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Blind Pimples: Causes, Prevention, and Treatment

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We have all experienced them at one time another—those pesky red bumps that start out inconspicuously enough under your skin before they become the seat of a godawful throbbing pain that will plague the area it occupies.

I am talking about the highly aggravating blight on humankind called blind pimples.

You might wonder what these blind pimples are, where they come from, and how do you stop the annoying throbbing pain they seem to implant wherever they sprout. You might also wonder how to prevent them from cropping up and how to ultimately deal with them when they come out.

What Is A Blind Pimple?

A blind pimple, also known as closed comedones, is usually described as a painful lump deep within the skin. Like regular pimples, they can develop when your sebaceous glands, commonly known as oil glands, get clogged up by excess sebum or oil. Unlike regular pimples, however, a blind pimple has no opening or head. Instead, they will continue to get inflamed and expand under your skin. This inflammatory reaction often results in scarring.

Why Are Blind Pimples Painful?

You might wonder why blind pimples are more irritating than your run-of-the-mill pimples. The cause of that is the distinct lack of an opening or head in blind pimples. As they get more inflamed, they continue to grow underneath your skin. This will then cause pressure to build up underneath, causing the pain that is usually associated with these pesky lumps.

Another thing that contributes to the pain is the location of blind pimples itself. Because they are located deeper in your skin than regular pimples, they are closer to nerves and most likely to impinge them and activate that godawful throbbing sensation that could terrorize your whole chin.

Where Are Blind Pimples Often Found?

Blind pimples are often found on your nose, chin, and behind the ears but they can occur anywhere in the body where there are sebaceous glands to be clogged. I usually find them in the chin area and on my chest and back.

What Causes Blind Pimples To Form?

​Blind pimples develop when oil glands are blocked with excess sebum or oil.

  • Conditions that block the sebaceous glands or increase sebum production.

Any conditions that block these glands or increase the production of sebum more than the usual can cause them to crop up. Among the most common causes are a lack of sleep and exercise, hormonal changes (hello, monthly visitors!), and certain foods.

  • Use of thick cosmetics.

Your sebaceous glands can also be blocked by the use of thick cosmetics. These cosmetics like some moisturizers and sunscreens can block the opening of the sebaceous glands, trapping the sebum inside and allowing them to accumulate and grow into pimples.

  • Poor shedding of dead skin cells.

dead skin cells

Poor shedding of dead skin cells can also block the opening of oil glands and cause blind pimples to grow, so it is a good idea to exfoliate your blind pimple-prone areas maybe two times a week to slough off the icky layer of dead skin before they can accumulate.

  • Meet Propionibacterium acnes.

The proliferation of normal bacteria on the skin can also cause blind pimples to form. The usual culprit, in this case, is known as Propionibacterium acnes. While this bacteria is part of the normal flora of the skin and helps to protect it from the invasion of less friendly bacteria, poor hygiene can also cause them to grow out of their normal bounds and boom! You will wake up with a pulsatile mass on your chin!

How Do You Prevent Blind Pimples From Forming?

Good habits are the foundation of skin care and prevention of blind pimples is are not exempt from this rule.

1. Cleanse Regularly

cleanse regularly

Always remember to cleanse your face properly to get rid of the excess dirt and sebum, which could clog your pores and sebaceous glands.

2. Remove Makeup Before Bed

Remove Makeup Before Bed

If you wear makeup, you should know by now that it is a mortal sin to fall asleep with your makeup on. It just isn’t done!

Sometimes, I get so tired after a long day of hard work that I literally just stumble into bed when I get home. But then, the thought of all that junk piled on my face plus the added dirt I managed to accumulate through the day is enough to wrench my eyes open long enough for me to at least swipe a makeup remover and follow up with a nice cleanser that will allow my pores to breathe.

Trust me, not only will your skin thank you for it, you will also sleep a little better with a clean face.

3. Healthy Habits Make For Clearer Skin

Also, get a good night’s rest, exercise regularly, and eat the right kind of food. You will be amazed by the rewards you reap when you treat your body well. Avoid junk foods and oily foods as they can increase your sebum production and cause you to break out. Also, take a nice shower after a sweat session at the gym as the sweat can also cause bacteria to proliferate on your skin and add to your pimple problems.

