Prevent and Treat Pimples Among Teens

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Even if a zit or a pimple is a normal part of puberty it doesn't make it easier for a teenager to live with, does it?

Most teenagers live a normal easy life; they fall in love, worry about exams, fight with their parents, and get insecure with pimples. But teenagers also worry a lot about how they look. This is the stage of adolescence that helps them build part of their self-image. Treatments to cure and avoid pimples can be very expensive and on a student's budget small budget, usually ineffective over the counter medicine is all they can afford. This wiki will help you learn and use inexpensive and safe home remedies for pimples.

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Hard Truths about Zits

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    It is common.
    The ugly truth is that every eight in ten teens suffer from pimples.
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    The dreadful type.
    The worst type that almost every teen has experienced is called "acne". The type that all teenagers dread to have is called "acne vulgaris." As teenagers get older, the tendency to form acne diminishes.
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    Pimple defined.
    This pimple is filled with a white pus-like liquid that is caused by the infection of the pores from dead skin, bacteria and oil.
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    The birth of a pimple.
    When the unneeded oil or sebum clogs the pore, the bacteria found in the skin can trigger the infection in the pore. That is how the acne is born.
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    What is a whitehead?
    A whitehead is a pore clogged up by oil and dead skin cells that bulges out.
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    What is a blackhead?
    A blackhead is a clogged up pore that stays open but has a dark surface.
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    They too can form pimples.
    When the pore opens and the sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells find their way under the skin then a pimple is formed. If you accidentally pop the pimple and it gets infected this can similarly cause you to have an acne breakout.
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    What's in a name?
    Aside from this nomenclature, there are many other kinds depending on the presence of lesions, pus, and ability to cause scarring. These are the so called comedones, papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts.
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    Are they to be feared?
    Severe cases do not present any serious health risk. But, it can undermine the confidence and the emotional stability of a teen especially with deep scarring. In certain cases, their ability to relate with people is affected by these skin problems.
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Tips to prevent acne growth

How often do you hear the adage, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?" There is indeed wisdom there. Here are some tips that can help you prevent acne attacks.

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    Hard-scrubbing and friction.
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    Don't scrub hard objects on your face. This will leave your skin dry and irritated and worse, it can leave marks and scars. Additionally, this will trigger your oil glands to release sebum. It is wise to remember that acne is not caused by dirt but by germs. Just wash your face twice a day.
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    Choosing face products.
    It is recommended to use oil-free or non-comedogenic products or products that do not clog pores especially for people who have oily skin.
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    Avoid popping your zits.
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    Do not pop your pimples! By doing this you will only force the bacteria deeper, which can lead to severe inflammation. The worst consequence that can happen is for permanent scars to form.
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    Avoid tight clothes.
    Be wary of wearing tight clothes and garments that can apply pressure to the lesions found on the skin like your back where pimples may also grow.
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    Fight stress.
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    Stress is one of the most common reason why pimples occur. Stress can affect your hormonal balance. Changing hormones also plays an important factor in the activity of the sebaceous glands.
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    Avoid touching your face.
    When doing this, the germs and other harmful bacteria found on your hands can be potentially transferred to your face. It is also recommended for girls to tie back their hair and for the boys to cut their hair short so the natural oil found in the hair won't stick to their faces.
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    Get into daily exercise.
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    By exercising daily you can improve your bodily functions. Not only does this improves the blood circulation, but this will also strengthen your immune system that can fight pimple outbreaks.
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    Stay away from heavy makeup.
    Go all natural. If your skin is in bad shape, keep it free from makeup and other irritating skin products.
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Home remedies for pimples, acne and scars

If you can't prevent it and pimples start appearing, fret not, for there are ways to keep your face clear of pimples. It is your safest option to use home remedies for pimple problems. Why? First, these products are mostly available in your home and will save you money. Second, these are effective and gentle on the skin. Here are some treatments that you can use:

