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20 Simple Tips to Avoid Pimples

“There are no ugly women in the world, just lazy ones”- Gabrielle Chanel

Flawless, radiant and healthy skin- desired by everyone, but possessed by very few. But why? What is the reason behind the scars and marks which make our skin imperfect? Pimples! the root cause of all our skin issues. Most of us believe that pimples are caused due to hormone secretions so we can’t do anything about them. While this belief is true, 95% of the times pimples are caused because of careless and bad habits and not due to hormones. And yes pimples can be avoided and flawless skin is possible. You just need to follow some simple tips and tricks and get rid of pimples forever.

1. Cleanse:

One of the main causes of pimples is dirty skin. Your skin is subjected to lots of dust and pollution throughout the day. The dirt mixes with sebum produced by our skin and clogs the pores resulting in pimples. Add to that the un removed makeup we put on and forget to wash before sleeping. All these makeup particles are breeding grounds for pimples. So what is the solution? Simple! Cleansing.Wash your face properly and do it twice a day, Once before sleeping and once in the morning.

2. Tone:

If your skin is too oily, mere cleansing might not alleviate your pimple problems. You will need to use a toner to remove the traces of dirt and excess oil that your cleanser failed to remove. It is recommended to use a toner which has salicylic acid or glycolic acid, both of which are effective acne fighting ingredients

3. Moisturise:

It is a very popular myth that people with oily faces should not use a moisturiser as it will augment their pimple problems. Well, myth busted! a moisturiser does the exact opposite of that. It inhibits the production sebum by moisturising your skin externally. So no matter what, never skip a moisturiser.

4. Exfoliate:

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead cells by using a scrub. Exfoliation not only removes dead cells, it also prevents the pores from getting clogged with dead skin, thus reducing formation of pimples. Exfoliate your skin twice a week, religiously to stay immune against pimples forever.

5. Oil Cleansing:

This is the most effective way to banish pimples. All you need to do is blend two or more oils together.  Massage your skin after applying the mixture all over your face. Finally wipe the oil off with a piece of cloth dipped in warm water. This method is based on the principle of chemistry that states “like dissolves like”. So the oil mixture will dissolve all the dirt and oil clogging your pores giving you a clear skin.

6. Good food:

What goes inside is reflected outside. Studies prove that addition of certain items rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, to the diet can drastically reduce acne breakouts. So start eating more unprocessed food like green vegetables, fruits and nuts. Antioxidant rich drinks like green tea are a saviour when it comes to reducing pimples. Add these food to your daily meals and watch your pimples vanish.

7. Avoid Junk Food:

Just like healthy food fights against pimples, junk food promotes breakouts and acne. Junk food and food with high levels of sugar content spike the insulin levels and the blood sugar level rises. Consequently hormonal fluctuations occur, which causes acne. So if you want a clear skin, you have got to resist your temptations for coke, burgers and other junk food.

8. Stay hydrated:

Water cleanses our body internally. Drinking at least 2 litres water everyday won’t necessarily solve all your acne issues but it will detoxify you body as well as your skin and keep it clean.

9. De-stress:

Emotional stress affects our endocrine system, digestive system, respiratory system, immune system, and various other bodily systems. Studies have shown that people usually breakout more when they take lots of stress. So make it a habit to take time out of your busy schedule, for meditation. Or just breathe more deeply and relax your mind and soul.

10. Aloe Vera:

Aloe vera contains hormones called gibberellins and polysaccharides which contain antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which fight with bacteria thriving in the clogged pores. It absorbs the excess oil from the skin which prevents clogging of pores. It is recommended to use unprocessed aloe vera gel, from a freshly cut plant. Massage your face with aloe vera gel daily to get a clear and glowing face.

11. Use clean pillow covers,bedsheets and towels:

Using dirty pillow covers and towels will put your skin at the risk of clogged pores which will ultimately cause pimples. So wash them regularly to prevent any kind of dirt from clogging your pores.

12. Sun Protection:

UV rays damage the skin, weakening the natural barrier and causing it to lose moisture. While at first this means your oily zones dry up, your skin tries to fix this by producing more and more of its own oils. Instead of preventing or lessening breakouts, sun exposure worsens the root of the problem. Hence try to avoid the sun as much as possible and always apply sunscreen with spf above 35 (Even if you stay indoors).

13.  Do not pop:

I know its tempting but it is only gonna worsen the situation. Even touching the pimple will  damage the skin around it and thus increase the inflammation and redness. So no matter what, don’t even think about popping your pimples.

14. Exercise:

Yes! you read it right. If nothing else works, just sweat it out. Cortisol is responsible for triggering your oil glands.  Exercise lowers the stress level which in turn lowers the cortisol levels. So exercising on a regular basis keeps pimples at bay. However do not forget to shower away all the sweat after a workout. You don’t want all that  sweat to attract dirt particles and clog your pores.

15. Use Earphones:

If you are one of those people who talk for long hours on phone, buy a nice pair of earphones with a mic. The dirt particles on the screen of your phone can cause pimples on your cheeks. So switch to earphones and keep your cheeks clean and happy.

16. Makeup:

Say no to makeup products containing comedogenic (pore clogging) ingredients. Some makeup products have a tendency to block your pores, so you must check the ingredients and product reviews before buying anything for your face. Also never forget to remove your makeup before going to sleep.

17. Be careful with hair products:

Some hair products like hair serum, leave in conditioner, comedogenic hair oils etc, should not come in contacts with your face as they tend to clog your pores. So make sure you apply these products very carefully and wash your hands properly once you are done applying.

18. Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide:

Use products containing salicylic acid,  benzoyl peroxide or glycol. These ingredients curb bacterial growth and thus prevent pimples. However they can also dry your skin out, so be careful with the amount of product you use.

19. Clay Masks:

Applying homemade face masks containing ingredients like fullers earth and sandalwood will tighten your pores and give a healthy glow to your skin. Since tightened pores cannot be clogged easily, hence the risk of getting pimples is reduced.

20. Dermatologist:

If nothing works, what else can be better than going to a skin specialist. A professional dermatologist can tell you the reason behind your pimples better than anyone else and then he can help you tackle the problem medically.