To Top

Handling Pimples Can Be Tricky. This Is Why

We have all had pimples at some point, whether a massive red zit glaring on the forehead or chronic acne covering the entire face. But, why do they appear? Can we do anything about them? Is there an optimal way of treating this condition?

Luckily, medical experts do have quite useful guidelines on how to handle pimples. Some of them could be rather surprising and you may even be shocked at the things affecting your skin and causing pimples. Do you want your skin to be clear? Let’s have a closer look at your pimples (as disgusting as it may sound).

Pimples Differ in Types

According to Dr. Gary Goldenberg of NYC’s Goldenberg Dermatology, there is a distinction between different types of pimples. Blackheads and whiteheads normally appear together and are earlier acne lesions. These pimple types are caused by blocked hair follicles and pores. The open ones are blackheads, whereas the closed ones are whiteheads. As of zits, they normally refer to pustules. They are basically the next acne stage and look like pus-filled bumps. Zits are usually inflamed and may leave scars due to not being treated.

Along with the already described pimples, there is cystic acne. Cystic acne is the worst of all and is caused by deep inflamed bumps and can be really painful. If not treated, these lesions can results in pigmentation and scarring.

Each Kind of Pimple Has a Different Cause

Dr. Kristina Goldenberg of the same Goldenberg Dermatology states that there are various reasons for pimples. According to her, causes for acne are usually genetic and mostly run throughout genealogy. There is also a hormonal component to it in males and females. Hormones induce production of oil that may plug follicles and pores that ultimately become acne bumps, which may get inflamed. P. acnes bacterium plays a significant role on the inflammatory process that in turn causes acne cysts and zits.

Although it is impossible to control all causes for acne, some of them include utilization of poor-quality makeup, inappropriate skin care, medicines, and sweating.

Say ‘NO’ to Pimple Squeezing

Not many people can resist the temptation of squeezing a glaring pimple. However, according to Dr. Shari Marchbein of NYC’s Manhattan Dermatology, this is a bad idea and often can seriously aggravate the situation. He says that because pimples basically represent a cocktail of bacteria, oil from neighboring oil glands, and inflammation, when you squeeze one, you are making the inflammation worse. As a result, it can take days to weeks longer for that pimple to resolve.

Moreover, longer recovery time after squeezing a pimple could be the least of the resulting problems. One of the worst problems can be hyperpigmentation, or darkening of one’s skin in the squeezed pimple’s area and may take up to a year to go away. In the worst case scenario, the area can get infected and scarred after a very enthusiastic pimple-squeezing séance.

Considering all of the above, it’s best to keep your hands and fingers away from your face.

There Are Treatments and Some of Them Can Even Slow Down Aging

It’s no secret that the market offers a lot of acne medications. Although most people are concerned about having acne in their teens, some people continue fighting this skin condition in their adulthood. For people with adult acne, taking care of pimples could be a more serious matter than just skin care. According to specialists, some topical treatments for pimples may as well help stop the signs of aging.

Along with over-the-counter medicines, doctors can prescribe drugs, like retinoids to deal with really stubborn acne. Such topical retinoids, as Retin-A have Vitamin A among their components. This vitamin promotes skin turnover, reducing the accumulation of dead skin cells upon pores. Due to this feature, Retin-A can be used to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, dull brown spots on the skin, and improve skin’s texture.

Considering the expert advice and presence of all kinds of skincare products, having clear skin is not science fiction. All you need is a bit of preparation and effort. You won’t suffer from acne, if you combine the right procedures with the right products, especially after reading this article.

More in Beauty & Cosmetics