Acne is a very common skin condition that can affect people of all ages. It is characterized by the appearance of pimples, blackheads or blackheads on the body.
Although these bumps usually appear on the face, neck, back, chest and shoulders, they can also affect the arms. Here we will see what its causes are and how to eliminate them naturally.
Pimples or pimples on the arms form when the hair follicles (where hair grows) become clogged. This can occur from an excess of sebum, a natural oil that keeps the skin lubricated and protected, in combination with other factors, such as the presence of too many dead skin cells.
As pores become clogged, bacteria can accumulate and reproduce. The body will identify them and seek to combat them, causing the well-known reddish bumps, often filled with pus.
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Currently, the exact cause of pimples on the arms is not known, although researchers point out that it responds to certain factors:
- Family background: Many times the pimples on the arms can respond to a genetic predisposition.
- Hormonal changes or imbalances: Especially during puberty or pregnancy, increased hormones in the body can cause increased production of body oils, contributing to oily skin and an increased risk of acne.
- Poor hygiene: by washing the body, we remove traces of dead skin and fat. If you do not have a hygiene routine, it is likely that this dirt accumulates and favors the clogging of the pores, and with this the appearance of pimples on the arms.
- Other skin diseases: In some cases, pimples on the arms may be due to other skin conditions, such as keratosis pilaris, a disease caused by the accumulation of a protein called keratin, which forms “plugs” in the pores.
- Skin ProductsSome creams can promote clogging of pores, so caution is advised when incorporating new skincare products and consulting an expert about their effects.
- Tight clothesSweat can clog pores and cause pimples and blackheads to appear. Tight clothing can promote the accumulation of sweat, so it is advisable to avoid wearing them, or to remove them once you have finished the activity.
- Taking certain medicationsSome drugs, such as birth control pills, can have acne among their side effects, due to alterations in hormonal production. If this happens, do not stop taking your medications, without first consulting a health professional.
How to remove pimples on the arms
When pimples or pimples on the arms are rare, experts point out that you should not worry, since they will most likely disappear on their own.
However, when they are found in large quantities, you should consult a dermatologist to determine the best treatment.
You can follow these steps to help the pimples disappear:
- Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, it is not only harmful to your health, it can also stimulate the production of body oils.
- Do not forget to wash the affected area properly (especially after eating oily or fatty foods and exercising). But be careful, you should do it in moderation, as excessive washing can cause irritation and affect the skin.
- Do not break or squeeze the pimples or pimples. That can cause irritation, infection, and scarring.
- Do not touch the pimples or pimples, since the oils and bacteria present on your hands can aggravate the infection.
Home remedies for pimples
Another way to promote the recovery of the skin, accelerate the disappearance of pimples on the arms and prevent their reappearance, is by using homemade scrubs.
These preparations seek to achieve an abrasive agent to apply to previously moistened skin (otherwise the capillaries may be damaged), and thus remove dead skin and impurities.
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To use them you just have to achieve a pasty consistency and apply with light circular movements in the area you want to treat. Leave it on for a few minutes, gently remove it with warm water, and dry very well.
These preparations that are used to combat pimples on the arms, thanks to their exfoliating properties:
- Olive oil and sugarMix 3 tablespoons of sugar for every 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
- Olive oil and fine saltMix 1 tablespoon of salt for every 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
- Oatmeal with powdered milk and cornstarch: For half a cup of ground oatmeal, mix two tablespoons of powdered milk, one teaspoon of cornstarch, and slowly add liquid until the desired consistency is achieved.
- Lemon juice with sugar: Mix 4 tablespoons of sugar with the juice of one lemon.
- Yogurt and fine salt: use a teaspoon of sugar for every tablespoon of yogurt.
Until significant scientific evidence from human trials is available, people interested in using herbal therapies and supplements should exercise extreme caution.
Do not abandon or modify your medications or treatments, first talk to your doctor about the potential effects of alternative or complementary therapies.
Remember, the medicinal properties of herbs and supplements can also interact with prescription drugs, other herbs and supplements, and even alter your diet.
Sources consulted: Comprehensive Natural Medicines Database, US National Library of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institute of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.