Fighting Acne The Right Way
One of my worst habits in high school was popping my pimples. It felt great: for some reason, it was the perfect way to relieve stress. I also had a lot of acne, including many pimples, and I really hated it. I wanted to look good, but I never did, and I always thoughts popping my pimples would help me feel better.
Yikes… I was so wrong about that. As it turns out, popping pimples can cause problems because:
- It introduces new, potentially pimple-causing bacteria to the face. Your hands are absolutely covered in bacteria, and while not all bacteria is bad, there is certainly plenty of bad bacteria on your hands!
- A popped pimple may look better than it did before popping, but it definitely IS NOT. Instead, you just created a hole in your for bacteria to get in.
- Popping pimples can often lead to poor healing of the skin where the pimple was. This manifests as scars, which, unlike pimples, never really go away. Unfortunately, I have many from my high school days.
Better Ways To Get Rid of and Prevent Pimples
“So if I’m not supposed to pop my pimples, how can I get rid of them?” For me, the answer was changing my diet. I cut out all dairy for 6 months, and my skin cleared up like magic. Unfortunately, that won’t work for everyone. I am going to break this down into two sections: Habits for preventing the development of pimples, and remedies for existing pimples. Here’s some key habits:
Habits for Reducing Pimples
- Drink more water and eat healthier food! This means more green vegetables, fewer processed foods, and less sugar. Vegetables will contribute to a healthier immune system and better skin, and fewer carbohydrates means less insulin production, which helps lower the production of the oil that fills pimples.
- Do your best NOT to touch your face. Touching it will introduce irritants that you want to avoid, such as bacteria, dirt, and environmental contaminants, all of which can lead to pimples and acne.
- Exercise! It does amazing things for you, including reducing stress, which is one factor that leads to pimples at any age.
- Make sure you get enough sleep. It helps with your skin, your mental health, and specifically it also keeps your insulin levels in check, which helps reduce the production of that fills pimples.
Tricks for Dealing with Existing Pimples
- Try steam. It will open your pores, flushing out any dirt and grime, and making it easy for your pimple to go away on its own. Simply wash and dry your face, boil clean water, and let the steam blow over your face for up to 12 minutes. This will hydrate your face and help push out the oil in the pimple.
- Apply a cucumber mask twice a day. Chop up and blend the cucumber, wash and dry your face with warm water and a mild cleanser, and apply the cucumber to your face to sit for 45 minutes. Doing this twice a day will lead to results within 2-3 days. You can follow the same process with Papaya for only 25-30 minutes.
- Think the above methods sound slow (they are) and want something quicker? Applying toothpaste, garlic paste made blending raw garlic, or 3-4 drops of tea tree essential oil for 2 hours, a few minutes, or 25 minutes respectively can work very quickly. However, all of these methods are potentially irritating and drying for the skin, so make sure to moisturize afterwards, and to use these methods (especially toothpaste) sparingly.
I hope my story has helped you reconsider your pimple popping. It is a very easy habit to get into, but that doesn’t make it a good one. Instead of popping, try one of our solutions, and more importantly, try to change your habits. I guarantee these actions will lead to better long-term results, and we will be happy if you succeed.
PS: Have you had some interesting experiences with any of these methods for fighting pimples before? We would love to hear from you in the comments.