There are a few things as harmless yet hated as pimples. The onset of pimples often pronounces your social hibernation, at least as long as they haven’t vanished completely. Curing a pimple has been a big problem for humans as it affects their social life big time. What’s interesting is that this problem is not a new one.
Pimples and humans have a long history. In early Roman Empire there are detailed records of pimple treatment, likein Aulus Cornelius Celsus’s exhaustive medical work, De Midicina. There are proofs that establish that even Greeks were well versed of the problem of acne and associated it with the onset of puberty. There is circumstantial evidence to support that ancient Egyptian pharaoh were cognizant of this pesky little problem too.
So it is safe to assume that sudden onslaught of pimples might have caused even Cleopatra some serious anxiety back in the days. Who knows, if Julius Caesar have had pimples on the “Ides of March” he might’ve never been assassinated.
Let’s not dwell in the past and see what can be done about it in the present. Although pimples are nothing more than a cosmetic nuisance,butthat doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be dealt with immediately. For that you need to know about its cause and affliction.
What are Pimples?
You know you have hair follicles everywhere on your body right? So wherever there is a hair follicle, near its base you will find a small Sebaceous gland, which produces oil. In fact you will find this gland everywhere except on your palms and soles. Sebaceous gland is inside the outer part of the skin and it produces sebum, oil like substance used to moisturize your hair and skin.
Now what happens is, you know how skin sheds like a million dead cells every day. Those dead cells sometimes get mixed with the sebum and clog the skin pores. This blocking creates a habitable environment for a bacterium called Propionibacterium acnes, which causes the pimples.
In most cases this bacteria sits harmlessly in your skin feeding off the sebum and generating stuff that produces an immune response, which is what causes the inflammation. Thus, giving your pimple that bump it has. However in some cases, given the right conditions, the bacteria can reproducemore quickly and cause problems.
Who is affected and why?
The age group it generally affects includes teenagers and young adults, who have it statistically more than middle-aged adults. In this age, especially after puberty hormonal dysregulation causes sebaceous gland to produce more sebum, thus giving rise to the concept that in puberty gives rise to acne.
Pimples have also known to be cause by yeast (Malassezia ) infection. An increase in the amount of testosterone or cortisol in blood can also cause the sebaceous glands to produce excess sebum.
A study by researchers of New York University reported in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dieteticsthat a diet with high Glycemic Index and dairy products increases the vulnerability to acne. Pimples have also been linked with digestive disorders and constipation.
With so many possible triggers to a pimple it is really handy if you are aware of some quick and easy ways to get rid of pimples. Thankfully, the correct treatment of pimples is not as elusive to us as it was to our ancestors.
10 Easy Remedies to Cure Pimples
1. Green Tea
Green tea is a nutrition wonder that can also cure your pimples. Just make a cup of green tea and wash your face with it or put the moist teabag directly over the acne. Green tea has natural antimicrobial properties that fight with the bacteria.
2. Ice Cubes
Quick and effective remedy of getting rid of pimples is putting an ice cube over them. Put an ice cube inside a cloth and put it on the surface of the pimple. Do not touch the ice directly with the skin. Ice will fight the inflammation and wash away the sebum and dead skin. Moreover, it tightens the pore reducing the future possibility of a pimple.
3. White Toothpaste
Apply white toothpaste (not the fancy ones for cool breath) on your pimple and leave it overnight and wash your face in the morning, now enjoy a pimple free morning. If you are applying it at day time, leave the toothpaste on your pimple for at least 30 minutes before washing your face.
4. Honey and Cinnamon paste
The anti-inflammatory properties of honey and the anti-bacterial property of cinnamon come in handy. Make a paste using equal parts honey and cinnamon powder, that is, one teaspoon each and mix them properly. Now apply them over your pimples and leave them overnight. Wash your face in the morning.
5. Mint, Oatmeal and Yogurt
Use fresh mint leaves and chop them fine. Use 2 tablespoons of chopped mint leaves and add 2 tablespoon of yogurt and oatmeal. Your oatmeal must be crushed into powder using a blender first. Apply this paste on your face and leave it for at least 10 minutes before washing it off.
6. Aloe Vera Extract
Aloe Vera is a popular home remedy for rejuvenated skin. Its healing and germ fighting properties make it a favorite among cosmetic remedies. Scrape some aloe gel from the leaves using a spoon. Apply that gel and leave it overnight. You can use store bought aloe vera extract too, but only if you are sure that it is 100% pure.
Salicylic Acid, the active ingredient in Aspirin is what is present in already a lot of over the counter acne cures. Just make a paste by dissolving 4 tablets in 2 tablespoon of water and apply it on your acne as if you were applying a topical cream.
Known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, Echinacea was traditionally used in healing cuts and bruises. Its tea was also used to cure cold and flu. Exactly like green tea wash, you can use Echinacea tea to wash your face daily or make a more concentrated extract and use cotton ball to dab it on your acne.
9. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can cure your acne, which is one of its many benefits. Use equal amount of apple cider vinegar and water and store it in a bottle. Use a cotton ball to apply it on your acne daily. Remember to shake the bottle every time before you use it.
Reduce the use of dairy products and food with a high Glycemic Index. Take a nutritious diet with all the macro and micro nutrients required by the body.
It is a myth to stop eating oil thinking it will make your skin oily. On the contrary, reducing oil intake makes your sebaceous glands to produce more oil, thus increasing your chances of pimples.