Your skin has a lot of enemies like excessive heat, pollution, dust and the likes of it. Adding to that, acne and pimples breakouts make it difficult to recognize yourself in the mirror! However, do you know what you really have, pimples or acne? Or wait, are they the same thing? Let’s get that confusion out of the way first!
What are Acne and Pimples? How are they different?
Some people get one or two spots once in a while, whereas some others get frequent breakouts with lots of pus-filled pimples. If the second sounds more like you, it may be acne – a chronic or long-term condition that affects many teens and adults. Acne is a broader term, and is a more serious condition that is persistent in nature. Also known as acne vulgaris, this skin disease occurs as hair follicles are clogged with dead skin cells and oil from the skin. They manifest as blackheads or whiteheads, pimples, greasy skin, and sometimes even scarring.
Those red spots that you might see when you get out of bed and wash your face in front of the mirror are nothing but pimples! They are not really an outbreak, but a few spots that pop-up once a while, or during specific seasons. You most likely will experience some pain if you touch them, but try to keep your hands away from them as much as possible, to prevent them from spreading.
What’s going on? How did they get to me?
Acne and Pimples might look like a serious problem, and there is no denying that they are! However, do you know what causes pimples and acne? Well, some of the factors are within you, while the outside world also plays a very important role in causing them!
Acne can be an effect of heredity, simply meaning that it runs in the family. In such a case, there is little you can do to stay away from it, and only a hands-on active treatment schedule from the time the first signs surface can help contain the damage. In case of a genetic influence, it might take years to subdue! As disheartening as it may be, do not lose hope and keep up with treatments and general care consistently! Acne might also worsen during a particular phase of growing-up, namely adolescence and puberty. Hormonal imbalance during this time is quite common, and thus, so is acne.
Pimples on the other hand surface due to more temporary conditions. Digestion-related issues, stressful days at work, or exam season is a hot-favourite for a pimple outbreak. If your skin is too oily, this can serve as the optimum breeding ground for germs too. Luckily, they subsequently wear-off when the stressor disappears!
However, you need not panic. They do seem scary, but there are a variety of effective treatments that help keep acne and pimples under control.
How to prevent acne/pimples?
Now that those acne and pimples are on your face, treating them is your only option. However, be prepared with your arsenal of remedies to protect your face from any tragic recurrences in the future! Check out these FAQs people have regarding how to prevent acne/pimples:
Are spots contagious? - Don’t worry, they’re not.
Do greasy food and chocolate make me break out?
No. However, some refined carbs like white bread, pasta, chips, and cornflakes might actually make spots worse if you already have them.
Will tanning or putting toothpaste on my spots make them go away?
No. This just dries out your skin, and can lead to even more spots.
Will squeezing my spots make them go away?
Not exactly. Aside from giving you scars, squeezing or popping pimples spreads germs and pus (if any) that can actually make your spots worse.
So, how do I get rid of these ugly spots?
Wash your face daily with CLEAN & CLEAR® PIMPLE CLEARING Face Wash that contains Neem and Lemon which helps to reduce spots.
Apart from these answers, there are certain things you can do from your end to keep acne and pimples away from your bright and shiny face! Try out these very basic tips:
- Cut down on fried (basically oily) foods
- Use scarves while outside and a helmet while driving to protect your face from pollution
- Drink lots of water
- Include fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet
- Try to thoroughly cleanse your face once a month to remove dead skin and control oil secretion
They seem easy to follow, don’t they? So why wait, get on the task today!
Everybody agrees that acne and pimples are very irritating during daily life, and also mess up your party plans! Who likes to enter a party or a family function wearing a beautiful dress, and a face decorated with spots? So, curb the issue just as you start seeing the initial signs, and manage the situation with as little pain and discomfort as possible. Go out and flaunt your face with confidence & show the world the real you!