Acne and Pimples can rob the mental peace of teenagers and adults lowering their self-esteem. Rising levels of hormones change the fatty acid composition and stimulate the glands in the pores that make the skin more oily and clogs the pores.
Acne is caused by a buildup of oil (sebum), dead skin, and bacteria due to overactive oil glands in the pores of the skin. This leads to inflammation in the pores and it occurs on the face, neck, back, and shoulders.
Acne may appear as whiteheads or blackheads. Whiteheads are the white dots which are skin follicles that are clogged with oil and are right underneath the skin. Blackheads are similar to whiteheads but are also filled with dead skin and have been exposed to oxygen giving it a dark center.
Naturopathy recommends a few tips for taking care of acne/pimples.
- Daily two servings of fresh fruits
- Include whole grains like legumes, vegetables, sprouts etc.
- Lots of water or unsweetened lime water to keep the system clean.
- All starchy and junk food that causes constipation has to be strictly avoided.
- Key Emphasis is on eliminating constipation and keeping the bowel clean.
Everyday care for acne and pimples:
- Wash your face twice a day with warm water and gently massaging in a circular motion with a mild soap. Over-washing and scrubbing can cause the skin to become irritated.
- Apply an over-the-counter lotion containing benzoyl peroxide. This will decrease oil and bacteria.
- Don’t pop pimples. Popping pimples can push infected material further into the skin, leading to more swelling, redness and even scarring.
- Avoid unknowingly touching the face, it spreads bacteria that cause pores to become inflamed and irritated.
- To keep bacteria at bay, wash your hands before applying anything to your face.
- If you wear glasses or sunglasses, make sure you clean them frequently to keep oil from clogging the pores around your eyes and nose
Avoid direct sun
The sun’s ultraviolet rays can increase inflammation and redness. 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 2 p.m.
Always apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher at least 20 minutes before sun exposure. Look for “noncomedogenic” on the sunscreen label to make new pimples less likely.
Yoga or Exercise
Regular yoga or exercise can give you glowing skin. Yoga oxygenates the body cells and relaxes the mind, making you stress-free.
Some easy home remedies to get rid of acne and pimples fast:
Ice: Ice can be used to quickly reduce the redness, swelling, and inflammation of pimples. It helps in improving blood circulation to the affected area and in closing the skin pores and removing dirt and oil accumulated on the skin.
Lemon: Lemon juice rich in vitamin C is very effective in getting rid of pimples quickly. Lemon juice helps pimples dry up faster. It is advisable to always use fresh lemon juice.
Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties that are excellent for treating acne and pimples. It fights the bacteria that cause these skin problems and also helps dry out blackheads and whiteheads. Note: Tea tree oil is not advisable for sensitive skin.
Toothpaste: The white toothpaste that we use every morning to clean our teeth can also be used to treat pimples quickly. It is most effective when used following the ice remedy.
Steam: Taking steam always works wonders for your skin especially when you have pimples. This helps open the pores of the skin and get rid of oils, dirt, and bacteria trapped in the pores that can cause infection or inflammation. Make sure you follow this up with a cleansing routine to clear the pores. Then either apply ice or wash your face with ice-cold water to close the pores.
Garlic: Garlic acts like an antiviral, anti-fungal, antiseptic, and antioxidant all put together as one. The Sulphur in garlic helps heal pimples merely by rubbing crushed garlic and washing your face after five minutes with lukewarm water.
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by Pragya Sinha