by excessive oil secretion from the sebaceous glands.
When there is overproduction of oil, it has tendency to block the skin pores. Dirt and dead skin cells get accumulated in the space. Bacteria finds favorable environment to multiply. Realizing the danger, body’s defense mechanism starts acting and it sends white blood cells to fight the invading bacteria. This results in inflammation, tiny eruption in the area and thus whitehead is formed.
Several triggering factors are responsible for whiteheads. Hormonal change is one of the important causes. It is most often seen in teenagers and in people in their early twenties. However, they can also be present in people of older age. Changes in hormone may trigger excessive oil production and thus blocks the pores.
The same is true if you eat too much of oily and spicy food. If you are applying too much of cosmetic products on your face, there is a chance of whitehead formation due to blockage of skin pores.
If you neglect your face and keep it unclean, there is a risk of formation of whitehead, especially when your face is oily.
Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Whiteheads On Chin
- Steam facial: facial steaming or taking sauna bath is an effective whitehead removing method. Steam on face makes the skin loose around the whitehead. The pores become enlarged and bacteria present in it are destroyed. If you have whitehead, taking sauna bath twice in a week or facial steaming once in a week is beneficial.
- Wash your face with cleanser which is mild, at least two times in a day. Do not use soap that will make your skin dry as it will increase the production of sebum or oil and eventually the development of comedones.
- Exfoliate your skin two times in a week. But do not rub it very hard. Keep the skin well moisturized even after exfoliation.
- Dab your face and the area around whitehead with blotting paper or an absorbent paper. It absorbs excess of oil and perspiration present on your face.
- Do not forget to clean your face if you have applied makeup once you reach your home.
- Never ever pick or squeeze whiteheads or any form of acne with your fingernails. Also do not touch the whiteheads with your fingers.