Healthy and glowing skin is something that many people strive for. But pimples and blackheads can make this goal difficult for us. Pimples often appear when we least need them –before an important event or during puberty, which can have a negative effect on a young person’s self-image.
In this article, we'll look at the causes of pimples and reveal effective treatment options.
We'll also give you tips on how to support healthy skin through a balanced diet, adequate sleep, and stress management. Let's find out together how to achieve a clear and radiant complexion.
Why do pimples appear?
Hormones and predisposition
First of all, let's understand why pimples appear in the first place. One of the main causes is hormones. During puberty, many hormones are released that stimulate the sebaceous glands in the skin.
This causes more sebum to be produced, which in turn leads to clogged pores and pimples. Genetic predisposition can also play a role: If your parents suffered from blemishes when they were young, you are more likely to be affected as well.
Stress and diet
Stress and diet can also have an impact on pimples and acne, even though they are never the underlying cause. A balanced diet and healthy lifestyle can help improve skin’s health and appearance. Make sure you get enough sleep and take regular relaxation breaks to give your body a rest.
Pimple treatment options
There are many different methods to treat blemished skin. We'll show you some of the most effective options here.
Daily cleansing & moisturising
Thorough and regular cleansing of your skin is essential to prevent pimples. In the morning and evening, you should cleanse your face with a mild cleansing gel to remove dirt, sebum and make-up residues. After cleansing, it's important to use an moisturiser to keep your skin optimally hydrated with a moisturiser. Choose an oil-free moisturiser if your pores easily get clogged.
Common Clouds offers the perfect solution for this: the CLOUD LIGHT FLUID Daily Mattifying Face Cream. This light moisturizer contains 4% niacinamide and is especially formulated to meet the needs of oily and acne-prone skin. It gives skin a smooth, cloudy finish that controls unwanted shine while providing needed moisture.
Combined with a gentle cleanser, this moisturiser provides optimal care for your skin and helps to keep it clear and healthy.
By taking care to properly cleanse and nourish your skin with high-quality products like Common Clouds CLOUD LIGHT FLUID, you can help reduce the appearance of pimples and promote a radiant, even complexion.
Face Masks & peels
Exfoliation is an important step in your skin care routine to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores. It's crucial to use gentle products that aren't too aggressive on your skin..
Common Clouds offers a great product made to meet these exact needs: the CLOUD WATER Gentle Exfoliating BHA Toner. This results-driven leave-on exfoliant contains 2% BHA (salicylic acid) and is specially formulated for acne-prone, redness-prone, sensitive and stressed skin. It’s also great if you struggle with enlarged pores and uneven skin texture.
Enriched with an ultra-moisturising cocktail of natural anti-inflammatory Centella Asiatica, green tea, hyaluronic acid and licorice, this toner helps reduce redness, strengthen the skin barrier and even out the complexion. Salicylic acid also prevents new breakouts.
Along with a balanced skin care routine, including gentle cleansing and moisturising, this toner can help to reduce the appearance of pimples and promote a clear, radiant complexion.
In more severe cases or if your acne is causing scars or affecting you mental well-being, it may be wise to consider medical drug treatments. In this case, you should definitely consult a dermatologist who can recommend appropriate preparations. These may include ointments or creams containing benzoyl peroxide, retinoids or antibiotics that specifically target pimples. A dermatologist will help you find what is right for you.
Our Cloud Patch pimple patches are an innovative and effective way to take care of pimples. They’re made of vegan hydrocolloid and because they are ultra-thin, they‘re almost invisible. You can simply apply them on the pimple overnight and they work while you sleep. How great is that?
How does Cloud Patch work?
The hydrocolloid in our pimple patches absorbs the sebum and pus from the pimple, creating a moist environment that helps to speed up the healing process. At the same time, the patch protects the affected area from bacteria and dirt, so the inflammation is not aggravated.
Soothing effect of Centella Asiatica
Cloud Patch also contain Centella Asiatica, a medicinal plant known for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. This ensures that redness is reduced and the skin is soothed, helping the pimple to heal faster.
Application of Cloud Patch
Applying our pimple patches is as easy as can be: you cleanse your skin thoroughly, dry it off, and then stick the patch directly onto the pimple. Leave it on overnight and carefully remove it the next morning. You will most likely see that the pimple is already visibly smaller and looks less inflamed.
Nutrition tips for healthy skin
Diet plays an important role in our skin health. Eating a balanced and nutrient-rich diet can help your skin to look and feel it’s best. Here are some diet tips that can help you maintain healthy and glowing skin:
I. Drink plenty of water
Water is essential for the health of our skin. It helps flush toxins from the body and hydrate the skin. Make sure to drink at least 2 liters of water daily to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
II. eat fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are important for healthy skin. Vitamins A, C and E, in particular, support skin regeneration and protection against free radicals. Be sure to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables of various colors daily to absorb all the important nutrients.
III. Consume healthy fats
Healthy fats, such as those found in avocados, nuts, seeds and fatty fish, are essential for the health of our skin. They help strengthen the skin barrier and reduce inflammation. Be sure to incorporate healthy fats into your diet on a regular basis.
