Pimples are one of the major problems that a teenage girl or a boy would experience once he or she is in the adolescent stage. It is during the maturity stage that you will notice pimples to get exposed on your body and the most common area where pimples show up is the face. It is also seen to develop on the neck, shoulder and even on the back of teenage boys and girls. One gets really upset with the sight of pimples on their face and it has adverse effects on the sociability of the youth. Teenagers tend to refrain themselves from going out for parties and meeting people when they develop pimples on their face. There are also instances when teenagers grow low in self confidence seeing the growth of pimples on their face and sometimes even do not venture outside as they fear what people’s reactions would be on seeing their faces.
What Are Pimples?
Pimples are small inflammations or skin lesions of the skin. They are the oil glands or sebaceous glands that get infected with bacteria and then start to swell and develop pus inside them. They come in different varied sizes, big, medium or small and affect mostly the face, neck, shoulder, chest and back. It is believed by dermatological experts that pimples occur in the human body due to irritation of the skin by some environmental elements like dust.
Sebaceous Glands And Pimples
The main thing that is prone to developing pimples in the body is the sebaceous glands or the oil glands which are located at the base of the hair follicles. These glands are seen in almost all the areas where hair grows and are in abundance in the face and scalp. These tiny skin glands secrete an oily or waxy substance known as sebum that will help in providing the lubrication to the skin and hair of human beings. They are seen to occur in all the skin sites in humans except the palms and the soles. In teenagers, there is an over production of hormones and the changes from childhood stage to maturity stage will increase the production of these sebaceous glands. This is the reason why we see most of the teenagers suffer from skin inflammations known as pimples.
What Are The Causes Of Pimples?
The outer layers of the skin are shed continuously in human beings. The dead skin cells sometimes do not go away completely and get stuck to the sticky sebum produced by the sebaceous glands that will cause the blockage of the skin pores and do not allow it to breathe. The pore blockage most commonly occurs during puberty and with more production of sebum during puberty, the bacteria present in the blocked sebum will start to reproduce rapidly. The bacteria will feed on the sebum and will develop a substance that will result in the inflammation of the skin which is known as the pimples. The severity and the frequency at which the pimples develop on your skin will depend upon the good and the bad bacteria that is produced. The increase in the production of testosterone hormones in both teenage male and females will induce the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum than normal. This will result in more of the dead skin cells to clog the skin pores and finally end up with skin inflammation and development of pimples. As pimples are not infectious, you will not catch pimples from other people.
How Common Is The Occurrence Of Pimples?
It is believed that pimples occur mostly in teenagers when they attain puberty. It is the period when a boy or a girl undergoes life cycle changes from childhood to adolescent stage and hence there would be an overproduction of hormones which in turn results in skin inflammation or the production of pimples. There have been a lot of facts that have come out during the study of pimples:
- More than 80 percent of the teenagers would suffer from acne or pimple problems at some point.
- Pimples are found to peak when a boy or a girl attains 17 years of age
- More than 30 percent of the teenagers are affected by severe acne which needs medical treatment.
- It has also been found out that acne occurrence in adults is also increasing nowadays.
- Pimples normally start to show up when a child attains 14 years of age and can even last in a child till he or she is 20 or 21 years of age.
Types Of Pimples
Some of the common problems that you find on your face and skin are a form of pimples. The open comedo or blackheads that you find to appear on your skin are a form of pimples and are caused due to excessive oil glands in your skin. They are not caused by dirt. White heads or closed comedos are also a form of pimples that are formed under the skin and are very small in size. They will appear on your skin as a small, flesh colored bumps. Pa pules are small, pink and round shaped bumps that you see on your skin which is also considered to be a type of pimple. If you see larger sized pink bumps on your skin, then you are suffering from nodules which are painful and also attach deep into your skin. Another form of pimples is the pustules which are pimples loaded with puss. The base of the pustules is red and the pus will be seen on the top. Cysts are another form of pimples that you will find on the surface of your skin. They are usually painful and are filled with puss.
Foods To Prevent Pimples
A healthy skin diet is very essential to prevent the occurrence of lots of pimples on your face and body. It would be ideal for you to consume a lot of leafy vegetables and herbs as well as apples, carrots and cucumbers in order to reduce the breakdown of pimples on your skin. It is important for you to consume vitamin rich vegetables and fruits to reduce the effect of pimples or acne. The minerals will help in reducing the over production of hormones and will help in balancing your hormone levels. It is also important for you to maintain good hygiene and regular washing your face and your body with soap and body to reduce the over production of oily glands of your skin
Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Pimples
Lemon juice has astringent properties and will absorb the oil from the pimples and cause the pimples to shrink. The vitamin C in the lemon juice helps to cure the pimples faster. It is necessary that you use fresh lime juice. You can apply the juice with the help of a cotton swab and can leave it overnight.
