How to Get Rid of Acne (Pimples)!

If you ask anyone the question, “Have you ever had pimples?” they will most likely tell you yes. It’s a natural process especially during your teen years (but you can still get them outside your teen years). But before we start, I’d like to acknowledge some common myths about acne.

Popping your pimples can not cause permanent scarring. I know I heard it a lot while I was going through the “acne stage”. My mom would always warn me “Don’t pop your pimples or you’ll get scars!” Well, I did some research and yes, while popping your pimples could cause a temporary mark, there’s actually (believe it or not) a correct way to pop your pimples. Nonetheless, for most of us, we’d rather have a small mark than a whitehead, a red pimple, or blackheads. But permanent scars (assuming you use conventional pimple popping methods, meaning no chain saw) won’t occur.

Your diet can’t affect your acne. A lot of people believe that by eating “junk foods” it causes you to break out. This has literally nothing to do with why you get acne. I will explain why teens get acne after the myths, but eating pizza, soda, chips, and other greasy foods will not make you break out in acne.

Getting sun won’t help your skin either. Some others feel that if they let their acne ridden face into the sun, that somehow it helps the problem. This is wrong, though, as sun exposure or a tan may help hide your acne, but the fact of the matter is that it’s still there.

I’m stressed, so I have pimples! Stress has been linked to acne as well, but I think it’s more of a benign myth. When you’re stressed out you tend to focus on your shortcomings… so stress doesn’t really cause pimples, it makes you hate them even more.

So why do we get acne? Well, to put it succinctly, you can blame it on your body and puberty (you’ve probably come to hate that p-word by now huh?)

While going through puberty, the hormones in your body become unbalanced and out of sync. This causes your body to grow and activate certain functions in your child body that will now be used in your adult years. But, unfortunately, the system goes haywire (for some, more so than others). Basically, your skin is filled with pores, where your hair can grow from. Inside these pores is a gland that produces oil that lubricates the growing hair and the skin. Sometimes, these glands make too much of this oil and it gets trapped and clogged in your pores, leaving you with pimples.

So how to treat them? And how to get rid of them?

I’m going to list the methods based on the level of severity of your acne. The first method being for extremely light and mild cases of acne, and the last ones for those who really need treatment.

Level 1 – Light pimples, some red marks, not much pain, some noticeable marks.
At level 1, you simply just want to wash your face at least twice a day. Once after waking up in the morning, and once again at the end of the day, after dinner is recommended. Use soap, but don’t scrub too hard. Just wash your face and see if it clears up in about a week or two.

Level 2 – Prominent pimples, but not out of control. Some painful ones, some dark red bumps and white heads.
At level 2, you might want to start thinking of buying products to help treat your acne. You can still wash your face as in level 1, but you also will want to add in a solution such as salicylic acid based cream or benzoyl peroxide cream. Personally, I used Clearasil. But what’s the difference between the two?

Salicylic acid breaks down the stuff clogging your pores. It frees up your pores and cleans it out. This isn’t as strong as benzoyl peroxide, but it does a decent job for mild acne. Understand, though, that using either salycilic acid or benzoyl peroxide will have some effects on your skin, such as making it appear dry, flaky, or sensitive to UV light (sun).

Benzoyl peroxide is what I personally used. Basically, BP is a solution that kills the bacteria in your pores that really causes your acne to get infected and painful. BP is stronger than salicylic acid, so you have to be careful if you have sensitive and light skin. If you have a darker complexion, you should be fine, but if you’re light you may want to consider applying some lotion or sunblock.

Level 3 – Prominent and heavy acne. Lots of visible and painful pimples all over. Outbreaks often.
Level 3 is the worst. My friend had a terrible case of acne, which I would consider level 3. When you have level 3 acne, you know it. And it’s kind of a downer, but don’t worry, all is not over. You still want to wash your face twice a day as in level 1, and you might want to look into the treatments in level 2. But ultimately, you want to go see a dermatologist. Basically, a doctor that specializes in skin. Dermatologists deal with many teens who have acne problems, and will probably prescribe you to certain medication that will really attack your acne.

The last thing I will say is that you really have to be patient with acne. They really are a downer, but eventually they go away as you enter adulthood. Remember to clean your face regularly, and I wish you the best of luck as you continue your struggle against puberty!

Sources:
WikiHow Authors How to Get Rid of Acne WikiHow.com
Nemours Why Do I Get Acne? KidsHealth.org

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