4. Hormonal? See Your Friendly Gynecologist!

Lastly, for blind pimples caused about by hormonal changes, ladies will usually notice that pimples, blind and ordinary, can crop up before your period—and any other inopportune time like just before an important event like a wedding or a big party. If you notice that they seem to be appearing more and more, you might want to check with your dermatologist and gynecologist, too.

​Some conditions, like polycystic ovarian syndrome, can cause a hormonal imbalance which can result in breakouts. If you think you have a hormonal problem, consult your gynecologist. He or she might want to run a few tests before giving you something to get your hormones under control.

But What Should You Do When A Blind Pimple Does Appear?

1. Absolutely NO pimple popping!

pimple popping

Whatever you do, do not pop it! Popping a pimple, blind or otherwise, can result in scarring so you will not only have to deal with the pain and inconvenience but its aftereffects as well.

2. Cleanse, cleanse, CLEANSE!

If you have the misfortune to find a blind pimple coming up, the best thing you can do is to cleanse the area regularly. Refrain from touching the pimple too much as dirty hands contain bacteria that can aggravate the situation.

3. Use a warm compress.

You can apply a warm compress to reduce the inflammation and hasten the process of pointing. As an added tip, you can also use a hot tea bag and gently press it on your pimple for a few minutes. Tea bags contain tannins, which can reduce the inflammation further.

4. Cold compress for pain.

If the pain is bothering you, you can also apply a cold compress to reduce the swelling and soreness.

5. Use a topical antibacterial.

A good topical antibacterial can also take care of the bacterial infection in pimples. Tea tree oil is well-known for its antibacterial properties but can be very harsh on the skin so don’t forget to dilute it in water at a 1:9 ratio before applying to your pimples.

The antibacterial properties inherent in the oil will kill the pimple-causing germs and reduce existing pimples. In this study, it was found to relieve both open and closed comedones in patients and with fewer side effects compared to benzoyl peroxide.

Did you find this article helpful? Do you have other tips on how to prevent and treat blind pimples? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and don’t forget to share this with your family and friends.

How to Get Rid of Rosacea

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It often starts out insidiously as a cute tendency to blush, especially on hotter days. The next thing you know, it has spread from your nose and cheeks down to your chest and maybe even your back. Tiny red lines appear on your skin and—horror of horrors!—a breakout worthy of a teenager has cropped up in the most unsightly manner possible!

What you may be experiencing is a skin condition called rosacea and it is quite common. It is so common, in fact, that you may be surprised to find that even famous people like Princess Diana had rosacea. However, the redness, the stinging, and the breakouts can be quite a burden, especially when the symptoms flare up.

So, what is the real deal on rosacea? And how do you get rid of it?

What is Rosacea?

rosaceaFirst things first—you might be wondering what rosacea truly is.

Well, it is a common, chronic skin condition that usually starts out with blushing or flushing more easily than other people. It is so common that even famous people like former US president Bill Clinton and Princess Diana had rosacea, too.

The redness usually spreads over time from the cheeks to the other areas, like the forehead and the chin and even down to the back and chest. Small blood vessels may become prominent, resembling thin red lines on the face called telangiectasia. Sometimes, little, red bumps filled with pus can also develop in these areas and be mistaken for acne.

It usually develops at ages 30 to 50 years old and very rarely in younger age groups. Fair-skinned women are more likely to get rosacea than their male counterparts but compared to men, females rarely have the severe forms of rosacea.

What Causes Rosacea?

Unfortunately, nobody knows at this point what really causes rosacea to develop. Researchers are still trying to come up with a definite answer as to what causes rosacea but so far, they have speculated the following things about this condition:

  • It might run in the blood. It has been noted that people with rosacea often have other relatives who have rosacea themselves, which led scientists to theorize that genes may have something to do with rosacea. However, nothing definite has been proven yet.
  • It might be an immune condition. Most chronic conditions like allergies are based on the reactions of the immune system and rosacea might not be so different. Studies have shown that people with acne-like rosacea have the tendency to a certain kind of bacteria called Bacillus oleronius. The overreaction of the immune system might also cause the more visible signs of rosacea but this is still being studied.
  • Another kind of bacteria may possibly be involved. Another bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, has been linked to rosacea although a causative link between this bug and rosacea is yet to be established. Helicobacter pylori are usually found in the stomach and can cause ulcers to form.
  • Certain mites have been implicated as causative agents of rosacea, too. Most notable among them is the mite called Demodex folliculorum, which are normally happily living in the skin of healthy people. However, people with rosacea seem to have an abundance of these little guys so there might be a link between them.
  • Activation of certain skin peptides. Certain conditions that are also noted triggers of rosacea flares like exposure to sunlight, spicy foods, exercise, and stress have been noted to activate substances on the skin called peptides. These peptides, in turn, activate the immune system and blood vessels, causing the more visible signs of rosacea to emerge.

