The 411 on Acne
It’s the last day of Ramadhan, and tomorrow will be Eid. Your family is throwing a huge party, everyone will be there. Your mom bought you a new outfit and you are so excited for the party. Some of your cousins will be there whom you haven’t seen since last year. You wake up the next morning and jump out of bed, only to look in the mirror and see… a gigantic, enormous, monster ZIT staring back at you from the tip of your nose!
La hawla wala quwwata illa billah!
What caused this? you ask in a panic. Was it that kilo of chocolate I ate at Iftar the other night? Or the bag of chips I ate for Suhur?
What should I put on it? Toothpaste?
Should I pop it?
First of all brothers & sisters, take a deep breath and realize that stress makes acne worse, so chill out! Then realize that you are not alone: 8 of every 10 teens/ pre-teens get acne, a.k.a. pimples, zits, bumps, juicer, pizza face, etc
Pimples form when hair follicles (pores) under your skin clog up. Pores contain sebaceous (say: suh-bay-shus) glands (also called oil glands) that make sebum (say: see-bum), an oil that moistens your hair and skin. Most of the time the glands make the right amount of sebum, and the pores are fine. But sometimes a pore gets clogged up with too much sebum, dead skin cells, and germs called bacteria. Yuck!
Only Allah knows exactly what causes acne. Most likely it has something to do with those crazy hormones running around in your body. Acne is NOT caused by:
- Greasy foods
- Dirty skin
- Stress (but stress can make it worse)
If you have acne:
- Clean your skin once or twice a day with a mild, non-drying soap, including after exercising. However, avoid scrubbing.
- Shampoo your hair daily, especially if it is oily. Comb or pull your hair back to keep the hair out of your face.
- DON’T pop it, squeeze it, scratch it, pick it, or rub it! It can lead to skin infections and scarring.
- Don’t stay out in the sun for too long.
- Don’t use greasy make-up. Make sure they are “oil-free,” “non-comedogenic,” or “non-acnegenic.”
- Don’t put toothpaste on it, it could make your skin even worse.
If these tips don’t help, you can try over-the-counter medications which may contain benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, resorcinol, or salicylic acid. They work by killing bacteria, drying up skin oils, or causing the top layer of your skin to peel. But beware, they may cause redness or peeling of the skin.
If all else fails, you may need special medicines which your doctor can give you, such as antibiotics or stronger creams.
May Allah cure you!