Relieving Pimple Redness
Relieving pimple redness is part of the curative value of most pimple treatments since much of the suffering for those with acne is in the psychological aspect of the problem. Ugly, red, infected blemishes on the face and other conspicuous areas of the skin can hinder a person from even wanting to go out for the evening with friends. While there is certainly too much emphasis on the exterior of a person, no one argues that acne can seriously hinder one's social life. "Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised." (Proverbs 31:30)
While those between 12 and 25 years of age are the most affected, the problem not only plagues young people as evidenced by the millions of dollars a year that are spent on acne medications and doctors visits. Babies to menopausal women can develop cases of pimples, blemishes and rashes that require a skin care regimen. There are several types of acne that are found among those with skin problems. Rosacea, acne vulgaris and severe acne are three different categories that require differing pimple treatments.
Rosacea can look like typical acne vulgaris at times with its redness, bumps and pimples. This condition generally affects people over 30 and is found in more women than in men. Although rosacea looks a lot like typical acne, relieving pimple redness with the associated symptoms requires a different type of treatment protocol. To date, there is no definitive cure for the disorder and there are a variety of methods used to bring the condition under control. Doctors generally must work with a patient in order to find the best treatment method for each individual.
Some general treatments for those initially diagnosed with rosacea include prescribing antibiotics and topical applications in order to get the worst of it under control. After headway has been made with oral medications, usually topical solutions are prescribed for long term care which has proven successful in relieving pimple redness. The condition must be monitored and treated consistently so the patient does not continue to develop other symptoms that include a swollen nose and other enlarged tissues.
Acne vulgaris is the most common and least serious type of skin problems. Related to an overproduction of the sebaceous gland which is generally tied to hormonal changes, the condition can show up at almost any time in a persons life. Affecting 80% of all teenagers as well as a mixed group of ages, sexes and races, vulgaris presents itself in a wide array of symptoms. Blackheads, whiteheads, red bumps and infectious red bumps are all part of the pimples that occur. Most people have mild to moderate cases and some can manage to control the outbreaks with over the counter pimple treatments or home remedies. Others must resort to the care of a dermatologist who may use antibiotics or topical solutions to treat the condition. Acne vulgaris is outgrown by many young people when they reach full adulthood.
Some women who are pre-menopausal must again deal with acne as their hormones begin to change. The worst condition that a person suffers with is severe acne that is similar to vulgaris but that causes lesions and large rows of blackheads on the skin. Young men are more likely to develop the most severe form of acne and may sustain permanent scarring as a result. Those who first begin to see signs of large lesions accompanied by blackheads should immediately consult a dermatologist to begin pimple treatments. A very aggressive form of treatment is usually necessary and includes the controversial medication, Accutane, which has been known to have serious side affects.
Some young men develop severe ulcer-like pimples that almost inevitably lead to scarring. Other symptoms include joint aches and fever. Antibiotics are not usually given to these patients, but again, Accutane with steroids are administered to reduce swelling and diminish the ulcers. While many sufferers of the most severe forms of skin conditions tend to be male, one form can suddenly appear on females and be gone within a year. The unfortunate affects are serious scarring on those who develop it. Most of the serve types of acne are treated with Accutane, steroids, and antibiotics if indicated. Only a health professional can provide the best guidance in these cases.
As a doctor monitors medications as well as uses other protocols, many patients successful respond to treatments. For those who sustain seriously damaged and scarred skin, laser surgery can be performed to smooth the skin and remove scarred tissue. However, relieving pimple redness before serious lesions occur can greatly enhance the chance of clearing the skin before any major damage. Skin and pimple treatments backed by research dollars have continued to develop because of high consumer demand. Everyone wants presentable skin when facing the world, so everyone from actors to medical doctors have joined in the pursuit of the perfect cure for less than perfect complexions. This is a boon to many who suffer silently, attempting to relieve pimple redness and disfiguring bumps any way they can.
