We all have one of those days. A zit that came out of nowhere on your forehead during your most-awaited date or a cold sore at your mouth’s corner during your sales presentation at work. You don’t know whether to laugh or cry at the irony of it all.
Well, this article brings good tidings as it gives you tips on how to deal with such common skin problems and hopefully lessen your panic if such scenarios happen again.
Common among teens in their puberty stage, acne is a result of hormones going overdrive, which in turn causes the skin to have an overproduction of sebum. As most of the glands that produce oil are on the T-zone areas, the forehead, nose and chin are the most likely areas a person would mostly get pimples.
For breakout clearance and prevention, follow these tips:
Wash your face only up to two times a day using warm water and mild soap specially made for individuals who have acne. Massage face gently in a circular motion. Refrain from scrubbing and over washing as this irritates the skin. After cleansing, apply the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommended benzoyl peroxide lotion in order to decrease both bacteria and oil.
No matter how tempting, never ever pop pimples. Instead of helping, this pushes the infected material even further into skin which leads to more redness, swelling and scarring.
Refrain from touching your face with your hands. This spreads the bacteria and could make pores irritated and inflamed. Before applying anything to your face, ensure that you wash your hands first.
In the same way, keep hair clean and out of your face to avoid more oil and dirt from clogging your pores.
Remove makeup before retreating for the night.
If you have body acne, wear loose and light clothing to give it room to breathe and prevent it from getting irritated or inflamed.
2. Cold Sores
Showing up as tender blisters on the corner of your mouth or on the lips, cold sores are caused by the HSV-1 type of herpes virus and is contagious from one person to another. Once you already have this virus, it will take up residence in your body which pretty much means you’re bound to get cold sores every now and then in your lifetime.
For cold sores prevention:
Don’t share toothbrushes, lip balms or even drinks with people that have the said condition. The virus causing cold sores spreads via the nose (in mucus) and mouth (in saliva).
Cold sores flare up when you’ve had too much stress and sun or when you’re sick. So, stock up on healthy food, exercise, have enough sleep and lather some suntan lotion on your skin.
For cold sores management:
Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen to stop the pain.
Suck on ice cubes or pops to numb the pain.
Refrain from eating foods that is spicy, salty and acidic as this can irritate cold sores.
We know very well that the sun’s rays these days are very harmful and can cause skin cancer. As we can’t stay indoors all the time, there are ways of managing sun exposure and still allow you to have some fun under the sun.
Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 at the very least even when the day is cloudy or have no plans of spending much time outdoors.
When swimming, reapply sunscreen every 30 minutes to an hour, regardless if the label says it’s waterproof.
Select a sunscreen that protects you from both UVA and UVB rays. Look for UVA protection or “broad spectrum protection” in the label.
To keep your pores clear, go for sunscreens that say “noncomedogenic” and “nonacnegenic” in the label.
Note that the sun’s harmful rays are at its peak from 10AM to 4PM so refrain from staying outdoors during such times or frequently reapply it if you can’t avoid from doing so.
Apply sunscreen with higher SPF and more frequently when you are near reflective surfaces like ice, water or snow.