January 24, 2016
The fear of a getting pimples/acne on face starts during teenage and never stops again. As we have mentioned in our previous post, even a tiny pimple on face can increase the stress level.
Nevertheless, there are certain preventive measures one can follow to avoid pimples. These methods can also improve overall health of facial skin.
Keep your face clean:
Clogging of pores by excess oil/sebum, dirt and other impurities is one of the main reasons for pimples. Therefore, make sure that you keep your face clean by washing it twice daily with a soap free mild cleanser.
Eating vitamin and mineral rich balanced diet can cleanse the skin internally and avoid pimples. Drinking more water can eliminate toxins and results in a healthy skin without pimples.
Watch what you apply on face:
Any kind of facial cream, mask, makeup can be the reason behind your breakout. Well these products may not be particularly harmful to your skin but one or few of the ingredients in such products can be the major trigger for pimples. Even a few natural ingredients can cause pimples. Therefore, always watch what you apply on your face. Make sure you remove makeup completely before hitting the sack to avoid clogging of pores.
Watch what touches your face:
Pillow covers, towels, mobile phone screens and your own hand can be the cause behind your pimples. Bacteria and other forms of dirt can easily reach your face through these mediums and cause pimples. Make sure you change your pillow case and towel every week. Wipe the mobile screens every now and then with a cloth. Make sure you don’t touch your face frequently and wash your hands before washing your face.
Well, stress may not be the direct cause behind the pimples but stress could be one of the triggers especially if you have an acne prone skin. Take enough time to de-stress and do some activities like listening to music, reading a book, gardening etc. Don’t forget to get 7-8 hours of sleep.
Prevention is better than cure but irrespective of the preventive measures, a few internal factors can cause pimples. More about it on our upcoming blog posts.
December 24, 2015
Let’s say you are planning for an important event for so long. You want everything to be perfect from the venue to the way you look on that day. The night before the D day, you have sorted out everything such as what time to start, how to reach the location, what dress to wear etc. Finally, the day has arrived and with loads of excitement, you are looking into the mirror hoping to see the perfect you. What if you find a little pop on your face? This pop also popularly known as a pimple or acne can totally spoil your mood and make you feel like canceling the entire plan. This little monster can cause jitters more than a horror movie.
Acne is not a teenage problem alone. From tiny zits to scarring cysts, acne can affect anyone irrespective of age and gender. We all wish for a clear skin without acne or acne marks. So what causes acne? Before we explore the causes of acne, we should be able to differentiate the different types of acne.
- When they appear as small, congested pores they are known as comedones, also known as blackheads or whiteheads.
- When they are tender red bumps, they are known as papules.
- When they are tender, red or with a yellow tinge, pus-filled, they are known as pustules.
- Nodule is a severe type of acne. They are large, hard bumps under the skin’s surface. Scarring is common.
- Cyst is the most severe form. It appears similar to a nodule but is pus-filled. It can be painful and scarring is common.
Let’s move on to the major causes of Acne,
- Hyperkeratinization (increased production of skin cells called Keratin)
- Excess Sebum/ oil production by oil glands called Sebaceous glands.
- Increased multiplication of bacteria called P. acnes.
- Hormonal Imbalance
Now as we know the types and causes of acne, let’s explore the prevention methods and treatment options in the upcoming posts.