It’s all about Oil. What are pimples? Pimples, blackheads and whiteheads are all characteristics of acne. Acne occurs when pores become clogged. Pores are minuscule openings on the surface of the skin that lead to a tube called the follicle. The follicle contains an oil gland and a hair.
When the oil gland produces too much oil, the pores can become blocked, building up oil, dirt, makeup and bacteria and causing swelling, whiteheads, blackheads and pimples. When the inflamed follicle is deep within the surface of the skin, the acne may form large painful cysts called cystic acne. Clearly, this is not a situation that anyone wants to have.
So how to get rid of pimples? Read on for more information. Acne most commonly occurs on the face, back and shoulders, but can also appear on the torso, buttocks and arms and legs. Sometimes acne can appear on the genital area. Genital acne is caused the same way as the acne on the face, and can appear on the penis, scrotum, and labial folds.
When trying to reduce the out breaks of acne, start by washing the affected areas using a non-detergent, oil and fragrance free cleanser. For oily skin a cleanser containing benzoil peroxide or salicylic acid can also reduce the oils that cause pimples. When using a cleanser always wash gently in a circular motion and never scrub as scrubbing can irritate the skin and cause swelling around the pores creating more breakouts. Switching to fragrance free soap and laundry detergent, wearing loose breathable clothing when sweating and washing or tying back long oily hair can also help in eliminating breakouts of acne and get rid of the pimples.
There are some extremely effective ways to reduce acne overnight–many people claim that daubing regular toothpaste over the pimples before bed can dry out the oil and reduce the swelling virtually making the pimple disappear overnight. Some over-the-counter acne medicines that contain benzoil peroxide or salicylic acid work well in drying out and reducing the swelling and inflammation.