Keep Skin Healthy: How to Treat Acne
Pimples happen to teenagers and adults alike, but how much do we really know about it, and more importantly: how do you treat it safely?
What is acne?
When sebum (the oily liquid produced by the oil glands under your skin), skin cells, and bacteria clog your pores, it results in swelling, or inflammation. This is the main cause of pimples.
Pimples can also occur when your body experiences hormonal imbalances (puberty, menstruation, menopause, etc.) which may cause increased sebum production, making you more prone to acne. Other causes of acne include poor diet, dietary changes, and stress. Using greasy cosmetic products could also be the culprit behind breakouts, especially if they are not right for your skin type.
Acne treatments: how to get rid of acne safely
Don’t stress out over breakouts. Here are five essential tips for getting rid of acne safely:
Update your skincare routine.
When you’re prone to breakouts, switch to a gentle cleanser. Consider using one that contains salicylic acid to help break down oil and dirt. Avoid harsh cleansers that can dry out your skin.
Treat the spot.
Apart from overall skincare, there are also topical spot treatments that you can use to minimize the appearance of pimples. You may want to use these sparingly, as they can cause skin dryness.
Manage your stress.
Chronic stress increases hormone levels, which can lead to increased oil production, leading to breakouts. Take time to slow down and relax. Also, practice good sleeping habits to give your skin time to repair itself.
Keep a healthy diet.
To treat pimples, you also have to watch what goes in your body. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and drink 6-8 glasses of water daily. While there is no evidence that certain foods cause acne, it’s advisable to steer clear of high-glycemic (GI) carbohydrates found in white bread, cookies, and other sugar-laden foods. These high GI foods raise your insulin and blood sugar levels that may lead to breakouts, especially if you are already prone to acne.
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