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In the modern world, societal pressures have instilled a desire within us to achieve a radiant and flawless appearance, leading us to compare ourselves with others. However, in the past, people lived without such external influences and embraced their natural facial features without undue concern.
Reasons for Acne:
Acne, a common skin condition, can have various underlying causes. Some of the key factors contributing to acne development include:
• Genetic Predisposition: If parents experienced acne during their youth, there is an increased likelihood that their children may also face similar skin issues. Therefore, it is essential to address acne promptly if it arises in our children.
• Stress: Anxiety and stress can manifest as acne, further highlighting the mind-body connection.
• Hormonal Imbalances: Hormonal issues, particularly related to insulin and testosterone, play a significant role in acne formation. Those who are obese or have hypothyroidism are more susceptible to experiencing hormonal imbalances and subsequent acne breakouts.
• Makeup: The excessive use of makeup, especially when layers accumulate, can lead to clogged pores and the development of acne.
• Friction: Men, in particular, may experience friction-induced acne due to frequent cloth wiping during sweating.
• Diet: Diets rich in carbohydrates and foods that trigger insulin spikes, have been associated with acne breakouts.
• Medications: Certain medications, like oral steroids and those used to treat tuberculosis, have been linked to the onset of acne.
• Fairness Creams: Some fairness creams, promising instant results, contain mild amounts of steroids, making it important to avoid such products to prevent acne.
Reasons to Treat Acne:
Parents often dismiss acne as a common issue among teenagers and may overlook the importance of early treatment. However, there are compelling reasons why timely acne treatment is crucial:
• Prevention of Scarring: While acne itself may come and go, the scars it leaves behind can be permanent. When a pimple can damage the underlying skin, leading to scarring. Genetic factors also play a role, making some individuals more prone to scarring than others. Therefore, preventing acne in the first place is vital to avoid the emotional and physical impact of scarring. So understanding the reasons behind acne formation and the necessity of early treatment is essential for maintaining healthy skin and preventing long-term consequences like scarring. Rather than dismissing acne as a rite of passage for teenagers, it is crucial to address the condition promptly and seek appropriate remedies to promote overall well-being and self-confidence.
• Mental stress: Mental stress has become a significant concern, particularly among young kids aged 13 and above, who actively engage on social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. The pressure to appear attractive in front of their peers puts them under immense strain. One of the factors contributing to this stress is the presence of pimples on their skin. Adolescents are greatly troubled by the presence of pimples, as it affects their self-image and confidence, causing them emotional distress. Additionally, the physical pain caused by pimples adds to their mental burden.
• Myths: There are several myths circulating regarding pimple treatment. Some people believe that applying turmeric can make pimples disappear, but this is not true. While turmeric possesses antibiotic properties, it cannot effectively combat hormonal-induced acne. Furthermore, applying substances like garlic or toothpaste on pimples can lead to skin irritation and burning, especially considering the sensitive nature of the skin in the affected area.
Understanding Blackheads and Whiteheads:
Blackheads and whiteheads occur when an excess of oil accumulates in the oil glands. The build-up of oil clogs the pores, resulting in the formation of blackheads and whiteheads.
Remedies and Treatment for Pimples:
Various remedies exist to address the issue of pimples, let us see them below,
• Ice water: Some of which can be done at home. Ice water, for instance, can provide a cooling and relaxing effect on the skin. While there are masks available with salicylic, glycolic, and lactic acids in the market, ice water can be a preferred alternative for those with mild acne (Grade 1 and Grade 2). However, for severe acne, especially those caused by hormonal imbalances, it is essential to seek internal treatments prescribed by dermatologists.
• Low glycemic index foods: In terms of diet, many dermatologists advise reducing the consumption of milk and sugar. Although eliminating these entirely may not always be feasible, opting for low glycemic index foods can be beneficial. Low glycemic index foods help regulate insulin levels, not only aiding in controlling acne but also conditions like diabetes. For example, basmati rice and brown rice are considered medium glycemic index foods, whereas millets and oats are classified as low glycemic index foods. Substituting rolled oats for white pasta is one such helpful change. Similarly, minimizing the intake of high glycemic index foods like ice cream, chocolate, and foods made from maida (such as cakes) is advised.
• Face wash: When it comes to face wash, using a gentle, non-irritating, non-allergic, and non-comedogenic product is crucial. This means avoiding face washes containing salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or other acne-fighting substances already present in other anti-acne products used in conjunction.
Addressing acne does not need to be complicated, with an array of products and methods. Keeping it simple is key – use moisturizer and sunscreen regularly. It is also essential to consult a dermatologist for professional guidance and adhere to the prescribed medications or follow-ups. In case of any irritation or adverse reactions, seeking clarification from the doctor is of utmost importance. Taking proper care of one’s skin and following expert advice can help combat pimples effectively, reducing both physical and mental stress associated with the condition.