How to get rid of pimples/Acne
Acne and pimples are one of the most common problems globally, and this concern affects one psychologically too. It is important to identify the issue as soon as possible and treat it effectively to prevent scars and pigmentation.
There are few unknown facts about acne and pimples which everyone should be aware of to treat the concern appropriately.
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Fact 1: Body heat doesn’t increase Acne
A lot of people fear that acne/pimples are caused due to body heat. The body temperature may increase due to fever, exercise, or thyroid problems. This may lead to other skin conditions(impact of diet on acne is a key controversial subject) but doesn’t lead to acne/pimples.
Fact 2: Maintain a food diary to identify foods that trigger acne/pimples
A lot of studies show that the cause of acne is linked to being dairy products and sugar as they have a high glycemic index. Prepare a food diary and note down foods that aggravate acne. If there are any particular foods increasing acne, then try avoiding those foods.
Fact 3: Bowel problems have no connection with acne
Whether it is a stomach infection, diarrhoea, bloating, or constipation, it doesn’t lead to breakouts or acne/pimples. However, your increased stress levels can affect your stress hormones causing pimples.
Fact 4: Facial massage can worsen acne
There is another common belief that acne occurs due to a lack of hygiene. So, many go to parlours to get facial massages to remove acne. Any gels/moisturizing facials will activate the sebaceous glands due to the massages on the face. This may further lead to breakouts due to the activation of oil-producing glands.
Fact 5: Home remedies for acne do not have any proven studies. So, they shouldn’t be overused
Home remedies in India are given a lot of importance. Some of them are effective, but a concoction of home remedies by applying Multan mitti a day, turmeric the other day, and malai the following day are going to make your skin hypersensitive. So, it is recommended to consult a doctor and take proper acne treatment. Later try one or two home remedies after consulting your doctor as none of the studies shows proven results for home remedies.
Fact 6: Blackheads and whiteheads are considered the initial stage of acne.
Some people say that they don’t have acne but only white and blackheads trapped inside the skin. The black and whiteheads which are open and closed comedones, are the initial stages of acne/pimples. It is important to treat them in the initial stage. There is a notion that applying moisturizers may make skin more oily increasing acne. Applying moisturizer is highly important as any oral/topical medication for acne leads to hypersensitivity, which is only taken care of by moisturizer. So, only specific moisturizers suggested by your doctors must be used as moisturizers with thick consistency can block your pores.
Fact 7: Acne not only occurs in teenagers but also adults.
In teenagers, the type of lesions observed is white or blackheads filled with pus. When compared in teenagers, the occurrence of white/blackheads is less in adults. They usually get pus-filled lesions or bump, which is a nodule.
Fact 8: Use non-comedogenic products
Using non-comedogenic products will prevent the clogging of pores. If not treated on time, they can lead to acne, scars, or slight pigmentation, which takes months and months to treat. Taking care at the right time can give you flawless skin.
Don’ts for Acne:
- Do not pick/pop the pimples. It can transfer bacteria. So, always consult a doctor for cleaning black and whiteheads.
- Do not apply hair oil before going to bed, and try applying oil only 2hrs before you shampoo your hair. Applying any gel/oily substance can, in turn, only cause skin breakouts.
- Do not allow your hair to fall on the forehead if you have pimples. The dust and oils from hair can only aggravate your acne.
- Do not rub/Scrub. Because skin exfoliation is not recommended when you have acne as it can spread and try choosing clean exfoliants with AHA and BHA brightener.
- Do not use hot water as hot water can increase oil production. So better use warm water.
Do’s for acne:
- Use a facewash containing Benzoyl peroxide, azelaic acid, and Salicyclic acid.
- Always wash your face after applying conditioner to your hair as the moisturizing agents in conditioner can clog your pores.