Why Do We Get Pimples?
Blame it on the oil (sebaceous) glands that exist under the skin. These glands produce an oily substance called sebum. These are connected to pores on our skin through follicles (from each of which a tiny hair grows). Sebum produced by the glands carries dead skin cells to the skin surface through follicles. Experts say that pimples break out when these follicles (and thence pores) get blocked and oil accumulates under the skin. Skin cells and sebum can all get clumped together, facilitating breakouts. All these can get aggravated by the presence of a bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) on the skin.
During puberty, thanks to hormonal changes, sebaceous glands can grow bigger and start making extra sebum. Experts say this sebum can be thicker than usual and can clog the pores in a more obstinate way.
2. What are the basic types of spots caused by pimples?
Pimples and acne can develop not only on the face, but also on chest and back. Skin experts say that the common types of spots caused by pimples include blackheads, which are small black bumps on the skin, clogging your pores, whiteheads, which are yellow-whitish bumps similar to blackheads, papules, which are tiny red bumps that may be painful, pustules, which are similar to papules with white tips in the middle, filled with pus in all probability, nodules, which are large, hard and quite painful bumps on the skin, and cysts, which can appear in extreme cases of acne and can cause permanent skin scarring.
3. What should be the basic CTM routine to remove pimples?
To remove acne or pimples, you need to lay down a rigorous skin care routine. A little bit of self-care will go a long way in containing the skin condition. Before we start discussing how one should go about formulating a skin care regime, we have to caution you against picking or popping the zits or squeezing your skin as this can make acne worse and lead to blemishes and scarring.
Also, you have to have a sustainable skin care programme — do not avoid the basics and don’t expect overnight results. You need to be patient while undergoing treatments to remove pimples.
Washing your face: The first step to removing pimples is to know how best to wash your face. Skin experts say that washing twice a day should be enough, don’t wash your face too often because that can lead to dryness. You’re probably wondering why you need to know now, how to wash your face right, when you’ve been doing it for all these years. But experts say that even a simple thing as washing your face right can do wonders and you can avoid some of the common skin problems that people face. Improper cleansing of your face could leave behind sweat, oil and soap and lead to an outbreak of pimples or acne. So here’s how to do it right:
Use warm water: Tie your hair back into a ponytail. Or use push the hair away with a hair band. Wash your face with warm water. Hot water dries your skin and could actually trigger excess oil secretion. Warm water can help to easily loosen the dirt in the pores.