Before you pop that ugly pimple on your face I would like you to read my article and then decide what you want to do..!! Before starting with the treatment of pimples I would like you to know what exactly a pimple is and what are the causes that it popped up on your face.
Your skin has tiny holes called pores that that can become blocked by oil, bacteria, and dirt. When this occurs, you may develop a “pimple” or “zit” If your skin is repeatedly affected by this condition, you may have acne. According to the several researches and reports, acne is one of the most common skin problems in the world. At any one time, between 40 and 50 million people have this condition. Although acne is not a life-threatening condition, it can be painful, particularly when it is severe.
Here I won’t say it can also cause emotional distress, because it actually do cause, because I exactly know how it feels to have a pimple or a cluster of them on face as I have also suffered the same problem since I was in 10th std. till I completed my graduation. Acne that appears on the face can impact self-esteem and, over time, may cause permanent scarring. Unfortunately pimple comes out just before a party or some outing where you specially need to look good, as if this pimple was also invited (has happened to me also). Fortunately, there are effective treatments for this condition that reduce both the number of pimples you get and the chance for scarring to occur.
Now, you must know what the possible causes of pimple are. Each pore on your skin is the opening to a follicle. The follicle is made up of a hair and a sebaceous (oil) gland. The oil gland releases sebum (oil), which travels up the hair, out of the pore, and onto your skin. The sebum keeps your skin lubricated and soft. If you develop acne, this may be because of one or more problems in this lubrication process. These possible causes include:
- too much oil or sebum is being produced by the follicle
- dead skin cells are accumulating in the pore
- bacteria has built up in the pore
Most of you might have come across various myths that eating fast food, chocolates or may be eating any oily stuff contributes to development of acne. And to me every second guy I used to meet while I had acne they use to say “hmmm..!! These are just signs that you are now turning adult.” At that time I use to think why these signs are so ugly and are coming up on face only. Somehow all those people who told me all this were right because yes this problem of pimple and acne majorly comes across in that age only. Young people are most at risk for developing acne during puberty. During this time, the body undergoes drastic hormonal changes. These hormones can trigger oil production, leading to an increased risk of acne. Hormonal acne related to puberty usually subsides when a teenager reaches adulthood.
But still your question of why not to pop the pimple is not yet answered. The answer is that when you puncture the pimple’s outer skin, the gunk (white material) oozes out. If the bacteria contained in that gunk splatters and lands inside other pores, it can lead to more pimples. Moreover, even if you pop a pimple you won’t get a flawless skin, redness will still be there, and this will stay for longer duration than that pimple and later on it may lead to scarring.
Treatment of pimple/acne:
You can use a number of self-care activities at home to prevent pimples and to clear up your acne. Home remedies for acne may include:
- cleaning the skin daily with a mild soap to remove excess oil and dirt
- regularly shampooing your hair
- take Safi twice daily
- drink lots of water specially early morning on vacant stomach
- take aloe-vera juice
- avoid too much oily food or consume in less quantity
- apply aloe-vera cream on affected area
- apply lemon juice on affected skin and wash after 15-20 minutes
- apply honey on pimples and wash after an hour
If self-care activities do not help with your acne, there are a number of acne medications that may be helpful. Most of these medications contain ingredients that can help kill bacteria or dry the skin. These active ingredients include:
- benzoyl peroxide: present in many acne creams and gels, used for drying out existing pimples and preventing new ones
- sulfur: a natural ingredient with a distinctive smell that is found in lotions, cleansers, and masks
- resorcinol: a less common ingredient that is used to remove dead skin cells
- salicylic acid: often contained in soaps and acne washes
- clindamycin: most commonly prescribed gel for acne (this one is quite effective and has by far produced best results for me)
Sometimes, you may continue to experience symptoms. If this happens, you may want to seek medical advice. Your doctor can prescribe medications that may help reduce your symptoms and prevent scarring. Your doctor may give you oral or topical antibiotics. These kill the bacteria that cause pimples. Typically, antibiotics are only used for a short amount of time so that your body doesn’t build up a resistance. Antibiotic resistance can make you prone to infections. Topical creams like retinoic acid or clindamycin gel are often stronger formulas of over-the-counter treatments. Your doctor may suggest using cortisone injections if your acne consists of large cysts. Cortisone is a steroid naturally produced by the body. It can reduce inflammation and speed healing.
Treatment for acne is often successful. Most people can expect their acne to clear up within six to eight weeks. However, flare-ups of the condition are common and may require additional treatment. Scarring that occurs as a result of acne can cause emotional distress. Prompt treatment can help prevent scarring.
For those who haven’t got acne and don’t ever want to get it, there are some tips to prevent pimples:
- wash your face twice daily with an oil free cleanser
- avoid makeup as much as you can
- clean the skin thoroughly before going to bed and wash your pillow cover as soon as possible
- shower after exercising
Above all this, to all those who have acne problem, never get disheartened or emotionally stressed because of pimples, these pimples are there for a shorter duration only and if you have started taking the treatment mentioned above then that short duration has become even shorter.
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