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  PIMPLE S.O.S - by Editor
The rude shock in the mirror

You wake up in the morning, stumble to the basement and wash your sleepy face. As you wipe it dry with a towel, you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror, and let out a loud groan. No, you're not having a bad face day. It's something much worse than that. It's the (shudder!) biggest darned pimple you've ever seen in your life! Ugh! Where did you go wrong

What causes a Pimple

A number of things can cause a pimple:

  • An improper diet that includes too many soft drinks, spicy and fried food and snacks with high iodine content
  • Pores clogged by dirt or pollution
  • Stress
  • Hormonal changes due to menstruation
  • Genes - blame it on the folks

Prevention is better than cure:

Wash Right

Wash your face regularly, not more than 3 times a day, unless you're living in a highly humid and/or polluted city which requires more washing to unclog pores. The best way to wash the face is to first lather your face-wash in your hands, apply it to wet skin and rinse. Pat dry. Scrubbing only aggravates the skin and causes further problems.

Cleansing Routine

Cleanse, tone and moisturise your face twice a day. Don't skip the moisturising step even if you have oily skin - just use an oil-free moisturiser.

Exposure to the elements

Avoid exposing your skin to the harsh elements. If you are going for a long drive, roll up your window slightly, so your face doesn't get plummeted by the wind, especially in polluted towns.


Drink plenty of water to detox your system. Impure blood and poor circulation is one of the primary causes of acne.

Eat Right

Unless you are allergic to certain foods, eating junk food doesn't lead to the formation of pimples. But overeating certain foods, especially heating foods like chocolates and mangoes, can lead to an overnight zit congregation.

Get rid of that zit - ice ice baby!

No! Don't burst it! That's the worst thing you can do! It may solve your problem temporarily so you won't go to that dinner with a large white bud blossoming on your mug, but the scar will remain for a long, long time. Instead, try wrapping an ice cube in a thin muslin cloth and place it for about three minutes on a pimple that is just forming. It kills the growth of the pimple. Believe it, it is true.

If a pimple does burst accidentally (or intentionally!), wash the area with soap. Then reach for a lemon slice and squeeze ten drops into a cotton ball. Keep it on the burst pimple for about 10 minutes. The scar will vanish.

Lime n' Lemony

Lemon maintains the pH balance of skin, and it is a good idea to give your face a rinse of lemon water once a day. Just squeeze half a lemon into half a mug of water and splash it on your face. Rinse off the residue with regular water.

