FAQs About Acne Papules and Pustules

Acne is among the most common skin problems treated in dermatology, and it can have a significant effect on a person’s quality of life. However, acne and its associated pimples come in various forms. Keep reading to learn the answers to common questions about two types of pimples, called papules and pustules.

What causes papules and pustules?

As with all types of pimples, papules and pustules are caused by blocked pores.

What are papules?

When a blocked pore become too irritated, it’s wall can break and allow the pimple to grow. This process can result in a papule, which is a type of inflammatory acne. Papules are red bumps that are hard and sometimes tender to the touch.

What are pustules?

Like papules, pustules are inflamed bumps and a type of inflammatory acne. When a papule fills with pus-like fluid, they take on the appearance of a blister and are referred to as pustules.

How can I treat papules and pustules?

Over-the-counter acne treatments may be effective in treating papules and pustules. However, if you do not experience good results with these types of medications, then consider seeing a dermatologist to learn what other options may be suitable for treating your inflammatory acne. Some of the most common acne treatments include topical antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and salicylic acid.

How can I prevent papules and pustules?

The good news is that there are several steps you can take to help prevent acne. First, start with good skin care routine that involves facial cleansing and moisturizing. Second, try to limit the amount of makeup that you use. Third, avoid touching your face, as this can spread bacteria and further irritate inflamed pimples. Fourth, consider avoiding dairy and refined carbohydrates, as these foods may trigger acne. Finally, lead an active lifestyle to promote your overall health.

If you’re searching for a Salt Lake City dermatologist who offers experienced acne treatment, then come and see us at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. To schedule your visit, please call (801) 266-8841.

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