We all want to know how to get rid of pimples, don’t we?
No one enjoys having pimples on their face, they’re like your extended family that stay a tad too long over Christmas or the SPAM emails that constantly pop up in your inbox.
The tricky thing is, pimples are complex beasts. Like an onion, there are layers of horribleness.
From the occasional nose blackheads or a blemish on your forehead or chin to cystic or hormonal acne and small pimples on your lip line that really, really hurt, there’s no one magic way to get rid of pimples overnight, or sometimes, even quickly.
Thankfully, we spoke to the people who know how to get rid of pimples fast (and sadly, not so fast) to breakdown exactly how to manage your breakouts. From a dermatologist, nutritionist, qualified beauty therapist and skin specialist, here’s how they advise their clients on treating spots.
Our Executive Editor Leigh Campbell is also someone who knows a lot about skincare. Below you’ll find her best tips for glowy, lit from within skin. Post continues after video.
What are pimples?
Specialist Dermatologist and Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists Dr Deshan Sebaratnam told Mamamia pimples are the result of blockages in your skin’s pores.
“Acne vulgaris is the scientific name for pimples. Almost everyone experiences some form of acne in their life, up to 90 per cent according to some studies. It commences with the hormonal changes of adolescence and can persist into the third decade, or sometimes longer,” he said.
Pimples can also appear almost anywhere on your body – think forehead pimples, nose pimples, pimples on chin, pimples on jawline or around the mouth, as well as pimples on your bum, back, the backs of your thighs and chest.
What causes pimples?
So yes, we’ll all get pimples (many, many different types of pimples), but whhhhhyyyyy?
No case is the same, but generally speaking, pimples are caused by two factors:
According to Belameres skin specialist Carina Gross (known simply as Carina by those who worship her), breakouts are a byproduct of androgens (the male sex hormones), which increase your sebum production.
“This increase in, most often, testosterone causes the skin to produce oil, which blocks your pores, which causes breakouts,” she told Mamamia.
Dr Sebaratnam added, “Hormone imbalances also lead to increased oil production and stickiness of the lining of the pores which get blocked.”
Our hormones often fluctuate throughout each month (hey, period pimples), but polycystic ovary syndrome and coming of the contraceptive pill are two definitive causes of pimples.
“Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) occurs in females when excess insulin in the body results in an increased production of male hormones. It impacts one in five women and is the most common endocrine disorder among women between 18 and 44. Women who have PCOS usually have acne around the jawline and darkened skin patches,” Carina explained.