However, none of these theories are set in stone and scientists are still trying to pinpoint what exactly causes rosacea but these things are nice to keep in touch, especially when you are trying to avoid flare ups.

What are The Signs and Symptoms of Rosacea?

Most often, people with rosacea start with the observation that they tend to blush or flush easily compared to other people. Over time, the redness can spread to other areas and they sometimes develop little bumps that might be confused with acne.

Doctors have described four subtypes of rosacea to classify the different kinds that crop up in people.

1. Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea

This is the first subtype of rosacea and quite possibly, the mildest form. In this subtype, a distinctive redness is usually noted on the nose and cheeks. Swollen blood vessels may manifest as thin red lines on the skin called telangiectasias.

The skin may be very sensitive in this form of rosacea and patients often report a burning or stinging sensation.

2. Papulopustular Rosacea

Papulopustular Rosacea

This is the subtype of rosacea that can be mistaken for acne. This also occurs mostly in people with oily skin and acne-like breakouts tend to occur on the reddened areas, especially when triggered by certain conditions.

As with the first subtype, the skin may sting or burn and blood vessels may become visible. Plaques or raised patches of skin may also be noted in this subtype.

3. Phymatous Rosacea

W.C. Fields
W. C. Fields – the late comedian

You might remember an old star in the 1920’s by the name of W.C. Fields, who developed a bulbous nose. Yep, that was rosacea, too.

The third subtype of rosacea is thankfully rare. This subtype tends to develop thick, bumpy skin called phyma. When the skin on the nose thickens and becomes redder as in the case of Mr. Fields, the condition is called rhinophyma.

This subtype of rosacea also tends to have oily skin as in papulopustular rosacea.

4. Ocular Rosacea

Rosacea can also affect the eyes and is termed ocular rosacea. In this subtype, the eyelids are noted to be red and swollen with visible telangiectasia. Eyes have a watery and/or bloodshot appearance.

Patients with ocular rosacea also have eye complaints such as itchiness or dryness, as wells as a feeling of grittiness as if there is always sand in the eyes. Eyes can also burn and sting and can be quite sensitive to light. Blurry vision is also common in this subtype.

How do I know I have Rosacea?

If you are blushing more than usual, then it may be time to see a dermatologist, a doctor specializing in skin problems.

There are no tests that will confirm rosacea. The diagnosis is based mainly on the signs and symptoms as well as your history, so expect to have the doctor ask you certain questions on your appointment. These questions may also help you discover what your triggers for rosacea flares are.

Laboratory tests might be done just to rule out other skin conditions like acne or psoriasis but rosacea can be diagnosed merely by your honest history and a thorough physical examination.

If your eyes are also affected, you might also be referred to an eye doctor or ophthalmologist.

How do I Get Rid of Rosacea?

Now that we know what rosacea is and what it looks like, how do we get rid of it? Can we actually cure ourselves of this embarrassing condition?

There is No Cure

Just as nobody knows the real cause of rosacea, there is also, quite unfortunately, no definite cure that will get rid of it permanently. As it is a chronic condition, it can last for years and eventually go away on its own in about nine to thirteen years.

Avoidance of Triggers

The management of rosacea largely depends on managing flare ups and avoiding triggers to avoid such. Most common triggers to avoid include:

  • Alcohol
  • Spicy foods
  • Extremes in temperature
  • Exposure to sunlight
  • Stress
  • Exercise Medications.

