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Acne Basics - Vine Vera Reviews

Getting a pimple—or several—can be the most frustrating experience imaginable when your goal is smooth, flawless skin. Fortunately, you have options to deal with acne, both emergency measures when it happens and preventative strategies before the fact. Vine Vera is going over everything you need to know about acne and how to deal with it, to give you peace of mind  on your quest to clear skin; you can set your worries about unexpected pimples aside once you know both how to avoid them and what to do if they appear.

Woman looking into the mirror.

What Acne Really Is
Acne, of which pimples are just one symptom, is a skin condition that results from stimulation of sebaceous glands—which produce skin oil and are located inside each of your pores—by hormones (specifically testosterone, which is why acne is more common in men, though it definitely affects Women as well), causing redness, itchiness, bumpiness, and, of course, pimples.

Woman checking her acne spots.

What Are Pimples 
Pimples are specifically pus-filled inflammations of pores, usually caused by a blockage in the pore. Note that while pimples are a common symptom of acne, they can arise on their own even without acne, if a pore is clogged for any reason. Pores will often get clogged when tiny bits of shed skin get stuck inside them, but any small particle can clog them, which is why it’s important to remove makeup at the end of the day, lest a tiny bit of makeup find its way into a pore.

When a pore gets clogged, sebum (skin oil) build up as it keeps getting produced but isn’t able to leave the pore, and you end up with a large, inflamed, pus-filled pore that often harbors a bunch of bacteria.

Woman getting a skin treatment done.

What to Do if It Happens
If you get a pimple, be is a whitehead or a blackhead, you do have options. You can get an over-the-counter or prescription acne cream, which is simply applied to the face to kill the bacteria infesting your pores and allow

Some also pop your pimples, but this practice is not usually advised. If it’s really painful and you feel like you must relieve the pressure, popping is an option, but it risks scarring and doesn’t always work, as it may or may not remove both what was causing the clog and the bacteria within the pore, meaning a pimple could come back in the spot where you just popped one. If you disinfect the area immediately after popping, the chance of recurrence is lower, but it is still advised against as it could leave a mark.

You can also consider asking your dermatologist about a silk peel. Silk peeling involves a machine that uses an abrasive tip to remove a tiny portion of the surface of a pimple and sends bacteria-killing medicine inside, where the bacteria actually is (unlike creams, which sit on the top of your skin and take longer to work because they don’t get to the root of the issue) to solve the problem much faster. 

Prevention
Stopping acne and pimples before they happen is very doable, and involves keeping your skin clean, moisturized, and relatively free of bacteria. To do this, use a good facial scrub and facial wash every day to wash your face thoroughly. You can skimp on the scrub sometimes if you have dry or irritable skin, or simply cut back to every other day or every few days, but try to use a moisturizing facial wash every day, and follow it up by massaging a good moisturizer into the face.

You can specifically use scrubs, washes, and moisturizers with active ingredients like salicylic acid to kill any acne-related bacteria on the skin if you are especially prone to acne, but be careful, as these products can be very drying if overused.