While there are ways to avoid acne, you may get that one pimple in the worst imaginable spot, and it’s like you’re walking around with a giant bulls-eye on your face. Well, here’s how to single out that one pesky zit and make it disappear ASAP.
There are many myths regarding the formation of pimples (aka zits), though the actual cause is quite simple. A pimple develops when, inside a hair follicle, the sebaceous glands (microscopic glands most commonly found on the face and scalp and responsible for producing “Sebum”, the oily substance that lubricates the skin) become enlarged and clogged with excess sebum and dead skins cells. The environment created by this is suitable for a very common bacteria (Propionibacterium acnes) to thrive in. The common response to the bacterial infection is inflammation, which gives the pimple its “angry-red” and swollen look.
Pimples are common in teenagers, due to the high production of androgen hormones, testosterone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate in both sexes. These hormones cause a raised output of sebum by the Sebaceous Glands, which as described above, creates a suitable environment for bacteria to thrive in.
Do not touch or pop the pimple. It will only make the pimple more obvious and risk infection and scarring. Instead, take up the following routine, twice a day, until it disappears.
Wash your hands thoroughly before you touch your face.
Wash your face gently but thoroughly with a mild, medicated soap and warm water.
- The water shouldn’t be steaming hot; it should be just a little warm.
- Do not use a washcloth, as the scrubbing action could distribute bacteria to other parts of your face. Use your hands.
- Wash for about 30 seconds.
Pat your skin dry with a towel.
Apply mandelic acid, benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid topical cream on the pimple.
After topical treatment is dry, apply a basic face moisturizer (preferably allergy-tested, fragrance free, and oil free).
Cover the pimple with medicated concealer (optional).
Dermabrasion removes the redness.
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