Pimples are annoying little blotches that appear on our skin and it becomes bothersome and leaves scars sometimes ruining our skin. But there are ways to lessen this and prevent pimples if you know how and the right way to look after your skin
What are pimples?
In order to take care of our skin, we need to understand it first. Pimples can really form at any age and become more common during teenage and early adolescent years because of the hormone level changes as people grow. Pimples can form on the neck, face, back or chest. Meanwhile acne is the result of pimple formation. It is a skin condition mostly due to hormonal changes although other environmental conditions such as certain foods can also trigger pimple formation.
There are different types of acne such as whiteheads (acne that isn’t inflamed and skin cells, oil and bacteria combine), blackheads (also not inflamed but the pore gets blocked at the surface of the skin), pustules (the pimple can become infected and inflamed).
Pimples are formed when dead skin cells mix with the sebum in the skin (excess oils produced from the sebaceous glands). These oils block the pore. Pores sit at your hair follicles and connect to the sebaceous gland underneath. Usually, sebaceous glands produce a fair amount of oil but when it becomes excessive, that’s when it turns into a problem. And then comes the swelling. If it gets really bad, bacteria can also grow in this mixture leading to infection or pus formation.
What do we do to prevent it?
Before prevention, it’s important to remember if you do have a pimple, do not pop it no matter the temptation. This will allow even more bacteria and oil into the pore and make things even worse. Instead, wash your skin daily with soap or use cleansers to help clear the pimples. Or otherwise use pimple patches such as a Priceline pimple patch to help.
In order to prevent pimple formation, it’s important to wash your face daily to remove excess oils, sweat or dirt that may develop and clog the pores. Moisturizing and cleansing your skin with the right products can also help maintain clear skin. Other than that, it’s important to stay hydrated to avoid inflammation and excess oil production, limit your makeup because that can also trigger outbreaks, reduce your stress levels to control your hormones a little bit better, and over-the-counter acne medication is also available if it becomes worse.
When you know the cause of pimples, and the behind-the-scenes of it all, it is easier to control and prevent acne formation and maintain healthy skin. Sometimes it’s environmental; sometimes it’s hormonal or even genetic. But the key thing here is to be patient and keep dirt andoils away from your skin. If your condition becomes worrying (like the formation of cysts or if it’s too red/inflamed), remember to see to a dermatologist or a physician who will know more and will be able to help you better.