How to treat pimples
Pimples. Zits. Acne. Blemishes. Whatever you call it, it all needs to be treated effectively, but one thing most people get wrong is how to treat pimples.
Most people will pick a cheap cleanser from their local drug store, or market and just assume it works.
Well guess what. It ain’t that easy.
While pimples never go completely (because yes you can get a few here and there as you get older again) it affects more than 90% of teens.
Outbreaks predominately affect women aged 17-18 and men 19-20, acne and pimples can carry into adult hood up to your 30s.
This is why it is important to establish a good skin care routine early.
Usually formed because of hormones, diet, stress or health factors, pimples are essentially blocked pores under the skin caused by rebellious hair follicles, kamikaze skin cells, or riotous infections in the body like bacteria.
Your body then fights to rid itself of the infection and creates the pimple as a reaction. Whitehead, Blackhead, Cyst, whatever it may be, zits are indicators that something in your body is out of balance.
So how do you treat these ungodly blemishes?
Start with your diet. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water.
This is said by everyone, but it is quite typical because drinking water allows your body to flush your kidneys which helps remove the toxins from your body before it gets pushed to your skin for release.
Think of your skin as an emergency exit plan.
If it doesn’t get processed out by your kidneys and liver that is where the toxins go.
Looking at the food you eat helps as well as you are what you eat.
If you are putting plenty of processed foods into your body your body works overtime trying to get rid of it and it ends up coming out in the sebaceous oil of your skin.
Your blood sugar regulates the release of insulin, which comes from the sugar that you eat, so if your body releases too much insulin it overloads and causes break outs.
If you stick to no sugar or natural sugar onlythen you reduce this risk because there is less to process (this means cutting our sugars that added during processing so if a product has fructose in it but then it also has honey in it, that honey is counted as an added sugar) it should be swapped for one that has no added sugar, natural or not.
The same pretty much goes for fats.
Once you have the diet under control, if you still have pimples then you can look at other factors.
Are you on medication, are you stressed, are you experiencing a natural higher hormone period (because of your menstrual cycle or puberty)?
If you answer yes to any of these, it might be time considering talking to your doctor and seeing what you can do to offset it.
Acne can be treated medically using products like Doxycycline, Tetracycline or Erythromycin and using topical cleaners that have salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or glycolic acid.
This combined effort reduces the amount of oils that are excreted to the skin and carrying an anti-biotic to those parts of your skin to treat the infection directly.
Just be careful using the topical cleaners.
If it burns, stop use immediately and consult your doctor or dermatologist as you could end up with chemical burn if the product is not right for your skin.
When its time to see a Dermatologist
If the diet and topical treatments are still not working and you may have severe acne, no doubt by this point you are already seeing a dermatologist.
The dermatologist may treat by extracting the pimples manually (thus the popular Dr. PimplePopper videos on YouTube) or try other methods like chemical peets or photodynamic therapy.
The peel involves applying a chemical solution that essentially kills the top layer of skin and encouraging it to peel.
Photodynamic therapy applies light to the skin and burns off the layer (pretty sure it doesn’t hurt that much though).
Another thing to keep in mind is that what you put on your skin can cause damage too.
If you apply make up regularly, those treatments can and do block your pores and stop your skin from being able to excrete the toxins naturally.
The make up forces the toxins back into your pores which cause the infections.
Making sure that you use the right sunscreen is important too. in a world where consumerism is key to success there are multiple options available but not all of them are skin friendly.
Just like beauty products, sunscreen and make up can feature fillers like talcum powder or thinners like oil which can cause more harm than good.
The oil that can be found in make up, spray tans and sunscreen can also put you at a higher risk of sunburn which can put you at a higher risk of skin cancer, which can cause pimples. It’s a vicious cycle.
Start your skin care routine now!
Get a good skin care routine! As noted already, making sure that you have the right skin care product can make all the difference. and treat as per the season requires.
If it’s hot, make sure you’re using sunscreen moisturizers.
Is it spring? Clean off the dryness of winter with a good exfoliator.
Having a good routine is essentially because you are cleaning out the pores and removing the dead skin that don’t always naturally slough off your skin.
If you’re not sure what to get, go to a dermatologist or beauty therapist and get a good assessment for what will work for you.
Establishing the routine will be a bit hectic in your first year or so as you would need different products for each season but you will learn about your skin which will make it easier later on.
Lastly. Don’t pick!
The more you pick the more likely you are to spread the infection to other parts of your skin.
You are also causing physical damage to your skin which can cause scarring which is harder to treats than the pimple to begin with.
Being able to treat pimples is important. It’s not just about looks. It’s about your health.
Use your face and skin as an indicator of your body’s health. Got pimples around your chin? Ok, you’re hormones are going nuts, just keep the water up.
Are they spreading to your collar bone?
Get some of that junk out of your diet.
Is it going up to the forehead and hurting like a bitch? Go see the doc and get a topical or medicine to kill that infection.
Once you have your skin care routine and diet sorted, you can address the crazy hormones and get treated as your physician sees fit.
Just make sure that what you are putting into your body and onto your skin is right for you.
The last thing you want is a flare up and put yourself back to square one.