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    Tea Tree Oil.
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    Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with water and put it on your face like a mask. It is best to use this before you go to bed, leaving it overnight. Rinse in the morning.
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    Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).
    Wet the cotton with ACV and dab gently and directly on the pimples. Do this in the morning after washing your face. Leave it on for as long as it is possible.
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    Lemon Juice.
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    Cut the lemon in half and rub it on your face gently, especially on the pimple. It is best to do this before you sleep so you can leave the lemon extract overnight. Wash off in the morning when you wake up. It is advisable not to get out in the sun because the lemon juice can make the skin photosensitive.
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    Groundnut Oil and Lime Juice.
    Mix lime juice with at least one tablespoon of groundnut oil. Apply the mixture every now and then.
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    Toothpaste.
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    Put a measly amount of toothpaste on a cotton bud and directly apply it into the pimples. Remember to use it before you sleep so it can be left overnight. Rinse in the morning. Take precaution; when the skin starts to get irritated, stop immediately.
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    Honey.
    Leave a mask of honey on your face. Repeat the process until your pimples dry up.
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    Cinnamon powder and honey.
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    Before bedtime, put on a facial mask that contains the mixture of cinnamon and honey on your face and wash it when you wake up. Do this every night until the pimples and acne are gone.
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    Apply heat to kill bacteria.
    It is a universal knowledge that bacteria can be killed through heat. Pimples are formed when bacteria find their way through the skin. Then one simple way to stop pimples is by killing the bacteria by applying heat. How? Pour an ample amount of boiling water into a mug and let it stay there until the mug gets heated. Use the heated mug and roll it onto your face.
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    Vitamin C from tomatoes.
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    Use the tomatoes by cutting it in half and by massaging it on your face. Leave it there for about 20 minutes or so. Do this before taking a bath or every night for an hour. Wash it off before you sleep.
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    Olive Oil.
    For pimple scars you can use olive oil to remove them. Put an ample amount of olive oil on your fingers and massage it on your face; do this daily.
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    Fenugreek Leaves.
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    Using a mortar and pestle make a paste using the fenugreek leaves; massage this on your face. Leave it for 20 minutes. Fenugreek seeds can also be used. First boil the seeds to soften and to make it into a paste-like consistency. Apply this to your face to remove pimple scars.
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    Yogurt.
    It is recommended to use a low fat yogurt as this has less oil. Use the yogurt and massage it on the face; wash off soon after. You can also mix yogurt with oatmeal to make a mask. Let it chill in the refrigerator and apply it on your face. Let it sit for at least 20 minutes. Doing this longer will cause the mix to become soggy and fall apart. Rinse off using lukewarm water.
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    Avocado.
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    This super fruit contains monosaturated fats that can penetrate the skin deeply compared to other plant oils. This is used commonly as a base for transdermal treatments as it can carry the needed supplements to the deepest areas of the skin.
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    Camellia.
    Camellia or Chamomile is an expensive natural remedy but is worth every dollar spent on it. Why? Chamomile is one of the safest homeopathic herbs. Its chance to irritate your skin is next to none. Its extract is a good relaxant. It is also a good antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent.
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    Chaparral.
    The extract found on the leaves and twigs of the Larrea tridentata is well known for its healing value. It is very popular for treating skin problems such as eczema, sores, acne and rashes.
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    Drinking Water.
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    Drink at least four pints of water daily. This will keep your body well-hydrated - that is an important factor for healthy skin.
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    Cream-Glycerin-Lemon Juice Mix.
    Mix some cream, glycerine and lemon juice. Massage it unto your face and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing off.
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    Turmeric-Coconut or Sesame Oil.
    Turmeric is known to have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that can stop the appearance of pimples and acne. Make a turmeric paste by combining it with coconut or sesame oil. Use this mixture and apply it on your face especially on the pimples and acne.
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    Turmeric-Lime or Cucumber Juice.
    Another way to use turmeric is to blend it. Use the blended turmeric and add a few drops of lime juice or cucumber juice; use this to treat the pimples.
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    Turmeric-Sandalwood Powder-Orange Juice.
    Another way to remove scars and pimples is to mix ½ tablespoon of sandalwood powder, a small amount of turmeric and 3 tablespoons of orange juice. Use this mixture and massage on your face and leave it for at least 10-15 minutes at most.
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Are you bothered by your pimples? There is no need to fret because there are many natural ways to prevent the formation of zits and to treat them if they are there already. Don't forget though to give the remedy a chance to make it work before shifting to another regimen.

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