Pimples are one of the dermatological conditions that affect people, especially teenagers. There are different types and understanding them can help you know how to manage and treat them.
The whiteheads mostly occur on skin that’s oily; blackheads appear when the clogged material in the pores pushes out; papules happen when the stuff inside the clogged pores becomes infected, while cysts are the deep pus-filled pimples.
Blackheads and whiteheads form when sebum and dead skin cells clog pores. The pore stays open at the top while the rest is clogged. This leads to the black color seen on the surface. The whitehead, however, is formed after the pore closes at the top. The pimple looks like a bump that’s protruding from the skin.
Prevention and Treatment of pimples
Nutrition and a healthy diet can help keep the pimples at bay. Ensure you eat a healthy diet full of nutrients for healthy and acne-free skin. Foods to include in your diet include; lean meat (oysters and fish), whole grains, vegetables (carrots, green leafy veggies, cucumber, sweet potatoes, broccoli, bell peppers, and asparagus), fruits (oranges, berries, apricots, cantaloupes, and apples), dark chocolate, green tea, and yogurt.
You can also supplement your diet with essential vitamins like Vitamin A retinol, D, various types of vitamin B,C, and E. Taking these Vitamins helps prevent the buildup of dead skin cells, reduces inflammation, regulates the body processes, boosts the immune response, improves circulation, heals the skin heal quickly, and keeps the skin hydrated, glowing and soft.
To prevent your skin from getting acne, foods to exclude from your diet include; dairy products, sugary foods, greasy food, junk food, high glycemic foods (white rice, white bread, processed cereals, and potato chips)
These foods increase insulin and sugar levels which can lead to inflammation and excessive sebum production.
Making a lifestyle change and changing your diet will make a huge impact. It will ensure your skin remains healthy and clear. To do this you should drink lots of water to stay hydrated, de-stress using exercises like walking, jogging or running and practice Yoga. Different Yoga poses help the bodies relax and balance the systems of your body. Other lifestyle changes include avoiding alcohol, not smoking and taking care of your skin using the right products.
Treating acne depends on age, type of pimples and the severity. Most dermatologists will prescribe over the counter medications including creams, gels, lotions, soaps, medicated pads, and ointments. These either contain sulfur, salicylic acid, benzoylperoxide or resorcinol. The medication can cause side effects, and you should go back to your doctor if you notice burning, redness, or irritation of your skin.
Laser treatment is another option where pulsed laser lights are used to kill the bacteria in acne. It helps keep the acne under control while preventing recurrences in the future. The physician will use this together with laser skin resurfacing to help the skin smoothen and fade the scars.
Some treatments like the Homeopathic treatment and the blue light acne treatment are holistic and treat the root cause of the acne. They kill the bacteria that cause acne!
For others, using home remedies solves the acne problems. They use turmeric, neem, aloe, and garlic to reduce acne and clear infections. Other herbal methods of treatment include the Ayurvedic treatment that relies on a combination of the right fresh and dried herbs to treat acne.
Tips on preventing pimples
⦁ Use cold water to wash your face twice a day. It closes the pores.
⦁ Use a medicated cream with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid if the acne problem persists
⦁ Clean the pores with a facemask once a week or steam regularly to open up the pores and remove pimples.
⦁ Hydrate regularly and eat healthily
⦁ Wash your make up tools to get rid of bacteria, dirt,and oil
⦁ Avoid transferring dirt to your face. This can happen through regularly touching your face or holding the phone to your face.
⦁ Do not squeeze your pimples
⦁ Avoid consuming too much salt
⦁ Purify your system daily by taking a glass of water mixed with a teaspoon of lime juice and honey. The mixture, when drank on an empty stomach, helps maintain the body PH and flushes out toxins.
Visit a physician immediately you notice a break out to get treatment. These essential tips will help keep your skin healthy, beautiful and free of acne.