Although most prevalent during the teenage years, pimples and acne can affect each and every one of us at virtually any stage throughout our lives. Whether you have one pimple or twenty, none of us like having them, and a pimple on the face will often make us feel very self-conscious about how we look.
While it might be near-impossible to avoid getting pimples altogether, there are certainly things we can do to prevent them, or treat them when they surface on our skin. This piece will be showcasing a number of ways on how to get rid of pimples so you have no more acne.
What Causes Pimples?
First lets take a brief look at the common cause of this unsightly skin affliction.
Acne affects the oil glands at the base of hair follicles. The pores in the skin connect to those oil glands. A substance called Sebum is produced in these glands and carries dead skin cells to the surface of the skin via the follicles. When these follicles block, pimples develop as a result of the build up of trapped oil. Male hormones in both men and women play a part in the build up of Sebum.
So, now that we understand the basics of why pimples appear, let’s see what we can do to both prevent and cure them.
Keeping the Skin Clean and the Pores Clear
Knowing that pimples are caused by blocked pores and hair follicles, it’s obviously important to try and keep those pores clear so a build up of Sebum doesn’t occur.
Pimples don’t only occur on the face. They can affect any part of the body; neck, back, shoulders, arms, chest, butt, even the legs. It is the facial acne that concerns people the most, though, as the face is almost always visible for everyone to see.
Washing the face twice a day will go a long way toward preventing an outbreak of pimples and will ensure clear pores. Be careful what you wash your face with, as some products will block the pores and hair follicles, rather than clean them out. Use a quality product designed for that very job. An acne-formulated product would be the best choice. If you have dry skin, then choose a cleanser that is also a light moisturiser. And always wash your hands thoroughly first before touching your face.
Always apply a moisturiser after washing your face as stripping the skin of its natural oils will only cause the oil sacs to produce more oil, and possibly an overload of oil to compensate. This could lead to even more pimples instead of eradicating and preventing the problem. Once again use a quality moisturiser that suits your skin type. For oily skin it’s recommended to use a gel-based moisturiser, while for dry skin, a cream-based one.
Exfoliating the skin on a regular basis will also aid in preventing an outbreak of pimples. Removing that layer of dead skin cells will help avoid them blocking the pores and causing that dreaded oil build up. Don’t overdo it. Perhaps once weekly of every 10 days or so.
Virtually every woman and teenage girl likes to wear make up at least some of the time. The problem with make up – foundations and the like – is they clog up the pores. If you are suffering an outbreak of acne it is best to avoid wearing any make up for a while. Even between pimple outbreaks use make up sparingly, and never leave it on your face when you go to bed. Remove it before retiring for the night.
Many hair products contain ingredients that can get into your pores and effectively block them; especially if you have long hair that is regularly touching your face. Avoid hairsprays, gels and putting oily products in your hair. Also, if you naturally have quite oily hair it’s advisable to wash it more regularly than normal while going through a pimple phase. If you have long hair, perhaps even tie it back in a pony tail to keep it away from your face.
Stay Out of the Sun
Avoid exposure to the sun when suffering an acne outbreak, as the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause redness and inflamed skin. Some acne creams have a reaction to direct sunlight and can cause burning. Wear a hat and protective clothing if you need to venture outdoors. It might be a good idea to avoid using a sunscreen during outbreaks as well. For starters they could react with any medicated creams you might have on, as well as often having a very oily base.
Drink Plenty of Fresh Water
Water is good for everything. While it’s not necessarily a cure-all, drinking plenty of water every day can certainly go a long way towards maintaining good health and preventing various issues. Water cleanses the body both inside and out. It helps clear toxins from the body, keeps you hydrated, allows you to sweat and this can help keep those vital pores clear.
Foods To Avoid
These are just going to be noted in a bulleted list. Most of them are common sense anyway.
- Deep-Fried Food
- Fast Food
- Vegetable Oils
- Too Much Dairy (including full-cream milk)
- Foods High in Sugar
- Milk Chocolate
- Nuts (high in oil)
- Peanut Butter
Exercise and Stress Relief
Scientific studies show that increased stress levels can cause an outbreak of pimples. Getting plenty of sleep will sure help with this, as will exercise. Regular exercise increases blood flow throughout the body, helping to clear it of toxins. It also makes you sweat more, which in turn clears the pores of the skin. On top of this, putting your body through some rigorous activity is a great way to bring those stress levels down, leaving you feeling relaxed afterwards.
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