Steps to Get Rid of Pimples
Acne (Pimples) is a common problem faced by almost all teen-agers and youth. Pimples, black heads, white heads, cysts and sometimes scarring can result. Acne is a skin condition that causes spots. Most people affected by acne are aged between 12 and 25. Acne affects people of all skin colours. The processes that cause acne are exactly the same in people with black or brown skin but the impact is altered by the skin pigmentation. Acne is caused by the overactivity of the sebaceous glands that secrete oily substances onto the skin. The sebaceous glands of people with acne are especially sensitive to normal blood levels of a hormone called testosterone, found naturally in both men and women. Testosterone in people prone to acne triggers the sebaceous glands to produce an excess of sebum. At the same time, the dead skin cells lining the openings of the hair follicles are not shed properly and clog up the follicles.
These two effects combined cause a build-up of oil in the hair follicles. Over 50% of acne sufferers report people making nasty remarks or fun of them.
Pimples are actually hormonal during puberty so sometimes no matter what you put on them, they keep on popping up. Severe acne usually indicates the necessity of prescription medication to treat pimples. Oral antibiotics (tablets), such as tetracycline, can be prescribed for inflammatory acne. Isotretinoin (eg Roaccutane) is a medicine known as an oral retinoid, which also exists in a topical form (see above). Isotretinoin works by drying up oily secretions. Common over-the-counter medications for pimples are Benzoyl peroxide and/or salicylic acid. Both medications can be found in many creams and gels used to treat acne through topical application. Both medications help skin slough off easier, which helps to remove bacteria faster. Exercise regularly. Aspirin contains BHA (Beta hydroxy acid) which is a powerful defoliant and great at helping unclog pores and