How To Get Rid Of Pimples

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pimplesEveryone gets pimples even once in lifetime. An estimated 60 percent of all people between the ages of 10 and 35 have pimples outbreaks at some point. Pimples can flare up at any time and unfortunately 50 percent of them leave a scar behind.

We can define a pimple as a tiny little infection in the skin pores a disorder resulting from the action of hormones and other substances on the skin’s oil glands and hair follicles. They are small, hard, red eminences of the skin, rising gradually and then disappearing after light suppuration. A pimple begins to form when cells clump together causing a plug. Then the excess oil being produced starts to build up behind the plug.

What causes them

  • Increase production in hormones “androgens”
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain drugs
  • Greasy cosmetics
  • Changing hormone levels
  • Stress
  • Poor hygiene
  • Increased oil production
  • Inflammation
  • Pollution
  • Bacteria
  • An improper diet
  • Clogged pores
  • Genetics

Scientists believe that the main cause of forming a pimple is the increased production of male hormones called androgens in both girls and boys the sebaceous glands begin to produce more sebum.

They can develop due to genetics, which means that if your mother or father has them you are more likely to have them too.

The presence of bacteria on the skin’s surface often cause the development. The name of this bacteria is Propionibacterium acnes. This bacteria produce chemicals and enzymes and attract white blood cells that cause inflammation.

Around 60 percent of the teenagers get them but some people in their forties or fifties continue to have outbreaks.

How to treat them

The best way to treat pimples is to follow a strict skincare regime every day.

Cleansing your face two/three times a day with appropriate for your skin type products is crucial. There are many specialized acne cleansers, astringents, exfoliators and creams containing benzyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid and glycerin that cleanse your skin in deep and “dry out” the pimples. Benzyl peroxide is a mild drying and peeling agent which is thought to help keep pores from clogging. Some products on the market can potentially be both drying and irritating to your skin. Avoid using drying products containing harsh products because they can increase your likelihood of experiencing skin irritation. Nowadays there is a wide range of different cleansers for every skin type, from normal to sensitive. The main purpose of the facial cleanser is to gently clean your skin without irritating it. It’s crucial to select a cleanser that is appropriate for your skin type. If your skin is oily or combination it must be stronger, more drying containing oil-absorbing ingredients.

Remember overzealous cleansing of the skin can lead to irritation of both normal skin and acne lesions.
If you have pimples it’s essential to use a toner. I recommend you to choose a toner containing alcohol. A tonic containing alcohol will dry them but use it carefully. Use specially designed tonics and lotions for oily and acne prone skin. They should contain salicylic acids, glycolic or hydroxyl acids and benzoyl peroxide. The lotions and the tonics speed up skin cell turnover, dry up the oils and promote sloughing of dead skin cells. Before applying , gently wash the affected area with a mild cleanser, then pat dry. Apply to the affected areas of the face or to the whole face

Always remove your makeup in the evening and apply pimple-fighting medicine to remove all the impurities, oils and makeup residue. Not removing the makeup at night is the biggest deadly sin of skincare. It can be very damaging to your skin?  the makeup clog your pores and breakouts may occur more frequent and most importantly your skin won’t be able to breathe.

Most of the people prefer to squeeze or pick at a pimple because they think that it is the best way to get rid of them. I don’t recommend you to do that -  squeezing a pimple causes the pimple to become redder and inflamed. When squeezing a pimple you can easily spread the bacteria to other parts of your face. In more than 75 percent of the cases squeezing leads to red scars. Squeezing sometimes may even leave open holes on your face, that are very difficult to remove later.

If the pimples are caused by excess production of male hormones / androgens/ the treatment includes several drugs – birth control pills, corticosteroid drugs and spironolactone.

Sometimes a superficial laser may be necessary to treat pimples and scars. Dermabrasion can also used to treat them and small scars. Dermabrasion smooths wrinkles, refines and clears enlarged pores, clogged pores, and face acne scars.

Most of the girls suffering from pimples hide them with applying too much foundation and face powder. Although most of the dermatologist and make-up artists believe that there is nothing wrong in doing so I don’t think that it’s right thing to do.

