One of mankind’s greatest enemy for appearance and skin: acne, also known as pimples or zits.
Having an important event tomorrow? Here are two huge zits for you. Meeting your date for the first time later? How about some inflamed pimples on your nose and chin to go along with your face?
And, if these pimples are whitehead, the temptation to pop them can be as hard to resist as texting your ex ‘one last time’.
DO NOT DO IT.
“What we call the pustule is actually keeping the bacteria nice and contained,” said dermatologist Zakiya Rice, MD, an assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. When you puncture the pimple’s outer skin, the gunk oozes out. If the bacteria in that gunk splatters and lands inside other pores, it can lead to more pimples.
The bacteria can also be driven deeper into your pores. When that happens, it triggers an inflammatory response where the pimple becomes red, swollen, and painful. The surrounding skin may become damage which may leave a scar.
“It’s best to let a pimple run through its life span,” Rice says.
Instead of fretting about those pimples that are already on your face, you should focus more on how to prevent further breakouts. Here are some of the ways you can reduce the occurrences of these pesky pimples.
1. Keep your skin clean
No, do not go and wash your face several times a day thinking that it will help rid of that pimple. In fact, when you over cleanse your skin, it will only dry your skin out which leads to the formation of excess sebum to overcome the dryness of your skin. Excess sebum is the cause of acne.
Instead, use a gentle cleanser that is not over drying to avoid over-cleansing and drying of your skin.
You should also keep your hands away from your skin as we use our hands to touch different items daily, and that is where we come in contact with bacteria.
2. Keep it moisturised
As mentioned, dry skin will cause the formation of excess sebum in your skin to help overcome the dryness. You have to keep your skin moisturised to prevent it from happening.
You can use a gentle moisturiser that is light if you do not want to slap on so much moisture on your face.
3. Watch your diet
The food you eat can help you to control your pimple. When you have an acne breakout, try to eat more foods that are high in antioxidants and foods that are anti-inflammatory. These will help you to flush out toxins from your body, and that will give you a clearer skin.
Foods such as green tea, fruits, and vegetables are good for your skin.
4. Use makeup that is light
If you are someone who needs to apply makeup for work, or for personal reasons, try using makeup that is light and does not clog your pores. Using heavy makeup can clog up your pore and cause acne to flare up on your skin because your skin is unable to breathe. Try investing in makeup that are light and non-comedogenic.
5. Keep hydrated
Don’t be mistaken; water is not the cure to acne. However, drinking ample amount of water can help reduce those breakouts.
About 70% of your body is water. It serves two purposes, to carry nutrients around your body system, and to flush toxins out of your body. These toxins can be trapped in your body if you do not take in an adequate amount of fluids which increases your likelihood of acne.