How To Remove Pimples

by on October 15, 2012

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Pimples are a common skin condition that can affect anyone regardless of age. But pimples in their severe condition can be unsightly, and have psychological effect on a person. There is no need to put up with the pain and discomfort brought about by pimples, though. There are a number of ways on how to remove pimples, and prevent them from coming back.

Introduction to Pimples

Pimples are breakouts in the skin that resulted from infection of the follicles, which are tiny tubes within the skin that produces hair. Pimples are also called zits, papulas or comedones, and appear as reddish bumps, about 5mm in diameter. They are one of the most severe symptoms of acne, and can grow in the face, neck, chest and back.

Sebaceous glands are tiny glands in the skin that secretes oil called sebum. Sebum acts as lubricant for the skin to keep it hydrated. There are certain factors, however, that can induce the sebaceous glands to produce too much sebum. When there is too much oil in the skin, the dead cells beneath may not rise to the surface on its own. This can also attract dirt, and facilitate the growth of microbes. When dirt and dead skin cells are trapped within the follicle, it can get inflamed and turn into a zit. The presence of microbes can also infect the skin and develop pus, making the zit swollen and tender.

Among the factors that induce the overproduction of sebum include genetic structure, abnormal level of hormones, reaction to certain medications, stress, and some cosmetic products. There are people who are naturally born with large pores and acne-prone skin. Hormone secretion that is not according to the proper level may also contribute to the formation of pimples. This can happen during puberty, when a person is pregnant or has menstruation, or in response to some forms of medication. Although stress may be taken into account, its contribution to the occurrence of pimples is quite minimal. Meanwhile, some medications prescribed for epilepsy, bipolar disorder, depression, convulsions, and malaria can have pimples as one of their side effects.

How to Remove Pimples with Chemical Solutions

Certain chemical substances have the ability to purify the skin and remove skin infections. Effects of these chemical solutions may vary according to skin types. Consult a specialist to determine which one right for you.

  1. Chemical peel. It is a skin resurfacing procedure that makes use of a chemical solution to peel away the top layer of the skin. Chemical peel helps eliminate skin impurities and prevent further occurrence of pimples. It also allows the skin to produce collagen to reduce the appearance of the marks left by healed pimples. Although there are spas that offer chemical peel, it is best to have it done in a skin clinic by a registered dermatologist. The common side effects of this procedure are redness and itchiness. These are tolerable and will only last for a few days.
  2. Antibiotics. Pimples result in the growth of bacteria in and around the follicle. Antibiotics are used to eliminate bacteria, and reduce the level of free fatty acids in the sebum. The most frequently used antibiotics for pimples are Erythromycin, which also has anti-inflammatory properties, Minocycline, Doxycycline, and Clindamycin. Antibiotics can have side effects such as nausea, vomiting, tooth discoloration, and stomach upset.
  3. Topical solutions. Topical solutions for pimples may be creams, gels and lotions. These are applied on the skin after cleansing to reduce the swelling, and allow the skin to heal and rejuvenate. Topical solutions for pimples usually contain benzoyl peroxide that works by eliminating bacteria in the pores, salicylic acid that exfoliates dead skin cells, and tretinoin that facilities the production of collagen.

pimples on faceHow to Remove Pimples Naturally

Starting a skin care regimen is the most effective method to remove pimples naturally. Because it targets the root of the problem, the results can be permanent. Proper care for the skin and taking on a healthy lifestyle is the key to keeping the skin clear and glowing.

  1. Wash the face morning and night. The sebaceous glands continue to produce sebum even while you are asleep. This is also the time when the body sheds dead cells. Washing the face in the morning can prevent the accumulation of dead skin cells. It is also makes sense to wash your face at night before going to bed. Your skin can acquire dirt and bacteria while you do about your daily chores. Wash it all away before sleeping. Using sulfur-based soap, or a mild facial cleanser can help.
  2. Take vitamin supplements. Pimples can be a sign that something is wrong inside. It may be because the body is lacking in Vitamin E or C, which are both essential in skin regeneration. To make sure that you get enough doses of these substances daily, taking supplements may work. Consult your doctor first to overrule the presence of any medical condition, though.
  3. Avoid oily cosmetics. Makeups contain oil that can irritate the skin. Choose cosmetics that are labeled as ‘comedogenic’. Water-based make-ups will not clog your pores like oil-based make-ups do. If possible, avoid wearing make-ups at all.
  4. Avoid touching your face. The hands easily acquire dirt and germs. Do not pass on these unwanted elements to your face by touching it. If you cannot help it, just be sure to wash your hands first.
  5. Exercise. Working out facilitates blood circulation. The skin can get enough oxygen and the nutrients it needs to keep well. Exercising also helps fight stress, which is a contributing factor to pimples.

Home Remedies for Pimples

There are actually a lot of things at home that you can use to treat pimples. The kitchen is full of natural substances that do not only help whiten and smoothen the skin, but also fight against pimple bacteria. Below are a few examples of home remedies for pimples.

  1. Garlic. Garlic has disinfecting properties. It can help kill the bacteria on the surface of the skin. Peel garlic cloves and squeeze the juice out. Spread on the juice to the affected areas and leave on for no longer than 10 minutes. Wash the face afterwards.
  2. Egg white. Egg whites can eliminate blackheads and whiteheads. These two can turn into pimples when infected. Beat the egg white in a bowl until fluffy. Use your fingers to spread the egg white onto the face. Remove after 15 minutes or longer.
  3. Raw papaya. Papayas have been known to lighten the skin. But they also have anti-inflammatory properties that you can use for pimples. Peel the papaya and extract the juice. Apply the juice on the irritated area. Wash the face after 15 minutes.

Please read  also our article “How to Use an Oatmeal Mask to Treat Acne” for more information on how to remove pimples efficiently.