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Name: Tania
City:   Melbourne
Comments:   I am 22 and still suffer from acne break outs, I have trouble finding appropriate products to my face especially make up. I do drink heaps of water and eat properly too. I think it is just a case of putting the wrong products on my acne prone sensitive skin. Please help......really considering laser surgery!!!@
Name: Minakshi
City:   New Delhi
Comments:   I am 31 and still suffer from acne break outs. Especially in the months of Nov. to Feb. I tried everything but to no use. Please help me out
Name: Tulsi belki
City:   Mumbai
Comments:   I am 35 + but still I suffer from pimples and acnes and scares are left behind which look bad on my sweet face
Name: sara
City:   multan
Comments:   is there any cream or herb,lotion which could change the tan colour of my skin to fair white colour
Name: Rubina
City:   Mumbai
Comments:   Hi Tanya, I went in for lazer treatment as well, becuase I had terrible acne.. it's much better now.. The scars vanished and I'm feeling pretty again! I only wish I had gone in for it earlier, instead of wasting so much time contemplating. It's not a big deal... any reputed dermatologist should do a good job. Go for it!
Name: Anita Desai
City:   New Delhi
Comments:   Wow, the tips on Ice and lemon were great. The part about washing face three times, eating right etc. are not new. However shall recommend ice and lemon to my sis' as she has a bad case of acne/pimples on sensitive skin.
Name: sheela
City:   california
Comments:   Apply regular tooth paste not the gel, on the zit. It stops the growth of pimple overnight. This really works. Anyone with bad acne problem pl try this !!!
City:   seattle
Comments:   I have found the BEST acne treatment is a crushed asprin in a little water making a paste put it on a blemish at any time I gaurentee it will work
Name: vriti tinani
Comments:   i am 31 & i get pimples.i think its due to hormonnal changes during there any remedy for this.pls help.i've tried evrything but no use.
Name: Ryan Hoffman
City:   Walnut Grove
Comments:   i am 12 and i have a bad acne problem can you help
Name: someone
City:   mumbai
Comments:   HELLLLLPPP! i cant get rid of acne no matter what i do or what i try hellllppppp!!!!please!!!!!
Name: Jessica
City:   Smyrna
Comments:   I have acne and i wanted to know what gets the BEST results.
Name: roma kapoor
City:   jaipur
Comments:   i have problem of pimples an scars on my face so plz suggest me home base tips .
Name: priya
City:   mumbai
Comments:   i tried toothpaste but it am left with black marks, which brand of toothpaste
Name: A Visitor
City:   some place
Comments:   Hi, i'm 19 years old. And i have many pimples, after the pimple it leaves a dark spot behind. i have hyperpigmentation. Can anyone please help me out?
Name: Seema
City:   USA
Comments:   Try applying Listerine mouth wash on your pimple like keep pressing with a cotton pad all day. My aunt has been doing this for 20 years. Now she has hooked all of us too. Let me know if it works for you all too.
Name: ArchanaKumar
City:   California,usa
Comments:   I tried all kind of medicin and also took a 3 session of chinese facial method to get rid of pimples.Though the pimples r bit reduced scares r still visible.Please tell me how to get rid or reduce the scares.
Name: radha
City:   frank fort
Comments:   I have a pimple underthe right eye.But the pimple is very black iam worried please tell me a problem
Name: radha
City:   frank fort
Comments:   I have a pimple underthe right eye.But the pimple is very black iam worried please tell me a problem
Name: febi
City:   coimbatore
Comments:   apply a thick paste of curd,kastoori turmeric&eladi churnam9 it is a powder available in arya vaidya salas)
Name: febi
City:   coimbatore
Comments:   apply a thick paste of curd,kastoori turmeric&eladi churnam( it is a powder available in arya vaidya salas)
Name: someone special
City:   udaipur
Comments:   hi people, i have pimple marks can laser treatment can remove absolutely i some white marks of pimple too 'coz i touched them can somebody tell me a place for laser treatment ? some where in udaipur or jaipur or at the most at delhi? i would love early response. thanks.
Name: alisha
City:   florida
Comments:   i think u should try to avoid as much as stress as u can and for girls try clinque concealing cream with the make up which is an acne solution that is what i use and it seems to cover it up and it has led to prevention of new pimlpes and a little tube last up to 9 months or so and it also is very cheap u can go to a mall and buy it. but it doesn't take out the scars
Name: kirti
City:   Houston, USA
Comments:   Hello ! I'm 28 , and i have a pimples scars on face which look bad on my sweet face, so would u please give me some advice for that. Thank you
Name: jeevitha
City:   palamayakottai
Comments:   i have black dots in my face due to pimple to remove this dots whate can i do
Name: ambika
City:   It will always be BOMBAY to me
Comments:   Those with an acne problem like minakshi, tanya, etc.. try this. it really helped me. drink lots of nimbu pani without sugar. essentially, just squeeze half a lemon in a glass of water, and drink up. Have at least two glasses of this nimbu pani everyday, if not more. It really helped me. dont have spicy food or fried food.
Name: Azrina
City:   Singapore
Comments:   I have a very dark skin on my under-arms.... How should i get rid or lighten it I want to wear sleeveless tops but i'm ashamed to wear it. Any tips???
Name: Samar
City:   Canada, B.C.
Comments:   Help, I have so many blackheads, and scar pimples, also blemishes and on my fore head, I want to thread my eyebrows, but I'm scared if I pop a zit or pimple and it gets worse you really have to help me!!HELP WANTED HERE!!
Name: sg
City:   ahmedabad
Comments:   i have really black spots on my face due to pimples. i used to burst them 'cause i dont like those bigggg baloooons stuck to my face!!! i tried 'ultraclearasil' but it did nothing but increased them. can any1 tell me how do i remove these blackyyyy ugly spots off my face? i would be very thankful to you.
Name: chhaya
City:   india
Comments:   i am 30 years old. my skin contain very much pimples. I am taking right diet as well as proper skin care. Please give me suggestion about pimple as well as to make the skin fair because my skin colour is not as much fair and not very much dark.
Name: Not important
City:   Mumbai
