Growing up isn’t a choice, even for the diehard fans of Peter Pan and his promise of never growing up. So a part of growing up includes the infuriating period in life where pimples, acne, and bad skin can haunt our days.
A pimple is a skin abnormality which occurs when glands known as the sebaceous glands get clogged, which leads to an infection and swelling. These glands, when functioning normally, secrete oils which attribute to oily skin and scalp.
The clogging of the sebaceous glands could result in anything from a benign blackhead to a severe cyst formation. Therefore, one must never simply turn a blind eye towards the changes in our skin.
Most people come across Pimples at some point in life, regardless of how good a condition their skin may be in and how much care they take of it. Factors that may be influential are:
– Hormonal changes: This is the main reason why puberty brings so many skin issues for teenagers. Right from the onset of puberty, hormonal changes begin to take place in the human body.
In this stage, excessive hormones make sebaceous glands produce excessive oils. If secreted, this leads to oily skin or a scalp. However, its when these glands get clogged that Pimples occur.
– Dietary effects: Most dermatologists tend to advise against the consumption of junk food and processed sugary products. There are also some food products which may contain a specific hormone or substance that could trigger acne, such as dairy products.
– Cosmetics: Just as we always watch what we eat to manage our weight, we should also watch what we apply on our skin to contain acne and pimple outbreaks. Greasy or oil-based makeup, when applied to the skin tends to have an adverse effect, clogging it up in the process. To avoid this, make sure you remove any skin products or makeup that you use on your skin once you’re in a position to do so.
– Stress: A leading contributor to acne outbreak tends to be stress. As per a study conducted at Stanford University, a correlation between stress levels of students writing their final exams and the acne outbreaks they faced was demonstrated. So if you’re having acne/pimple issues, it’s probably a good idea to work on bringing your stress levels down.
– Medication: if you are are using pharmaceutical products that are known to influence hormone levels, they could very well be the reason behind your acne breakouts.
– Picking at it: Sometimes, you need to look no further for a solution to your problems than at the source of the issue. Often, the temptation to pick at or squeeze a pimple wins over even the most resilient of us. However, this only leads to scarring and further spreading/deepening of the infection.
These are just a few of the many important factors that could lead to pimples.
Pimples are just one part of the many different skin conditions that are referred to as “acne,” and it might seem daunting to read and understand about it all. However, once we know the cause of the issue, identifying possible solutions and preventative measures becomes much easier.
Simple solutions exist which help in counteracting these factors, and these include physical exercise to relieve stress and open up pores. Or keeping the skin clean consistently to avoid any build of oils. However, it is advised to seek a dermatologist’s help in figuring out the right Skincare regimen and products for your skin, as store-bought creams and gels could very well end up worsening the problem.
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