Pimples are also called teenage acne, zits and spots. But no matter what you call them, they are annoying and embarrassing. Dealing with pimples seems to be a rite of passage for many teens, but pimples can persist well into adulthood. Fortunately, pimples are manageable for many people.
Pimples occur in the sebaceous glands. When these glands become hyperactive, bacteria can grow in them. This causes swellings because the glands are filling up with pus.
To Pop or Not to Pop?
Never try to pop a zit that has not formed a head. This just causes pain and reddening of the skin. Popping a whitehead or a blackhead is certainly tempting, but most dermatologists note that popping zits can cause at the least another breakout and at the worst permanent scars. Whiteheads have a tendency to pop by themselves. If they do, you need to clean your face as soon as possible.
Unless the whitehead appears that it will burst on its own, leave it alone. If you do pop the zit, it’s best to use a cotton swab to clean the brand-new opening in your skin. Wash your hands immediately because the pus inside of a pimple is full of bacteria. If you want to remove blackheads, the safest way is by using over the counter pore strips.
Another way to get rid of pimples is by using over the counter ointments and creams to place directly on the pimple. However, it can take at least one month before any noticeable improvement occurs. Help the medication do its work by washing your skin in warm, not hot water and by not using harsh facial scrubs or soaps that can irritate the skin and cause more breakouts.
If this does not work, it’s time to talk to your doctor or dermatologist. They can recommend prescription topical medications or pills such as antibiotics. This helps to reduce the bacteria found inside of pimples. Women who think they might be pregnant need to tell their doctors or dermatologists because oral medications for acne such as isotretinoin may harm the baby.
Avoid Tobacco Smoke
One way to help avoid further breakouts is to stop smoking and avoid places where second-hand smoke is thick in the air. An Italian study done of 1,000 women published in 2007 showed that women who smoke had more enlarged pores and more acne than women who didn’t smoke.
Smoking also slows down the body’s circulation, making it more difficult for the blood to bring nutrients to your skin.
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