What are Pimples?
Pimples are red, inflamed raised skin lesions that contain a small amount of pus. They usually develop after blackheads or whiteheads become infected, and are caused by clogged or infected pores. Pimples often appear without warning. When a breakout of pimples occurs, it is referred to as acne. To prevent permanent damage and visible scars on the skin, acne needs to be treated correctly.
What Causes Pimples?
One of the primary contributing factors to the outbreak of pimples is the elevation of hormone levels that occurs during puberty or during the menstrual cycle in women. Many teenagers are prone to pimple outbreaks as the skin tries to adjust to the hormonal changes during puberty.
Hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, menopause, or stopping birth control pills can also result in pimples. Other factors that can also worsen the condition and spread the acne-causing bacteria include excessive cleansing of the skin, picking or squeezing of pimples, food allergies, oily fast foods, and the use of greasy cosmetics products. In addition, environmental toxicity can also aggravate pimples.
Help for Pimples
There are various treatments available to control and prevent the outbreak of pimples. Choosing the correct treatment is very important. The best treatment for acne is to use mild, water-based products. Benzoyl-based creams unplug pores and help to dry out pimples and acne, but can be very harsh on the skin. Many acne and pimple creams contain ingredients which may bring about unwanted side effects, and can sometimes cause more harm than good.
Combined with regular exercise, eating a healthy, balanced diet and drinking lots of water can go a long way to help you to maintain a good complexion. Following a skin cleansing regimen will keep your pores clean and encourage your skin to breathe more easily. With patience and determination, this routine will ensure fewer break outs.
Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil) is a therapeutic herb that has been used for many years and has exceptional healing powers due to its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-septic actions. Arctium lappa is used naturopathically for the treatment of chronic skin disorders, including acne, eczema, psoriasis, and canker sores.
In addition, herbs such as Aspalathus linearis are known for their anti-oxidant and healing properties, while Bulbine frutescence is effective in preventing skin infection, healing and soothing cuts, rashes, burns, insect bites, itchy skin, cold sores, pimples, and other skin problems.