Medicines

Used for rosacea are mostly for the alleviation of the signs and symptoms, depending on the subtype of rosacea you have. Some of these may include:

  • An emollient for dry skin
  • Antibiotics (both topical and oral) to help control bacteria in the pustular lesions
  • Sunscreens to prevent flare ups caused by exposure to sunlight

Lasers or Light Therapy

light therapy
A woman under a light therapy machine

Light therapy or lasers can be used by dermatologists to remove the thickened skin on certain areas affected by rosacea, especially on the nose. Lasers are best used on those tiny, prominent blood vessels called telangiectasia, which is common in people with rosacea. Studies show that the use of lasers will visibly minimize the appearance of redness and the telangiectasia on the nose and cheeks.

Conclusion

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that is most unfortunately incurable at the present moment. The best you can do is to consult your doctor if you feel you have rosacea and avoid triggers that can cause flare ups or aggravate your condition. You can also use some medications to help with the dryness as well as sunscreens to protect your skin from exposure to sunlight. Lasers can also help with removing the thickened skin and reducing the appearance of flushing and telangiectasia.

Did you find this article informative and enjoyable? Do you know anybody with rosacea? What are your other suggestions on how to manage rosacea and its flare ups? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to share the information with your family and friends!

9 Pain-Free Tips on How to Make a Pimple Stop Bleeding

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How to Make a Pimple Stop Bleeding

Are you sick and tired of seeing yourself in the mirror with those inflamed, bleeding bumps on your face? Do not lose hope we are here to help you. These 9 pain-free tips on how to make a pimple stop bleeding could be the solution to your problem.

Pimples do not bleed unless you picked it or tried to pop it. The best solution to solve your problem with a bleeding pimple is to refrain from popping it. But sometimes you cannot resist the urge of doing it. If you pop a zit by accident, there are steps that you can follow to stop the bleeding and prevent it from developing a scar.

Around, 85% of the population is being affected by acne and pimples at some point in their lives. (myvmc.com) So, if you are suffering from pimples, do not feel sad you are not alone.

The pores in your skin produce an oily substance known as sebum which was released from the skin and becomes infected with bacteria and swells with pus. These are small skin lesions that develop when the sebaceous glands become clogged. It occurs on the face, back, neck and shoulders which can affect your self-esteem and confidence.

Things You Need

  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Ice Pack
  • Skin toner or Witch Hazel
  • Styptic Pencils
  • Sliced Potato
  • Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Aloe Vera
  • Honey
  • Salt
  • Tissue or washcloth

Tips on How to Make a Pimple Stop Bleeding

Refraining from popping it is one of the best solutions so your pimple will not bleed. But, if you cannot resist the urge of popping it, here are tips on how to stop the bleeding.

1. Use Hydrogen Peroxide and Apply Pressure

The first thing to remember when using hydrogen peroxide is that the solution is temporary. It does not deal with the root cause of your acne but only stop the bleeding. It is effective for this purpose because it kills the bacteria on your skin. The liquid oxygenates your pores that prevent the future pimples from forming.

How to Use?

  • Soak a washcloth or clean tissue in hydrogen peroxide
  • Apply gently but with firm pressure to the bleeding acne. Keep it in that position for several minutes until the blood clots.
  • Hydrogen peroxide will produce bubbles on the affected zit.
  • Once the bleeding has stopped wash your face or the affected area using a mild soap.

The pressure applied will promote blood clotting while the hydrogen peroxide will get rid of any bacteria coming out of a pimple. This will prevent acne from multiplying to the surrounding skin.

Warning: Hydrogen peroxide can dry out your skin. Use moisturizer once the bleeding has ceased.​

2 .Ice Pack Method

Ice pack method is a popular remedy for treating acne. It reduces redness, inflammation, and swelling. It shrinks the pores and the size of the breakout. With regular use of ice, it can keep your skin pores small so they are less likely to diminish the size by constricting the blood vessels.

If you have smaller and tighter pores, the bacteria will have a hard time entering. Ice decreases the blood flow to the affected area. If in case direct pressure does not stop the bleeding, use ice cubes and pressure to stop it.​

How to Use?

  • In a washcloth or towel place pieces of ice cubes
  • Place the cloth with ice on the bleeding pimple for 10 to 15 minutes or until it stops bleeding.

Note: Use clean towel to prevent the bacteria from infecting the pimple

3. Use Witch Hazel or Skin Toner

Witch hazel acts as a topical antioxidant just like green tea. It has polyphenolic compounds that can protect the skin from aging and sunburn. This skin astringent has anti-inflammatory benefits, which means it can soothe sunburn redness and pain.