You must allow your skin to breathe and as we know some greasy cosmetics (especially heavy foundations) clog the pores and don’t allow your skin to breathe normally which often leads to an infection. In 5 percent of the cases they are a result from using greasy cosmetics. Under the influence of oily creams, oily powders and foundation, the skin begin to produce little subcutaneous cysts that clog the pores, making them looking larger and visible. That’s why your foundation, blush, face powder, moisturizer and hair care products must be absolutely oil-free. Greasy cosmetics may irritate the inflammations and cause further breakouts.

Make sure that all of your skincare products and makeup cosmetics are noncomedogenic and nonacnegenic which means that they won’t clog your pores, cause breakouts.

How to treat pimples on the back

When the skin on the back is very oily, little pimples and pustules may form. It’s essential to regularly cleanse and exfoliate the back. Do a back exfoliation every week to remove the impurities embedded in the pores. Do a back mask once a week and apply hydrating body milk.

Other alternatives:

  • Apply an ice cube to the pimple and hold it for a few minutes. The ice cube decreases the swelling and redness and at the same time shrinks enlarged pores.
  • Use a concealer to hide them. The concealer should be an antibacterial and oil-free. Dot the concealer only in places you need to. Start with a slightly darker tone and blend into with a sponge to match the lighter foundation in order to avoid creating light spots. Apply the concealer after the foundation to achieve best results.
  • Applying a dab of toothpaste on the pimple before going to bed helps sooth irritation, reduces redness and dries out the pimple.
  • Apply a clay mask to your face twice a week – clay masks draw out toxins and impurities and are essential for keeping the skin clear. They work best for those with oily skin?  they remove the excess oil and shrink the enlarged pores and shrink pimples. The clay mask should be applied with soft circular motions to help it get into the pores. Always let the mask to dry otherwise it won’t show good results. When the mask is dry rinse thoroughly with water and apply moisturizer. The clay masks can be applied also on the neck, back, and neckline.
  • Apply honey to any affected areas several times a day?  the honey is known to reduce redness, nourish the skin and give a natural glow to the skin.
  • Rubbing your skin with lemon juice is the best and most effective way to treat pimples lemon juice lightens red scars and blemishes, maintains the pH balance of the skin.
  • Use special pimple cream that contains benzyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
  • Drink at least 1.5 liter mineral water every day to help detox your body from the inside out.

Tips:

  1. Avoid squeezing a pimples doing so may cause infection and scarring
  2. Establish a strict skincare regime to prevent breakouts
  3. It can take up to a 4 week for a pimple to disappear completely.
  4. Do a clay mask twice a week to keep your skin clear clay mask work best for skin that is prone to pimples.
  5. Squeezing a pimple often leads to infection and scarring.
  6. If despite all you want to squeeze a pimple make sure your hands are clean.
  7. Avoid eating oily food.
  8. Never touch your face with dirty hands.
  9. Keep yourself hydrated drink at least 1.5 liter mineral water.
  10. Always use oil-free cosmetics.
  11. Early treatment is the best way to prevent pimples scars.
  12. Always remove your makeup and cleanse your face in the evening.
  13. Avoid using products containing harsh ingredients.
  14. Avoid applying foundation while there is an acne breakout.
  15. Keep your makeup brushes clean.
  16. Throw out old makeup products.
  17. Pimples often indicate the presence of acne or chronic skin disease.

Get rid of them fast using…

toothpaste – At night, take a small amount of ordinary toothpaste and gently cover the affected area. The toothpaste ingredients have a drying effect which may reduce the redness and size of a pimple dramatically overnight.

orange peel – pound or ground the orange peel and mix with a little water. Let it sit on the affected area for awhile and then rinse off.

lime juice – mix fresh lime juice with 1/2 a cup of boiled milk for an excellent skin cleanser.

green tea – microwave a small bowl of water on high for 55 seconds add a tea bag and stir occasionally for about 5 minutes. When the water is warm, not hot – rinse your face with the water, concentrating on troubled areas. You can also just place the tea bag in warm water for 5 minutes and then when cool enough place the whole tea bag on the pimple.

