POPPIN’ PIMPLES

8415336.cmsPimples…uninvited guests that show up when you least expect – or want them too (dates, public speaking, etc.). They are the worst type of uninvited guests – second to pests of course – who seem to linger MUCH longer than we would like them to. That being said, I’ve decided not to bore you with cliches or positive pimple talk with this intro. Instead I’d like to quote one of my favorite cultural icons (whose words greatly inspired me  at the ripe  age of 19) before diving into the what and how.

When you’re interested in somebody, and you think they might be interested in you, you should point out all your beauty problems and defects right away, rather than take a chance they won’t notice them…On the other hand, say you have a purely temporary beauty problem—a new pimple, lackluster hair, no-sleep eyes, five extra pounds around the middle. Still, whatever it is, you should point it out…If you don’t point out these things they might think that your temporary beauty problem is a permanent beauty problem…If they really do like you for yourself, they’ll be willing to use their imagination to think of what you must look like without your temporary beauty problem. – Andy Warhol

Pimple Prevention:

An ounce of prevention is worth its weight in gold when it comes to pimples. While the following tips are a bit of a “duh” there is absolutely no substitution to eating right and drinking lots (and lots) of water to keep the body cleansed and pores clean. You are what you eat, and often times the pimples that pop up are gentle reminders that your liver is pissed because you fell off the healthy eating band wagon. But never fear, your body has nothing but unconditional love for you…its up to you to return that feeling.

Practice Clean Skin Habits

Keeping the skin well cleansed will deter the formation of pimples. Using a mild cleanser at the start of your day, in the evening, and before bed is recommended. Avoid scrubbing your skin, which has the potential to make matters worse.

Hands Off!

Touching your skin passes extra dirt, oil, bacteria, and grime that can trigger acne and other skin irritations. Also, if you see a pimple start to form, you should refrain from squeezing, pinching, or picking.

Shave With Caution

The way you shave can also irritate the skin to provoke pimples to form. Depending on your skin sensitivity, you may have to find a balance between electric and safety razors.

Read Skin Care Labels

When purchasing skin care products, you should be on the lookout for words, such as “oil-free,” “greaseless,” “hypoallergenic,” and “noncomedogenic”, but as always be sure to read the label and source sustainable and ethically engineered products.

The Home Remedies:

There is no doubt [in my mind] that the following are just scratching the surface for home remedies. In fact there are many blog posts out in the world wide web that cover many more home remedies. My favorite post on this subject so far can be found by Crunchy Betty (I absolutely love this saucy site), but please do read on and if this info is a little dry I won’t be offended if you visit Betty.

Vitamins

Pimples have been known to positively react to the addition of niacin (100 mg; three times per day), and vitamin A to a diet. 400 mg of vitamin E taken once per day also works wonders. You may also take 50mg of therapeutic zinc in tablet or capsule form (three times per day). Of course eating fresh organic greens is a MUST, while vitamins are an excellent addition.

Fenugreek:

A useful paste can be created from the leaves of this vegetable, which is then applied to the face before you retire each night. At the start of the morning, the paste should be washed off using warm water. Pimples, especially blackheads are treated with this home remedy.

Orange Peel:

When orange peels are pounded and combined with water, an effective home treatment for pimples is created. Apply to affected areas and watch the results.

Lemon:

Apply lemon juice to pimples to reduce their size and intensity.

Garlic:

If you rub raw garlic on problem areas several times a day, you can clear up skin. You may also eat three seeds of raw garlic once daily for a month to see results. The garlic seeds purify the blood, which aids in keeping pimples at bay.

Coriander and Mint Juice:

A helpful herbal remedy for pimples includes the mixing of one teaspoon of coriander juice, combined with a pinch of turmeric powder. Every night, after thoroughly washing the face, apply the juice for an effective home remedy. Mint juice may also replace the coriander for this home treatment for pimples.

Cucumber:

Try applying grated cucumber over the face, neck, and eyes for the treatment of pimples and blackheads. This process should only take 15-20 minutes of your time.

 

THE USUAL SUSPECTS

Whiteheads

Pimples that remain under the surface of the skin.

Blackheads:

Pimples that appear on the surface of the skin and have a black appearance. Sometimes, individuals have mistaken their formation as a direct result of dirty skin, but this is not the case.

Papules:

Small lumps that are tender to the touch, which are pink in color.

Pustules:

These distinct pimples are red at the bottom and contain a visible amount of pus on top.

Nodules:

These pimples are rather large and painful, found deep in the skin. They are also solid to the touch.

Cysts:

When these deeply seeded pimples appear, scarring may occur. This type of pimple is quite painful and filled with pus.

 

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