How to cure Acne and cure pimples - free tips and remedies for treatment
Don't you just hate acne and pimples?
Not only the painfulness irritates you.. the worst of all is when the pimples or acne appears just right before an important event! Or what could be more frustrating when an old pimple or acne area is healing then a new one comes out?
I've always had clean and smooth skin during my school days. But unfortunately when I was 20, my smooth and clean skin became a nightmare - outbreaks of huge painful pimples closely formed together around my cheeks, nose, forehead and other areas. The worst part about pimples and acne is it affects self-esteem!
Fortunately, I found the cause and treat my pimples and acne cheaply without seeking a dermatologist or undergo any expensive treatment or products.
In this hub article, I will teach you how to get rid of acne or how to get rid of pimples for free.
Pimples And Acne Facts
How Pimples are formed?
I will explain in short and in layman terms. As you can see the diagram on the right, pimples are caused when the Sebaceous Gland produces so much oil and it gets clogged by dirt. Once it gets clogged, it gets oxidized by air and that is how you get blackheads (the oxidation causes it to be black in colour). Bacteria will naturally form underneath and that is how you start to get those painful bumps which are called pimples.
What is the difference between Acne and Pimples?
Simply put, a condition is classified as Acne is when there is a huge number of pimples together or near each other. If you have just like a few pimples at your face but in different areas (chin, nose, forehead, .etc) then it's NOT Acne. But if let's say your right-cheek has a huge number of pimples forming closely together (which looks like a patch), it's classified as a case of acne.
Types of Pimple and Acne Medication
In this section on Pimple and Acne medication, I will only explain the difference between Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid..
Benzoyl Peroxide for Pimples or Acne:
Benzoyl Peroxide is usually used for killing pimple or acne bacteria called propionibacterium acnes (those reddish painful bumps) and to reduce inflammation. It is usually effective to use when you start seeing pimples forming (before being classified as Acne). Unfortunately, it takes a long time to see the miracle effect - usually around 2-3 weeks. Also, it is VERY drying and this could make your condition even worser since your face will produce even more oil to compensate the dryness and this increases the chance of clogged pores.
What is the best Benzoyl Peroxide strength to use?
It's been clinically proven that using the lowest strength (2.5%) is as good as using 5-10%. But it is recommended to use the lowest strength since the higher the strength of benzoyl peroxide, the higher chance that you could have side-effects (like dry skin).
Salicylic Acid for Pimples or Acne:
Salicylic Acid exfoliates your skin and clears the pores from being clogged. It is very useful for early stages of pimples when blackheads are being formed. It is best used to PREVENT new pimples. It isn't as drying as Benzoyl Peroxide but do not overuse it.
Benzoyl Peroxide vs Salicylic Acid - which one is better and when to use?
Salicylic Acid is best used to prevent pimples so do look out for this ingredient when you buy facial foam products. It is also best used for early stages of pimples when blackheads are being formed.
For Benzoyl Peroxide, use it when your pimple has entered the red, painful bump stage.
Things You Need To Know
Ok, now I will tell you how I treat my Acne and Pimple condition. And of course, tips.
Questions to ask yourself:
Is your medication causing your pimple or acne condition to be worst?
Are you using a high-strength Benzoyl Peroxide medicine? If yes, then are you already having dry skin but continue using it? If you answered yes again then stop doing it because this might be the cause (Ironic, isn't it?) because if your skin is dried badly from the high strength medication of Benzoyl Peroxide, your skin will compensate it by pumping more oil to your face and this increases the clogging!
Or are you using any other home remedies? Try stopping it for a week and see if it helps!
I used to use Tea Tree Oil as a cure for my pimples and acne condition. And yes, it really did help! My pimples dry up fast and disappear a few days later but there's a problem - it dries my skin horribly and this causes more and more pimples in the end!
Are you taking sufficient nutrients in your diet?
- If you hate vegetables or hardly eat any fruits, this might be the cause. Start to eat em' or learn to take vitamin pills in the morning, it helps!
- Try to lessen milk consumption. Why? It's said that there IS a link between milk and acne. Cow's milk do contain hormones naturally and because farmers want them to produce more milk (to sell) they injected even more hormones into cows. This hormones are responsible for pimples and acne.
- Lessen sugar intake. It's a long explanation so I will skip this. In short, sugar do cause pimples or worsen your acne condition.
Are you sleeping enough?
Believe it or not, this was the main cause of my pimples. I usually slept 5-6 hours a day and that is how it triggered my pimples and later acne outbreaks; using the tea tree oil and poor diet made it worst! When I start to sleep more (from 5-6 hours to 7-8 hours - which is the required amount of sleep an adult needs), my pimple and acne condition improved dramatically! Not only that, I am now more motivated and upbeat everyday without feeling tired!
Are you drinking enough?
No, not alcohol but just water and nothing else. Just buy or bring from home a bottle of mineral water to your work or classroom and drink it. I promise you it will help your condition even more!
Do make sure your facial foam contains Salicylic Acid to prevent new pimples or in the early stages of pimples (blackheads).
Use Benzoly Peroxide when the pimples has reached the later stage - the red, painful bumps.
See if your pimple or acne condition is actually being worsen by your current medication you're using to treat.
Sleep and drink sufficiently.
You can learn more ways to get rid of acne at: Guide on How To Get Rid of Acne.