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Tips for Pimples on the Forehead

The forehead is a part of the notorious T-zone and is very prone to pimples. The T-zone is the area on the face, that consists of the forehead, nose, and chin. This zone has sebaceous glands that secrete sebum, through pores. When this sebum is produced in excess, it leads to clogged pores. The clogged pores further lead to bacterial growth and thus form pimples. Apart from sebaceous glands, there are other factors that cause pimples on the forehead, ranging from dandruff on your scalp to oily hair.

Hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy or menstrual cycle can be contributory factors in causing breakouts. Apart from these, stress, smoking, drug use, excessive intake of caffeine, excessive intake of alcohol, over-consumption of sweets, dietary supplements, meat, oily and spicy food, inadequate water consumption, makeup residue, hair products, sleeping habits, etc. can lead to the formation of zits and bumps on the face. It is also believed that wearing hats, caps, and helmets can result into the development of forehead acne.

There are several home remedies that you can use to get rid of pimples on the forehead; some of these are mentioned below.

Cleanse and Steam
Start your day with a cleansing procedure. Use a good quality cleanser, apply it on your face with the help of a cotton pad for five minutes in circular directions. Continue till you completely cleanse the skin.

Next, steam your face. You can use a wide bowl, filled with hot water for this. Steam is the best way to open your clogged pores. Next, use a gentle scrub on your skin and wash it off with lukewarm water. Finish with a toner or an antiseptic lotion, so that the pores do not remain open. Warm water opens the pores, whereas cold water, ice, toner, astringent, and antiseptic lotions help in closing the pores. Remember, you need to follow this procedure twice a day.

Tip: Coconut water can be used as a toner as it makes the skin soft and supple.
Wash Your Hair
As mentioned before, forehead pimples are, many times, caused due to dandruff or oily hair. That’s why, make sure that you opt for a good anti-dandruff shampoo. Wash your hair with it, once a week to keep dandruff at bay. Opt for a shampoo that contains ketoconazole, which is an antifungal drug and works best in treating dandruff.Whenever you apply oil on your hair, tie it back or wear a headband to keep it from falling on your forehead. Do not let your scalp remain greasy for a long time. Use a good clarifying shampoo to get squeaky-clean hair.

Pimples on the Scalp

Pimples are most often seen on the face and neck, but they may develop on the scalp too. Here is a brief overview about the causes and treatment for scalp pimples.

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Fenugreek leaves can be an effective remedy for scalp pimples. Make a paste of fresh leaves and apply it on the pimples. Rinse after ten minutes.
Usually, pimples on the scalp go unnoticed due to the hair cover. Sometimes, they may get infected, thereby causing symptoms like pain. While occasional scalp pimples are not a cause of concern, they can be persistent and severe in some cases. When compared to locations like the face, neck, and back; scalp is less prone to develop pimples. However, scalp pimples are not uncommon. Irrespective of the location, the basic cause for pimples remain the same – clogged skin pores.

Pimples are mostly seen in locations with a high concentration of sebaceous glands. These glands produce the oily sebum, which finds its way out of the hair follicles, through small pores. These pores get clogged due to various reasons, thereby blocking the outward passage of the oil. The oil gets accumulated in the hair follicle, resulting in inflammation. The clogged skin pore may get infected, thereby producing pus. The immune system of the body reacts to this infection by sending more white blood cells to the site. The action of WBCs results in accumulation of dead bacteria and other chemicals. In some severe cases, the infection may also spread to the surrounding areas.

What Causes Scalp Pimples?

As mentioned above, the basic cause of pimples on the scalp is clogged hair follicles; which can be caused by various factors, like poor scalp hygiene, hormonal imbalance, inadequate intake of nutrients, high stress levels, seasonal changes, reactions to some drugs, excess intake of caffeine, and use of some hair care products. Excessive head sweating can also contribute to the condition, as it creates a humid environment for the bacteria to thrive. Though it is said that intake of certain foods worsens acne, there is no conclusive evidence to prove the same. Harsh chemicals or other ingredients in hair care products may irritate the follicles and cause pimples.
How to Get Rid of Pimples on the Scalp

Usually, scalp pimples resolve on their own and disappear within a few days, but severe ones require treatment. If the painful pimples on the scalp are persistent, you have to take immediate measures to control the condition. While medical attention is required for severe and persistent pimples, home remedies may prove sufficient for milder conditions.

A Health Guide

Did you know?
Approximately 75% of grain products used in the U.S. are made from wheat. Not only Italians but Americans love pasta too. The annual sale of pasta in American grocery stores in 2000 was 1.3 million pounds. If you use 1.3 million pounds of spaghetti to form a line, that’s sufficient enough to make almost 9 rotations around the Earth’s equator.
The Latin word durum means “hard”. In Italy, durum wheat, which is the firmest of all varieties, is exclusively used to make pasta since thousands of years. The scientific name of this wheat is Triticum durum. It is a member of the tetraploid family and is also known as macaroni wheat. Its amber-colored kernels are larger than those of other wheat types.
These days, it is commercially grown in other continents to fulfill the ever-increasing demand of pasta makers. Its high protein content makes it unique among all varieties. Its hardness or exceptional strength makes it good for pasta.