It helps soothe irritated skin. It has been used by many as a non-irritating skin toner to remove skin oils. Astringents such as witch hazel and skin toner are used to tighten the skin and slow down the bleeding of pimples.​

How to Use?

  • Press it against a bleeding pimple firmly. Let it stay there for a couple of minutes.
  • Soak a clean washcloth or a cotton swab in the astringent

Note: The astringent shrink the blood vessel and stop the blood from flowing.

4. Use Antiseptic Styptic Pencil

Styptic pencil can stop the bleeding of a stubborn pimple. It is an antiseptic tool that is used to stop bleeding due to cuts and scrapes fast and clean. They cover the area with silver nitrate or alum, stopping the blood from flowing instantly.

The waxy material creates a thin barrier over the damaged skin. It protects a pimple against bacteria and infection. You can buy a Styptic pencil at the pharmacy near you and online.

How to Use?

  • Press the tip of the styptic pencil on your pimple directly.
  • Hold it into your cut for 5 seconds until it stops bleeding.
  • If in case the bleeding does not stop after 30 seconds, apply the pencil again for another 5 seconds.
  • You might feel a slight sting but don’t worry its normal.

Note: to make it more effective wet the styptic pencil and put some pressure on the pimple until it stops bleeding.​

5. Use Potato Slice

According to research, potatoes are the fast and effective way to stop bleeding from small scrapes and cuts. It contains starch that soaks up water and blood plasma and promotes clotting of blood fast. A slice of potato can actually put an end to your ordeal.

How to Use?

  • Wash a medium sized potato thoroughly.
  • Slice the potato into circles and apply to a bleeding pimple. Apply pressure on it for a few minutes until a pimple stops bleeding.

6. Apply Benzoyl Peroxide

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Benzoyl peroxide helps clear the zit away and stop a pimple from bleeding. The solution attacks the bacteria that caused the acne and prevents further breakouts from appearing.

How to Use?

  • Soak a cotton swab or tissue with benzoyl peroxide
  • Apply directly on the pimple with pressure until the bleeding stops.

Note: Benzoyl peroxide can dry the skin out. After applying, wash your face with mild soap and apply moisturizer.

7. Use Salt Water

There is a misconception on using salt water into a wound. Some people are shying away from placing salt water into a bleeding pimple. The truth is salt water can aid in treating the popped pimple faster. You might feel some discomfort if you apply it but the solution is very effective.

How to Use?

  • Add one tablespoon of salt to 1/4 cup of warm water and mix well.
  • Dip a cotton ball into the salty water and apply it to your bleeding pimple.

8. Aloe Vera

This is one of the popular remedies for bleeding pimple because of its healing and restorative properties. Even those with sensitive skin can use Aloe Vera to treat acne. It can be used regularly to achieve the best result.

How to Use?

  • Dip a cotton ball into the salty water and apply it to your bleeding pimple.
  • You can place the pulp directly on the bleeding pimple or you can use cotton balls to apply the gel.

9. Honey

Not only honey is delicious but it is also very helpful in reducing the bleeding caused by picking a pimple. Honey is also a natural skin moisturizer that can keep your skin smooth and hydrated. It will not dry out, so you have to wash your skin after 20 to 30 minutes.

How to Use?

  • You can apply honey with your clean hand or you can use cotton.
  • Press the cotton on the affected pimple and apply pressure until it stops bleeding.

Final Words

All the tips mentioned above are safe for your skin. Because benzoyl peroxide and hydrogen peroxide that can dry out your skin, so you need to be very careful when using it. You should stop your bleeding pimple right away to prevent the bacteria from spreading. If your pimples won’t stop bleeding, you should visit your doctor right away. Hope you enjoy reading this post. If you find this post helpful to you, feel free to comment below and share it with others.

5 Vitamins and Minerals That Will Incredibly Heal Your Acne

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Everyone thinks acne only affects teenagers. Contrary to popular belief but just because you didn’t have acne in your teens doesn’t mean you can’t have acne forever. Although teenagers are more prone to suffer from acne problems, unfortunately, acne can strike at any age.

