A pimple also called a zit or spot is a kind of comedo resulting from excess sebum and dead skin cells getting trapped in the pores of the skin. In its aggravated state, it may evolve into a pustule or papules. Treatments for pimples include acne medications, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatories prescribed by a physician, or various over the counter remedies one can buy at a pharmacy.
The outer layers of skin shed (a natural and continuous process, normally), dead skin and oily sebum left behind may bond together and form a blockage of the sebaceous gland at the base of the skin. This is most common when the skin becomes thicker at puberty. The sebaceous gland continues to produce sebum, which builds up behind the blockage, allowing bacteria to grow in the area, including the species Staphylococcus aureus and Propionibacterium acnes (these cause inflammation and infection).
- Being overweight or obese could result in pimples popping up. Research has shown that high levels of insulin, as found in obese patients, can result in high androgen levels. High androgen levels may result in a bad case of pimples.
- Antibiotics can help. Because pimples contain bacteria, antibiotics do help in reducing the pimple load.
- Sweating may cause pimples. It is best to keep clean facial tissue available to wipe the sweat off your face.
- Stress may exacerbate pimples. That explains why many people develop pimples during exam periods or work projects.
- Pimple popping using chemicals such as Oxy5 is an effective method for most people. You may not need antibiotics if Oxy5 works for you.
- Fatty foods do not cause pimples to pop up. Years of research has not found any direct link between diet and pimples. At best, diet plays only a minor role in causing pimples. So, you can safely eat chocolates, fatty foods or dairy products that you crave. However, overeating may result in you putting on weight which can indirectly cause pimples as we have outlined above.
- Sexual activities cannot help prevent acne. Unfortunately, numerous studies have found that sexual activity does not prevent even a single pimple from popping up. If any, pimples can cause sexual dissatisfaction instead.
- Pimples are not infectious. The bacteria dwelling deep inside pimples cannot infect others even during pimple popping.
- Scrubbing and repeated cleaning does not help. Pimples are deep-seated, blocked pores that are beyond the reach of conventional cleaning methods. On the other hand, repeated scrubbing may worsen your pimples due to the skin trauma caused.
- Having long, greasy hair does not cause pimples. However, repeated combing may traumatize your skin and result in pimples.
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- Practicing good hygiene, including regularly washing skin areas with neutral cleansers, can reduce the number of dead skin cells and other external contaminants on the skin that can contribute to the development of pimples. However, it is not always possible to completely prevent pimples, even with good hygiene practices as a number of externalities such as hormones and genetics are at play.
- Expression, the manual bursting of pimples which have evolved into whiteheads with one’s fingers, can allow bacteria to be introduced into the open wound this creates. This can result in infection and permanent scarring. Thus, expression is generally recommended against by dermatologists and estheticians in favor of allowing pimples to run through their natural lifespans.
- Regularly wash skin areas with neutral cleansers.
- Avoid greasy or spicy foods.
- Limit alcohol drinking and change diet.
- Reduce stress by doing exercises regularly, listening to music, or talking to friends.
- Do not use a lot of cosmetics.
- Reduce the time spending on the screen.
- Do not share personal items such as towels or facial cleanser with others.
- Do not touch pimples and often wash hands.
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Following ways can also be used to treat pimple:
- Over-the-counter medications. Common over-the-counter medications for pimples are benzoyl peroxide and/or salicylic acid and antibacterial agents such as triclosan.
- Prescription medication. It is used in a severe condition.
- Hygiene. It includes regularly washing skin with neutral cleanser.
Popping a pimple may do harm. If you find you have pimples, you had better consult your doctor. Your doctor will find a treatment most suitable for you based on your condition.