Pimples and acne arise when your skin’s oil glands are too involved and the pores swell. Some skin bacteria can worsen pimples. Pimples may appear on the skin anywhere but occur on the face more frequently. And for many people, their pimples can turn into acne, which is worse. Acne can potentially leave a scar or mark on your skin. Fortunately, an acne scar treatment can save you from this burden.
Since androgen hormones typically cause pimples and genetics in some cases, they cannot be avoided in any safe way. However, there are many ways of reducing pimples or acne’s severity.
OTC products can help
Treatments bought over-the-counter acne (OTC) can help reduce and prevent pimples or acne breakouts. Either benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or sulphur are the most common OTC products you should buy. Treat acne with an OTC treatment or use it to manage outbreaks as a maintenance regime. Follow the manufacturer’s directions exactly to avoid secondary effects such as redness, irritation, and dryness. Better yet, consult with a dermatologist to know what products are safe and effective for our skin.
Reduce inflammation with antibiotics
Antibiotics lead to the elimination of inflammation and skin bacteria. The prescription of antibiotics can be obtained from a dermatologist. You may either take antibiotics orally or in the form of topical products to be applied to the affected area. Oral antibiotics typically become a last resort for individuals who have extreme acne or who do not respond to other treatments. The risk of antibiotic resistance can get higher by longer-term antibiotic use. Make sure you speak with your derma about the complications and side effects if your health care provider suggests antibiotic therapy in pimples.
Drink plenty of water
Your body can indicate your skin’s oil glands to produce more oil if you are dehydrated. Dehydration often produces a dull look for your skin and encourages inflammation and redness. Drink eight full glasses of water during the day to keep the body well hydrated. Drink more, whether you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or spend time in a hot and wet environment after physical activity or if you have sweat a lot.
Keep the skin hydrated with moisturizers
Moisturizing products help to keep the skin hydrated. However, several products include oils, synthetic fragrances, or other skin irritant ingredients that cause skin pimples or worse, acne. Using a non-comedogenic moisturizer after washing your face or when your skin feels dry also helps to prevent pimples or acne breakouts. Another cool perk of this product is that it smoothens the skin.
Practice proper facial cleansing
To avoid pimples, excess dirt and sweat must be washed off from the face every day. However, it can make acne worse to wash your face more than twice a day. Don’t wash your face with cleansers that have harmful ingredients such as alcohol contents. Opt for organic cleansers that have moisturizing components to help smoothen and hydrate your skin.
Here’s how to properly wash your face:
- Prepare some warm water to use to wash the face.
- After washing, apply some mild cleanser on your face in a circular motion. You can also massage your face gently as you cleanse but don’t leave the cleansing product on your face for too long.
- Next is to rinse the face with cold water to close the pores.
- Pat dry with a clean towel.
Avoid touching your face (pimple-popping)
Each time you touch your face, you can pass some harmful components to your skin. Wash your hands regularly and try as little as possible to touch your face. You may be tempted to pop your pimple or squeeze out your blackhead, but it’s best that you leave that to the professionals. Popping pimples can lead to serious scarring or infection. It may also increase the swelling and blockage of the pores that cover your pimples.
Protect your skin from the sun
The sun’s rays can dry pimples in the short run, but in the long run, it causes major problems. The skin is often dried by sun exposure, resulting in more oil and blocking of pores over time. Another thing you can get from the harmful UV rays is skin cancer. You can help prevent skin cancer if you regularly wear sunscreen. Most sunscreens can be sticky or oily but go for non-comedogenic and oil-free products, which can be effective for both sun and pimple protection.
Consult your doctor to know your skin type
Whatever the skin complexion, no one is exempted from getting a pimple or acne. Those who have oily skin, know too well how much they have to deal with pimples and acne. It is due to too much oily sebum formed by their skin. Combination skin is another form of skin that can also cause acne. This skin type means both dry and oily facial skin. The oily regions in the face start from the forehead down to the nose and reaching the chin. You can call this area the T-zone. You can select the best skincare products by understanding your skin type. For instance, choose non-comedogenic products which are formulated not to block pores when your skin is oily.
Only wear makeup when it’s necessary
Makeup is enticing to hide acne, especially if you have a special dinner to go to. But pores can be blocked, which can result in a breakout. When using makeup, discourage the use of oil-based, heavy foundation and switch to non-comedogenic products, which are pure, non-scented, and are less aggressive on the skin. Shampoos, creams, and other hair products that contain oil can trigger a pimple/acne breakout. Choose oil-free, non-comedogenic alternatives to help avoid this from happening.