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Tips to treat pimples on the face

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To have pimples or acne is normal and many people have this skin condition. Pimples are the result of an inflammation of the skin in which the oil or sebaceous glands become infected with bacteria, and fill up with pus. The major reason behind this problem is the extra sebum secreted by the oil glands.

Generally, pimples occur on the face, back, neck, and shoulders. Having pimples can make a person feel uncomfortable with one’s appearance and cause emotional reactions – but having pimples is not a matter of a medical emergency.

To treat pimples, people resort to medicines and lotions available in the market – but using these methods takes time. There are many natural methods that are quite effective in treating pimples within a very short time period.

10 tips for preventing pimples

1. Acne’s best strategy: keep your face clean

It’s very useful to wash your face twice daily to get rid of impurities, extra oil, and dead skin cells from your skin's surface. Though washing your face more than twice a day will not make much of a difference – in fact it can cause more harm than good. The water you use to wash your face should be warm not hot, and use a mild facial cleanser. Using body soap with deodorant can irritate the already inflamed skin, and cause even more irritation.

Avoid rubbing your skin harshly with an exfoliating glove, washcloth, or loofah. Always gently wash your face with clean hands or a very soft cloth. Try to rinse well, and then dry your face with a clean towel. Be sure to get rid of dirty towels as they spread bacteria.

2. Moisturize your skin to avoid pimples

As many acne products have ingredients that dry the skin, always use a moisturizer that reduces dryness and skin peeling. Look for ‘noncomedogenic’ on the label, which means it should not cause acne.  There are moisturizers available for dry, oily, or combination skin.

3. Try an over-the-counter pimple product

Such pimple products don't need a doctor’s prescription. They may contain ingredients such as salicylic acid, lactic acid, benzoyl peroxide or glycolic acid, which stop the spread of curb bacteria and dry the skin. Use such products in small amount in the beginning, and then adjust how much you want to use them. If you have sensitive skin, use over-the-counter products with care.

4. Use makeup but sparingly

When there’s a pimple or an acne breakout don’t wear a foundation, blush or powder. If you do wear makeup, wash it off by the end of the day. Try to use oil-free cosmetics that don’t have added chemicals and dyes. Use makeup that is labeled as ‘noncomedogenic,’ reported health website webmd.

5. Use hair products with care to stay clear of pimples

Avoid using pomades, oils, fragrances or gels on your hair. If they get smeared on your face, they can block your skin's pores and irritate your skin. Always use a gentle conditioner and shampoo. Oily hair can add to the oil on your face - so wash your hair more when experiencing a breaking out of pimples.

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6. Keep your hands off your face

Try not to touch your face or prop your chin or face with your hands. This can spread bacteria, and you could irritate the already irritated facial skin. Never prick or pop pimples with your fingers - it can lead to scarring and infection.

7. A must for those having pimples: stay out of the sun

The sun's ultraviolet rays can lead to redness and inflammation. Beware that a few acne or pimple medications may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Avoid being under the sun - especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and wear protective clothing such as pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and a broad-brimmed hat. Whether you have acne or pimples or not, always apply sunscreen (with ‘noncomedogenic’ on the sunscreen label) with SPF 30 or higher - 20 minutes before sun exposure.

8. Feed your skin

Experts say that particular foods such as chocolate don't cause pimples. Nevertheless, it’s better not to eat junk or oily food – stick to fresh vegetables and fruit and whole grains.

9. Exercise daily

Exercising on a regular basis is beneficial for the whole body including your skin. Buy when you exercise, don’t wear clothes or use exercise equipment that rubs your skin and could cause irritation. After exercising, take a bath or shower to remove dirt from the skin.

10. To be acne-free, chill!

Some studies indicate that stress affects the severity of acne or pimples. So, find out what’s making you anxious, seek solutions, and see how it affects the acne breakout.

Written by: healthplus24.com team

Date last updated: February 06, 2015