Papules: Getting Rid of those Nasty Little Red Bumps

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Nobody likes acne! But because it is mainly due to hormonal changes that everybody experience from time to time, it is inescapable. If you are dealing with these little monsters now, tap your shoulder because you are not alone. If you’re not yet having any acne trouble in your face, prepare yourself because they are coming.

Acne has different types and requires different treatments. It is also important to know the cause of acne’s growth so that you can get rid of those old beauty myths that are so untrue and really deal with the problem properly.

The real cause of acne

Unlike the usual idea that we have about outside dirt and unhygienic practices causing acne, the real cause is actually more of internal than external. Our oil glands produce oil for our skin’s moisture. That’s good because it keeps our skin, especially our face from drying or flaking. But if too much oil is secreted, it gets clogged in our hair follicle or facial pores and with dead skin cells and bacteria setting in as well, acne’s growth is certain.

That little red bump

Acne has different forms namely whiteheads, blackheads, papules, pustules, nodules and cysts. That little red bump that we commonly see are called papules. Papules are small, not reaching to a centimeter in diameter. It does not have any pus but it swells and has surrounding inflammation. The inflammation causes it to appear red. They usually grow in our faces especially in our T-zones but can also grow on other parts of our body such as our back, ears, arms and even on our sensitive areas.

Our T-zone or the central part of our face which includes our forehead, nose and chin are the oiliest part of our face. That is why we usually have papule formation and appearance of other forms of acne in this area. Also, our backs pose greater risk for papules because of moisture produced from sweat and a lot of dead skin cells.

The cause of papules

The reason why you have papules is basically because of clogged pores and your body’s resistance against bacteria. Excess sebum, dead skin cells and bacteria clog inside your pores and white blood cells from your body rushes their way in to fight bacterial infection. This causes the inflammation.

getting rid off of acnesTreating papules

Papules are very annoying and the swelling and inflammation hurt sometimes. Good news because there is a way to treat them. Washing your face is always a yes because by doing so you clean it from its oiliness. Applying a well-formulated toner with salicylic acid is also helpful. Salicylic acid has been proven to treat acne. You can also try to hot compress those nasty little red bumps to decrease swelling. Apply an over-the-counter topical cream with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid or take in prescription drugs and antibiotics that your dermatologist will suggest.

Other high end procedures are also available now such as laser light therapy, peeling and microdermabrasion. These may cost you much but these will have great effects and are good for those who suffer from papules severely.

These treatments are effective only if you are patient enough to wait and see the results. Acne problem does not get solved overnight. It usually takes several months in order for treatment and especially medication to take effect, so whatever your daily regimen is, be consistent with it.