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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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    Kirsteeeeen
    Kirsteeeeen posted in Friends:
    I hope you don't mind that I moved this to friends, but I thought it'd be more fitting since your question seems mainly friendship based. :) Do you mind being younger than your classmates? Do you feel it inhibits your school experience? I think you should do what feels best to you, whether that be staying behind because friendship has a big impact, or continuing ahead if you prioritize academic growth. Only you know what's right for you. :p If it's any help, I left high school early and went to college. I was already used to being the youngest in my class so it wasn't a huge jump socially, and I found a lot of friends of all ages. :D With that being said, I do still miss being with people my age but it's too late to go back and I wouldn't trade my experience for the world.
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    YassenGregorovich
    I'm 13 and will be going on to 9th grade. I skipped kindergarted  :p and 5th grade. So I'm a lot younger then most of my classmates will be. I'm thinking of repeating 8th grade so I will be more of the same age as the other people in my class. But I'm not sure if I should because I got a B+ or A- average in 8th grade. I need some advice on this. Sorry if this is the wrong section for this I just thought general was the right place. Thanks!  :D
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    aftershock
    aftershock posted in Style:
    Thanks all of you guys for your responses. It seems many of you don't share pics to get help from friends when you're choosing. Thats OK. If anyone does want to go on the VIP list to be the first to try the new app then feel free to complete the info form here: http://goo.gl/forms/FOiKWa4DoAQHxtOx1 
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    CoolerThanMyself
    I'm a 12 year old girl with really strict parents! I do chores( even handling BLEACH sometimes) , I take care of my little brother, I'm in top set for all my classes- even on the gifted and talented register and I've only ever had 1 detention- and that was their fault anyway bc I was late( they drive). But, I'm still NEVER allowed out with my friends! My friends are all in top sets as well, are well behaved and all we literally would do is window shopping. I mean, there are my age smoking shisha and doing #####- they should be lucky I'm not a delinquent! But my parents always say I can't hang out. Not because they're worried about my safety, they just dont want me to go out.! Even sleepovers, my parents always say no because they ' haven't met the parents" but they make NO effort to do so. I'm losing out on knowing my friends better and whilst they're all making best friends, at school I'm just the person in the background- the left out friend. It hurts and most of the time I wish I was fostered or something. How can I make them loosen up? ( don't say anything about sneaking out because I chose life)
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    Corps
    Corps posted in Style:
    Thank You Mate :)
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