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PIMPLES: PREVENT AND TREAT BREAKOUTS


 

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According to Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a board-certified dermatologist and Director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan, a pimple can send an informative message about your health and hygiene.

Your skin is a clear indicator of what is going on inside your body. Breakouts don’t occur randomly. The following information can help you understand what your zits mean and how to avoid them.

Applying heavy-duty hair products like pomade along your hairline is a definite no, no. Even when you use hair products elsewhere and touch your hairline to smooth away frizzy strains, your pores are at risk of becoming clogged. Always wash your hands after applying hair products. When washing your face, gently scrub up to the roots to avoid any irritation or inflammation. A daily toner may be used for additional help if breakouts become a serious problem.

Stress is thought to be a likely trigger for breakouts on the nose and forehead. When you are under a great deal of stress, your body releases adrenaline. This adrenaline rush may increase oil production which increases the likelihood of breakouts. During stressful periods, apply a leave-on acne treatment to those areas.

Your cheeks are a vulnerable part of your face. Any object that touches your face for an extended period of time can transfer pore-clogging dirt or bacteria to your skin. Keep your hands and other objects away from your face.

Be careful what you eat. Residue from acidic foods can irritate the skin around the mouth and cause inflammation. Remnants of greasy fried foods can block your pores and cause zits to form around lips/mouth. Keep a supply of facial cleansing wipes on hand to wipe around your mouth after eating.

During your menstrual cycle, hormones like testosterone fluctuate. Your glands produce more oil which clogs your pores, resulting in pimples. If you use an acne-fighting ingredient such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid on a regular basis, apply a leave-on treatment containing those same ingredients to your chin, jaw line, neck and the rest of your face. As Dr. Zeichner states, “You can’t predict exactly where the zit will erupt.” You may wish to see a dermatologist or your primary physician if major breakouts appear around the same time each month. Your doctor can prescribe birth control pills or another hormonal therapy to level out your hormones and prevent breakouts.

Dr. Zeichner says that wearing cotton clothes to the gym can turn your skin into a breeding ground for pimples since acne-causing bacteria thrives in moist places. Prevent breakouts on your chest and back by wearing moisture-wicking fabrics when you work out. They whisk sweat away from the skin and you will be less likely to break out.

By Doris Walton

 


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