Self-care tips for acne

Self-care tips for acne

Authored by
 Dr. Batra's®  June 24, 2019

From time to time, it may seem like your skin is difficult to manage, particularly when you wake up with a huge zit on your face. A skincare routine is vital in order to maintain clear and healthy skin.

Self-care is a part of your acne skincare routine can not only work to improve acne but also help to develop healthier habits.

What is acne?

Are you wondering what acne is ? Acne is a skin condition that causes spots or blemishes. Acne happens when tiny pores on the surface of the skin become blocked. The pores can become plugged by substances on the surface of the skin.

Identifying the types of acne

Acne comes in various forms and sizes and the first step to making an effective skincare routine is recognizing which type of acne troubles you.

  • Blackheads: Blackheads appear as small black dots on the skin. They usually occur on the face but can also be seen on the back, neck, chest, shoulders and arms.
  • Whiteheads: Whiteheads appear as small white round bumps on the skin’s surface. They range in size from almost invisible to big, evident marks and can appear on the face or all over the body.
  • When blocked pores become increasingly infected, they grow in size and go deeper into the skin. If pimples get trapped beneath the skin’s surface, they can form papules: red, sore spots which can’t be popped.
  • Pustules: Pustules are very similar to papules. The difference is that pustules are filled with liquid pus, giving them a white or yellowish look similar to sores.
  • Nodules: A nodule is an abnormal tissue growth that can either develop just below the skin’s surface or anywhere within the skin’s three layers. Nodules commonly form in regions such as the face, neck, armpits and groin, although they can also develop on internal organs such as the lungs, thyroid and lymph nodes.

Causes of Acne

Some of the most prevalent causes of acne or reasons for pimples are listed below.

Hormonal changes - Hormonal changes in men and women are one of the most common causes of acne on the face and other parts of the body. The excess oil produced by these hormones is responsible for blocking hair follicles. Hormonal changes in women occur throughout adolescence, menstrual cycles, pregnancy, birth control pill use, and menopause. Each of them can be responsible for the development of acne. Acne can also be caused by Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

Genetics - The persistence and causation of acne are both influenced by heredity. According to a study by The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), if both parents have acne, a child is more likely to get severe acne at a young age.

Drugs - Some medications can cause severe breakouts and are a leading cause of pimples on the face in some people.

Stress- The effects of stress on the body have been studied extensively for decades. Although it is unclear whether stress is a direct cause of acne on the face, it can aggravate existing acne.

Bacteria - Propionibacterium acnes is a bacteria that thrives in the oily part of the skin's pores. The bacterium can worsen an immune response, resulting in red, swollen lumps, and is a common cause of acne or pimples on the face.

Diet — certain foods, particularly carbohydrate-rich foods like bread, bagels, and chips, can induce acne or pimples.

Cosmetics - Certain cosmetics that have been worn for a long time can cause pimples on the face. Certain face creams, foundation creams, overnight creams, and moisturizers have been linked to pimples and acne.

Impact of Acne

Despite the fact that it is a skin issue, pimples are known to harm the patient's mental health more than the skin. A person's self-esteem is greatly enhanced by having clear, healthy skin. Because pimples can significantly alter a person's physical appearance, they have a huge impact on self-confidence and self-image.

Acne has a negative impact on adolescents' quality of life, according to a study conducted by the Brazilian Society of Dermatology with adolescents in Greece, according to the findings; the effect is related to the severity of acne.

More severe acne is linked to a lower quality of life, with implications for self-esteem, body image, and interpersonal relationships.

Acne Skin Care Routine

A daily skincare programme can help you maintain general skin health and alleviate particular concerns like acne, scars, and dark spots, regardless of your skin type. A daily acne skincare routine consists of four essential stages that should be completed once in the morning and once before bedtime.

Cleansing: Choose a cleanser that is natural and does not dry out your skin. If you have dry skin and don't wear makeup, clean your face only once a day. Washing for that squeaky-clean feeling is bad since it removes your skin's natural oils.

Serums: In the morning, beneath sunscreen, apply a serum containing vitamin C, growth factors, or peptides.

Moisturizer: Even oily skins require moisture, but choose a light, gel-based moisturizer that is non-comedogenic, or won't clog your pores.

Sunscreen: Apply at least 30 SPF sunscreen, 15 minutes before going outside, as sunscreen takes time to activate because hyperpigmentation is more difficult to correct. Darker skin tones require greater sun protection.

Daily self-care tips for acne

In order to keep your pores from clogging and prevent acne, here are some self-care tips:

  • Avoid oil-based cosmetics.
  • Avoid scrubbing or repeated skin washing.
  • Avoid squeezing pimples and removing blackheads as it can worsen inflammation and cause scarring and delayed healing.
  • Avoid tight-fitting clothes.
  • Avoid touching your face with your fingers or leaning your face on objects that collect sebum and skin residue like your phone.
  • Clean the glasses or sunglasses to keep oil from clogging the pores around your eyes and nose.
  • Gently cleanse your skin twice a day, especially after exercising or wearing makeup.
  • Remove your make up before going to sleep.
  • Use face wash with salicylic acid or benzoyl if your skin is oily and prone to acne.

Is homeopathy treatment good for acne?

Acne can cause long-term scarring and emotional distress. Anyone who is concerned about their acne should seek the help of a medical professional or dermatologist Homeopathic treatment for acne has proven effective as it treats the root cause and promotes healthy skin. Homeopathy offers long-term cures for the prevention of acne formation, by targeting the root causes or triggers that cause it. It treats the causes for hormonal fluctuations and also helps reduce acute symptoms of acne-like pain, inflammation and swelling.

In terms of natural acne treatment, homeopathy offers a lot of potentials. The homeopathic acne treatments act systemically to help the body naturally treat acne scars. Homeopathy is known for its gentle, painless and natural treatment for long-term healing.

Dr Batra’s®Healthcare has the experience and expertise of having treated more than 10,000 cases of acne over the past 35 years. We have a success rate of 94.3% in treating skin disorders, including acne/pimples, as authenticated by American Quality Assessors (AQA).

At Dr Batra’s® Healthcare, our homeopathic specialists evaluate your condition, family and medical history closely before providing customized Homeopathy treatment.

Book an appointment now!

Medically reviewed by
Dr. Jyothi Malikarjun Kadkol
BHMS, Banglore
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