As absurd as this may sound but even menopausal women can experience acne. In fact, over 17 million people in America are struggling with acne according to the National Institutes of Health. But there is hope and it comes in the form of vitamins. The question now is what vitamins are good for acne.

1. Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that is categorized under a class of compounds known as retinoids. Individuals with low levels of vitamin A are found to be more susceptible to acne and inflammation. In our body, the roles that vitamin A plays include red blood cell production, normal vision, healthy skin, immune system support and the general growth and development of the body.

If you have acne-prone skin then you should definitely take vitamin A supplements or if not, consume foods that are rich in vitamin A like sweet potatoes, spinach, yellow fruits and vegetables to name a few. Vitamin plays a role in the normal shedding of dead skin cells.

Dead skin cells that build up inside your pores will eventually clog it and clogged pores ultimately lead acne. Vitamin A prevents all these from taking place. Furthermore, since this is a vitamin that is loaded with antioxidants aside from removing dead skin cells it also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent to help lessen the redness and the sore caused by acne breakouts.

Individuals who have acne on the face or on other parts of the body are recommended to consume foods that are high in vitamin A. Aside from including these foods in your diet you should also consult with your doctor as to the amount of vitamin A you should take. Usually they recommend you to take 10,000 IU per day. If you are nursing or pregnant, it is best to talk to your doctor first.

2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Another important supplement to take when you have acne is omega-3 fatty acid also known as Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA). This can be found in seafood and fish, specifically in ocean fish like sardines, anchovies and mackerel. This is by far the best anti-inflammatory natural treatment for individuals with acne.

As you all know, the crux of acne is inflammation and so it makes sense if you treat it with an anti-inflammatory supplement to clear up the breakout. Omega-3 fatty acids clear up acne by preventing two notorious inflammatory chemicals that are known to cause acne breakouts.

It’s also important to consume foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Examples of foods that are rich in omega-3 are sardines, mackerel, anchovies and oils like canola, walnut and flax. You should avoid sunflower, soybean, peanut and palm oil as these oils are known to exacerbate acne.

Doctors usually recommend individuals who suffer from inflammatory acne on the face or on other parts of the body to consume foods loaded with omega-3 fatty acids in addition to taking supplements. These people should supplement with 2 grams or 2000 mg of EPA omega-3 every day.

3. Zinc

Zinc is an important mineral that is responsible for brain function, immune function and reproduction to name a few. Zinc is also known as an effective treatment for acne. According to studies, zinc significantly reduces inflammation. Zinc also fights against acne bacteria.

Taking zinc increases your body’s ability to absorb vitamins A and E, both of which are very crucial in having healthy skin. Zinc is also known to reduce the production of keratin, a protein that plays a significant role in blocking your pores.

To some degree, zinc effectively blocks DHT, a form of testosterone that causes oily skin and acne. Furthermore, zinc helps support healthy and normal ovulation thereby leading to a better hormonal balance. And last but definitely not the least, zinc is a very strong and potent antioxidant, which helps protect you from aging and acne. People who suffer from acne generally have 24% lesser zinc levels compared to people with clear and healthy skin. So if you are the type of person who has acne-prone skin then you better load up on zinc.

You can get zinc by taking supplements or you can consume foods that contain high levels of zinc such as seafood, especially lobster, crab and oysters; lamb and beef, leafy greens and spinach, nuts such as cashews, pumpkin seeds, chicken, pork, cocoa powder mushrooms, chickpeas and beans among others. If you are vegetarian then it’s highly likely that you’ll be deficient in zinc so you better take supplements.

4. Selenium

Another important mineral that is known to help fight acne is selenium. This is a powerful antioxidant that works to safeguard other antioxidants. You can find selenium in seafood salmon, grains, nuts and halibut. How then can selenium treat acne?

According to studies, selenium helps preserve other antioxidants like zinc. Selenium should be taken together with other antioxidants such as zinc supplements. By protecting other antioxidants, selenium is able to significantly increase your overall antioxidant level and, as a result, decreases inflammation that causes acne. Selenium functions in glutathione peroxidase; this is an antioxidant enzyme that is necessary for preventing the inflammation of acne.

