^ Jump up to: a b “Frequently Asked Questions: Acne” (PDF). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Public Health and Science, Office on Women’s Health. July 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 December 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2009.
There is a tendency for acne to run in families. If you have symptoms of acne and have a parent or sibling who had severe acne with scarring, you may want to see your dermatologist to discuss treatments for severe acne.
Acne Vulgaris: Also called “simple acne,” acne vulgaris appears as whiteheads, blackheads and pimples marring your clear skin. These are caused by dead skin cells and oil clogging hair follicles. British researchers believe genetics are to blame for 80 percent of acne vulgaris cases.
Oral isotretinoin (sold under a variety of different names) is used to treat cystic acne and commonly causes dry lips, skin and sun sensitivity. More seriously, it has been linked to birth defects, liver disease, severe depression and suicidal thoughts. Chinese medicine teaches that cysts and nodules associated with acne come from a build up of “phlegm” and “dampness.” Ice cream, cheese and milk are a direct cause of phlegm production. Sugar creates “dampness,” which lays the foundation for cystic acne to develop.
Combination medications are exactly what they sound like—acne medications that harness the power of two acne-fighting ingredients in one bottle. These are generally made up of topical retinoid or benzoyl peroxide treatments along with topical antibiotics.
Some people use natural treatments like tea tree oil (works like benzoyl peroxide, but slower) or alpha hydroxy acids (remove dead skin and unclog pores) for their acne care. Not much is known about how well many of these treatments work and their long-term safety. Many natural ingredients are added to acne lotions and creams. Talk to your doctor to see if they’re right for you.
To mildly exfoliate, consider combining local or Manuka honey, which is highly antibacterial, with a small amount of coffee grounds. Follow it up with one of the other options for how to get rid of pimples I list below. (12)
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PCOS can cause irregular periods, weight gain, depression, mood swings, acne, excess facial and body hair growth, and ironically, hair loss. It can also cause the absence of ovulation, which can prevent a woman from conceiving.
Sugar: You may have already suspected that sugar is related to breakouts. Some studies now suggest that there may be a link. This doesn’t mean that if you eat a cookie you’re going to get a pimple. It comes down to how much sugar you’re eating in a day—particularly at any one time. If you consume a soda and a candy bar, for example, you’re likely spiking your blood sugar levels, and you could break out hours later. If you suspect sugar could be a culprit for you, try to cut back even by one sugary drink a day to notice a difference.
What comes before the pimples even head to the surface of your skin? Though most people tend to get acne in their teens, women are more likely to suffer throughout their lives. “Acne is predominantly hormone-driven. Because of hormone fluctuations throughout your cycle, you may break out around your period or during ovulation,” Dr. Lee explains. There are also genetic components that drive how likely you are to get acne, like how oily your skin is naturally.
If you have popped a pimple by mistake, wash your hands and gently wash the affected area. Use antiseptic to disinfect the area. A simple home remedy would be to just dab some turmeric powder on the popped pimple and leave it on. This will prevent the pimple from getting infected again and also reduce the chances of the popped pimple leaving a scar. Follow the same steps even if the popped pimple bleeds after being squeezed. Disinfection and using an antiseptic/antibacterial is essential.