5 things you need to stop doing if you have Pimples


Having a pimple pop up on your skin is not only annoying but can also take your confidence down a notch or two. The last thing you’d wish for before heading out for an important occasion is a pimple. Unfortunately, pimples hardly care about what you and I think. They are like those unwanted guests who pay zero heeds to your feelings; they just arrive. Jokes apart, pimples are not as instantaneous as they would have us believe, with their random appearances. There are reasons and factors which cause them to occur on your skin. 

Pimples occur when the sebaceous glands get clogged, which can lead to an infection and swelling. These glands, when functioning normally, secrete oils that contribute to oily skin and scalp. In simple terms, maintaining the proper oil balance in the skin. However, when combined with dirt and debris on the skin with bacteria, it leads to pimples.  

Five Things You Need to Stop Doing if You Have Pimples

Bad Dietary Preferences

Most dermatologists tend to black mark junk food and processed sugary products as a bad influence on the skin when ingested. However, there’s still not much clarity if they do cause acne. The best is to stick to a healthy and balanced diet that can offer all kinds of essential nutrients to your body. You can speak to your doctor or nutritionist to create a customised meal plan. 

Using Unsuitable Skincare Products

Unsuitable skincare products can cause pimples

Along with food items, equally important is what we apply to the skin, i.e. skincare products. Products that aren’t suitable for your skin, like greasy or oil-based products, clog your pores and cause acne.  

High-Stress Levels

According to some studies, stress and acne could have a connection (1). Though, a lot more research and studies are needed to prove this statement. Nevertheless, it’s best to stay away or manage your stress levels as it affects your health and skin in varied ways.  

Picking or Touching Pimples

The biggest urge we face with pimples is to pick at them. Even the most disciplined cannot resist picking, touching or scratching pimples. It can lead to scarring and the spreading of pimples across the skin.

Choice of Solution

However, the biggest mistake people mostly make when it comes to pimples is the choice of remedy. Simply opting for a peer-recommended store-bought medical cream or attempting home remedies found baselessly on the internet have risks of backfiring and are extremely risky.

Summing Up 

Despite taking good care of your skin, pimples are something that most people come across at some point in life. Being aware of factors causing them can help get pimple-free skin. Earlier diagnosis aids in preventing scarring and the appearance of acne in future. Stay patient and consistent, and you’ll surely be able to see results. 


1. Can you shrink pimples in minutes?

All of us would love this to turn into reality, but it’s still a dream. Your skin condition, type, and other factors determine how long it will take for acne to clear. Discuss with your doctor, who can share more information and clarity. 

2. Is Vicks VapoRub good for pimples?

There’s no studies or research to prove if it works. Moreover, you need to be cautious before trying anything new (especially home remedies) because they can cause allergies and adverse effects. 

3. What should you eat to remove pimples?

There are no particular foods that can remove pimples. However, it is best to eat a healthy and balanced diet to make your skin healthy and clear. 

4. Why do you get pimples?

Clogged pores because of excess dead skin cells and sebum can cause pimples. Various factors like genetics, inappropriate skin care products, diet can cause pores to clog. 



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Dr Jisha Gomez

She is a highly skilled dermatology physician with strong expertise in improving skin & hair health through the development of corrective treatment combinations. She completed her Post-graduate Diploma in Dermatology from Cardiff, UK & Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine (FAM) from the Institute of Laser and Aesthetic Medicine, Delhi with over 5+ years experience treating skin patients. She has worked in Government hospitals in Trivandrum and Bangalore. She is actively involved in creating awareness for healthy skin, breaking the social stigma based on skin colour & stopping steroid abuse in our country.