Many of us don’t want to ever experience having a pimple. But pimples are fairly common.
Pimples are a type of acne. Acne is fairly a common skin affliction. About 75% of teens and 40% of adults get some form of acne. However, despite these high numbers, there are only a few people who actually understand what acne is and how this skin problem can be treated effectively. When you want to know how to treat acne effectively, learning more about this skin condition plays a crucial role.
So How Does a Pimple Develop?
Acne is referred to as acne vulgaris in the medical world. This is a skin disease that involves the oil glands at the base of the hair follicles. Acne is very common in teens as this is when the sebaceous or oil glands come to life. The glands go haywire thanks to a surge of male hormones produced by the adrenal glands found both in males and females. But how do pimples develop? To put it simply, skin cells, sebum (the skin’s natural oil) and hair can start clumping up together forming a plug. This plug can get infected with bacteria (keep in mind that the acne-causing bacterium naturally lives on the skin) which results to swelling. When this plug starts breaking down, it is the time when a pimple develops.
How to Treat Your Pimple
So how do you treat your pimple problem? The treatment will depend on the severity and persistence of one’s case. In most cases, people get mild acne. When it comes to treating this skin problem, it is best to visit a dermatologist. Mild cases of acne can be usually treated with OTC or over the counter medications. One can get OTC medications in a pharmacy without a prescription from a doctor. OTC acne medications usually come in the form of topical ointments or creams.
Active Ingredients in OTC Acne Medications
OTC medications for acne may have these ingredients:
- Resorcinol – This helps in breaking down blackheads and whiteheads.
- Benzoyl Peroxide – This kills bacteria and helps in bringing down overproduction of sebum. Controlling overproduction of sebum is believed to play a big role in controlling and treating acne. This is because the acne-causing bacteria that naturally live on the skin feed and thrive on your skin’s natural oils. So the more sebum your skin has the more ideal it is for the acne-causing bacteria. Benzoyl peroxide acts as a peeling agent. It hastens skin turnover and clears pores therefore bringing down the number of bacteria in the acne-affected area.
- Salicylic Acid – This ingredient helps break down both blackheads and whiteheads. Plus it also reduces the shedding of cells lining the follicles of the oil glands. It also brings down inflammation and swelling.
Sulfur, Retin-A and Azelaic acid are a few more common active ingredients found in OTC acne medications.
If your pimple problem persists after using OTC medications, it is best that you listen to our first advice which is to go and consult a dermatologist.
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