Blemishes are a very common skin disorder. In fact, it is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting nearly 3 million people per year. So, if you're suffering from skin blemishes, we assure you that you're not alone. Although blemishes are most prevalent among teens, they are not limited to the teenage years. They can occur at any time as we move through life, primarily due to changes in stress, lifestyle, and hormone levels.
What are Blemishes?
Blemishes are the formation of comedones, papules, pustules, nodules, or cysts on your skin. The most common places that it tends to appear on are the face, shoulders, back, neck, chest, and upper arms.
The hair follicles or pores in your skin contain sebaceous glands which produce sebum – a type of oil that lubricates your skin and hair. Overproduction of this oil causes your pores to get clogged. When this happens, bacteria gets trapped inside your pores and multiply, resulting in blemish formation.
Other causes may include:
- Hormonal changes
- Emotional stress
- Cosmetic products
- Weather conditions such as high humidity
- Food Sensitivity
- Use of certain medications
- Excessive sweating
The Most Common Types of Blemishes
Whitehead: Occurs when a pore gets clogged with sebum and is covered by a thin layer of skin.
Blackhead: Occurs when a pore gets clogged but remains open, resulting in darkening of the skin
Pustule: Occurs when the pore wall opens, allowing sebum, bacteria, and dead skin cells to enter the skin resulting in a small, red bump. Blemishes occasionally have a puss-filled top as a result of your body’s reaction to the bacterial infection.
Nodules/Cysts: This is the most severe type of blemish and refers to the formation of infected lumps/cysts on your skin due to bacteria, oil, and dry skin cells getting trapped in your pores. Cystic blemishes develop when cysts form deep underneath your skin due to bacteria, oil, and dry skin cells getting trapped in your pores.
Cleanse your skin from the inside by drinking lemon water throughout the day. Drinking lemon water can help purify your body by inducing your skin cells to detox and force out impurities.
Avoid foods which are likely to cause skin sensitivity such as gluten, dairy, and refined sugar. Maintaining a healthy diet is a crucial step in achieving healthy skin.
Get a good night's sleep. A sleep-deprived body produces high cortisol levels (the primary stress hormone), weakening your immune system. Without a good amount of restorative sleep, your body won't be well-equipped to fight off blemishes and other skin disorders.
Don't touch your face. This is a simple yet critical one. Frequently touching your face can cause the bacteria on your hands to transfer onto your skin, leading to blemishes.
Make sure that your hair is off your forehead and face. The grease, dirt, and sweat from your hair may transfer onto your skin, causing blemishes.
Don't pick your blemishes. This can result in the bacteria from one blemish spreading to other parts of your face, causing more blemishes to form. Scratching or picking your blemishes can also result in scarring.
Exercise. Working out allows your body to flush out toxins through sweat. It’s very important that you make sure to cleanse your skin afterward as otherwise, the flushed out toxins will sit on the skin, leading to clogged pores and blemishes.
Meditate. This keeps stress levels down, leading to lower cortisol levels, which reduces excess oil production and blemishes.
If possible, seek the help of a professional holistic practitioner who can help you find the root cause of your blemishes and address it from the inside out.
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