How To Prevent Acne And Pimples?
Acne, also known as acne vulgaris, is a long-term skin disease that occurs when dead skin cells and oil from the skin clog hair follicles. Typical features of the condition include blackheads or whiteheads, pimples, oily skin, and possible scarring. It primarily affects skin with a relatively high number of oil glands, including the face, upper part of the chest, and back. The resulting appearance can lead to anxiety, reduced self-esteem, and, in extreme cases, depression.
Acne is a common skin condition that affects most people at some point. It causes spots, oily skin and sometimes skin that’s hot or painful to touch.
What’s the Difference Between Acne and Pimples?
The difference between acne and pimples is that acne is a disease and pimples are one of its symptoms.
Acne is a condition affecting the skin’s hair follicles and oil glands.
Under your skin, your pores are connected to glands that make an oily substance known as sebum. The glands and pores are connected by a canal known as a follicle that has a thin hair that grows out to the skin’s surface.
When sebum and dead skin cells clump together, they form a plug in the follicle. Bacteria in the plug causes inflammation, leading to red pimples in acne.
What causes pimples?
Also known as spots or zits, pimples are a part of acne. They are most likely to occur around puberty, as the sebaceous glands produce more sebum at this time, but they can happen at any age.
Pimples develop when sebaceous glands, or oil glands, become clogged and infected, leading to swollen, red lesions filled with pus.
During puberty, hormone production changes. This can cause the sebaceous glands, located at the base of hair follicles, to become overactive. As a result, pimples are most likely to occur during the teenage years and around menstruation, for women.
The main cause of pimples, affects over 80 percent of teenagers. After the age of 25 years, it affects 3 percent of men and 12 percent of women.
Sebaceous glands are found inside the pores of our skin, all over the body, except the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. There are more sebaceous glands on the face and scalp than elsewhere.
Sometimes, dead skin cells are not shed. They remain in the pores and get stuck together by the sticky sebum, causing a blockage in the pore.
The role of diet in acne is unclear, but, since a healthy, balanced, diet is known to promote good health, some dietary factors may affect the likelihood of getting acne or pimples. The best diet advice in dealing with acne appears to be eating a wholesome, balanced diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy protein sources, and whole grains.
Below are some home remedies for acne that you might want to try
- Apply Apple Cider Vinegar
- Take a Zinc supplement
- Make a Honey and Cinnamon Mask
- Spot treat with Tea Tree Oil
- Apply Green Tea to your skin
- Wash your face with Divine Liquid Facial Soap
- Moisturize with Aloe Vera
- Take a Fish Oil Supplement
Few tips for preventing acne
- Keep your face clean. Whether or not you have acne, it’s important to wash your face twice daily to remove impurities, dead skin-cells, and extra oil from your skin’s surface. Washing more often than twice daily is not necessarily better; it may do more harm than good. Using a harsh soap can hurt already inflamed skin and cause more irritation. Use warm, not hot, water and Divine Liquid Facial Soap by Amassuna. A natural face wash that feels mild, acts like an antiseptic, and rinses-off daily dirt and grime just like a cleanser. This balancing Natural facial wash is particularly suited for those with combination, normal, oily or acne-prone skin with its blend of organic essential oils.
- Avoid scrubbing your skin. Gently wash it with a very soft cloth or your hands. Always rinse well, and then dry your face with a clean towel.
- Moisturize. Many acne products contain ingredients that dry the skin, so always use a moisturizer that minimizes dryness and skin peeling. Amassuna Luminous Face Cream is a perfect moisturizer made for dry, or combination skin, specially formulated with a blend of essential oils. It has several highly nutritive active ingredients that immediately moisturize your skin. Because it is a fresh and light cream, it is readily absorbed through the skin.
4. Use makeup sparingly. During a breakout, avoid wearing foundation, powder, or blush. If you do wear makeup, wash it off at the end of the day.
5. Watch what you put on your hair. Avoid using fragrances, oils, pomades, or gels on your hair. If they get on your face, they can block your skin’s pores and irritate your skin. Use a gentle shampoo and conditioner like Renove by Amassuna, Natural and perfect for your hair. Oily hair can add to the oil on your face. Got long hair? Keep it pulled away from your face.
6. Keep your hands off your face. Avoid touching your face or propping your cheek or chin on your hands. Not only can you spread bacteria, you can also irritate the already inflamed facial skin. Never pick or pop pimples with your fingers, as it can lead to infection and scarring.
7. Stay out of the sun. The sun’s ultraviolet rays can increase inflammation and redness, and can cause post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation (dark discoloration). Some acne medications may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Limit your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and wear protective clothing, and a hat. Whether you have pimples or not, always apply sunscreen SPF 30 or higher at least 20 minutes before sun exposure.
8. Try to avoid greasy food and junk food and add more fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains to your diet. Dairy products and foods high in processed sugar may trigger acne.
9. Exercise: Regular exercise is good for your whole body, including your skin. When you exercise, avoid wearing clothing or using exercise equipment that rubs your skin and may cause irritation. Shower or bathe right after exercise.
10. Chill! Some studies link stress with the severity of pimples or acne. Ask yourself what’s making you feel stressed. Then look for solutions.
When in doubt, check with a dermatologist to see if you need more treatment to prevent or stop acne.