Popping PimplesPopping pimples is a common way for many people to deal with acne when it appears in many ugly forms on the face, chest, back, arms and thighs. Most, however, do not recognize the fact that squeezing pimples can cause further problems with permanent scarring and darkened areas on the skin. The two types of blemishes to most likely tempt a person to pop them are whiteheads with their yellow-whitish tops and blackheads which look like potholes filled with dirt! Dealing with whiteheads is quite different than dealing with those dark, ugly pores. There is a reasonable procedure for alleviating the pus-ridden, red welts as well as those blackheads that just will not go away on their own...at least anytime soon.
In fact, there have even been tools that have been manufactured to assist a person in removing nasty pimples. Such things as tape, extractors, and syringes are growing in popularity for popping pimples as indicated by the climbing sales of such devices by TV advertisement channels or online skin gurus. Cosmetic tape has been around for awhile that is manufactured in such as way as to 'grab' onto blackheads at one end and pull them out as the user strips away the tape. The effectiveness of this method has proven to be iffy at best, and only the 'right' conditions, i.e. a blackhead protruding above the surface of the skin, spell success to the user.
Extractors such as comedone spoons are commonly marketed with a fashion statement accompanying the look. A sleek, shiny metal tool complete with carrying case can be purchased to loosen and extract blackheads or whiteheads on even those with discriminating tastes. The tool is generally about 3 to 4 inches in length with a very small spoon-like shape on one end. The spoon has several holes that will allow the escaping substance to pass through when the tool is applied. A handsome carrying pouch or case is part of the set and can easily be carried in a lady's makeup case or a man's shaving kit.
The method? Apply a warm, wet cloth to the affected area to loosen the oil, pus or blackhead. After about 5 minutes of this application, use the spoon end of the tool to gently press the pimple or bump to loosen it further. Then, encircle the target area and apply even, slow pressure until the trapped particles within the pore begins to ooze out. Cease squeezing pimples when it is apparent that all the 'goo' is gone. Do not add too much pressure too long since it could result in scarring the area. Another type of comedone extractor is made with a loop at the end to provide a different 'touch' when popping pimples. Especially good for whiteheads that have been slightly pricked with a sterilized needle, this extractor makes it easy to squeeze out the infection and other debris. Using syringes has also been a favorite tool for removing blackheads in particular for several years.
Some are manufactured especially for pimple removal while some people use a regular small, medical syringe with the needle removed. Both work sufficiently well. The method here is to soften the area with warmth and dampness for a few minutes to loosen the particles before squeezing pimples. The syringe tip is applied directly over the blackhead. The body of the syringe is pressed downward over the pimple while the slide is drawn upward to create suction. Many people have reported good success with this method while sustaining no after effects of bruising or scarring.
For those disgusting whiteheads that usually appear at the wrong times, many people just resort to the old fashioned method of using a needle, forefinger and thumb. Again, this technique requires that plenty of damp heat be applied before beginning the procedure. A needle that has been sterilized in alcohol or exposed to a flame should only be used to circumvent infection. Prick the very top of the pustule and gently squeeze the bump until the pus rolls out of the opening. Stop as soon as it becomes clear or reddened with blood. Don't continue to press it as that may lead to scarring and discoloration of tissue. "I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy; for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;" (Psalm 31:7)
Wash the area gently with warm water and a mild cleanser. Then splash cold water several times on the area to help close up the exposed pore. Not surprisingly, this method of squeezing pimples may result in clear skin by the next morning. As discussed, whiteheads and blackheads are typically blemishes that should only be addressed by using some sort of extracting method to lessen the appearance or to remove the bump completely.
Other red bumps that clearly display no debris or infection, but merely protrude from the skin as a welt-like mound should not be attacked with extractors or fingers. Squeezing pimples that are small red rashes with yellow tops should also be left alone to heal through the use of topical applications or other protocols. The best way to deal with annoying acne of any sort is to consult with a doctor about the best treatment options for the particular problem before beginning an aggressive assault on the skin by popping pimples with any tool or using any treatment.