8 everyday hacks to deal with your acne problem

Do you wish you had a magic wand to clear out your skin? Try these quick tips on how to treat acne and pimples faster.
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You can avoid acne with a healthy night skincare routine. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Team Health Shots Published: 18 Jul 2022, 10:31 am IST
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Pinching or squeezing a pimple comes easy to everyone who spots them. But it’s important to stop yourself considering we know we can’t treat acne and pimples or heal them overnight. However, home remedies or some medical care can help reduce swelling and pain, making your zits less noticeable.

Health Shots spoke to Dr Dipak Patel, M.D., Aesthetic dermatologist, Neel Aesthetics and Laser Clinic, Surat, who listed easy ways to reduce the visibility of Pimples can be a sign of underlying health problems. Here’s an acne face map to help you out

Using topical treatments can unblock pores, reduce the production of sebum and inflammation, as well as inhibit bacterial growth. However, they take time to work. Oral systemic treatment like systemic antibiotics or oral retinoids are required when acne is resistant to topical treatment or if it manifests as nodular lesions or leaves scarring. In case of emergency, Intra lesional injections and Cryoslush therapy is done as required.

Here’s a skin routine to be followed in order to avoid or treat acne or pimples:

1. Hygiene

Maintain hand hygiene before touching your face and try to keep your hands away from your skin to prevent spread of bacteria. Keep your face clean.

Maintain basic hygiene to treat acne
Maintain basic hygiene to treat acne.

2. Skincare routine

Continue to follow your skincare routine including cleansing, moisturising and sun protection. Also, treatments like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, retinoids – tretinoin, adapalene, topical antibiotics – clindamycin, fusidic acid, anti-inflammatory treatments like niacinamide, azelaic acid are helpful in persisting this uninvited guest on your face.

Follow a basic skincare routine to prevent acne
Follow a basic skincare routine to prevent acne.

3. Moisture

Don’t over dry the pimple as it can lead to spots and scars. Keep applying a soothing gel or a prescribed gel to stop it from drying.

Don't let your skin be dry.
Don’t let your skin be dry.

4. Choose your products carefully

Avoid creamy heavy products. Use non-comedogenic, water based moisturisers and sunscreen.

Make sure you pick your skincare products carefully
Make sure you pick your skincare products carefully.

5. Sleep

Get plenty of sleep. Sleep can be considered as one of the triggers of acne. It unsettles the chemical balance in your skin that is required to ward off the pimples.

Sleep is important for your overall health
Sleep is important for your overall health.

6. Yoga

Practice yoga or moderate exercise to keep the body fit, allowing overall blood circulation, the chemical balance required in the skin can be kept tact. So, try yoga for good skin.

Yoga for skincare
Yoga or any form of exercise is essential to keep your health in check.

7. Diet

Practice healthy diet. Healthy eating is oxygen to your skin. Oily and greasy food accelerate the popping of pimples.

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Diet plays an important role in keeping acne away
Diet plays an important role in keeping acne away.

8. Timely intervention

Treat it with medical help or home remedies as soon as you can. Overnight treatment or to reduce acne dramatically there are some in clinic procedures like
* Acne venus laser
* Chemical peeling: Salicylic acid peel, azelaic acid peel, yellow peel, Obagi peel.

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For severe cases of acne, seek treatment.

The last word

We know how distressing pimples can be. Fortunately the immediate solutions we’ve discussed here can help us cope in the short term. And always remember it is nothing to be ashamed of. Trying these simple preventative measures may be enough to reduce and prevent breakouts.

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