Comments:   If you are suffering from pimples or acne, then accept and live with the fact that they will keep on appearing no matter what. None of the creams that you see advertised work efficiently enough. But there is good news. There is a medication to get rid of acne and clear the skin up. Benzoyl Peroxide medication, that is available over the counter in Medical Shops help clear acne and very well. Brevoxyl is one the brands that available in 4% concentration strength. There are a couple of other brands and are usually available in stremgths of 2.5, 5, 10% etc. One important thing to note here is to apply a lot lot lot of the cream everytime. A tube should last you only a little more than a week. But at the same time please note that for skin that is not accustomed to the application of Benzoyl Peroxide, red rashes will develop. These rashes go away in a few hours but might not look nice on the face if you have to go out or socialise. Also, Benzoyl Peroxide is a very strong bleaching agent. so if you wear colored clothes on the applied skin, it will bleach the clothes. So wear whites if possible or apply during the night prior to sleeping. Let the skin absorb the cream for about 15 to 20 minutes before covering it, if acne is on any other part of the body. Some brands of benzoyl Peroxide are photosensitive so please read instructions with the tube before applying. Some other products which aid in acne removal are Retin - A ( available as Retino - A in India) and Salicylic Acid based products. I hope the above information helps you. Please apply the cream regularly for a month of more before expecting to see results, though the results are seen in a week and sometime overnight
Name: jazz
City:   kolkatta
Comments:   i have too many pimples on my face i have tried everything but nothing could help me i dont have enough time to carefor it can you help me
Name: maria luz ungab
City:   mandaluyong city
Comments:   hi! pls. help me! coz i can't take it anymore!!!!! it's only been three days since the start of school, but my face has been the talk of our c;assroom! my friends would say to me, " why do u have too may pimples" and i really feel embarrassed all the time! you know i'm having a problem with money right now, so could u give any ways on how to cure cystic pimples and prevent pimples at the same time? pls! i realy need it! i fell i can't go to school anymore coz of my pimples! pls! reply! A.S.A.P!!!!!!!! plssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!
Name:  maria luz ungab
City:   mandaluyong city, pihlippines
Comments:   *" why do u have too many pimples" *any natural and self done ways on how to cure cystic pimples and prevent pimples at the same time
Name: maria luz ungab
City:   mandaluyong city, philippines
Comments:   just wanted to correct the spelling of my country! pls! HELP ME!!!!!!! I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!!
Name: Temika
City:   Chicago,IL
Comments:   I am 20 years old and for the most part I have good skin, but my forehead has started to break out a lot. I drink plently of water and wash m face twice a day with Biore acnewash, but I need a product designed for black skin. What kind of products can I use
Name: rachel
City:   england
Comments:   i have tryed evry thing ! i would feal so much better about myself if they were gone plz if u have any tips orinfomation !
Name: Anjana
City:   anytown
Comments:   I have to report that using benzol peroxide with cause your skin to change pigment, usually leaving black marks in the higher percentages (i.e. 4%). If you wish to use this product, I recommend using a .5% every other night, just on the spot treatment - not "a lot lot lot" like name not important from Mumbai suggested
Name: Savi
City:   New Delhi
Comments:   Thanks! The treatment of ice cube and tooth paste really works. I am trying this only from last 4 days and I can feel changes on my face. But there are still many pimples on my face and black spots of pimples. Please suggest me some fast treatment as I am going to get married after a fortnigth.
Name: Rachna
City:   Wellington
Comments:   Here is an idea to get rid of pimples. I can understand all of your problems. You can try a medicine called Erytop which is specially formulted for acne and scars. You will get this product only in India I believe. But please consult your doctor or try a small amount on your wrist for overnight and see whether your skin doesn't get allergy. I am pretty sure it would work. Best of luck.
Name: Ciara
City:   portsmouth,Virginia
Comments:   i have a lil pimples every know and then but when i do get them i put white toothpaste on it and that makes it go away and i wash my face with Clean and Clear cleanser that clears your face up pretty good so for those gurls who have the pimple problem try that and see if it helps.
Name: Ciara
City:   portsmouth
Name: fantazia
City:   freeport
Comments:   I have alot of dark scars due to removing pimples with hair pins and fingernails. My skin is very oily, and if my hair has oil in it and it touches my face or my back I break out with pimples. I have really sensative skin and cannot use products that contain perfumes or fragrances my face. I work in the sun all day and my skin has become really discolored, can you give me a lightening or bleaching method that won't ruin my skin.
Name: Sapna
City:   Bangalore
Comments:   Hi Gals.. i know tis a terrible feeling to have pimples all over.... well i've been thru it... the only thing is patience.. with age it wud gradually go off... The remedies mentioned earlier are good n u cud try them... well at the same time if you want try on a soap called ConyBio (available usually at Beauty Salons).. It helped me a lot... Though i must admit that i still have scars but they are also diminishing... so try try till u suceed... hope tht soap helps u'll... any questns get in touch take care
Name: dharmistha
City:   usa
Comments:   hi i had a baby 6 mo ago now i have alot of pimples on my face i think its hormone change help please
Name: Tank
City:   coumbia
Comments:   I have alittle acne but the left over like the black marks that are left behind and I don't know what kind of cream that fades away marks that works really well. I want to know what is the best cream to get and how.
Name: Mary
City:   Kansas City, Kansas
Comments:   Well, i just hears about it and I think it's a great idea and i will try it tonight!
Name: Lilly
City:   kansas city
Comments:   Well a freind told me about it and i think it is an okay thing. I hope it really works
Name: BBV
City:   Nashik
Comments:   Hi there! I follow a strict oil free diet, I drink more then 8 glasses of water everyday. I am even taking medicines to get my hormones in control. I ve tried almost everything but nothing seems to work. I keep geeting pimples and they leave an ugly scar too. So Please HElp.

