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Pimples are a very common problem not only for teenagers but also for adults. It usually occurs when hair follicles plugged with skin cells, sebum, and bacteria are inflamed or infected. There can be a single cause or several factors that contribute to the development of pimples. A skin doctor or dermatologist can prescribe many methods and modes of acne treatment. However, some people may also want to try some of these methods or products on their own to see if they work for them. Here are some tips that may help reduce pimple outbreaks:
Keep your skin clean: This is one of the most important things you can do to reduce pimples. Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser and lukewarm water. Avoid scrubbing your skin too hard, which can irritate it and make the pimples worse. Rinse off all the soap thoroughly and pat your skin dry with a soft towel.
Don’t touch your face: Avoid touching or picking at your pimples, as this can cause more inflammation and irritation. Pimples are also very contagious, so you don’t want to spread the bacteria around.
Use a topical acne treatment: Many over-the-counter and topical prescription treatments are available to treat pimples. Choose one appropriate for your skin type and follow the directions carefully.
Drink plenty of water: Water helps flush out toxins from the body and keeps the skin hydrated. It is recommended to drink at least eight glasses of water a day.
Eat healthily: A balanced diet is essential for overall health and well-being, including the health of your skin. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and avoid processed foods and sugary drinks.
Get enough sleep: Lack of sleep can worsen acne. Make sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep a night to avoid any stress and improve the health of your skin.
Exercise regularly: Exercising helps reduce stress levels, improves circulation, and keeps the skin healthy.
Try an over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide product: Benzoyl peroxide is a common ingredient in several over-the-counter acne products and works by killing bacteria living on the skin. It also exfoliates your skin to help remove dead cells that contribute to blocked pores.
Avoid fatty foods: Overeating fat has been linked to increased sebum production, leading to more breakouts, so avoid those rich foods as much as possible.
Wash your hair often if you have oily hair: Oily hair tends to worsen oily skin, especially since it can transfer the oils to your face. If you have oily hair, try shampooing it every day or every other day.
Use a warm compress: A warm compress can help soften the sebum and dead skin cells clogging the pores. It also helps increase circulation to the area, which can promote healing. Place a hot water bottle or a damp cloth on the affected area for about 10 minutes 2-3 times a day.
Avoid stress: Stress can aggravate acne, so try to manage your stress levels. Whether through exercise, yoga, or meditation, find something that works for you and stick to it.
Use a facial mask: Many different types of facial masks are available that can help treat pimples. Choose one appropriate for your skin type and use it once or twice a week.
Use oil-free makeup: Makeup can aggravate acne, so it is best to use oil-free products if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin.
Apply tea tree oil: Tea tree oil contains antibacterial and antifungal properties that can help reduce the number of bacteria on the skin. It is also an anti-inflammatory that helps with reducing swelling, redness, and irritation.
Use moisturizer: Moisturizing regularly will keep the skin hydrated and prevent dryness, leading to more breakouts. Choose a moisturizer that is oil-free and non-comedogenic.
Consider a laser treatment: If you have severe acne that doesn’t respond to other treatments, you may want to consider a laser treatment. Several different lasers can be used depending on the severity of your acne and the type of skin you have. Talk to your dermatologist about the best option for you.
Don’t pop your pimples: Popping or squeezing pimples can cause more inflammation and increase scarring chances. If you need to pop a pimple, make sure your hands are clean and use a sterile needle or comedone extractor.
Try a clay mask: Clay masks help draw out impurities from the skin and can benefit people with oily skin. Please choose an appropriate mask for your skin type and use it once or twice a week.
Use an ice cube: An ice cube can help reduce the swelling and redness of a pimple. Place an ice cube on the affected area for about 10 minutes 2-3 times a day.
Take probiotics: Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that help keep the gut healthy. There is some evidence that they may also help improve acne. Choose a probiotic supplement that is appropriate for your age and health condition.
Use a spot treatment: If you have a few pimples that need attention, use a spot treatment rather than applying the product all over your face. This will help avoid over-drying your skin.
Try a sulfur-based product: Sulphur is an effective ingredient for treating acne because it helps kill bacteria and exfoliate the skin. It is available in several over-the-counter acne products.
Avoid using harsh chemicals: Harsh chemicals can strip the skin of its natural oils and aggravate acne. Choose gentle, oil-free products instead.
Try witch hazel: Witch hazel may help reduce the appearance of pimples and acne scars. It can be applied topically to minimize inflammation and swelling or taken orally in a supplement.
Use aloe vera: Aloe vera is a popular home remedy for minor burns because it has anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe irritated skin and speed up healing. It also contains antioxidants that can improve the appearance of acne scars. Try applying aloe vera gel directly on the affected areas or looking for aloe vera extract products.
