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How To Deal With Pimples

Pimples can be caused by:
• Hormonal imbalance
• Improper hygiene
• Stress
• Incompatible soap and other dermatological products that you are currently using
• Environment
• Food

Eat healthy food and food that are rich in antioxidants.

You are what you eat. Food contributes to the repair and build of your body’s cells including the skin. Unhealthy foods like junk food contribute to unhealthy skin. Food that is high in cholesterol may cause an increase in sebum production that may cause pimples when it clogs the skin pores and gets infected by bacteria.

Fruits and vegetables make you glow. Some fruits even have antibacterial properties like cucumber, avocado, lemon and calamansi that have been used in several dermatological products like soaps, skin cleansing solutions and creams. Green tea is also good for the skin because of its soothing property and antioxidant properties.

Antioxidants are also very good for managing pimples. Many Asians use red wine to manage beautiful skin as it has both antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Drinking red wine is good for blood circulation. Blood is the medium that carries nutrients to the different parts of the body. Antibodies are also present in the blood. Some soaps are made with wine like kojic soap. It is used to treat skin diseases like acne and pimples.

Avoid stress and consult your doctor.

Hormonal imbalance is also one of the major factors that cause acne. Pimples usually take their peak at adolescence when the body adapts to hormonal changes. Stress also exacerbates hormonal imbalance. High androgen levels in women also cause cysts or acne. One way to manage this is by anti-androgen therapy in the form of pills. Doctor’s advice is needed.

Observe proper hygiene.

The environment is also a contributing factor to illnesses including skin diseases. Dusty surroundings can cause skin allergies and skin irritability due to bacteria and dust mites. Bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus thrive in dirt including musty or damp areas.

You need to maintain a clean environment and observe good hygiene.
1. Clean you room regularly.
2. Change your beddings at least once a week.
3. Clean yourself before going to bed. Wear clean sleeping clothes.
4. Wash you face with compatible soap and water to remove dirt and excess sebum from your face that cause pimples.
5. Avoid the habit of touching your face when your hands are dirty or while working especially when they have come in contact with money. Money is one of the vectors of bacteria as it as been passed on from one unknown source to another.

Use soap and products that are compatible with your skin.

Harsh soaps may also cause pimples. Product compatibility varies from one person to another. This means that when a product has shown good results after being tried by your friend, it does not mean that it will produce the same results for you.

If you want to test a product, do not directly apply it to your face. You may try applying it first on the neck area or antecubital [opposite of your elbow] as these areas are said to have almost the same sensitivity as your facial skin.

If it shows signs of irritation such as redness or itchiness, then the product is not compatible with your skin. If you already have an oily skin, try products with oil-control formulas or those labeled with “for oily skin”. If you have dry skin, try moisturizing products.

Do not prick your pimples.

Pricking your pimples will cause more irritation and may lead to severe infection especially if you use your dirty hands. It is a better option to ask your dermatologist for a topical cream or ointment that you can apply on your face to manage the pimples.

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