Pimples, pimples, pimples! These pesky fellows have a way of showing up on our faces a day before an important event don't they? And let's not forget about the marks they leave behind.
Everybody gets pimples and there's no reason to feel ashamed as they don't define you. But if you do wish to get rid of them, then keep on reading as we're sharing some effective ways you can bid adieu to these trouble makers for good!
But first, let's define them.
What is Acne?
Acne is a common skincare condition that happens to most of us. It happens when dirt, dead skin cells and other pollutants jam the hair follicles, resulting in tiny bumps on the skin.
Whiteheads, blackheads, cysts, papules are some of the common types.
Causes Of Acne
Broadly, acne can happen due to two reasons;
- External factors
- Internal factors
External factors: As the name suggests, external factors include pollution, application of a new skincare product (severe reaction), constantly picking the skin, dirty pillows or phone screen, etc.
Internal factors: Internal factors include puberty, pregnancy, abnormal hormonal levels, excess sebum production, reaction to a medicine, etc.
Commonly, acne happens on our faces (nose, cheeks, forehead & chin) but it isn't uncommon for them to happen to other parts of the body such as the chest, shoulders or back.
They are mainly the result of an unhygienic routine, excess production of sebum or accumulation of dead skin cells (always exfoliate!).
How To Treat Acne Effectively
The moment a pimple or acne breaks out the first thing is to figure out what's causing them. Is it happening due to new medicines, a change in diet, a change in climate conditions, etc and then focus on the treatment accordingly.
Normally, most of us rely on anti-acne skincare products such as cleansers, moisturisers, serums, toners, face masks, etc. DIYs are fairly common as well.
Another way to treat acne effectively is to consult a dermatologist and then take the treatment accordingly.
If you are planning to try out a few anti-acne products for yourself, keep these pointers in mind:
- Make sure the product is fragrance-free as artificial scent can irritate the skin,
- Check out the ingredients list. Tea tree oil, salicylic acid, vitamin C, etc. are some of the best acne-fighting agents,
- If you are introducing a new skincare product, take it slow. Use it once a day and monitor results before increasing their frequency.
- Do check out reviews online as trust us, they help!
Maintain A Skincare Regimen
If you want to show acne who is the boss, the key is to be consistent. Be consistent with your skincare regimen and trust the process.
Once you start seeing the results, you'll know that it's only going to be great skin days ahead.
Cleansing, toning and moisturising is a must. Make sure you use at least one anti-acne serum (salicylic acid, niacinamide) to speed up the process.
Always complete our skincare routine by applying sunscreen, yes, even if you are indoors!
Ingredients That Can Help Fight Acne
Certain skincare acids can effectively eradicate acne, namely: salicylic acid, clindamycin, Niacinamide, retinoid, antibiotics, azelaic acid, and benzoyl peroxide. Understanding these ingredients that what they can do can help reduce acne in no time.
Let's understand a few of these in detail:
Benzoyl peroxide:This is a great product to include in your skincare, especially if you have cystic or invisible pimples. Just make sure you use hyaluronic acid or any other hydrating agent as it can be a tad drying on the skin.
Apply a 2.5% concentration cream overnight and wash it off the next morning.
Niacinamide: This is a chemical compound that is used for clearing acne and to reduce pigmentation problem. Start with an 1% concentration cream overnight and then wash it of in the morning. Do not apply and go into the sun.
Azelaic acid: It is a naturally occurring compound that can be applied for removing acne. They cause dry skin and itchiness. Use a 10% - 20% cream either alone on the acne-prone regions or mix it with clindamycin for reducing the irritations. Clindamycin is also an effective chemical against acne.
As long as you are following a great skincare routine, keeping a tab on your eating habits, keeping the surface of your skin clean, you should be fine!