Pustules: How to Treat Them Properly

Pricking her pimpleOur bodies create natural wonders in protecting our skin. For instance, we have oil glands that produce oil which is then secreted through tiny microscopic pores all over our body. This happens in order for our skin to maintain its moisture, avoiding it to be dry and scaly or flaky. However if too much oil is secreted, it could clog pores and cause what everyone hates—acne.

What is acne and what causes it?

Acne is a skin condition that occurs if pores get clogged with sebum, dead skin cells and bacteria. Over secretion of oil is caused by hormonal changes that men and women undergo as they age, especially during puberty. This is the reason why acne begins to be a problem during our teenage years.

Acne has different types and corresponding treatments. They range from the mildest forms and relatively easy to treat such as whiteheads and blackheads to more stubborn ones such as papules, pustules and cysts. Among these types of acne, the most hated ones are pustules.

What are pustules and what causes them?

Pustules are those small little red bumps that contain pus. The redness is due to swelling and inflammation caused by your white blood cells fighting against bacteria. The pus results from oil not being secreted properly outside the hair follicle and thus gets clogged inside. Pustules are usually painful and very obvious on the face because of the presence of pus. Aside from the face, they can also appear on shoulders, chest, back, neck, underarms and even on sensitive areas.

Because pustules are easily identifiable, it causes a lot of embarrassment and low self-image issues among anyone having them. But not to worry because they actually go away naturally, depending on the severity of your issue.

A girl thumbs upHow do I treat pustules?

Never ever prick your pimples! Pricking is usually what a lot of people do in order to get rid of pustules fast. However, this will lead to scarring, adding more problems to your face. In treating pimples, what you need to remember is that you have to be gentle and consistent. But if you want to hasten things up because an important date or event is coming up and if you’re battling with an army, you can try these following steps:

Step 1: Wash your face with a gentle cleanser to get rid of unwanted oil. Do not over scrub because it might damage your face’s skin.

Step 2: Apply a topical cream containing benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and sulfur. Just be careful with sulfur because you might be allergic to it. It is always best to test the product on your hands first before applying it on your face. Also, seek advice from a dermatologist as to what brands you can use. Applying a topical cream will help in drying pustules.

Step 3: Instead of pricking, try using pimple patches that absorb the sebum from your pustule/s. These are small translucent round film that you place on top of a pustule. It has an invisible effect because of its color closely similar to your skin. Leaving it on overnight for about 6-8 hours will cause the pus to be absorbed that when you peel it off of your face, the pus is also removed.

Step 4: In severe cases, try using laser light therapy or photodynamic therapy (PTD).