Bye-bye, breakouts! Natural remedies to keep pimples away
Nothing puts a dampener on your day like an unexpected new pimple. You wake up bright and early, ready to take on the world, and there it is—another nasty, itchy, painful, new breakout. Why do they even happen? And how do you make them go away?
Sometimes, excess oil and dead skin cells accumulate at the pores of your skin. The pores get clogged, creating an environment where acne-causing bacteria thrive. When this happens, your white blood cells attack the bacteria, leading to pimples and other forms of skin inflammation.
While everyone gets the occasional breakout, pimples are an everyday struggle for some. If either of your parents had acne, then maybe your genes are to blame. Other common culprits include hormone fluctuations, and stress.
Candy, fizzy drinks, white bread, and other foods containing processed sugar are frequently cited as acne triggers. However, dermatologists remain divided on whether such foods aggravate acne.
Understanding the link between dietary intake and acne will require a lot more research. Meanwhile, do yourself a favour by adding more fresh fruits, veggies, and whole grains to your diet. While you’re at it, drink more water to keep the skin hydrated, take steps to reduce stress, and make sure to get enough sleep.
Also, keep in mind that sometimes the irritants are things you don’t even notice. For example, hair products and laundry detergents could aggravate your acne problem. Switch these up to see if the issue persists. Another quick tip is to change your pillowcases more frequently. They collect dust and dirt which could clog up your pores.
Lose pimples naturally
The trouble with pimples is that they are stubborn. As one pimple goes away, another one turns up. How can you eliminate them? Harsh chemicals are not the answer. Here are some common natural ingredients which have the power to clear out those blemishes.
- Green tea: When brewing tea for your morning cuppa, save some in a jar. Later, apply the tea to your skin using a cotton pad. Leave on for several minutes before rinsing off. Green tea fights inflammation, reduces oil production, and prevents the growth of acne bacteria.
- Tea tree oil: Diluted tea tree oil is excellent for spot treating those pimples. It reduces their size and gradually clears up your skin. However, make sure to do a patch test first, because some people are sensitive to tea tree oil.
- Eucalyptus oil: This essential oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Diluted eucalyptus oil dries out and heals pimples as well as inhibits the spread of acne bacteria. As with tea tree oil, however, you should run a patch test before use.
- Aloe vera: Put that aloe vera plant from the garden to good use. Collect fresh aloe vera gel from a leaf and apply on the acne-affected areas to reduce inflammation. Leave on for a few minutes before washing off.
- Neem: A high-performing ingredient with antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory powers, neem is effective in minimising acne and its scars. This hard-working ingredient also balances the skin’s oil levels and acts as an antioxidant.
Commit to a skincare routine
Pimple-prone skin tends to get greasy and sticky over the day. It may be tempting to wash your face several times a day, but that could prove counterintuitive. Over-washing dries out your skin excessively. And dry skin leads to increased oil production, which could aggravate your acne.
There is no easy way to get rid of acne permanently. However, a good skincare regime can help greatly to reduce the occurrence of pimples. So, what should you do?
Start by washing your face twice a day with a mild cleanser that suits your skin type. After cleansing, use a toner to refresh your skin, remove excess build-up and residue, and prepare your skin to absorb the goodness of any post-cleanse products. Now is the time to apply any targeted skincare treatments. For example, you could massage in a small amount of Clearica Anti-Acne Cream to combat pimples and rejuvenate your skin. Remember to swipe on moisturiser at the end.
Some lucky people will see improvement in their skin right away. But this does not mean your pimples have disappeared forever. To keep those breakouts at bay, select a daily skincare regimen that you can continue over the long term. Cleanse, tone, repair, moisturise—do it twice a day, every day. Your skin will thank you for it.