Acne is a common skin condition that can affect both men and women. Apart from the physical discomfort it brings such as inflammation and swelling, it also affects the emotional and social aspect of your being. It can affect your confidence and self-esteem. Acne comes in many forms. Many would hear about pimples because it is the most common. But have you been infected with acne pustules?
What Are Acne Pustules?
Acne pustules on some sources would suggest that they are also known as pimples. Yes, they may appear similar but pustules contain white blood cells in it. With the immune system’s response to fight off the infection caused by acne, there are times that some of these immune system fighters’ white blood cells stack up and form into pus in the skin pore. This is now the pustule. Both pimples and pustules involve some parts of the immune system but the reason remains unclear as to how some formations contain pus and some do not. However, pustules and pimples are treated in similar ways.
Acne pustules appear in the form of an inflamed acne lesion that is represented by a red bump on the surface of the skin with a white head or top containing oil, pus, and cell debris.
- Gentle Cleansing
A lot of people cleanse their skin with too much aggressiveness and even use harsh soaps that can result to inflammation, irritation, and aggravation of acne pustules. To get rid quickly of these disturbing pustules, it is very important to:
- Use only a soap that is intended and formulated for sensitive types of skin.
- Gently lather soap into the skin and rinse with clean water.
- Do not rub the skin to prevent it from getting inflamed.
- Simple lathering and rinsing is the key to cleansing the skin.
- Use Low Concentration of Benzoyl Peroxide
The commonly prescribed medication for acne is benzoyl peroxide. Yes, it is effective but the amount you are applying can make a difference. That is why it is important that before you use this product and apply to the skin clueless, seek medical consultation to the nearest dermatologist around for proper usage.
The usual mistake of people with acne in using benzoyl is using a much higher concentration. This can cause skin to burn and lasting irritation. Generally, dermatologists would start prescribing concentration of 2.5%. In using the cream, only apply nickel-size cream into the skin carefully until it gets absorbed.
One of the problems that you want to avoid is getting your skin too dry that can irritate the acne pustules more. It is always vital to moisturize your skin after applying the benzoyl cream into the affected areas of the face. Use lotions for sensitive skin types and make sure that these do not have perfumes or harsh chemicals. It would also be better if you use oil-free lotions to prevent re-clogging the pores. With a dime-sized amount, spread the lotion around the face until it gets absorbed in the skin surface.