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Pimples, also known as acne are a result of the skin’s oil glands becoming overactive and the pores get inflamed. Pimples can be worsened by some types bacteria found on the skin. Pimples occur most often the face, however, the can also appear on other parts of the skin. Everyone at some point gets pimples and they are prone to recur. It is definitely annoying to have pimples and makes one very uneasy in public. Worst still, pimples can leave permanent scars, cause serious anxiety, as well as depression.
There are various factors that trigger the occurrence such as the androgen hormones, diet, stress and genetics. Taking some medications may also cause their breakout. There isn’t any one sure or foolproof way of preventing their occurrence. However, there are various ways and tips on how to reduce their severity. Whatever method one chooses to prevent the occurrence of pimples and acne, it requires patience and consistency.
Here are some helpful tips on how to prevent pimples and acne at home;
- Properly wash and keep your face always clean
Thoroughly washing your face helps in removing impurities, excess oil, sweat and dead skin you’re your skin. You can choose to wash your face at twice a day using warm water and an alcohol-free facial cleanser that is mild. Using deodorant body soaps on your face can cause more harm than good for it is bound to irritate the skin. Note that washing your face several times (more than twice daily) can make the acne worse.
When washing your face, do not scrub it harshly using a washcloth. Use your bare hands or a soft cloth to gently but thoroughly wash then rinse well and dry your face using a clean towel.
- Moisturize skin
Moisturizing your skin helps in keeping it hydrated. Remember acne products contain skin-drying ingredients hence you need to at all time use moisturizers to aid in minimizing dryness as well as skin peeling. When you buy the products you use on your face, “noncomedogenic” (means it doesn’t cause pimples/acne) and fragrance free moisturizes. There moisturizers are meant for different skin types; dry, oily, or combination skin. Moisturizing keeps your skin glowing.
- Identify your skin type
All skin types are not immune to pimples meaning anyone can get pimples. However, oily skin is most often affected. It is good to know your skin type for it helps you to choose the appropriate skin care products to use. If you have this skin type, pimples are caused by the sebaceous glands found in the skin and in your case tend to produce excess oily sebum. The combination type of skin (presence of dry and oily areas) is also prone to pimples. The oily areas are mainly on the T-zone that is the forehead, nose, and the chin region.
- Limit the amount of makeup
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It is very common for people to use make-up as a way of covering up pimples on their face. However, this causes more trouble for it clogs up the sweat pores and hence lead to more pimple breakout. You should use make-up sparingly. Avoid heavy foundation, greasy products. Instead use sheer, noncomedogenic, and fragrance-free products.
- Avoid touching your face
The hands get dirty and have a lot of grime and bacteria due to touching various surfaces and objects. Touching your face transfers bacteria an pore-clogging impurities onto your face. Ensure you wash your hands regularly and minimize touching your face as much as you can.
- Use OTC (over-the-counter) treatments for acne
Using the Over-the-counter (OTC) treatments meant for acne/pimples can help prevent their occurrence as well as zap the existing ones very fast. Use it to spot-treat or a maintenance regimen to help in controlling pimple outbreak.
- Always stay hydrated and limit sun exposure
Keeping your body well hydrated prevents the sebaceous glands from producing excess oil. You need to take at least eight glasses of water per day. Drink more water after exercising.
Also limit sun exposure for it tends to dehydrate the skin leading to the production of excess oil and blockage of the sweat pores. Use an oil free and noncomedogenic sunscreen.
- Avoid popping pimples
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Popping pimples can lead to severe scaring, bleeding, and infection. It may also result in inflammation and blockage of the surrounding pores hence worsens the pimple problem.
- Avoid intake of certain foods
Avoid intake of foods that are highly glycemic since they may cause acne. Such foods and beverages include soft drinks with high sugar content, chips, and baked foods. Intake of excess dairy products may also trigger pimples as per some research findings. You need to eat healthy foods which contain healthy fats and the likes.
- Reduce stress
Stress in itself doesn’t cause pimples, however, it triggers the product of excess oil-stimulating hormones hence makes the pimple breakout worse. You can manage stress by doing yoga, having a massage and meditating.
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