Looking attractive it is not just about having good clothes…we want to have attractive skin too. Each one of us wants clear skin with no sign of wrinkles or blemishes over it. And what about pimples? Oh we so loathe pimples. Pimples are in fact one of the most stressful things to spot in the morning. They are red, they are ugly and they can also be infectious. For most, pimples are a complete nightmare. Imagine this – A romantic date with your boyfriend and just the night before, this little red monster shows up on your forehead; or maybe you have an important board meeting at the office but that evil pimple on your nose can draw more attention than your PowerPoint presentation. Nightmares right? The moment we spot a pimple on our face we start thinking of all the possible ways to get rid of it ASAP.
Here are 12 simplest of tips which you can follow to keep your skin pimple free.
12. Keep your face clean
Cleansing is the most important step of your skin care routine. Even if you are not having an acne problem, washing the face twice a day helps in removing dirt, oil, and dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Less oil and dirt equals less acne. While washing your face never apply soap and always use a mild face cleanser. Also wash the face only with warm or cold water as using hot water can cause pimples.
11. Wash your hair often
To avoid having pimples it is not just necessary to keep your face oil free but your hair cannot be oily either. Oily hair touching your face will make your skin oily. Wash your hair regularly and don’t let it fall on your face. Go easy on products like hair gels, fragrances and deodorants as they can clog up the skin pores leading to pimples.
10. Keep your hands away from your face
Spotting an unpleasant pimple makes us want to pop it immediately. But touching and popping pimples can only exacerbate the problem. Using your hands can spread bacteria, cause infections or further more pimples which you certainly don’t want.
9. Eat healthy
Mothers always tell us that no amount of cosmetic products can benefit our skin as much as eating a healthy diet comprising of fresh fruits and vegetables. This is in fact true. Eating oily and greasy food like pizzas or junk food doesn’t do much good to our skin while eating grains, fruits and vegetables helps in keeping it healthy and pimple free.
8. Apply ice
Ice soothes the skin, particularly the affected area which can help your skin to become pimple-free. Applying ice on the skin will remove the oil and dirt trapped inside and reduces the redness and swelling. To get rid of an eruption, put an ice cube in a cloth and gently press it against the affected skin. Or you can also make it a routine to apply crushed ice or ice cubes to the skin in order to prevent pimples.
7. Apply honey
Honey masks are quite a common acne treatment. Applying honey on the face works both as a preventive method and as a treatment for pimples. It is a natural antiseptic that soothes and heals the skin. The antioxidants present in honey can help in reducing the inflammation over the skin and making it pimple free. Apply some honey on your face for 15-30 minutes and then wash it off. Not only will it work against your acne problem but it also makes the skin smooth and supple.
6. Use lemons
Like honey, lemons are also believed to be a quite effective natural treatment for getting rid of pimples. Lemons can help avoiding pimples in more than one way by reducing the oil, killing bacteria, lowering redness and also removing any pimple scars. To use it over your pimples – squeeze some fresh lemon juice on a cotton swab or a cotton ball and apply it over your face. It can give quick results.
5. Use baking soda
Another wonder product which you already have in your kitchen that can help you fight against pimples is baking soda. A mixture of baking soda and lemon juice can be applied on the skin to make it pimple free. Baking soda is an amphoteric compound which means it can work both as an acid and as a base. It helps in neutralizing the skin’s pH imbalance in which is often a cause behind acne. It also dries the skin removing any extra oil and mixing baking soda with water works wonderfully in cleansing and exfoliating our skin.
4. Apply toothpaste
Treating pimples doesn’t always require some specialized cosmetic product. Did you know your humble toothpaste can also be of a lot of use? Always choose a white toothpaste and not the gel or red, blue or green striped ones. Also don’t use teeth whitening toothpaste to apply over the skin. Wash your face with warm water, a cleanser and pat dry. Now take a pea size amount of toothpaste and apply it only over the affected area. Keep it for a couple of hours or overnight and then wash it. Your pimples will either be gone or much less visible.
3. Use Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a cactus like plant with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-septic, astringent and a lot more useful medicinal properties. It can be used in a lot of ways – as a moisturizer, a face mask, shaving oil or it can also be included in your diet. Aloe Vera can work wonders for treating and preventing acne as it removes excess oil and dirt from the skin. It stimulates cell growth, and helps the damaged skin to heal faster.
2. Use dermatological products or treatments
If all else fails then this can be your backup plan. There is a huge variety of anti-acne products, face washes, creams, face packs etc. available in the market these days. Research a little, find a product that will best suit your skin type and give it a try. If still your pimples are unlikely to go away then don’t hesitate going to a dermatologist.
1. Take a chill pill!
If you didn’t know it already then let me break it to you. Stress causes PIMPLES!!
When our body produces stress hormones, it causes pimples in two ways.
1: The hair follicle lining thickens due to hormones causing whiteheads and blackheads and if bacteria gets trapped inside of it, a pimple is formed.
2: Our body directs blood and oxygen to more vital areas leaving skin dehydrated and prone to clogged pores and breakouts. Hence in order to avoid pimples one also needs to reduce their stress levels. You may try yoga or meditation to stay stress-free and pimple-free.
We hope this helped you out!