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Dear Dish-It, Zits Are the Pits!

Dear Dish-It,

I’ve been having trouble with my skin for a couple years now. I keep breaking out especially on my forehead and chin. I hate having zits. Some of my friends have them too but I think mine are a lot worse than anyone else’s at school. I’m always afraid to go out cause I don’t want anyone to say anything about it to me but I still have to go to school everyday and I don’t know what to do. Can you help me get rid of my zits?

Zits Are the Pits


Dear ZAP,


There’s no doubt about it – zits really are the pits. If banishing acne was easy, we’d all have crystal-clear skin. However, you can get the upper hand on pimples, zits and blackheads. Here are a few tips on how to get rid of acne when it happens and how to prevent future breakouts.


Where Acne Comes From

Acne crops up when your skin produces too much oil, also known as sebum. When sebum builds up, it can clog your pores and trap bacteria inside, which can lead to inflammation.


Though it can happen almost anywhere on your skin, acne is most common on the face, back, chest and shoulders. It can appear as red pimples, and also as whiteheads and blackheads. Whiteheads are pores and hair follicles clogged close with dead skin cells, bacteria and other stuff. Blackheads are almost the same thing, except they aren't closed and they have a darker color due to the skin's pigment being exposed to the air.


What Causes Breakouts?

There are a lot of factors that contribute to oily buildup and clogged pores:

  • Stress: Stress reduces your body's ability to fight infections and ward off bacteria, which may contribute to breakouts.
  • Pressure: Tight clothes, humidity and touching your skin repeatedly can trap oil next to the skin rather than letting it evaporate.
  • Hormonal changes: This is a biggie, especially for girls. When hormone levels fluctuate, so do sebum levels.
  • Man-made dyes and oils: The chemicals in your sunscreen or makeup may clog your pores or inflame your skin. Look for skin products that are "dermatologist recommended" and "non-comedogenic."

  • Acne Treatment

    Run-of-the-mill breakouts usually respond well to over-the-counter products like benzoyl beroxide creams and lotions, which can be found at the pharmacy or drugstore. Some people find astringents helpful for getting rid of excess oil, though they should be used in moderation so the skin doesn't get too dry or irritated.


    Washing your face with a mild cleanser twice a day, along with an exfoliating scrub a few days a week, may also help get rid of acne.


    What If Over-The-Counter Acne Treatments Don’t Work?

    If you have a lot of acne and it’s painful and inflamed, you should go and see your doctor to ask about different types of treatments that may work well for you. Some common kinds of prescription acne treatments are oral antibiotics that you take to kill the bacteria trapped inside your pores, special medication that’s designed to treat severe acne and even certain injections of anti-inflammatory substances.


    What Else Can I Do To Prevent and Treat Acne?

    Alternative health practitioners often recommend that teens and others who struggle with acne assess whether they're getting enough vitamins and minerals in their diet. Increasing your levels of vitamin A and/or zinc may help zits heal more quickly.


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    labimba
    labimba posted in Style:
    Neko girl I have to get back in shape for September if u want we can be training buddies!  :)  
    reply about 4 hours
    animallover468
    animallover468 posted in Style:
    EndlessDream is right. Skipping breakfast and lunch can result in stomach ulcers and sudden weight gain (had personal experience...), ESPECIALLY skipping breakfast! You have to incorporate exercise in your daily routine. Stomach and body fat is mostly caused by lack of exercise, and maybe that means you need to do toning exercises. Try doing simple exercise videos like the 3-mile powerwalk on YouTube (trust me, I sweat like crazy when I do those workouts). Anything that gets you sweating, is the kind of exercise you need to do.  I hated working out when I first started my weight loss journey too. I would always start wheezing every time I started working out. But after pushing through everyday, I think working out is one of the best stress busters I've ever had!  If you want to lower your appetite though, I suggest eating a full lunch and breakfast and skipping your dinner. If you can't skip dinner, then at least try aiming for an early dinner, around 5:30 or 6:00. Your body needs time to digest at least 4 hours before you sleep. I started gaining weight around puberty when I was 12, it could be the same for you too.  But honestly, there's nothing wrong with having consciousness about your weight. Now starving yourself and dieting is BAD, but there's nothing wrong with changing your lifestyle in order to be fit. It's a good thing that kids start caring about their health, and the earlier you start, the better off you are. 
    reply about 5 hours
    EndlessDream
    EndlessDream posted in Style:
    You need breakfast and lunch. Starving yourself, even if you aren't hungry, makes you loose energy to the point you could pass out from not eating. Keep your diet healthy. For breakfast, at least have yogurt, fruit, and juice. Drink at least 4 full glasses of water a day. Trim down on the snacks. Everyone has different bodies and build. You may just be large-boned. And that's not bad! That makes you stronger and higher ability to gain muscle. Loosing weight doesn't happen over night. It can take months. 
    reply about 23 hours
    Nekogirl101
    Nekogirl101 posted in Style:
    For years my parents would tell me I'm skinny but compared to other people, my waist was bigger and I would always hide it. Though it was obvious I weighed more, I've only been doing this for a week and I didn't ever tell anyone what I was doing until my parents found out. I would skip lunch and breakfast and say I was full. I only ate a big dinner every night. Once my parents found out, they said it was unhealthy and if I didn't  stop, I would develop an eating disorder. I obviously listened to them, but I've tried as best as I can so far. I have barely lost any weight from exercise and my parents won't let me go on a diet because I already 'eat healthy enough'. I want to lose weight without exercising being 3/4s of my lifestyle. I know, I'm a lazy idiot for saying all this.
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    rainbowpoptart
    Yes, purely for the fact that you should not "hate" your sister (or anyone, for that matter).  I'm guessing by "get in trouble for her", you mean she does something wrong and the blame is all put on you? Yeah, little siblings tend to do that a lot. My brother did for the longest time, until my parents found out how much a liar he is. She, hopefully, will grow out of this eventually. Either that, or your parent[s]/guardian[s] will eventually see through her. You lose your friends to her? By this do you mean your friends want to hang out with her and they want you to tag along and you don't? Or do you mean your friends chose your sister over you? If it's the latter, then perhaps you shouldn't have ever referred to those people as friends. You'll find friends who'll prefer you over your sister, I'm sure of it. The only thing I can tell you to do is try to get along with your sister. Every group of siblings has their cats and dogs moment in life, but they grow out of it (most of the time; there are, of course, circumstances where it doesn't work out that way). Please be grateful for your sister, even if you two fight a lot. You never know how much you need something until it's gone.
    reply 2 days