Pimples are just the worst. You may exfoliate like your face depends on it (because it does) and still get pimples. You don’t invite pimples on purpose but they always come anyways and this can be very uncomfortable for many individuals. Pimples canH be painful and may reduce confidence in some people especially when they appear in public.
They do come in different sizes and may be scanty or concentrated on the faces of affected individuals. Effectively treating and clearing pimples on the face can be very relieving and many can give anything to see to the end of their pimples saga.
What Causes Pimples?
3 of the most common culprits are hormones, stress and diet. If any of these are out of balance, our skin reacts by erupting in spots. Let’s look at each one in more detail and what you can do about it:
This is the major underlying cause of pimples. Hormones have a first-hand role in controlling sebum production in our skin. If this oil production is out of balance, it will produce more oil than it should. This mixes with dead skin cells and blocks pores – causing pimples as well as blackheads.
2 major ‘events’ that disrupt hormones are puberty and the menstrual cycle. Below are some tips on how to help your hormones during this time.
- Puberty : over active hormones during this stage cause skin to produce more oil by directly influencing the sebaceous glands. Controlling pimples at this stage is about balancing oil production as much as possible with lifestyle factors and skin care. Keeping the skin clean and balanced, while taking care of your body and lifestyle, will help greatly to prevent breakouts of pimples.
Antibiotics are often prescribed for acne during puberty, as it’s the increase of bacteria on the surface of the skin that contributes to it. If acne is getting in the way of your life and confidence, don’t hesitate to see a doctor. Sometimes, one course of antibiotics can make a significant impact.
- Menstrual Cycle : The hormonal area on the face is the chin, so you might break out in the exact same area every month – often like clock work to the day! Speak to your doctor about going on the contraceptive pill/changing what you are on now – the right one can balance out your skin significantly. The heightened feelings of stress that are part of PMS are also a major cause of pimples – exercise, eat healthy and make sure you take time for yourself
Stress has a strong impact on the body, and is one of the major causes of pimples. It is usually a major factor in adult acne/breakouts. It affects sleeping patterns, diets, and overall health. Sometimes a major life event can bring on an acne episode that may stay with you long after the stress of the event has gone.
Besides taking practical steps to handle stress, using the right skin care can really help deal with the surface symptoms and keep it under control – which also takes away the added stress of having to deal with pimples as well.
Diet and pimples can be related. If the digestive system is overloaded with ‘bad’ foods, the body deals with the excess in toxins by eliminating them through the surface of the skin organ which may result in pimples.
Blood sugar levels regulate hormones – too much sugar releases insulin in our blood which over-stimulates the hormones that cause pimples.
Skin is one of the last organs to receive nutrients from food, so if you don’t eat enough of the ‘good’ stuff, your skin will miss out.
Some Additional Suggestions to get rid of Pimples
- The Ice method : Get some ice cubes, put them in a handkerchief or any other clean material that you can confidently put on your face. Wrap them in the cloth and apply to the affected area. What this does is to decrease blood flow to the areas around your pimple and also tighten your pores. Your pimples will disappear in no time.
- Get some aspirin pills, crush them into powder. Add some water to make a paste and apply this paste directly onto a pimple. Aspirin is an anti-inflammatory drug. A pimple is an inflammation on the skin and aspirin will reduce the swelling and ultimately make your pimple disappear.
- Many toothpaste brands contain silica which is great for saying “goodbye” to pimples. Get a tube of toothpaste, squeeze out a little portion onto your hands and apply the small paste portion onto your pimple for 15 minutes. It will dry your pimples up.
- Steaming your face. We know steam may be harsh but it is great for the face. Pour some hot water into a bowl. Place your face over it and cover your head with a towel. Do this often to eliminate dirt and clogged pores that lead to pimples.