There’s always a big question mark around acne. How to identify which type of pimple is it, how to treat it, will it ever leave me alone, how to treat the scars are some common questions that haunt your mind if you are dealing with this pesky skin issues.
It’s almost funny how the most common skin woe in the world is also the most confusing one. And, if you are in your teens or pre-teens, it can be even more confusing, ‘cause that’s when it hits ya!
If you are dealing with acne in your teenage years, chances are it is comedenal acne. Look for these signs and treat them the right way to take them down like a pro.
- Your skin feels bumpy
- You get pimples on your chin, nose and forehead
- It runs in your family
- Banish oil-infused products
- Try OTC medication and natural treatments
Your skin feels bumpy
Comedones are formed when dirt and grime block the hair follicle, resulting in a bump. Rather than a red, painful zit, these pimples are skin-coloured, painless papules that are bumpy to touch. They are tiny and start off as blackheads and whiteheads aka comedones.
You get pimples on your chin, nose and forehead
Typically, acne can appear anywhere on your face - chest, back and neck. But since this acne is basically open blackheads and closed whiteheads, they most commonly form around your chin, forehead and nose. These are the areas where the sebum accumulates and a plug of oil (comedones) forms within hair follicles; in other words, the blackhead and whitehead prone areas.
It runs in your family
If your sibling or parents have struggled with extremely oily skin and comedonal acne in their teens, there’s a huge chance of you getting it in your teens too. Although hygiene, hormones and diet habits play a very important role, genes can be a major factor in causing comedonal breakouts.
How to prevent and treat comedonal acne
Keeping your skin squeaky clean is the answer to keeping it acne-free, especially in the case of comedonal acne. Exfoliate regularly to get rid of dead skin and excess oil which cause blackheads and whiteheads that eventually turn into acne. Keep oil off from face by cleansing it twice daily and exfoliating twice a week.
Banish oil-infused products
You don’t want extra oil on your face in addition to the natural oil that’s secreted daily from your skin’s sebaceous glands. To keep your skin oil-free, steer clear from oil-based products and use lightweight, non-comedogenic products.
Try OTC medication and natural treatments
You might feel the urge to pop those annoying pimples as soon as you spot them but you absolutely shouldn’t. It can spread the bacteria to the skin around it, exacerbate breakouts and, worse of all, leave a scar. Instead, treat them with benzoyl peroxide and other OTC acne treatment or try a natural spot treatment using tea tree oil or aloe vera gel.