How to get rid of Pimples and their Marks

Teenagers often fight with pimples as pimples often appear as a side effect of puberty. Sometimes even adults struggle hard to get rid of them. Sometimes even regularly washing your face can't help you and new pimples keep appearing again and again. The tragedy don't even stop here, sometimes pimples leave their memories by making a mark on skin that can last for months. Such problems are sometime time consuming. Here we have collected some simple information that can help you in getting rid of these pimples and their marks.

What causes pimples ?

There are various reasons for pimples. Some of the most common reasons are:

  • Puberty: If pimples occur during teenage then most probably it is due to puberty, where the gender related features develop in human beings. During this time a lot of hormonal changes occur in body and pimples appear as a side effect of them. The amount of pimples may differ from person to person depending on your genes. It can also occur in other age groups. During puberty hormonal changes make sebaceous glands more active.
  • Acne vulgaris: It is a long term skin disease caused when hair follicles are clogged by either oil or dead skin cells. Oily skin with blackheads, whiteheads or pimples are its major characteristics. Usually it affects teenagers. Only 3% men and 12% women are affected by this disease after 25 years of age. 
  • Bacterial Infection: There are large amount of bacteria surviving inside and outside our body. A number of them survive on our skin. Even after taking a bath, a number of them still remain on our body. However most of these bacteria are good bacteria that protect us from bad bacteria and act as first layer of defense for our body. But sometimes the bacteria residing on our skin pores cause infection and result in pimples. Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) is a bacteria that resides harmlessly on our skin, but if it gets proper conditions to reproduce rapidly, it becomes a problem.
  • Abnormal sebaceous glands: These glands are present all over the skin except palm and sole. They secrete oil and wax to keep the skin healthy by proper oil and moisture in it. If these sebaceous glands are infected by bacteria then they swell up and appear as pimples.
  • Yeast Infection: A yeast named pityrosporum can enter the hair follicles and triggers itchy eruption that resembles acne. Usually it affects upper chest, shoulders, and upper back.
  • Allergy to some food: Sometimes allergy to some food item can also cause pimples. If pimples appear on your face days / hours after after eating a particular food item then it might be the cause of that allergy.
  • Side effect of some medication: Medicines that come in categories of Halogens, Antiepileptics, Antituberculous drugs and Antidepressants can cause acne / pimples. Some steroids can increase yeast proliferation within the hair follicle and cause pimples. It is not necessary for a drug to create same side effect on every person. Even the intensity of this side effect may differ. Some drugs that cause hormonal changes can cause pimples.

Some researches have also found relation between high testosterone level and acne. High amount of testosterone hormone is found to trigger higher activity in sebaceous glands which results in pimples.

How to get rid of Pimples ?

The treatment of pimples depends on the cause. A bacterial and yeast infection can be handled with antibiotics. Allergy due to some food item can be prevented by recognizing and avoiding that food item. If you can't find the actual cause of your pimples yourself then a dermatologist can analyze the actual reason. It is the best advice apart from cleaning your face regularly with some face wash or normal soap. Never use anything harsh to clean your face and don't use any cleanser that dry your skin.

How to get rid of Pimple Marks ?

Best advice regarding removal of pimple marks can be given by dermatologist but some popular home remedies can be listed here to help you.

  • Potato and lemon juice: Put a finely sliced potato dipped in hot water. After 20 minutes drain the water into a bowl and mix juice of a lemon in it. Place that bowl in refrigerator for an hour and then apply it twice daily using a cotton swab. It lightens your skin ton and removes dark spots.
  • Papaya and Green Tea Face pack: Mix ripe papaya pulp in green tea to make a paste. Befoe applying this paste as a face pack, steam your face to open the pores. Then keep this face pack on your skin for 30 minutes and then wash it with cold water. It is effective against dark spots and pigmentation.
  • Neem and Rose Water Paste: Grind neem leaves and mix it with rose water to form a paste. Apply its thick layer on face or affected area. Then wash it with lukewarm water after 30 minutes. Neem is widely known for its antibacterial and healing properties.
  • Sandalwood and Turmeric Paste: Mix sandalwood powder with fresh milk and a pinch of turmeric to make a paste. Apply it as face pack for 20 minutes before washing with lukewarm water. 
  • Yogurt and Gram Flour Paste: Mix Gram Flour (Besan) with fresh Yogurt to make a paste. Use it as a face pack for 30 minutes before washing with cool water.
Note: It is not necessary for every remedy to suit everybody due to different skin textures.
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