Garlic contains sulphur which helps in the quick healing of pimples. The juices of garlic has anti fungal and antiseptic properties which will help the pimple to heal faster. Cut garlic into two and rub the pieces on the pimple. Leave it for five minutes and wash with water. Repeat the process several times in a day.
This home remedy offers faster elimination of pimples. The menthol content of the peppermint reduces the redness and irritation caused due to pimples. Menthol also has anti-bacterial properties which prevents infection of the pimples and kills the bacteria causing the pimple. Extract the juice of the peppermint by crushing the leaves and apply it on the pimples. Leave it for 10 minutes and wash it with cold water
Cinnamon And Honey Paste
Take half teaspoon powdered cinnamon and mix it with honey to make a thick paste. Apply this mix on affected area and leave it for one hour. Wash off with lukewarm water. Honey has antibiotic property and hence speeds up the pimple healing and prevents any infections. You can even apply the mix before going to bed and can keep it overnight for better and faster results.
Steaming the face is a wonderful way to treat pimples. Steaming helps the pores in the skin to open up and allows the skin to breathe. Steaming helps to get rid of the dirt, deposited oils and kills the bacteria present in the pimples. Take hot water in a large container and make your face come into contact with the steam coming from it for a few minutes. Rinse and dry your face and apply any oil free- moisturiser. This remedy will improve the glow of your skin.
This is the best home remedy for pimples for people with sensitive skin. Baking soda will not cause any skin irritation. Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with water and make a thick paste. Apply this mix on damp skin and allow the mix to dry on your face. Wash your face with warm water after a few minutes. Do not keep the baking soda for long as it can cause dryness of the skin. After the treatment apply some moisturiser. Repeat the process twice a day to achieve quick results.
Powder the dried orange peels and make a paste of it by adding water. Rub the mix over the pimples and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash it with warm water after 20 minutes.
Neem Powder And Oil
You can use neem powder or neem oil for treating pimples. You can directly apply the neem oil to the pimple or you can make a paste of neem powder using water or curd and apply it to the affected areas. The antiseptic property of the neem helps to bust zit .
Apple And Honey
Mix one tablespoon of grated or mashed apple with honey to make a thick paste. Apply the paste on the skin and leave it for 15minutes. Wash it off with water to reduce the pimples.
Pumpkin Honey Mask
Make a paste of cooked pumpkin and add honey, almond paste and olive oil. Mix all these and apply this mask over the face. Leave it on the skin for 10 minutes. Remove the mask to get a better looking skin.
Neem And Turmeric
Make a paste of neem or margosa leaves and mix it with turmeric powder. Both neem and turmeric have antiseptic and antibiotic properties which reduces the inflammation and infection. Apply it on the pimples for 15 minutes and get the pimples healed the natural way.
When you want to treat pimples overnight, you can use ice. Wrap some ice cubes in a piece of cloth and rub it over the pimples for 20- 30 seconds. Repeat it for several times to find a quick remedy for pimples. The cold helps to freeze the pores and removes the dirt and oil from the pores.
Tea Tree Oil
If you are having mild pimples then you can effectively treat them with tea tree oil. Wash your face and apply the tree oil before you go to bed and keep it overnight.
You will be able to make great changes in your pimple overnight by using the white toothpaste on the Zits. Apply the toothpaste over the pimple before bedtime and let it remain overnight. When you wash your face the next day you will be able to find enormous change in your condition. This white toothpaste contains mint or clove oil which helps the pimples to heal easily. In some people the tooth paste may cause a burning sensation.
The leaf of Aloe Vera contains a gel which helps to cure pimples. If you do not have Aloe Vera plants you can use the gels available in the market. Make sure that they are pure.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This is an age old remedy for treating pimples at home. Just dab some apple cider vinegar onto the pimple affected area and allow it to dry for 20 minutes. This will considerably improve your pimple problem.
Mush up some cabbage leaves to get the juices and rub it on the affected area. Leave the juice on the skin for at least 30 minutes. Rinse it off with water and apply an astringent to get better results.
Are you desperately suffering from acne or the pimple problem? Try any of the above home remedies and have a well balanced diet. Improving your blood circulation by proper exercises and reducing fat or oil intake will help to control the problem effectively.