Reduce_Pimples_By_Treating_Your_Skin

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Reduce Pimples By Treating Your Skin

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Pimples grow on skin. The best way of curing pimples is by curing your
skin.


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acne. acnes, faqs, faq, FAQ, FAQS, ACNE, ACNES, pimples, PIMPLES


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A SCENE FROM "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," where Professor
Sprout, the herbology professor, asks the students to collect "bubutober
pus" during a lesson to give to Madam Pomfrey, the school nurse:

"This'll keep Madam Pomfrey happy," said Professor Sprout, stoppering the
last bottle with a cork. "An excellent remedy for the more stubborn forms
of acne, bubutober pus. Should stop students resorting to desperate
measures to rid themselves of pimples."

"Like poor Eloise Midgen," said Hannah Abbott, a Hufflepuff, in a hushed
voice. "She tried to curse hers off."

"Silly girl," said Professor Sprout, shaking her head. "But Madam Pomfrey
fixed her nose back in the end."

Admit it—haven't we all tried to pull off an Eloise Midgen and resorted
to drastic measures to drive acne away? While we may not have the
capabilities to curse pimples off our faces, there's certainly a long
list of worse ways to remove acne.

What exactly causes acne? While it is true that stress, cosmetics and
detergents (such as harsh shampoos and toothpaste) aggravate acne, they
are not the direct sources of your pimples. They will only make worse an
already existing condition. And do not blame your diet—chocolate and
French fries will not cause acne—or your crush for the huge blemish on
your nose. They have nothing to do with it at all.

Hormonal imbalance

The usual culprit behind acne is an imbalance of hormones, which causes
the production of extra sebum and therefore, pimples. This could be
because of your genes (if your parents were pimply in their childhood,
you know who to blame) or other circumstances that could lead to this
imbalance—puberty, menopause, pregnancy and monthly periods among them.
So if you have a friend who has effortlessly clear skin, curse the
genetic lottery and take better care of your skin instead of trying to
imitate his/her (lack of) routine.
While others go directly to the source and have hormone treatments in
order to lessen their acne, this can be costly and impractical in minor
acne cases—sort of like swatting a fly with a nuclear bomb. Some
treatments, like birthcontrol pills, have undesirable side effects such
as weight gain and headaches. The more dangerous side effects include
clots in blood vessels and an increased risk of breast cancer. Males who
take birth-control pills suddenly find themselves saddled with a pair of
breasts (while some do this intentionally, that's an entirely different
story.)

A good skincare regimen will not only prevent more pimples from popping
up, but will delay the onset of wrinkles and freckles. Simply washing
your face just doesn't do anymore. In our more polluted environment, you
will have to learn how to cleanse, tone and moisturize your skin at least
once a day. Applying sunscreen even when you're not going out in the sun
is also important because indoor lights also contain skin-harming rays.
So if you're planning to spend extended hours in front of the computer
for a term paper, make sure you've slathered on some SPF.

Old staple

If you're really going for a direct treatment of the pimple, you might
want to check out an old staple: Benzoyl Peroxide.

However, Benzoyl Peroxide apparently isn't just a spot treatment.
According to Dr. Bernadette Arcilla of the Philippine Dermatological
Society, when faced with acne, you should treat the entire affected area
with Benzoyl Peroxide, but don't overdo it! Too much of it (say, a huge
dollop on top of the blemish) will dry out not just the pimple, but the
surrounding skin as well, causing more damage. "The best way to apply it
is to spread it evenly over the affected area, so that not only will the
pimple dry out, but future breakouts will be prevented as well," Dr.
Arcilla said.

Before buying a tube of treatment, said Dr. Arcilla, take note of the
concentration of Benzoyl Peroxide before applying it—PanOxyl, for
example, has three variants: 2.5 percent for mild acne, 5 percent for
moderate acne and 10 percent for severe cases. The latter is best left
for body acne, such as pimples on your back and chest, while facial acne
is adequately treated by the less concentrated variants. Again, overdoing
anything will cause more harm than good so always start with a smaller
concentration.

Dr. Arcilla also advised patients to use medication daily—not just on a
pimple, but on the entire affected area. "You should treat the skin, not
the pimples. Pimples are just a symptom of something bigger," Dr. Arcilla
said. "And if you treat it early, you can prevent scarring due to more
blemishes."

Instead of treating just the surface, go for an acne management program.
In the long-term process (which combines a good skincare regimen and acne
treatment), pimples won't be gone in a week, but there is a significant
30- to 40-percent reduction of acne in one to two months. The process can
be expedited with the help of your dermatologist, who can help you create
an acne management program for yourself. This does take a lot more time
than quick fix-acne treatments, but the results are permanent, at least.

Now, isn't that better than cursing pimples off your face?
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