Acne is a dreaded “situation” amongst young people. I am sure you are familiar with the phrase “fine girl, no pimple” lol so pimples in this case are not associated with fine people. As a growing girl, I never really had issues with acne because my mum fought it off with all her strength. It was until I got into the university that I began to have issues with acne.

Acne can be caused by a lot of things, some genetic and some hormonal. However, there are common and not-so-serious causes of acne in young people. Some of them include:

Dirty pillowcases and other things that come in contact with your face.
Whenever my face starts to break out and I’m around my mum, the very first question she asks is: “When last did you wash your pillow case?”.

Pillowcases have the tendency to accumulate dirt because when we sleep, we sweat, we drool, we sneeze, etc. If you allow all that dirt to build up for more than a week, there is a possibility that It will cause you to break out. I also believe that there are certain types of textile you should look out for when buying a pillowcase. Cotton or silk pillowcases are the best for you face. Satin pillowcases are not really nice compared with silk or cotton pillowcases because they do not really absorb oils. However if you are a naturalista and you really have to use a satin pillowcase there are many way to handle this issue. You may wear your hair in a pineapple updo or you may put on a satin cap instead of using a pillowcase altogether, it works for me. Bottom line is, you need to keep your pillowcase and other stuff (face towels, make up brushes, etc) clean at all times to avoid buildup of dirt which will in turn block your skin pores and cause acne.

Picking/Bursting pimples
Sometimes I hear people say: “Come lemme burst ya pimple” kai!

Please o, pimples are not for bursting, they can do it by themselves if you let them be. Keep your hands off your face!

If you notice a pimple on your face that has a yellow head, there are many ways to deal with it instantly, one of which is my little sister’s garlic method. If you aim at “bursting” your zits when they are “ripe” you will get them infected and then they will turn into bigger zits. When they turn into these bigger zits due to infection, they leave black spots when they heal.

I used to have this one zit on my nose and it was very annoying. It was just right there at the tip of my nose, yellow and big! Smh. One day I just got impatient and popped it. When I woke up the next day, it was bigger with another yellow head and even more painful. Now I have a semi-black spot at the tip of my nose.

Don’t pick or pop your zits please, they will pop or dry up on their own.

Horrible personal hygiene
This just has to do with how bothered you are about the cleanliness of your skin, your clothes, and your surroundings. Keep your environment and yourself clean because, it is a safe way to live. Staying clean keeps acne and any other horrible thing away from you. Make sure your face is always clean and dry at all times so that your pores can breath. If you have really oily skin, you can get cosmetic blotting papers to remove excess oil from your face especially when you have make up on. If you are too tired to take a bath at night, try at least to wash your face before going to bed.

Pimples are not nice and these things are easy things you can do. Just find a way to make them habits and you’re good to go.  Let’s start this week with a happy, healthy and pimple free week! 



  1. Zoe says:

    True that, dearie!
    I never thought I’d have pimples cos my face has always been ‘smooth’ even all through my teenage years. It’s been a shock to me that for about two years now I get rashes on my forehead and pimples on my cheek and chin around THAT TIME OF THE MONTH.
    I’ve come up with two theories for this mystery:
    1. Aging: pores change and maybe get more vulnerable.
    2. Psychology: Anxiety, stress and the likes can affect your pores.
    Lol. These are weird theories, you’ll agree.
    Thanks for your tips; they’re a reminder that pimples are not aliens invading our skin, they can be controlled. Or at least put up with.
    P/s: “Come lemme burst ya pimple.” cracked me up. Rotfl.


    • thefemaleigboarchitect says:

      Lwkmd. I think you’re right too. Stress causes pimples, that I’ve noticed and the one at the that time of the month too happens. Lol I’m glad it made you laugh 😄😄😄😄. Don’t forget to share with your friends.


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