potato – rub a piece of peeled potato over your face in firm circular motions this not only reduces the appearance of pimples but can also help remove pimple scars.

garlic – pound or crush a small clove of garlic and place it over the pimple. Let it sit for awhile and then wash off.

salt – Stir a small amount of salt and vinegar into a paste. Rub it on the pimples and wash off after 20-30 minutes with lukewarm water.

tomato – cut up a ripe tomato and place the juice on acne pimples. Keep it on for up to 1 hour, then wash

honey – Dab the pimple with honey and place a band-aid on it.
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The best thing about many of these simple remedies is that you can see a vast improvement literally overnight.
Knowing how to get rid of them fast is just a matter of knowing what’s in your cabinet and how to use it on your skin. Instead of breaking the bank on expensive skin cleansers look no further than your pantry.

protect yourselfTo achieve best protection against pimples appearance it’s not enough just to take care of your skin, it’s essential to use the appropriate for your skin type cosmetic products and to avoid products that aren’t directly related to your skin but could be harmful in some way.

Resources
http://www.personal.psu.edu/afr3/blogs/SIOW/2010/10/myths-about-pimples.html
http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Acne/acne_ff.asp
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001876/

56 thoughts on “How To Get Rid Of Pimples

  1. ill try it ill try it wrote

    These tips are nice!! i can now get start on clearing up my face!! thanks for thr help

    – kelsey

  2. mnt26 mnt26 wrote

    thank you so much for these wonderful tips i will use them often now=D

  3. diabeticgirly diabeticgirly wrote

    Thank you so much! I have to go to high school in a week or two and just had a breakout! this will help so much!!!!!

  4. Cecilia castillo Cecilia castillo wrote

    Well i wash my face every morning than i put noxema and i do this everyday im starting middle school in less than 2 week so i know whats it like to have breakouts good luck

  5. Victoria Victoria wrote

    Hello, I would like to know the fastest way to get rid of zits without scaring???
    Also I would like to know the best kind of make up to use to prevent zits and pimples??

  6. Silvia Yaneva Silvia Yaneva wrote

    hi Victoria,

    the fastest way to get rid of zits without scarring is to apply on the spot treating product – try one containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Use facial moisturizer with SPF at least 15 – the sun causes scarring /brown spots, red spots and skin discoloration/. As for the makeup – try mineral makeup, it’s proven that this is the best makeup that helps the skin, it doesn’t irritate the skin, looks natural and is long lasting.

    regards,

  7. trisha trisha wrote

    whats the best way to treat pimple scar on face?even if i dont pop it still theres a scar after the pimples reduce

  8. kaddy kaddy wrote

    it really works!!!!

  9. Anonymous Anonymous wrote

    what is the best way to treat pimples?

  10. janice janice wrote

    I love you! it really helps!

  11. aibe gozun aibe gozun wrote

    what will i do i have pimples since im in highschool ill try many product for almost 10 years my pimples didnot disapear now im using dalasin-c ang eskinol clear is that helpul

  12. HRISHIKESH SAHAY HRISHIKESH SAHAY wrote

    USE BENZOYL PEROXIDE 10% ON THE SPOT N LEAVE IT ON THRU THE NITE,U;LL C UR SPOT DISSAPEARING IN JUST 10 DAYS

  13. HRISHIKESH SAHAY HRISHIKESH SAHAY wrote

    U KNOW GUYS , IM USING 5% BENZOYL PEROXIDE AT BED TIME, N BELIVE ME MY SKIN IS PEELING OFF N NEW GLOWING SKIN IS UNCOVERING..HMMM IM JUST USING IT FOR 5 DAYS NOW…IM HAPPY

  14. Britney Britney wrote

    hey this is a great website… im 14 and this helps me alot…

  15. HRISHIKESH SAHAY HRISHIKESH SAHAY wrote

    is pernox gel 10% avaiable in the market?

  16. faiz abdul faiz abdul wrote

    that a really helpful tips.. am using Loreal for man now and satisfied with the result..

