Sunday, November 28, 2010

How to get rid of acne/pimples

Common among teenagers, acne can strike adults into their 30s and 40s, appearing on the arms, legs, chest, back and buttocks as well as the face and shoulders. Causes include the hormone changes of pregnancy, stress and menopause; prescription drugs such as steroids, estrogen and testosterone; certain cosmetics; high humidity; and sweating. Washing your skin with a gentle cleanser twice daily, especially after exercising; avoiding touching your face; and using water-based cosmetics or creams can reduce blemishes. Over-the-counter medications with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, sulfur or resorcinol also can help by killing bacteria and exfoliating the skin. A dermatologist can prescribe stronger medication if needed.

Following are some of the simple ways you can stop of recede acne growth:

1.  Stop using oil-based makup, hair products, and similar cosmetic products if you want to get rid of acne. Oil build up on the skin is one of the primary causes of acne, so you will want to avoid getting any kind of oil on your skin. This includes mechanical oils and greases, as well as cooking oils. Many teenagers fail to follow this advice, eating fast foods which contain large amounts of oils, while continuing to apply oil-based cosmetic products. Diet and lifestyles may need to be changed in order to get rid of acne.

2.  Wash your facial skin with warm water and a mild medicated face wash once or twice a day. Massage your face gently with your fingertips and wash your face with warm water. Don't ever use very harsh chemical based face wash. They can irritate your skin, damage your subaceous glands, and cause even worse acne breakouts in the long-run. The fact of the matter is that your subaceous glands are producing oils because they're trying to protect your skin from being dry, cracked, and overly clean. Facial scrubs are not a good way to get rid of acne.

3. Don't pinch, prod, or poke your blemishes to get rid of acne. Many people choose to pinch out their whiteheads, pimples, and zits with their fingers. There are a few problems with this method. First, your fingers are covered with unnatural oils. Second, your fingers are covered with plenty of bacteria. Thirdly, you will probably damage your subaceous glands or create an impacted pimple which will cause more fluid build up and eventually an infected zit. Refer to the articles we've written on zits, whiteheads, and pimples for the appropriate ways to get rid of these types of acne issues.

 4. Use over the counter creams for acne treatment. You may have to try a few to find the one suited for your skin. Please remember the expensive creams are not necessarily effective and also all the herbal formulations may not be good as the ingredients that go into them may not be of good quality.

5. Do not allow hair products or dandruff to fall on your face. Cover your face with a towel when you are applying hair care products. When taking a bath, make sure no shampoo or conditioner remains on the facial skin. Wash it off properly.

6. Watch your diet, eating oily food can affect your skin and acne problems. Try to include as much of fiber in your diet as it improve the bowel movements and hence helps in clearing the stomach which is one of the major reasons for acne problems. Drink as much water as you can as it also helps in flushing out toxins and other harmful substances which accumulate to cause acne problem.

7. Consult a dermatologist if your acne problem gets aggravated.

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