Waking up to a fresh pimple, smack-bang in the middle of your forehead is not ideal and can really bring down your mood for the day. These pesky buggers have been lowering self-confidence levels since day dot, and we're fed up with it! Ladies, it’s time to show pimples the door; who’s with us?
Keep reading to see our top tips to living a pimple free life!
What are pimples/ what causes them?
Pimples rear their ugly (white) heads on the skin in the form of a bump, scientifically referred to as a pustule or papule. Pimples occur when oil glands/pores become clogged and infected, leading to swollen, red lesions filled with pus. Although usually occurring in puberty years (10-16 years old), pimples can affect anyone at any age, dependent on skin type, cleaning routine and hormones.
Difference between environmental pimples and hormonal pimples?
It’s important to note that some pimples are caused by hormones rather than external factors (e.g. the environment). Hormonal acne may occur regularly in individuals due to irregular hormonal imbalances (such as ovulation in women). Hormones cause an influx of oil in your skin, which leads to clogged pores. This type of acne is harder to get rid of, usually requiring medical intervention.
Top tips to minimise pimples:
1. Wash the face twice daily
Washing your face twice a day decreases the chance for excess oil, dirt and grime to build up in the pores, becoming clogged, leading to pimples.
However, it is important to do your research when investing in facial cleansers.
Many conventional products are pumped with ‘filler’ ingredients and harsh chemicals that can dry out the skin. Your pores will then over-produce excess oil to compensate, leading to even more pimples in the first place!
2. Refrain from popping or picking at pimples
Ladies, we get it. Popping pimples can be addictive, and once you start, it’s hard to stop! But please, if you’re looking to reduce the number of pimples on your skin (especially face) you need to stop; like yesterday!
When you pop your pimples, the bacteria from inside the pore is transferred onto your fingers. Whatever you touch from there on out (e.g. other areas of the face), is infected with the same pimple-causing bacteria - see what we’re getting at here? A total recipe for new pimples to brew #notavibe!
3. Keep hair clean
You may not realise it, but the cleanliness (or lack thereof) of your hair could be the culprit behind your spotty situation. Think about how often your hair is touching your skin, especially your face. From movement during sleep to merely touching the outer rim of the face when worn down, hair is almost invariably in contact with some part of your skin. Therefore the chances of pores becoming clogged with matter from dirty hair are high.
Always keep hair clean with a regular cleansing routine. If your hair starts to feel greasy, pull it off your face, and wash at the next chance available.
4. Watch your diet
We get you probably don’t want to hear this, but what you eat can play a significant role in the production of pimples/acne. Unfortunately for us #foodies, the types of foods that are major culprits are your refined sugars and carbohydrates. Yes, sadly, all the good stuff, like cakes, sweets, white bread, processed carbs and desserts are not a clear skin’s ideal diet.
When refined carbohydrates are consumed (think anything made with white flour as opposed to brown or wholegrain), insulin levels in the blood rise quickly. Higher levels of insulin cause over-active androgen hormones. This contributes to a higher chance of developing pimples as skin cells are produced rapidly, and sebum (oil) production is increased.
5. Try an activated charcoal face mask
Activated charcoal face masks are a fantastic addition to your skincare routine in your fight against pimples. Charcoal has been used for centuries in medicine due to its ability to remove toxins rapidly and effectively from the body.
When consumed/applied, charcoal acts like a sponge, soaking up unwanted matter and poisons. The body wants to get rid of the charcoal too and expels the charcoal (along with all other toxins).
When used in a face mask scenario, activated charcoal works to soak up excess oils and nasty toxins from the pores, that otherwise would have contributed to acne and pimples. Reduced bacteria = less clogged pores = Decreased chance for pimples to grow; a simple equation for effective blemish relief!
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