Impure skin absolutely needs the right care. Otherwise acne, pimples and blackheads will really blossom. These tips will help you.
Unclean skin can be quite a burden, after all, our ideal of beauty promotes flawless, smooth skin. But what can you do against pimples, pustules and blackheads? And what possibilities are there to get acne under control? We have all the answers to the topic of impure skin and first aid and care tips that will help you.
Causes and triggers for impure skin
The hormones are to blame once again. Anyone who thinks that impure skin only occurs in teenage years is wrong. Impure skin can still be a problem at 30 or later. When the body releases a lot of male hormones, for example under stress, pimples and even age acne develop. The sebaceous glands then produce too much oil, causing excess skin cells to stick together and clog the pores. Stress, tiredness, sugar, cigarettes and alcohol are also often reasons for impure skin.
It is still not clear how much the diet affects the skin. What is certain is that it is not a trigger for skin impurities, but it can certainly influence their course. Studies show that sweets and foods with a high glycemic index have a particularly unfavorable effect on sebum production, as does milk – although it is still unclear whether hormones, fat or milk proteins cause pimples to sprout.
What is the difference between pimples, acne and blackheads?
When do we talk about acne – and what exactly is a blackhead?
These are blackheads: An blackhead develops when an excessive amount of sebum is produced. The sebum cannot escape through the canal of the sebaceous gland follicle, because the epidermis is strongly keratinized. A plug is formed which closes the exit of the follicular canal. The embedded dye melanin reacts with the oxygen in the air and dyes the plug dark – thus the typical appearance of blackheads is created. They are often found on the nose, the forehead and the chin, and in oily skin sometimes on the whole face.
These are pimples: If skin inflammations develop from impurities, they are often called pimples. The skin reddens, bacteria and other pathogens can settle and lead to an infection. A focus of pus often forms at the tip of the pimple.
This is acne: acne is a hormone-related disease that depends mainly on the male sex hormones. Impure skin is more likely to be prevented by estrogens, and promoted by testosterone. Acne is therefore a typical side effect of puberty, the female cycle (second half, where testosterone production increases) and pregnancy. Thus the sebaceous glands produce more skin fat. In acne, the ducts of the sebaceous glands become narrower, so that the often thicker skin fat can hardly come out and the sebum accumulates.
These skin types tend to have impure skin
Combination skin tends to impurities in the oily areas of the face. Especially the T-zone, i.e. the area between chin, nose, forehead and eyebrows, tends to pimples and large pores. The temple, cheek and neck areas, on the other hand, tend to be rather soft, smooth and fine-pored, which is why skin care specifically designed for combination skin is so important, as the skin must be provided with sufficient moisture and at the same time the sebum production of the oily skin areas must be regulated.
Unfortunately, oily skin often has to deal with pimples and blackheads. Oily skin often appears oily, shiny and large-pored. Be careful when cleansing: If the skin impurities are combated with aggressive cleansing products (which contain a lot of alcohol or coarse exfoliating grains), they are usually made worse. When caring for your skin, you should use special products for oily skin that gently regulate sebum production and mattify the oily shine.
What to do with impure skin?
Impure skin absolutely needs the appropriate cleansing and care, otherwise the impurities can become even worse. Gentle cleansing milk and creams with fruit acids, for example, are a good combination for facial care of impure skin. Special skin care products containing, for example, salicylic acid, are also helpful in clarifying the skin. It dissolves skin scales and allows sebum to drain away. It is also important that no greasy or oily products are used. PH-neutral washing lotions and antibacterial, soothing creams are best suited.
Pore-refining masks once a week can also help with pimples and blackheads. Absolute no-go: squeeze pimples with your fingers yourself. Bacteria and pathogens on the fingers and under the fingernails can get into the wound and lead to inflammation, which in the worst case can even result in scars.
Tips against impure skin
These simple methods help impure skin to calm down:
Healing earth: Healing earth and steam baths with chamomile or apple cider vinegar, zinc ointment and almond bran peeling are the safe alternatives for self-treatment of impure skin. Sometimes it is also helpful against impure skin to avoid dairy products.
Zinc: Clinical studies prove that taking zinc can reduce skin inflammation. In acne patients who took zinc gluconate for at least one month, a significant improvement in the skin condition could be proven.
Tea tree oil: With house means such as tea tree oil rather carefully be, because ethereal oils harbor an allergy risk. Those who tolerate tea tree oil well, however, can use it in case of skin impurities. Be sure to check the shelf life after opening, as it is only about three months.
Towels and pillows: Use a different towel for drying facial skin than for body and hands. The pillow case should also be changed regularly, as residues of hair products often collect here.
Hands out of the face: If pimples are inflamed, they sprout even more due to bacteria and become inflamed. And since we still carry countless bacteria on our palms even after washing our hands, we should keep them away from skin impurities.
Covering pimples: Make-up tips for impure skin
This is the most skilful way to cover pimples and make up a radiant complexion: Before applying make-up, it is best to disinfect your fingers to prevent the already sensitive skin from being infected with bacteria. Brushes should also always be cleaned carefully. You can prepare your skin well with a special primer that contains green color pigments and optically reduces redness.
Dab the pimple or the reddened area with a little concealer. Instead of the concealer you can also use special anti-pimple concealer. The advantage: these products mostly contain antibacterial and anti-inflammatory active ingredients.
It is important to blend the applied color particles well, so that no edges are created and the impurities may become even more noticeable. Finally, a little powder is used to mat the covered areas, and powder also fixes the concealer.