Every adolescent male and female, at some point of their lives have gone through what most of us refer to as the ‘acne phase ‘. While for some this phase may be short lived, for others it might take years to get rid of the condition which in itself is a cause of huge distress when you are a growing teenager who has only just stepped through the threshold of puberty, having almost no idea how much messy life could become with the hormonal changes.
Acne has a variety of forms of which papules are the mildest version of the inflammatory acne. They appear as firm pink elevated bumps on the skin without any trace of pus in them. Even though they might look quite harmless, papules are the hardest to get rid of. Sometimes, these papules might appear in smaller sizes, forming a cluster that is called a papule rash and these are even harder to get rid of and then when one manages to do so, there is always a chance of a future breakout. Acne papules not only break out on the face but may also appear on the neck, shoulders, chest, the upper arms as well as on the thighs.
Most acne papules are caused due to the clogging of the pores which then get affected by bacteria. Also, stress, hormonal changes in the human body as well as too much humidity can be a cause for triggering them since all these conditions have been known to make the body produce more than necessary oil which attracts bacteria thereafter.
Just like the other kinds of acne, papules also need constant attention to get rid of and at most times, it has been found that home remedies work best without any side effects, unlike prescribed drugs that might come with a whole line of them. But then again, in some cases, prescription drugs have been found to be the only solution to the problem of acne papules.
There are various home remedies that one can try to help deal with papules which include:
Determine Your Skin Type
It is essential that one should know the type of skin one possesses since that is always the first step towards the determination of the course of treatment. Take the T-zone test to find out your skin type. For this, you need to wash your face with a gentle cleaner to do away with the dirt and oil that might have accumulated and then wait for an hour to let the skin return to its natural state. Dab a tissue on the T-zone of your face which includes the nose and the forehead forming the T shape.
Now, all you need to do is examine the tissue. If your skin feels neither oily nor dry flaky, consider yourself lucky, since you have got a normal skin. If the tissue comes off with a greasy stain (faint or otherwise), know that you have an oily skin. If your skin ‘feels’ taunt and flaky after dabbing with the tissue, you have a dry skin. You might also have a combination skin if your T-zone is oily but the skin elsewhere on you face is dry or normal.
Change Your Face Wash
Depending on your skin type, it is important to change your facial wash to bring your skin down to normal. If your skin is oily, know that it is the most papule-prone, since the excess oil clog the pores which in turn causes papules. For such a skin type, you need a wash that does not entirely dry out your skin but at the same time does away with the excessive oil, keeping your face clean and oil free.
Do Not Pick
Even though it might be hard to do so, try to keep your hands away from your skin and at all costs, avoid picking out or pinching the papules. Not only with it is of no help, but doing so will leave behind blemishes and spots that will not be easy to erase.
Drink atleast 8-10 glasses of water since it helps flush out the toxins from your body thereby giving you a clean and clear skin as well as healthy body. The cleaner your skin is from the inside, the clearer it will be of any kind of acne and other skin problems.
Avoid The Sun
Too much exposure to the sun is another reason for breakouts on the skin. The ultraviolet rays of the sun do more damage to your skin that you might be aware of. Which is why, it is advisable to stay out of the sun as long as possible as well as limit your exposure if staying out is not an option. Also make sure to use a sunscreen lotion every time you step out of the house.
Maintain A Healthy Diet
When your mother advises you to lay off the junk food, she is not just thinking about obesity also about your overall health because most junk foods are not just greasy and salty; they are also not good for your health. A healthy diet will help you with maintaining fitness from within which in turn will reflect on your skin.
Be Gentle With Your Skin
Maintaining a routine, using the right kind of treatment and remedies will take you nowhere, if you are not gentle with your skin. Make sure to avoid too cold or too hot water on your skin and instead use water that is lukewarm while using a mild cleanser to do away with the dirt. It is also advised pad your skin dry rather than rubbing it.
Teenage boys with papule-prone skin, who feel the need to shave, should be careful while doing so. It is also important to find out the right kind of razor for your face so that they do not end up causing abrasions which might be the cause of future papules. Also, make sure to shave gently so as not to end up opening the already existing papules on your skin.
