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Sunday, June 20, 2010

I.Hate.It.WheN.I.WakE.uP.WitH.A.PimpLE! - breAkoUT.SoLutioNS.

It can seem like a nightmare, waking up to a BIG RED PIMPLE! Especially when we have special event that very day. 
Acne breakouts are never welcomed by anyone. Most times it seems that these annoying pimples appear overnight, however the development of an acne breakout is quite an extensive process that starts days before the pimple appears on the surface. Acne is a skin disorder that affects the sebaceous(oil) glands. Pimples begin as a blocked hair follicle or pore. To clearly figure out why or how the pimple appears, we need to understand how this blockage happens. 
Within the skin we have the top layer (epidermis) which is composed of five layers. In the deepest layer of the epidermis(stratum germinativum), new cells begin their journey to the skin's surface. As the cells reach the top layer(stratum corneum), they are dead and the surface has a granular appearance. The dead cells are constantly falling off and being replaced by other dead skin cells(desquamation), which takes about 28 days. 
Next you have the dermis which contains blood vessels, nerves, arrector pili muscles, sweat glands, oil glands and hair follicles. And it is here within the hair follicle and the oil glands that acne starts.
The hair follicle is a tube like opening on the skin where hair and oil can reach the surface. In a normal working follicle, oil secreted by the sebaceous glands goes into the pore. Usually oil and dead cells shed off the surface. In an acne prone skin however things are a little different. Oil and dead skin cells get trapped in the follicle. This builds up and creates a hard plug that blocks the pore opening. This is called a comedo. It then becomes a non-inflamed bump or a blackhead. 
For a breakout to fully form, there needs to be a Propionibacterium acnes(P.acnes). P.acnes bacteria are on everyones skin, but on an acne prone skin, the population grows out of control. With the comedo blocking the pore opening, this stops the flow of oxygen to the follicle. With this anaerobic environment, plus the over production of oil, makes the perfect environment for P.acnes to grow. With the follicle filled with oil, dead cells and bacteria, it swells and the walls of the follicle break and spills into the dermis. The skin then sends white blood cells to fight the bacteria and redness and swelling form and puss is made. Equalling a pimple! 
But now that we know how it got there....HOW DO WE GET RID OF THE PIMPLE(S)!?
Here are some tips on how to get rid of a breakout/pimple quickly and safely, because we don't want a scar!
1. NEVER ever pick, squeeze or pinch your pimple. This will yes make it look smaller, however it can make the pimple more red and inflamed. Another thing is that it can cause more pimples, as bacteria can spread. This can also cause scarring.
2. Have a facial regularly, as an aesthetician can remove blackheads safely without causing scarring.
3. If you have a special event and a pimple decided to ruin the day, try applying ice to the pimple for 2 minutes, every half hour. This will help to minimize swelling and redness.
4. Cleansing the skin with the appropriate cleanser for your skin twice daily will help reduce bacteria growth and excess oil build up. Remember to remove everything, including makeup before going to bed.
5. Using an exfoliator/scrub twice weekly will help the natural exfoliation process, therefore reducing dead skin buildup. 
6. For an instant fix: Try a concealer! While in a hurry, using a little bit of concealer on the spot will conceal the pimple.
7. Try a spot treatment for pimples. Find one containing benzyl peroxide or salicylic acid. These ingredients will help cleanse the pore and reduce inflammation.
8. Try wearing an oil free foundation, as this can help to reduce pore buildup. 
9. My favourite solution to a break out is the Tanda Clear light therapy treatment. I always do this when I have a breakout.
10. Check out my posts about Acne scarring, review on a good face cream for acne prone skin, Enlarged pores, Ways to reduce oily skin , or  Tanda Clear light therapy treatments!
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