The battle to clearing pimples off your face becomes difficult once they spread over. It is at this stage that you will find it hard to make them disappear for eternity even after several treatments.
It is like infection – once you have it chronically at a point in time, you have to exert extra efforts to make sure that those breakouts won’t come back again.
That is why the importance of keeping your face pimple-free at any time needs to be emphasized. Don’t allow any one or two pimples to catch and mottle your entire face. Take these pimples seriously and prevent the onset of a succession of breakouts.
Common Cause of Pimples
The development of pimples is typically caused by overactive sebaceous glands. The production of excel oil, in combination with bacteria, clogged pores and dead skin cells are the culprits that lead to pimple breakouts.
Overactive sebaceous glands are often linked with puberty and during menstrual periods in women. Typically, a big zit or two on the face just go away after a few days. But once these zits appear after one another, it may lead to breakouts and ultimately, to severe acne.
How to Treat Pimples
The treatment of pimples may vary depending on its severity. If you feel that your case has developed into a critical type of acne, consulting a dermatologist is the best way to go.
Severe acne needs extensive treatment and professional help because it goes deeper into the skin. This is often characterized by cysts or nodules. It may also involve pimples that cover a large area of the skin, or even if such area is botched only with whiteheads and blackheads.
On the other hand, occasional types of pimples are not grave enough. A few bumps here and there at one time, no matter how swollen and red they are, don’t require extensive treatment as much as serious acne condition does.
There a few remedies at home that you can do to effectively treat your pimples:
Baking soda works not only as exfoliant and a face mask, it also clears pimples by drying them out. This is most suitable if you have oily type of skin.
Mix one part water to three parts of baking soda. Gently massage the paste into your face in circular motion and let it stay for 5 minutes. Wash it off with warm water. Make this a daily routine for at least two weeks. By then, your pimples should have already dried out.
Citric acid, the active ingredient in apple cider, is an alpha hydroxyl acid. This ingredient is commonly found in OTC treatment products for acne. It acts like a gentle chemical peel, but strong enough to kill surface bacteria.
Mix a tablespoon of apple cider with one part water. Dip a cottonball to the solution and apply it from the center of the face in upward strokes.
Apple cider can dry up your pimples, whiteheads and blackheads. Normally, flakiness may occur as a result of peeling of the top layer of your skin. If this happens, just leave it like that. It fades away as your skin will eventually get used to it after three days or so.
Other side effects may involve tingling sensation and mild redness. If you go out during the day, apply a bit of essential oil to the flaky areas to conceal the peeling effect.
If your skin cannot tolerate apple cider, use lemon extract as an alternative. It also contains citric acid, which is not as concentrated as in apple cider. L-ascorbic acid is also abundant in lemonade, which makes it an antioxidant and a natural astringent.
Dab the extract on each large pimple or wipe it on the area where your pimples are. You may leave it there overnight.
Honey is the perfect home remedy for a pimple-studded face with dry skin type. Applying honey is as easy as rubbing on your face with circular stokes for at least 3 minutes.
Use just enough amount of honey to cover your entire face in thin layer. Honey may appear sticky, but don’t apply too much because the extra soft liquid will ooze down your face as you leave it there.
Honey has antibacterial properties. Treatment with honey is your suitable bet if you have sensitive skin and your pimples are not too spread out. Honey stops the course of infection with its bacteria-killing compounds and maintains the softness of your skin at the same time.
Since honey is a humectant as well, you may apply it as a moisturizer after treating your pimples with baking soda or apple cider solution. As much as honey effectively retains moisture on your skin, it also has the ability to actively attract moisture.
A load of lycopene into your internal system is great for an overall beautiful skin. But for pimple-clearing purposes, mere topical treatment with raw tomatoes will do.
Tomato is a natural astringent. It contains natural salicylic acid that can unclog pores, remove dirt and restore pH balance in the face. This ingredient likewise erases wrinkles and makes the skin tight after application.
You may apply tomato on your face as a mask. Put it into a blender and puree until soft. Leave it on your face for 10 minutes and rinse off with cool water.
Tomato compounds may assist in wound healing and cell regeneration. That’s why it is best to use the tomato treatment when your pimples are just starting to dry out, not when those bumps are still red and swollen.