Avoid touching your face: Touching your face can transfer bacteria from your hands to the skin, increasing the risk of breakouts. Keep your hands away from your face, especially after touching or handling items that have been in contact with germs like doorknobs, desktops, and cellphones.
Try a steam facial: Steam facials help cleanse and open pores while clearing out toxins and minimizing acne breakouts. Prepare a facial steam solution containing 2 cups of distilled water and two tablespoons of sea salt. Bring it to a gentle boil, then use a towel or scarf to cover your head and lean over the pot for 5-10 minutes until the steam has cooled down completely.
Use baking soda: Baking soda is an effective exfoliant that can help remove dead skin cells and unclog pores. Add 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda to a cup of warm water and use it to wash your face once or twice a week.
Use a toner: A toner can help balance the skin’s pH and tighten the pores. If you have oily skin, look for alcohol-free rose water or witch hazel-based toner.
Use natural face masks: Several natural ingredients can make effective homemade face masks like oatmeal, honey, and apple cider vinegar. You can customize your mask based on your skin type and condition by adding essential oils such as lavender oil, which has anti-inflammatory properties; lemon juice that helps brighten dull-looking skin; tea tree oil which is an antiseptic; or eucalyptus oil with antimicrobial properties.
Rinse your pillowcase: Dirty pillowcases can contribute to acne breakouts. Regularly rinse your pillowcase in hot water and hang it out to dry to help kill the bacteria that may be causing your pimples.
Use non-comedogenic makeup: Non-comedogenic makeup is less likely to clog your pores and cause acne. Manufacturers usually label their products as non-comedogenic or oil-free if appropriate for those with acne-prone skin.
Remove makeup properly: Make sure you wash off all traces of makeup, especially SPF, before going to bed so that you don’t leave dirt and bacteria on the skin overnight, which can aggravate acne.
Check your medications: Some medications can cause acne as a side effect. If you are experiencing breakouts, consult your doctor to see if there is a medication that you can switch to that doesn’t have the same side effects.
Wash your makeup brush regularly: Dirty makeup brushes can harbor dirt and oil, which cause acne.
Use a humidifier: Dry indoor air can exacerbate acne, especially if you have dry skin. A humidifier will add moisture to the air and keep your skin from getting too dry, which minimizes the risk of pimples, blackheads, and other forms of acne forming on your face.
Check your hair ties: Dirty hair ties can cause breakouts on the skin where it touches. Change your hair ties every few days to minimize the risk of acne flare-ups.
Use lemon juice: If you have oily or acne-prone skin, applying lemon juice on the affected areas can help dry up excess oil and get rid of dead cells that clog pores. Lemon also has mild bleaching properties, which can help lighten dark marks left by old acne scars.
Try an oatmeal bath: Oatmeal baths are beneficial for sensitive or irritated skin people. They are natural, hypoallergenic, and contain antioxidants that soothe inflammation and redness while removing toxins from the body. It can also help remove excess oil and dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. Add 1-2 cups of oatmeal to a bathtub filled with warm water and soak in it for 15-20 minutes.
Say no to sugar: A diet high in sugar can aggravate acne. Cut down on processed foods and sugary drinks and opt for whole, unprocessed foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains instead.
Reduce stress: Stress can trigger or exacerbate acne breakouts. Find ways to manage your stress, such as yoga, meditation, exercise, or counseling.
Reduce caffeine intake: Caffeine can trigger acne breakouts, so cut down on coffee and other caffeinated drinks.
Try an over-the-counter medication: There are many products available at local drugstores which you can choose from depending on your type of acne and severity of the condition, such as cleansers, toners, and masks containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide for mild cases; or preventing and healing blemish creams containing ingredients like sulfur, resorcinol, sodium sulfacetamide and zinc oxide for moderate cases; oral antibiotics such as doxycycline, tetracycline, and erythromycin for more severe cases. Talk to your pharmacist or dermatologist to see which product will work best for you.
Consult a dermatologist: If you have tried all of these methods and your acne is still not getting better, then it’s time to consult a dermatologist. They can prescribe more powerful medications or treatments if necessary.
There are many ways to reduce pimple outbreaks, and the tips listed above are just some of them. It’s essential to find what works best for you and stick to it. If your acne is still not getting better, you can also consult a homeopathy doctor.
Homeopathic acne treatment:
For homeopathic treatment of acne, it is very important to get a detailed case history of the patient followed by an individualized approach, leading to the best results without any side effects. Besides prescribing medicines for acne, homeopathy doctors also recommend various changes in the diet and lifestyle habits like avoiding junk foods and alcohol consumption and reducing stress levels, etc., which will help in the long-term management of this condition. For information on acne treatment, you can book an appointment through OHO Homeopathy now!