It is important to note that supplementing with selenium is not enough to fight acne you also need zinc as well as vitamin E to increase your body’s glutathione. Doing so can dramatically improve the appearance of acne in as little as six weeks. Ideally, we recommend taking 400 mcg of selenium a day as this is considered as a safe upper limit. But we encourage you to discuss this with your healthcare provider first before taking any form of supplement.

5. Vitamin E

Vitamin E otherwise known as tocopherol or alpha-tocopherol is one of the best vitamins that fight acne. Taking 221 IU of vitamin E da day can already help your skin in more ways than one and it also prevents acne from becoming worse. Individuals with acne need vitamin E because according to one study, it has been found that patients with acne had 10% lesser vitamin E in their bloodstream.

Other studies also show that if you consume less vitamin E your acne will only get worse. This only means one thing, you need to take vitamin E supplements daily or if not consume foods that are high in vitamin E such as almonds, green leafy vegetables, fish and yes, even chocolate. Eating a handful of almonds in a day can already give you sufficient amounts of vitamin E and this alone can greatly reduce your inflammation.

It would be best if you ask your doctor about the exact dosage for your vitamin E especially if you are taking other supplements and/or medications with it. We encourage you to speak with your doctor before taking any form of supplement regardless of brand most especially if you are pregnant and/or nursing. Although there are no contraindications when it comes to food but when it comes to supplements it would be wise if you get a go signal from your doctor.

Conclusion

The truth of the matter is, every nutrient you get from the food you eat is essential and can help your acne problems to some extent, but these 5 vitamins and minerals have been backed up by science and several studies have proved its efficacy in treating acne. By incorporating foods that are rich in any of these vitamins, you are already helping your skin recover and stop the exacerbation of acne. Besides, the food selection is not that hard to find and you can easily spot them in your local grocery.

The Best of The Best : 5 Home Remedies for Pimple Scars

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Home Remedies for Pimple Scars

Millions of people battle with pimple scars every day. Who wouldn’t want a flawless skin, right? While pimples are relatively easy to remove, acne scars are stubborn. They lodge in the face for a long time and are super tough to eliminate.

Scars often appear intrinsically when a huge zit goes away. Sometimes, YOU cause it when you pop a pimple! So no matter how annoying a pimple gets, leave it be. Dealing with a scar is even more frustrating. Thankfully, certain organic substances naturally mend them — fast! Here’s a list of 5 most efficient home remedies for pimple scars:

1. Honey

You’ve probably heard about honey being a popular remedy for scars. Why wouldn’t you? A lot of people vouch for its efficacy and wonders. Honey is a very potent antibiotic, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent. It also contains a multitude of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that are necessary for keeping your skin clear,moisturized and glowing.

But which type of honey is best for acne scars? Experts recommend raw and Manuka. Raw honey is the one made by bees using the nectar they gather from flowers. Because this is unprocessed and unpasteurized, all nutrients and properties for acne cure are present.

Manuka, on the other hand, is the honey produced by bees that exclusively collect pollen from tea tree plants (or manuka bushes). Because of the enzyme methylglyoxal found in it, its antimicrobial properties is comparably stronger than that of raw honey’s. Needless to say, while raw honey is a smart option for pimple scars, Manuka remains to be the best choice – although it is significantly pricier than raw honey.

There are several ways to incorporate honey for skincare. To use it as it is and as a topical treatment:

  • Simply spread a thin layer of honey with your fingers or a Q-tip onto the affected area and the skin around it.
  • Leave it overnight and wash it off with clean water the next day.
  • If the problem is mild, you can leave it for only half an hour and only do it 2-3x a week.

2. Lemon Juice

What’s great about lemons is that it can easily be found at home. It also contains loads of vitamin C which facilitate production of collagen, removal of dead skin cells and regeneration of new cells to keep the skin smooth and supple. Lemons are also natural astringents. They keep the skin tight and have antibacterial properties that kill bacteria and prevent acne breakouts.

A powerful natural bleaching agent, lemons can make scars less visible over time. Although the effect doesn’t show overnight, acne scars and dark marks begin to fade after a few days or weeks. Definitely faster than waiting for months or years for the scar to fade on its own!

Now, how do we use lemons for acne scarring?

