ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Zap Your Zits

Updated on November 30, 2015
Source

An occasional post-teen pimple is a reality. This advice can help you break the blemish cycle.

Thought you’d kissed breakouts goodbye along with your high-school sweetheart? You’re not alone: Almost 50 percent of American women suffer from adult acne. This article helps you banish these annoying bumps for good.

Source

The Basic Facts

Acne is triggered simply by hormonal fluctuations (think: ovulation and menstruation). These daily fluctuations cause otherwise clear skin to revolt. The cycle begins when oil and dirt plug up one or more pores (tiny hair follicles that serve as the opening of oil glands), which triggers a buildup of sebum (the skin’s natural oil). Bacteria, which feed on oil, stick to this sebum buildup. The body’s response: inflammation (an attempt by the immune system to get rid of the bacteria), characterized by redness, swelling and, finally, a pimple.

What To Look For

Indications that it’s time for intervention:

  • Chin, jawline and neck breakouts Pimples tend to creep downward as we age. (Think of it as the hormonal hub).
  • Large, painful pimples. Adult acne typically appears as cystic pustules (bumps beneath the skin’s surface).
  • A change in medicine or diet Certain birth-control pills (those that are progesterone-dominant), medications (including lithium and prednisone) and iodine (in seafood and certain supplements ) may trigger breakouts.

Simple Solutions

To keep skin blemish-free you should:

  • Avoid picking or rubbing acne. This can slow healing, spread bacteria and lead to potential scarring. Instead, dab the pimple with a gel or lotion containing at least 2 percent benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, to help clear the clogged pore.

Source
  • Cleanse before and after exercise. Sweat, as well as oil, can clog your pores; when the duo combines with dirt, it may increase your odds of facing a future breakout.

  • Wear oil-free, lightweight cosmetics. Two winners: Neutrogena SkinClearing Clean Tint and Rimmel London Lasting Finish Powder.

What Works

If you have ongoing flare-ups that aren’t remedied by an over-the-counter regiment, see a dermatologist, who may recommend medication, a new cleansing routine or antibiotics.

The bottom line For that single cyst that won’t go away, head to your dermatologist for a cortisone injection, which instantly reduces redness, shrinks the zit and speeds healing.

Source

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)