How to Get Rid of Painful Chronic Pimples
The most common types of pimples, according to Daniel Kern at Acne.org, are whiteheads, blackheads, papules and pustules. If your acne is red, inflamed and sore to the touch, it’s likely that you have a more severe form of acne known has inflammatory acne. These lesions occur when there is a break in the hair follicle wall causing a reaction that results in large, irritated pus-filled lesions that can last for a while.
Wash your skin with a gentle cleanser every morning. A 2008 study performed by the Urban Life Research Institute in Tokyo found that washing your skin with soap and water reduces moisture in the skin and limits sebum production from the sebaceous glands.
Start an acne-treatment routine using over-the-counter medications. Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are very effective in the treatment of typical breakouts. Apply 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide to the areas of skin that typically breaks out. Use salicylic acid pads, or a cleanser with salicylic acid at night. The Mayo Clinic explains that using a variety of acne medications can be more effective than using one medication in the treatment of acne.
Make an appointment with a dermatologist to discuss a more aggressive treatment. Because you have moderate to severe acne, the American Academy of Dermatology, AAD, suggests taking a prescription medication to limit sebum production, kill bacteria, and rejuvenate skin cells. Prescription medications commonly used to treat inflammatory acne include oral antibiotics, contraceptives and topical retinoids.
Remove all makeup, moisturizer and medication residue at the end of the day. The AAD recommends washing your skin twice a day. Any more than that could be irritating. Only use hypoallergenic cleansers.
Take a supplement. The Mayo Clinic explains that 5 percent tea tree oil, available over the counter at health food stores, may help treat mild and moderate acne. Zinc, guggul and brewer’s yeast are currently under investigation and showing positive results in the treatment of acne.
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