  • Squeeze out the juice from the fresh lemon. Apply it directly on your scars using either your fingertips, a Q-tip or a cotton ball and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and then pat it dry.
  • If you have sensitive skin, dilute the lemon juice with equal amount of water before applying it on your face.
  • Do this once a day for up to 3 weeks to see your scars and spots diminish considerably.
  • It is normal to feel a stinging sensation when applying lemon juice. However, if you experience any itchiness or redness, stop immediately.

There are other variations to this approach. Some people use it with baking soda, others with egg whites and some others with sandalwood powder.

3. Coffee

Do you know that coffee doesn’t only start your day but also end your skin troubles? According to a 1981 study, coffee helps reduce inflammation. It contains caffeine and antioxidants that scrub away skin imperfections including stretch marks, cellulites, eye puffiness and scars. It is also known to tighten and deeply exfoliate the skin. In fact, leading beauty companies like L’Oreal and Avon recognize the wonders of coffee and even incorporate caffeine in some of their lotions and creams.

Coffee has long been used as an acne scrub to treat scars and marks brought about by pesky pimples. It is sometimes even paired with another natural ingredient like sea salt, lemon juice and honey to amplify its efficacy and result in drastic improvement of the skin.

  • To make a coffee scrub, simply add coffee to water or to your favorite facial cleanser and mix well.
  • Prior to application, wash your face with clean water first and pat it dry. Then, apply the coffee scrub to your skin and gently massage your face in circular motion.
  • Leave it for 5-10 minutes before completely washing it off with lukewarm water.
  • If other organic ingredients work well for you, mixing it on this scrub is a very good idea.

4. Aloe Vera

Jam-packed with vitamins, minerals and anti-inflammatory properties, aloe vera has been glorified by many as a healing and soothing wonder gel. Among the many sublime properties, it contains are vitamins A, C and E which are good antioxidants; zinc which is critical to our body’s healing process, hence improving and hastening acne scar repair; and polysaccharide and gibberellin compounds which help fight acne bacteria.

The wonders of aloe vera are boundless. As reported i the Indian Journal of Dermatology, it is utilized to enhance healing of first- and second-degree burns, promote hair health and growth, treat wounds and sunburn, fight viruses and bacteria, and rev up the immune system.

To combat pimple scars and recoup a flawless face, various methods using aloe vera have been developed. But to use it simply as a topical gel:

  • Take out a fresh aloe vera leaf. The more succulent the better.
  • Cut it and squeeze or scoop out the gel from the inside then apply this on the affected area. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and then reapply again by gentling massaging the scars or marks.
  • Do this twice a day for a few weeks and expect an improvement in as early as 3-5 days!
  • You can also prevent pimple marks with early treatment. As soon as a zit emerges, start applying it directly on the pimple.
  • To use it as a face mask, apply it all over your face instead of just on the pimple spots.

5. Olive Oil

This, for sure, is just about an arm’s reach from you right now if you are in the kitchen. The good news is, it’s not only used to cook appetizing meals but also to lighten pimple scars.

Olive oil is an essential oil for the skin that contains a lot of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. It is very skin-friendly and is antibacterial and non-comedogenic (does not cause blocked or clogged skin pores) by nature so it kills acne bacteria, keeps other toxins at bay and helps lighten or fade away pimple marks.

  • Wash your face and hands before applying olive oil.
  • With your clean hands, lightly massage olive oil onto your skin, focusing more on the pimple scars. Do this until you feel like the oil has been absorbed by your skin.
  • Take out a clean face towel and dab it in warm water. Put this on your face for a minute or two so you can feel the steam and then gently wipe off (not rub) the excess oil on your skin before washing your face with water.
  • If you wish to leave the oil overnight, you can just dab and massage it directly over the affected area and wash your face the next day.
  • Other people add lemon or honey to the process. If lemon and honey work for you, then mixing them with olive oil is not a problem.

The Final Take

Aside from the natural goodness these remedies offer, always remember that keeping your skin clean and eating healthy will get you a long way. Besides, prevention is always better than cure, right?

You see, maintaining a flawless skin is definitely not a walk in the park – unless you’re naturally gifted with one. Oftentimes when dealing with vexing pimple scars, achieving a spotless face seems hopeless and impossible. With our 5 tried-and-tested home remedies, you can attain beautiful glowing skin and regain your self-confidence in the fastest and most natural – not to mention cheaper – way!

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