Written by Jessica Wright (last updated October 7, 2020)
A large portion of the population in the world suffers or has suffered from some type or form of skin problems that are commonly called pimples. There are basically two different types of pimples and each type is treated differently. One form is blackheads/whiteheads and the other is red bumps.
The best way to treat the red bumps is with a healthcare provider, as red bumps are harder to treat and usually requires a prescription to get rid of the problem. You can do something about blackheads and whiteheads, however.
A blackhead is formed when a skin follicle has a wider-than-normal opening. These follicles then get plugged or filled with other dead cells. They are called blackheads because the follicles are wider and air gets to the dead cells causing oxidation so they appear to be black. Whiteheads have smaller follicles so the air can't reach the dead skin so no oxidation occurs, leaving them white.
The basic of preventing an outbreak of those embarrassing pimples is to keep your skin clean and eliminating the bacteria from the skin. This can be done by keeping you hands and hair off your face and by removing make-up at night.
There is no quick cure for either blackheads or whiteheads. You need to start with a good skin-care regimen and be consistent with it. Use a skin-care program that fits with what type of skin you have. If the breakouts are not frequent then all you may need is to wash your face with a mild soap twice a day.
Problems start to arise when the breakout is more frequent. That's when you need to become more aggressive with your skin care. Using a face wash that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide will help kill the bacteria. You can find these products in your grocery store or pharmacy.
Don't use harsh cleansers on your skin, as this may over-stimulate your skin. Then you end up with more pimples. Washing your skin too often can have the same effect. Washing your skin twice daily should be sufficient unless you participate in sports or vigorous physical activity.
Keep your skin moisturized, as well. Most products that are used to treat pimples can also cause the skin to dry out, which can lead to the skin producing more oil trying to keep it hydrated. If you do have oily skin you will want to try using a gel-based moisturizer. With dry skin you will want to use a good moisturizer or lotion to keep your skin hydrated.
Even though having problems with pimples and acne is normal, if after trying the above methods you are still having problems then you should see a health-care provider to see if there is further treatment that can be done.
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