Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 20, 2009

What causes pimples?
Pimples are not generally caused by dirty skin but by over productive oil glands. People who have a genetic predisposition to pimples naturally have a tougher time.

Under normal conditions, the extra oil or sebum helps keep skin moist and smooth. However, during hormonal activity or stress, the skin produces extra oil or.

The pore then becomes plugged with sebum and dead skin cells and bacteria collect. The surplus oil produced mixes with the dead skin cells from the skin's surface and with small pieces of hair debris from the follicle. This combination of sebum, dead skin cells and small pieces of hair can clog the pathway out of the hair follicle/oil gland.

What is a whitehead?
Excess oil and dead skin block the exit from a pore and solidify as a soft, white substance that plugs the pore. If the surface of the pore is covered by skin, it is called a whitehead.

What is a blackhead?
If the pore, which is blocked with the extra oil and dead skin is open, without any skin covering, the top of the plug is exposed to air and darkens, it causes a blackhead.

These whiteheads and blackheads become pimples when bacteria begin growing inside the plug, causing irritation and inflammation. The body's immune system then responds to the inflamed area to help with repair and causes swelling. There, now you have a pimple!

Prevent them in first place
The most basic solution is a good skin care. Regular washing of endangered or affected areas with a mild soap is a must. Keep your skin clean and wash your face often. However, face washing should not be overdone or the skin will become dehydrated and the problem will be exacerbated.

As there is direct evidence linking fatty foods with the occurrence of pimples, avoiding such foods on general principle is a good idea. Drink lots of water and juices to keep our skin hydrated. Exercise and healthy life style will certainly help you keep your body and skin in good shape.

What to do if you still keep getting them?
Start with gentle cleansing. See how nice your skin feels once you stop using drying, irritating, pore-clogging soaps or bar cleansers. Avoid curing a pimple overnight as more scrubbing may only make it worse by the next day. While it is important to remove grime and oil from skin, the truth is that washing and scrubbing the skin too much can actually cause more oil.

If you have to undergo any physical activities such as working out or outdoor labor during the day that causes excessive perspiration, then also wash immediately afterwards.

Be sure to thoroughly rinse the skin after using soaps or cleansers so as to remove any medicinal or other residue that can further clog pores. For those who have extremely oily skin, some sort of astringent may be useful.

Remember to keep your pimple-prone skin free of heavy makeup. If you must apply make up, go for hypoallergenic grades of makeup. Consult a skin specialist if the problem persists or gets acute.

While there is no hard and fast cure for pimples, but following some skin care guidelines can certainly minimize them. Some effective emergency applications can help cure a pimple overnight for those who need some relief immediately from an unsightly facial blemish.

But when it comes to this problem, prevention is better and easier than cure.

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