Teenage Girls who suffer from papules should make sure to stay as much away from cosmetics as possible since the use of cosmetics have been stated as being a minor cause of acne papules as well since some of them are responsible for clogging the pores, thereby helping bacteria to affect the skin. If you have an oily skin, make sure to use cosmetics that are oil-free. Always remember to wash off your make-up before going to sleep since prolonged makeup on your skin will end up clogging the pores.
Establish and Maintain A Routine
Establishing a skin-care routine is important since it helps with the maintenance of healthy skin throughout one’s lifetime. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity and suppleness and the right kind of routine will help you to keep your skin younger and blemish-free for longer.
There are various home remedies that one can use to get rid of papules naturally, without being afraid of the side-effects.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a miracle remedy for quite a lot of thing among which it is also known to help cure papules. Being alkaline, it helps kill the bacteria from your skin as well as dry up excess oil.
Add apple cider vinegar and water in 1:3 ratio and dab onto the skin using a cotton swab. Leave on for 10 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. Do not forget to use a moisturizer afterwards.
The proteins and vitamins present in egg whites helps combat all forms of acne which is why dabbing whisked whites on you face will help soak up the excess oil. Apply 3 to 4 layers after each layer dries off and then wash off with warm water after 20 minutes.
Papaya has been known to remove dead skin cells as well excess lipid from the face. The enzyme papain present in papaya helps reduce the inflammation of the papules thereby helping in getting rid of them.
Mash a few pieces of papaya and apply in a mask from over your face. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash off with warm water. Do not miss out on the moisturizer afterwards.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is known for its antimicrobial properties which help in containing the growth and spread of papules.
Mix tea-tree oil and water in the ratio of 1:9 and using a Q-tip apply in on the affected area before going to sleep. Wash off with warm water in the morning and apply moisturizer.
Tomato is acidic in nature which is why it works as an astringent for the skin. It has been found to be really helpful in shrinking large pores as well as in reducing acne.
Cut a slice of tomato and rub all over your face. Leave on for 10 minutes and then wash off with warm water. Use a moisturising afterwards.
Garlic is known for its antibacterial properties and has proved helpful in reducing the severity of acne breakouts. It is also useful in purifying the blood.
You can apply the juice of garlic tropically or even try swallowing a clove of garlic every morning on empty stomach. It might give you a garlicy breath but it is hugely beneficial for your health.
Neem Face Mask
Neem is a detoxifier as well as a blood purifier. You can either use it externally or even try eating a few leave every day. It will not just act in boosting your immune system but also help in keeping infections at bay.
For a face mask, make a paste out of a few leaves of Neem and apply on your face. Leave on for 20 minutes and wash off with warm water. Moisturize as usual.
If you are using neem oil, mix in with water in the ratio of 1:3 and dab onto your face. Leave on for 10 minutes and then wash off with warm water. Do not forget the moisturizer.
If you are using neem powder, make a paste and apply in mask form on your face Leave on till dry and then wash off with warm water. Finish off with moisturizer.
Cinnamon-Honey Face Mask
Cinnamon is known to have antimicrobial properties which hold back the growth of bacteria while honey is known for its anti-biotic properties. When applied together they have been known to work wonders in combating acne.
Mix honey and cinnamon powder in the ratio of 2:1 and apply on your face and leave on for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water. Since honey is already moisturizing, you may want to avoid it unless your skin feels excessively dry.
Yogurt-Honey Face Mask
Since yogurt contains a lot of zinc as well as lactic acid it is beneficial in fighting all forms of acne. It is also known to hydrate the skin tighten the pores. Honey on the other hard has antibacterial properties and can also be used as a moisturizing agent which is also advantageous for the skin.
Make a paste with yogurt and honey in the ratio of 1:1 and apply evenly on your face. Let the mixture dry off for 15 minutes and then while using a wash cloth scrub gently in circular motion to loosen the dead skin cells. Wash off with warm water.
If you are more inclined towards using over-the-counter medication, look for an ointment that contains benzoyl peroxide. It is a good antibacterial agent but does tend to dry the skin. Consult a doctor for dosage.
Salicylic acid is known to prevent the clogging of the pores which is why; it can also be successfully used in treating acne related problems. Look for an ointment that has it as an ingredient but make sure to consult your doctor for dosages.
Ointments based on Alpha hydroxy acids are also good for the skin since both Glycolic acid and lactic acid are known to be helpful in removing dead skin as well as in reducing inflammation. Do not forget to consult your doctor on the dosage.