IV. Reduce sugar and refined carbohydrates
Sugar and refined carbohydrates can promote inflammation in the body, which can lead to the appearance of pimples. Try to reduce your consumption of sugary foods and white flour products and instead focus on whole grains, legumes and starchy vegetables.
V. Integrate probiotic foods
Probiotic foods such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi contain beneficial bacteria that support our gut health. A healthy gut can have a positive effect on skin appearance by boosting the body's immune system and detoxification function. Be sure to regularly incorporate probiotic foods into your diet.
VI. eat enough protein
Protein is important for the formation of collagen, which keeps our skin firm and elastic. Make sure to consume enough sources of protein such as fish, poultry, legumes, nuts or dairy products every day.
VII. consume foods with high zinc content
Zinc is an essential trace mineral that is important for wound healing, the immune system and hormone regulation. A zinc deficiency can have a negative effect on skin problems such as pimples and acne. Foods rich in zinc include meat, fish, seafood, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
By making sure you eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and healthy fats, you can nourish and support your skin from the inside out.
A healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise, adequate sleep and stress management will also contribute to better skin health and help to prevent pimples.
Remember that it may take time to see the positive effects of a healthy diet on your skin's appearance. Stay patient and consistent, and you will soon notice the improvements.
The importance of sleep and stress management for a clear complexion.
Sleep and stress management are two crucial factors that have a huge impact on the health and appearance of our skin. Below, you'll learn how these two aspects are related and why they are so important for a clear complexion.
The influence of sleep on the skin
Sleep is vital to our skin health, as it is during rest that our bodies regenerate and repair. When we sleep, our skin goes through an important renewal process in which damaged cells are repaired and new cells are formed. Adequate and regular sleep of about 7 to 9 hours per night is therefore essential to achieve the following benefits:
Improvement of the skin barrier: During sleep, our skin works to restore its protective barrier, which protects us from environmental damage, bacteria and infections.
Reduction of inflammation: Lack of sleep can lead to an increase in inflammatory reactions in the body, which in turn can trigger skin problems such as pimples, acne or redness.
Improving blood circulation: good blood circulation is important for supplying the skin with oxygen and nutrients. During sleep, blood circulation increases, resulting in a fresher and more radiant complexion.
Stress management for healthier skin
Chronic stress has numerous negative effects on our health, including skin health. Stress can lead to increased production of cortisol, a stress hormone, which in turn stimulates the sebaceous glands and increases the production of skin oil.
This can lead to clogging of the pores and ultimately the development of pimples. To promote clear skin, it is important to incorporate effective stress management strategies into your daily routine:
Mindfulness practices: Techniques such as meditation, yoga or breathing exercises can help reduce stress and calm the mind.
Regular exercise: Physical activity can reduce stress hormones and increase the production of endorphins, the so-called happy hormones.
Time management and prioritisation: good organization and prioritisation can help reduce stress levels and lead to a more balanced life.
Social support: talk to friends, family, or professionals about your worries and fears to reduce stress and find solutions.
Relaxation techniques: Activities such as taking a warm bath, listening to soothing music, or reading a book can help relax your mind and relieve stress.
Establish sleep and stress management routines
It's important to incorporate both healthy sleep habits and effective stress management strategies into your daily routine to achieve the best for your skin health. Here are some tips that can help you establish such routines:
Establish a regular sleep schedule: go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning to support your natural sleep rhythm.
Create a relaxing sleep environment: make sure your bedroom is quiet, cool and dark, and avoid electronic devices before bed to promote a restful night's sleep.
Develop a relaxing evening routine: perform calming activities such as reading a book, listening to relaxing music, or practicing breathing exercises before bed to ease the transition to sleep.
Schedule regular breaks: Allow yourself short breaks throughout the day to relax and quiet the mind.
Learn to say "no": set boundaries and learn to decline requests or tasks that may exceed your capacity or lead to additional stress.
By paying attention to adequate sleep quality and quantity, as well as effective stress management, you can help improve your skin health and reduce the appearance of pimples.
A clear skin complexion can be achieved through a combination of a healthy lifestyle and targeted treatment methods.
Make sure to eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, manage stress effectively, and exercise regularly to support your skin from the inside out. These measures will help reduce the appearance of pimples and promote overall skin health.
Here's how to effectively prevent pimples!
To prevent future pimples, there are a few things you should keep in mind:
- Make sure you eat a balanced diet and drink enough water.
- Avoid stress by taking regular relaxation breaks and getting enough sleep.
- Clean and care for your skin daily with appropriate products.
- Change your bed linen regularly, especially the pillowcase.
- Touch your face as little as possible to prevent the transmission of bacteria.
Of course, despite a healthy lifestyle, pimples can still appear. We’re human after all, with fluctuating hormones and conditions beyond our control. But don’t worry. Common Clouds‘ Cloud Patch pimple patches are a great way to effectively and discreetly treat pimples.
Our ultra-thin, nearly invisible pimple patch is made of vegan hydrocolloid and protects your skin from pimple-causing bacteria. It minimises the appearance of pimples overnight and soothes the skin with Centella Asiatica to reduce redness. So you can be sure that your skin gets the best care and you are supported on the way to a clear skin.