Choosing A Pimple Cream

Is anyone not familiar with the big, red zits that appear to pop out of nowhere on your face? I guess not!

No prizes for guessing what they are…Yes, they are called pimples or acne.

In medical terms, pimples are formed when the pores on the skin becomes clogged or infected. This usually happens when the sebaceous glands produce too much sebum. 

Different people have different theories on how pimples are formed. According to some, pimples appear because they eat too much fried food or foods that are ‘heaty’ (think chocolates). The pimples are an indication that the body’s yin-yang balance is not maintained. Yet, to others, pimples form because of stress from studies or work or relationships. Whatever the reason for the cause of your pimple, there’s always a cure for them. If your pimples are not serious enough to cause you sleepless nights or a jaw-dropping response because of your pock-marked face, then forget about expensive laser treatments. Instead, stick with the tried and tested pimple cream.

As an image consultant who advises others on skincare issues, I made it a point to research some of the popular pimple cream brands in the market. Some brands are terribly effective as they are not only drying for the skin but also causes it to flake. Others cause allergies because they contain ingredients that are caustic. And yet others only temporarily cause the pimples to subside and not exterminate them completely. All three scenarios are definitely not something we want.

I always believe a good pimple cream must serve four basic aims.

First, it must kill the pimple.
Second, it must not leave any scarring on the skin.
Third, it must not cause the skin to become thinner.
Fourth, should another pimple occur, it must not pop up in the same position as the old pimple. Simply put, an good and effective pimple must kill the ‘virus’ in the dermis level and allow us to get back our baby smooth skin again.

To be honest, I don’t but a pimple cream because of the brand. Rather, I look at the ingredients inside and the efficacy. One of the most important ingredients inside any pimple cream is salicylic acid as that’s the active ingredient that combats acne.
Otherwise, with the emphasis in recent years on au naturale products, turning to botany and its healing prowess was the way to proceed. There are alternative brands out there that are formulated by dermatologists.
Remember, if you have a pimple or whitehead problem, it’s time you take action to treat them before they become more serious. Very often, it’s the calm before the storm. And besides, our face is the first image we give others as there’s no way we can establish rapport by bending our heads down and averting eye contact.

We all deserve to face the future with confidence. And perhaps it shall all start with a good and effective pimple cream.