  17. sanam sanam wrote

    these tips are really very helpful and it really works. i like it

  18. juvie juvie wrote

    pls help me… im worried about my pimples..
    what medicine should i’ll use to remove my pimples and dark spots left by pimples..
    can you give me the specific medicine that remove pimples effectively?

  19. jan gabrielle ponce jan gabrielle ponce wrote

    thank you so much and i used often right now but is clearasil acne control also in markets or in drug store?and it is also available here in philippines?well ‘m just only asking!thank you so much!!!?

  20. Noreen Noreen wrote

    Hey……thanks for the healthy tips!…It really, really helps make my skin look better now!…=)

  21. Yoni Yoni wrote

    When I was younger I had acne but it cleared up in my late teens. I’m turning 35 on the 18th and can not beleive how bad my skin has broken out.

    I have pictures from just a year ago with beautiful clear glowing skin. I came across this site and I wanted to thank you for putting me in the right directions to clear skin. It confirmed the changes I made were good, expect the popping of the pimples which will stop asap.

    Thank you very much I pray to get the skin back I once I had.

  22. Janelle Garcia Janelle Garcia wrote

    The best way i've hear and personally used for getting rid of acne scars brown or red is to use cocoa butter. Not the lotion just pure cocoa butter usually in a round container a few inches tall. Use a little every night on the scar and after a couple weeks the scar should be gone. It works for me I hope it works for you too!
    -Janelle.(:

  23. Sum Randomer Sum Randomer wrote

    Savalon Works :)

    Slap a load on at night and the spots will be less redder in the mornin :)

    Works For Me anyway :D

  24. Abbie Abbie wrote

    Wow, this is so helpful!

    Could Anyone give me ideas of cheap products to get rid of pimples?

    I also i have two blackhead on the very middle of my nose and i cant seem to get rid of them at all! I have Been using clean and clear blackhead daily removing scrub for about the past 3 months (it is meant to 'see the results from day 1') and i still havent seen a change, i really want to get rid of these and have flawless skin. :)

    Thank you :)

  25. MARK KENZY DZOVOR MARK KENZY DZOVOR wrote

    how can i also get contact with the "zeno acne clearing device"

  26. how to get rid of black heads how to get rid of black heads wrote

    please help!!! i started breaking out when i turned 12 with black heads and pimples and my face hasn't cleared up how can i clear my face faster please help thank you

  27. Claire Claire wrote

    Most of the time i get pimples on my forehead, and the pimples I havehad before have left dark marks, and what would be the best treatment for this?

  28. Suman Suman wrote

    hey it works , I feel very happy, thank you helping me in this problem.

  29. Lola Lola wrote

    I hv pimple on my face i hv use different medication bt it didn't go nd its left some spot on my face i want u to hlp me.

  30. Shelby Shelby wrote

    haha. well im going to try the lemon juice or toothpaste one.. i also heard baby wipes help too? but i dont know for sure. I have skin ID and it workds super good.

  31. nicki nicki wrote

    Iuse toothpaste over a quick relief of pimples, just directly on the spot.

  32. jomario jomario wrote

    my friends told me that feminine wash can help to reduce pimples .. is this a godd idea ??

  33. p.rohira p.rohira wrote

    please help to treat acne, open pores, whiteheads, oily skin, process of face cleaning, steps to do steaminf, facial mask, clean up, toning, moisturising, stepby step total daily skin care

  34. fluffiebunnie fluffiebunnie wrote

    Instead of using all of these products, I found that Tea Tree face wash is perfect, especially oily skin. It dries out the pimples/acne and washes the oil away, but doesn't leave your skin dry. Use twice daily and in a few days your skin will be pimple-free!
    It's environment-friendly, organic and NOT tested on animals. You can find it in the Body Shop or Body and Bath Works.

  35. kim kim wrote

    do not use toothpaste. i tried it and it just swells more and gets red wherever you put the the toothpaste. but i did get nuetrogena on the spot and it worked really well. i recommend that. i had a huge pimple that wouldnt go away for three days it just swelled and was really red. but the on the spot treatment flattened it and made the redness go away. and its really cheap. its seven dollars tax include and walmart

  36. dont worry dont worry wrote

    is there a way to get rid of pimples in one shot?

