Aargh! She yelled and sped to the bathroom, rummaging for make up to cover up the big pimple that had popped up on her forehead. As she didn’t want her friends to make fun of her for that. She was fourteen and every pimple was a big deal.

As puberty starts to kick in, many teenagers find that they start getting acne. Having big red bumps all over your face can rid one of their confidence. According to NIAMS, approximately 80% of people between 11 to 30 years old have acne outbreaks at some point in their lives.

Why acne?

During puberty, the levels of the hormone testosterone fluctuates and this causes the sebaceous glands in the skin to produce oil. The skin reacts and breaks out in the form of pimples. A bad case of pimples can end up in acne. It can appear all over the face, neck, shoulders, chest or back. It can also cause scars that are difficult to get rid of.

Pimples can be red and painful, or be filled with pus. Bacteria have a major role in pus formation. Acne spots can be whiteheads, blackheads, pustules or cysts.

Acne can be made worse by wearing greasy make-up, stress, periods, hormonal changes or even squeezing the pimples. It can even be a side effect of other disorders like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or due to steroid containing medications.

How to prevent and treat acne?

Keeping the face and neck clean can help unclog the pores. Regulating the hormone balance can also help to decrease the spots.

How to get rid of acne though?

It will take time. It’s impossible to magic away the spots overnight.  However, you can follow these steps

  • Never squeeze the spots. It will push the bacteria in the pustules deeper into the skin and cause scarring as well.
  • Don’t sleep with make-up. It’ll only clog up the pores.
  • Wash your pillowcases often to remove the bacteria in them.
  • Showering after sports can help clear up the perspiration and bacteria.
  • Egg whites can be helpful to lighten the acne scars over time.
  • Neem oil is a great disinfectant and can reduce the pimples in no time.
  • Cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing skin can make it healthier and you are less likely to break out then.

Using natural products can help not damage the skin further, when you are seeking to get rid of the pimples. However, if you have a really bad case of acne, visiting the doctor and getting a few topical solutions or pills might be a good idea.

Acne is every teenager’s bane. However, with a good diet, exercise and a great skin regime, this problem can become a thing of the past.

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