Skin Talk
RE:pigmentation due to betnovate c
hello mshama,
first think you did wrong think that used this betnovate c without doctor consultation, so its not right thing you do, first you should meet now to skin specialist and decide about the appointment to doctor.
- harish    read >>

RE:pigmentation due to betnovate c
hello friend,
you are how much of old, and what your age now, if you still continue with the betovate c cream then you should stop to using this cream now, it will be harmful for you, so stop using this. ...
- kiran    read >>

RE:pigmentation due to betnovate c
hello mshma,
i think skin pigmentation didnt find any permanent solution till yet, so its not easy to get solution from this pigmentation, this cream has side effects and stop using this. ...
- jhanavi    read >>

RE:pigmentation due to betnovate c
hello msharma,
you should take consultation from good and best skin specialist, so it will help you to remove your pigmentation and it will helpful to get clear skin, also you look that the cream does not have any side effects too. ...
- tanmay    read >>

RE:pigmentation due to betnovate c
hello masharma,
its not right if anyone of your friend consult you about your skin and you take his suggestion and implement so its not right, dont do that type behavior with your skin again its not right at all. ...
- arpita    read >>

RE:pigmentation due to betnovate c
hello msharma,
if you suffer form pigmentation you should apply depiwhite cream on your pigmentation, but first consult from your doctor an then you start to using this cream, its safe ...
- uttara    read >>

RE:pigmentation due to betnovate c
hello msharma,
i think skin pigmentation is heridatory, and its get you from your generation, if your parents have pigmentation you will also get pigmentation, in pregnancy and due to hormonal changes its occur. ...
- rakshanda    read >>

RE:pigmentation due to betnovate c
hello msahrma,
pigmentation its common think now a days, and also the ayurvedic medicines also have some side effects first you should check which medicine suits on you and which not, so its depend upon you. ...
- naresh    read >>

RE:pigmentation due to betnovate c
hello masharma,
the pigmentation dont have any particular and permanent solution, you should find out the solution on that, you can apply the solution which include vitamin c which is helpful for you. ...
- dipti    read >>

RE:pigmentation due to betnovate c
hello msharma,
the pigmentation is not big issue or its not skin related big problem and its not harmful for body, but yes its not look good if its occur on face so thats why we should control on our eating habit. ...
- dharmesh    read >>