  37. jamie jamie wrote

    this tips are very helpful , I've tried some but didn't work . .I'm looking forward on trying other ways in treating my acne. .I'm into a treatment kit now .

  38. Layla Layla wrote

    Well i figured that the toothpaste theory may not work for everyone.depending on what skin type you have.

  39. jho jho wrote

    I've already tried it, and thank you for the effective suggestions…
    maybe I'll just maintain it…but, sometimes it quite bad or irritated…

  40. jude32 jude32 wrote

    im worried to use the lemon juice has any body done it im afraid it will make my skin worse

  41. mary30 mary30 wrote

    um well i hope this works :]
    i tried the lemon juice and it works,
    they say to cut a lemon and put some sugar and it helps out it calmed mine down and i didnt have any till i had my baby so hopefully they would go away :]

  42. syuhada syuhada wrote

    hi, my sister use ripe tomato to scrub her face,
    then leave until it dried,
    then wash ur face…
    it seems to work…
    my mother suggest to mix the raw white egg with lemon juice,
    use it as mask…

  43. kare anejo kare anejo wrote

    please give me what best toner and face cream for me to used to cure pimples. i have a super oily skin.

  44. MARY MARY wrote

    SO THERE IS A MEXICAN SOAP CALLED "ZOTE" ITS PINK.U WASH UR FACE WITH THAT SOAP THEY WILL GO AWAY!! :D ME AND MY FRIEDS DID IT AND THEY WENT AWAY :) U COULD FIND IT ON A MEXICAN STORE..LOL

  45. blair blair wrote

    hi guys i use just a liquid cleanser from the drug store on my face and i have little zits on my four head that effects weather this cleanser is good quality or not love ya bye

  46. soha soha wrote

    hi guyz,use olive oil with liltle salt in it on the dark spots,after pimple,with in 2,3 dayz u i will disapear.try at night

  47. Tess Tess wrote

    I am 36 years old and I am still prone to acne, dark spots caused by pimples. blacheads and whiteheads. I want to cure this. May i know what's best beauty regimen do i need to use since I have a melasma on my face too. Really frustrating. Please help me :(

  48. MM MM wrote

    Make a face mask by beating the white of an egg lightly add few drops lemon juice and apply on your face, it should dry out completely, then rinse with warm water and follow with a splash of cold water. This assists with acne.

  49. Clare Clare wrote

    what is all of this does not work and your face is still bad

  50. Charity Charity wrote

    My face gets really bad all the time I apply rubbing alcohol once in the morning after I have washed my face with St. Ives apricot scrub and then apply alcohol with a cotton ball, and again at night before going to bed and as a moisturizer I use a lotion you can find at Sam's Club it's called "genes" Vitamin E Creme. For the black scars..you can use something with Mederma…which works amazingly…or honey and lemon juice as a mix. If you keep doing this your face will become really clear. Trust me.

  51. Nikki Nikki wrote

    I think all the home remedies are great, but if any of you don't find something that works, I recommend Mary Kay's Velocity skin care, along with their acne treatment gel, and blemish control toner. I use the gel and toner on my face after my cleanser – and my skin stays really clear. I'm 37 and still break out occasionally. If anyone would like a sample of the velocity products, let me know and I would be happy to send you one.

  52. Reena Reena wrote

    I tried the toothpaste thing on my pimple before. It DIDN'T work… :( I found out later that placing toothpaste on your pimple is not recommended.

  53. Jungmin Jungmin wrote

    Hey ! Thanks for the tips ,but can i ask ? is it okay to put moisturizers on pimples ?

  54. mekael mekael wrote

    y der r prickles on my face??:( how can i get rid of these prickles over my forehead and cheeks unto my neck :( help help help..

    ur advice is highly appreciated..

  55. candy candy wrote

    will definatly try t

  56. Vule samuel Vule samuel wrote

    I am 17 years old, in secondary school in Kampala, I have very rough face than ever, I have pimple all over my face and i really fill very bad among my fellow students. What can i do

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