Pimples and blackheads are a very common skin affliction. Pimples and blackheads are often confused as being another name for acne, but both are actually just different forms of acne. When a pore becomes infected and is inflamed, it is considered a pimple…
As part of your auto immune response, the blood flow around the infected area increases since that is the body’s natural defense against all infections, including acne. Blackheads on the other hand, are formed when a pore is only partially clogged, allowing some of the trapped oils to slowly drain to the surface. Their black color is caused by the oxygen in the air reacting to the exposed pore. Pimples generally form only after a blackhead becomes infected.
Although it is thought of as associated with teenagers, acne affects millions of individuals. Acne basically develops when you have dirt and grime in your pores that is not cleaned out. The pores then become infected. The puss or white stuff that come out when you pop it is what the body secretes to try to breakdown the debris and protect the body from damage. Because acne is caused by dirt and bacteria, the best way to prevent its occurrence is to wash regularly. However, many individuals no matter how hard they try can not avoid getting acne. For many it is a chronic problem.
Fortunately, there are many ways to treat acne that have proven to be effective. The first is benzoyl peroxide. This is the main ingredient in many over the counter acne products. Another common treatment is salicylic acid. This medication is often found in acne facial washes and cleansers, as well as gels and creams. It kills the bacteria responsible for pimple growth while causing skin cells to shed more rapidly, promoting the growth of new skin.
Although both benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid help to remove oil from the skin, many individuals find they are drying and irritating to their skin. Fortunately, there are many natural and homeopathic remedies for acne. One such treatment is tea tree oil. This can be found in most health food stores. It is believed that tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the redness and the size of pimples. Additionally, it removes excess oil, but leaves skin moisturized instead of dry. It should be diluted with water before being applied to the acne with a cotton swab.
Another effective natural acne remedy is honey. Honey contains antibacterial properties and it has been discovered that washing your face with 1 teaspoon of honey will inhibit breakouts.
Toothpaste can also be used as a spot treatment for pimples. Toothpaste contains silica which is a moisture absorbent made synthetically from sodium silicate. It will assist in drying out the pimples. Be sure to check the toothpaste tube to be sure it is listed in the ingredients. Apply the toothpaste to each pimple individually and let sit overnight before washing off.