Your skin has a lot of enemies like excessive heat, pollution, dust and the likes of it. Adding to that, acne and pimples breakouts make it even more difficult!
Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Acne pimples vary in size, colour, and level of pain. Also, acne is not a problem you face only in the summers; they can pop-up in the winters too, which calls for additional winter skin care.
First, let's look at some of the common forms for acne:
The following types are possible:
- Whiteheads: These remain under the skin and are small
- Blackheads: Clearly visible, they are black and appear on the surface of the skin
- Papules: Small, usually pink bumps, these are visible on the surface of the skin
- Pustules: Clearly visible on the surface of the skin. They are red at their base and have pus at the top
- Nodules: Clearly visible on the surface of the skin. They are large, solid, painful pimples that are embedded deep in the skin
- Cysts: Clearly visible on the surface of the skin. They are painful and filled with pus. Cysts can cause scars.
Prevention and management tips:
- Drink plenty of water: Water flushes toxins out of your body and also improves circulation, both of which are helpful in the fight against acne.
- Plan Anti-Acne Diet: include healthy fats i.e Omega 3 fats (fatty fish/ olive oil/ flax seeds, walnuts etc), Vitamin A (carrots/ dark green vegetables, etc) and Vitamin C (oranges/ kiwi/ etc) in your diet.
- Avoid fried, processed and junk food. Limit the salt intake in the diet.
- Prefer baking/ grilling/ boiling method for cooking instead of deep frying.
- Choose complex carbohydrates (like whole grains, oats, and brown rice), lean protein and low-fat products in your diet.
- Exercise regularly: Exercise promotes healthy blood circulation. The increase in blood flow helps nourish the skin cells, which may help prevent and heal acne.
- Wash your face no more than twice each day with water.
- Shampoo regularly, if you have oily hair.
- Keep your hands off your face. Touching your skin throughout the day can cause flare-ups.
- Do not burst the pimples, as this may push the infection further down, causing more blocking, swelling, and redness.
- Wash hands frequently, especially before applying lotions, creams, or makeup·
- If acne is on the back, shoulders, or chest, try wearing loose clothing to let the skin breathe.
- Choose makeup for sensitive skin and avoid oil-based products. Remove makeup before sleeping.
- Avoid excessive sun exposure, as it can cause the skin to produce more sebum.
- Sleep well. Sleep deprivation and stress can cause hormonal changes, which in turn make your face more susceptible to breakouts.
- Avoid stress, as it can increase production of cortisol and adrenaline, which exacerbate acne.
Go out and flaunt your face with confidence and show the world the real you!