Medical Name: Acne Vulgaris
Pimples is a common skin condition of adolescents and teenagers, coinciding with puberty, that
arises due to blockage of pores of oil producing glands and resulting in blackheads, bumps, and
nodules on the skin of face, upper arms, and trunk.
The severity, duration, and the distribution of pimples may vary considerably with alternating bouts of temporary flare-ups and recovery. The lesions tend to get better as hormonal levels approach stability. Many individuals need to undergo treatment because of their severity or psychosocial concerns.
The cause of pimples is a hormone based blockage of skin pores and tiny pipes leading to them through which skin secretions escape on to the surface. This blockage causes swelling of target skin glands with bacterial growth and pus formation.
Prevention and Care
Although it is not possible to prevent pimples out rightly, yet there is a lot one can do to minimize the severity of condition and control subsequent damage.
1. If pimples run in your family, start taking good care of your skin at an early age.
2. Wash your face with a mild face wash or plain tap water nearly every two hours.
3. Washing should be gentle, without much force, and with hand movement in a circular fashion.
4. Control dandruff with suitable treatment, if you have any.
5. Avoid dusty and polluted environment.
6. Keep hairs short and clean, preferably with no or minimal oil.
7. Avoid food articles and cosmetics that seem to trigger onset of fresh pimples (occlusive cosmetic lotions/creams/cleansers, high humidity, certain medicines, high intake of milk etc.).
8. Avoid skin products that tend to block pores. Use products marked as “non-comedogenic” for this purpose.
9. Do not pick at or scrub pimples.
10. Adhere to the prescribed treatment, if needed and be regular in following healthcare service provider’s advice.
11. Do not panic if your pimples do not get better initially as medicines take some time before their beneficial effects become obvious.
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Dr Vinay Kumar
Senior Consultant Dermatologist
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