Semolina flour in scoop
Other types of wheat when milled give a fine flour, because the endosperm of the wheat kernel is usually so soft that it is easily broken down into a powdery flour. But in case of durum, the endosperm is so hard that you get a granular product called semolina. Moreover, it is low in gluten. As the dough is less elastic, one can easily roll it into pasta shapes. Another unique characteristic of this grain is that the endosperm is yellow, and not creamy white. This is the reason behind the attractive yellow color of pasta and pasta products like spaghetti and macaroni.

Bread
Brown sliced bread
Gluten in wheat is responsible for the formation of a glutinous web that makes a dough elastic. It helps the dough to rise so that the bread made from it becomes light and fluffy. Being low in gluten, it is difficult to make bread from durum flour. If you want to use it, you need to take a small portion of this flour and mix it with white flour. Or you may add isolated wheat gluten to the flour. Otherwise, the bread would be quite heavy or may break into pieces during the process of baking. In North Africa and Middle Eastern countries, it is used to make flat breads and thick loaves. In Italy too, certain types of breads are made from it.

Health Benefits
Wheat grains
✦ The nutrition data shows that durum wheat is high in mineral calcium that can strengthen your teeth and bones.

✦ It is loaded with other minerals like potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium, which are essential for proper functioning of organs. They keep your heart healthy and promote proper circulation of blood. They help maintain cardiovascular health.

✦ It is cholesterol-free. Moreover, it is rich in fiber that aids digestion and prevents abnormal rise in blood sugar levels. It is good for diabetics.

✦ It is very high in protein that is essential for synthesis and functioning of cells. Protein is required for strong muscles and high energy levels.

✦ Whole grain products are referred to as healthy food as they help maintain your weight within the normal range.

✦ Being a whole grain that is low in fat and high in protein, this wheat is always a healthier option for good-quality protein.

SYMPTOMS HIV MEN

HIV or human immunodeficiency virus is a lentivirus, which is a member of the retrovirus family. This virus is known to cause acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), which is a condition, where the immune system gets weakened to such an extent, that the risk for getting some serious opportunistic infections and several types of cancer increases.

The human immunodeficiency virus attacks and destroys certain key white blood cells, concerned with fighting cancer and the infectious agents that enter the body. When these cells are destroyed, the immune system fails to prevent diseases and infections. However, it may take several years for the initial HIV infection to become AIDS and produce the debilitating health problems.

Early HIV Symptoms in Men

The early symptoms of an HIV infection in men resemble the symptoms of flu or mononucleosis. These symptoms typically appear within 2 to 4 weeks after the initial infection, but sometimes, the initial infection may not produce any symptom at all. It has been observed that, about 40% to 90% people infected with HIV experience the early flu-like symptoms within a month or two. The initial stage of HIV infection is known as primary HIV, or acute retroviral syndrome (ARS), which can produce the following symptoms.

Fever and Headache

Mild to moderate fever is usually one of the most common early symptoms of an HIV infection. Both men and women can experience this symptom, within 2 to 4 weeks following the initial infection. Fever can raise the body temperature to 100 or 101 degree Fahrenheit and it can be accompanied by chills, headache, and sweating.

Skin Rash

The skin rash caused by an HIV infection may persist for a week or so. Usually, the rash appears as a red or discolored patch of skin with raised bumps. In individuals with dark skin, the rash can appear dark brown or black in color. The affected area can become very dry and itchy. HIV infected men can develop skin rashes in any part of the body, including the arms, hands, chest, stomach, feet, groin, and the penis.

Open Sores or Ulcers

HIV infected men can also develop open sores or ulcers in the early stage of the infection, especially in the mouth and throat. The ulcers can be quite painful and sometimes, they can appear in the anus and penis as well.

Swollen Lymph Nodes

The lymph nodes produce and store immune cells and lymphocytes, and hence, they are an important component of the immune system. Enlargement of lymph glands occurs when the body is fighting an infection, which can be localized or systemic. The lymph nodes that are more likely to get swollen due to an HIV infection, are those located in the neck, groin, and armpit. Lymph nodes located in these areas can remain swollen for several weeks.

Unexplained Fatigue

HIV infections can dramatically lower the energy level or stamina and thereby, compel the affected individual to take several naps throughout the day. The HIV infected individuals may experience unusual fatigue, even while doing simple day-to-day activities.

Muscle and Joint Pain

Muscle ache and joint pain are some of the common discomforts, experienced in the early stage of an HIV infection. Muscle aches can be more commonly experienced in the legs, arms and back, but sometimes also throughout the body.

Sore Throat

Men can develop a sore throat or throat inflammation in the early stage of an HIV infection, which can sometimes cause difficulty in swallowing.

Gastrointestinal Symptoms

The digestive or gastrointestinal symptoms associated with an HIV infection are, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and nausea and vomiting. However, not all men experience these symptoms during the early stage.

Night Sweats

Excessive sweating during night, not related to the temperature of the room can be an early sign of HIV infections. Many individuals on the other hand, experience this symptom in the later stage of the infection.

Late Symptoms of HIV Infection
The primary HIV infection or acute retroviral syndrome (ARS), is typically followed by a stage, known as clinical latency or asymptomatic HIV. As the name suggests, the virus remains latent during this period, for which this period is usually asymptomatic.