Whiteheads are white or pale topped skin pustules that can be painful and annoying. This form of acne is generally described as being the most severe, whereas blackheads are less noticeable and bothersome. Whiteheads seem to be just asking to be popped outright, but avoid that urge, and instead follow this advice.
Cleanse the skin and your hands
Start by washing your hands, then use a gentle cleanser and lukewarm water to wash your face. This is the first step in getting all makeup, dirt and oil off your skin. Pat dry with a clean towel.
Use an astringent
Getting rid of whiteheads means a tiny hole will be made in your skin where the white pustule will pop out. This means you need to be extra careful about bacteria getting back in your skin. Take a cotton ball with some astringent such as witch hazel on it, and gently rub it all over your face where you have whiteheads to prevent the spread of bacteria.
Use a hot compress
Soak a washcloth with warm water, and squeeze out the excess. Hold the compress over the whiteheads you want to remove to help the white pustule inside rise to the surface of the skin. Sometimes, the pustule will pop out by itself during this step. If not, move on to next step
Use cotton swabs to extract the pustule
Using two clean cotton swabs, press on either side of the pustule to remove the whitehead. Never use your fingers or nails as this will surely cause a scar to appear.
The occurrence of whiteheads could be a symptom of cystic acne, a serious form of acne that can be treated with medications and prescription creams. Talk to your doctor or a dermatologist if you think that cystic acne could be a problem for you, otherwise continue using the steps above for the occasional appearance of a whitehead.