How to Get Rid of Blemishes
What is acne? Acne occurs when your hair follicles and your pores become plugged with dirt and dead skin cells and becomes inflamed. They can appear on your back, on your neck, on your face and on any other part of your body. Acne can be fought with medication and topical treatments, but sometimes, they’re too many that they cause low self-esteem and anxiety.
Acne heals slowly and when do go away, they may leave ugly marks and scar on the skin that is just as bad as having them there in the first place.
- What causes acne?
Acne is believed to be caused by bacteria, too much oil in the skin and clogged pores. It mostly occurs in the oiliest parts of the body. The hair follicles have oil glands that secrete oil to prevent your skin and your hair from drying. However, when these glands secrete too much oil and the body produces too much dead skin cells, this may clog up your pores and cause acne. They may also be infected by bacteria which will lead to inflammation.
Hormones are one of the major factors that can trigger and worsen acne. Most people usually experience the worst kind of acne during puberty when hormones go crazy. For some women, it also happens before, after or during their period. Some medications such as corticosteroids, androgens and lithium can also trigger and worsen acne for some people. Oral contraceptives can also enlarge oil glands and trigger over-secretion and acne.
Stress is one of the most popular factors in what causes and worsens acne, but don’t you know that what you eat can also give you blemishes? Dairy products and food rich in carbohydrates can cause acne. There are also some reports that say chocolates can cause acne.
- Wondering how to get rid of blemishes?
Cleanse. It is very important to wash your face regularly—for oily skin, wash your skin least twice a day. This will remove excess oil and dirt on the skin. Wash your face with warm or lukewarm water to unclog your pores as you wash all the dirt away from your face. Regular washing will not only leave your face fresh and clean, it will also prevent acne and keep your face blemish-free.
It is very important to clean your face before you sleep. Make sure to remove every stitch of makeup before you hit the hay. Not removing your makeup before going to bed can give you clogged pores. If you’re too tired to properly wash your face, at least use wet wipes to remove most—if not all—of the makeup off.
Exfoliate. It’s very important to scrub away all the dead skin cells and all the dirt from your skin. Exfoliate regularly—at least two to three times a week. Products that contain salicylic acid and alpha-and beta-hydroxy acids are very good in cleaning pores.
Try scrubs that are gentle yet efficient. Stir away from scrubs with small crystalline structures like salt and sugar that may cause micro-abrasions on the skin and favour scrubs with small massage beads. Scrubs that are made from natural ingredients like well-milled walnut husk and seeds are also good. Don’t use harsh scrubs, because it will only make things worse.
Apply creams and serums. Some cases are better than others, so for those who need a lot of help get rid of blemishes, it is important to use scar-lightening creams or lightening serums that will get rid of those nasty scars and lighten the unsightly dark marks. Make sure that these products are made from the best ingredients that are not too harsh on the skin. Apply twice a day or as directed in the instructions.
Make sure that the creams you use have SPF or use sunscreen or sunblock as well, because some lightening creams have a tendency to darken skin when exposed to too much sunlight.
Avoid touching your face too much. It’s nice to touch how smooth and soft your face is especially after you moisturize your skin. However, your hands may infect your face with bacteria from all the things you have touched throughout the day. As much as possible, keep your hands away from your face.
The same way, you must also stop picking at your zits too much. If you pop them or pick at them, you might aggravate the problem and make it worse. Popping your pimples might also spread bacteria from your pimples to the other areas of your face.
Try using natural remedies. Lemon juice mixed with honey and/or milk can make a great lightening homemade facial mask. Lemon juice—or the juice of any citrus fruit—contain natural enzymes that can lighten and tighten skin. Lemon juice also has antibacterial properties which can kill bacteria which may cause acne.
Have a balanced diet. There are a lot of foods that are good sources of vitamins and minerals that will help keep your skin look healthy and glowing. Vitamins such as the B vitamins and vitamin E will give you beautiful skin and hair. In fact, there are some cases of acne that are caused by vitamin B deficiencies. Eat a balanced diet. Don’t be afraid to eat more fruits and vegetables instead of junk food and greasy food.
See a dermatologist. Seeing a dermatologist is not just for people who really have a bad case of acne. If you want to be sure of how to handle your skin, it’s best to consult a dermatologist to really be able to assess your skin’s health. The dermatologist will also be able to help you with what to do to prevent acne and to get rid of blemishes on the face and all the other parts of the body. Dermatologists have a unique arsenal of products that will quickly fix the problem and prevent it from coming back in the future. Let a dermatologist help you take care of your skin and see progress in just a few weeks.