Like it or not (okay — who likes it?), skin breakouts are part of life. It’s natural to want a solution that will zap that sucker at the soonest, but if you’re not careful, the very steps you take to nix your pimple can make it last longer, get infected, or leave a scar. Here is what not to do when you start seeing those zits.
Lots of Product for Pimples
We totally get why you’d want to smother your blemish with a magical potion, but applying tons of salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide treatment can lead to dryness, cracking, or contact dermatitis (AKA inflamed, angry skin). About a pea-sized dab is all you need! And if you do notice dryness or cracking, “take a break from the zit-clearing product for a day or two,” according to New York skin experts. Same goes for products with very high concentrations of actives like benzoyl peroxide. If you choose a formula that’s too strong it may cause irritation, inflammation, and not reduce any blemishes. Instead, look for options with 2.5% or less.
Tip: If product overload leaves your skin very red or irritated, soothing it with cold soy milk, a natural anti-inflammatory, is a good option.
Popping and Squeezing Pimples
Some people think that gently pressing on a zit with clean hands just to get the head out will help it disappear sooner. They are Wrong! “Squeezing acne can make it worse by increasing inflammation or leading to a secondary infection which means more zits. Plus, some skin tones may experience post inflammatory pigmentation, which is what causes acne scars. And those can take years to go away. Hands off that zit!
Do It Yourself (DIY) Extractions
You can find blackhead extractors at any drugstore, but this is something best left to dermatologists and estheticians. If you press too hard you can irritate or tear the skin area. Plus, like popping with your fingers?It can lead to inflammation, infection, and more zits. If you’re dying to nix a pesky blackhead, book yourself an appointment instead of digging around with sharp objects!
It may seem like a no-brainer to use a harsh cleanser when dealing with zitty situations, but unless you have extremely oily skin, this can strip away too much moisture. Your skin will then create more oil to counteract the dehydrated skin condition, according to spa experts and medical aestheticians. It’s basically sending your face mixed messages and freaking it out. Use a gentle cleanser instead and spare your skin the drama.
Do It Yourself (DIY) Fixes
The web is full of home remedies and recipes that promise to make pimples peace out. But according to skincare experts, you should not be treating those bad boys with toothpaste, baking soda, or Visine. Toothpaste may dry the pimple out, but it’s more likely to irritate it than to heal it. All those whitening, breath-freshening ingredients were not intended to be applied to your face! Baking soda becomes alkaline when mixed with water, so applying it to a zit would mess up the pH level of your skin — which can actually have some scary long-term effects. And while Visine will get the red out of your sleepy eyes after an all-nighter or sad movie, it will not get the red out of your breakout unfortunately. It’ll either do nothing or irritate it and make it stick around for even longer.
This Skin Trick Feels Crazy-Amazing — & It Works!
The FDA announced that cult beauty treatment cryotherapy had not, as many assumed, been deemed safe or effective by the organization. Furthermore, while it’s certainly “cool” (the FDA’s joke, not ours), it actually poses serious health risks, asphyxiation among them. But that doesn’t mean you have to throw the baby out with the ice-cold bathwater.
While the merit of spending time in what is, essentially, a walk-in freezer is being called into question, adding a little chill to your beauty routine is actually an incredibly beneficial way to reduce puffiness, calm irritated skin, and increase the efficacy of your products. Plus, it just feels so damn good during a summer heat wave or the morning after a night of little sleep and too many adult beverages.
The best part? It’s really simple to incorporate this tried-and-true anti-inflammatory technique into your routine. According to renowned global aestheticians, DIY “cold therapy” goes much deeper than just icing a blemish or applying a cold spoon to puffy eyes — it can deliver a serious anti-aging boost, too. Heed the advice as gospel from such global skincare advisors who have looked after the complexions of Hollywood celebrities, so naturally.
Ahead, we walk you through tips on how to deal with monsoon outbreaks to keep your skin blemish free. Chill vibes ahead!
Moist, muggy and sweaty weather brings with it a host of skin problems that range from social embarrassments such as excessive sweating to discomforting conditions such as prickly heat and fungal infections.
In humid weather, you not only sweat more but sweat also takes longer to dissipate, causing skin irritation and prickly heat. Wearing loose cotton and other natural fabrics allows air to reach the skin’s surface and helps evaporate the sweat, but there are other ways to prevent unwanted dampness.
Treatment: Shower daily and dry body folds with soft towel thoroughly and apply antifungal powder. Blocked sweat pores can cause prickly heat, which is best treated by rubbing the skin with ice. Avoid deodorants as they can cause severe irritation and redness. If you have to use deodorant, use roll-ons.
While sweat itself is virtually odourless, bacteria that multiply rapidly on the surface of skin produces an odour. People who are overweight, have diabetes or wear synthetic clothes tend to have more body odour (BO) than others.
Treatment: To control BO, keep your underarms, feet and groin dry as bacteria needs humidity to proliferate. Do not re-use clothes and void sharing clothes. If you have sweaty feet, use open sandals and keep the insides of your feet dry by putting them out in the sun, when possible.
A home remedy to fix smelly feet of soaking feet in the tea for 10 minutes controls odour. The tannic acid in tea helps to reduce foot odour, you can do this twice a week.
Acne is very common during summer as sweat, which is a combination of salts, urea, and lactic acid mixed with sebum (oil secreted by sebaceous skin’s glands), acts as an irritant and makes the skin vulnerable to infections, especially fungal and bacterial infections. If you get caught in a downpour, rainwater mixed with environmental pollutants makes the situation worse for those with sensitive skin.
Treatment: Protect your skin by using Salicylic acid-based washes and medicated wet wipes. Avoid touching infected spots as it spreads the infection. People who have hypothyroidism or spend a lot of time in air-conditioned environment may develop dry skin even in humid weather, so make sure you drink 8-10 glasses of water daily.
You can get sun burnt on an overcast day as you are less likely to take precautions against sun when it’s cloudy. On an overcast day, clouds can stop 70 to 90% of the UV-B rays from reaching earth, but there’s still enough radiation in the atmosphere to cause skin damage.
Under skies that are only partly cloudy, a phenomenon called the ‘broken-cloud effect’ can occur, which causes higher UV levels — higher than a completely clear sky would allow. Adding to the problem is smog and pollution, which has a redistributing effect on UV radiation.
Treatment: The ideal sunscreen for daily use for Indian skin type is spray on with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 26 to 30. The sunscreen should be applied 15 minutes before stepping out. The protection lasts for three hours. Topping it with a layer of a physical blocking lotion like Calamine, foundation or compact powder increases sun protection to six hours.
Infections (Fungal and other infections)
These usually occur in the areas of the body where the skin folds and are best avoided by keeping the body dry and clean. Itchy rash and irritation are symptoms of fungal infection and best way to avoid contracting them is by keeping the skin cool and clean. Another common problem is bacterial infections, such as boils, which if left untreated can turn into abscess, which can be infectious.
Treatment: Wear clean and dry clothes, iron them out to prevent dampness. Clean infected skin with antiseptic lotion like betadine and use cold compress, if needed, to bring down inflammation. Apply a local antibiotic cream on infected boils, but if they don’t heal within three days, consult a doctor.
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